Wednesday, November 19, 2008

She has been Traumatized

I decided the other day that Cassie needed to get her hair cut. She has never had it cut before, unless you count the time I trimmed a tiny bit off the ends so it was the same length....and that was probably 2 years ago.

Here she is at the salon. Very, very scared. See, she has even found a corner to hide in. And look at the snarly mess of hair she's gotta go!!

We finally convinced her to sit on my lap to have this done. After some begging not to get her hair cut. And crying of course.

Soooo glad it's over!

It ended in a smile, but she's not looking forward to go back anytime soon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Mission in Parkersburg

unbelievable photos can be found here.
Our mission in Parkersburg was to help families that were affected from the Memorial Day F5 tornado that hit and wiped out nearly half of the town and killed 8 people. We were amazed at the progress that has been made in only 5 months. Several homes have been built (although many are still being finished) and the town is starting to recover.

Our trip started very early friday morning with a 2 hour drive to Parkersburg IA. We had a great group: 19 people from our church! We were split up into 3 groups, each working on different homes. My group (see 2nd picture above) consisted of two great ladies and myself. We spent approximately 6 hours painting the entire basement of a parsonage for the local Baptist church. We finished it and we were quite proud ;) And were nicknamed the Painter Sisters!
My husband and a few others worked on siding a home for a young family. They worked through Saturday and used all of the siding they had, so they were also very productive.
The 3rd group worked in the local cop's home. A lot of different things needed to be done: underlayment and trim needed to be installed, and a lot of cleaning was needed. They finished the underlayment and most of the trim. The ladies worked on cleaning the trim and paint touch up which surprisingly took up most of the days. The owner wasn't sure if they would be able to move in by Thanksgiving, but when Saturday was over, he was confident that it might happen. All they need now is to install their floor & kitchen cabinets. What made the trip worth it: that we were able to make a difference in these families.
Coming home was really nice, but I couldn't help to think about those in Parkersburg that don't have a place to come "home" to. We had more fun than a planned family vacation and are ready to go back in the spring. Several in our group had mentioned it to me on Sunday at church, so I think we'll just plan on it.

A few things I want to record from the trip:

  • It was an F5 tornado with winds gusting 250 mph. Some trees were still standing, but limbs were stripped and bent eastward.
  • There were no street signs, they were all blown down.
  • The football scoreboard was blown 100 miles away in Decorah. Papers and other things are being found in Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The beginning of an heirloom

Have you ever wondered about the history of an heirloom? Where it came from, who made it, who used it? Do you even have an heirloom?
I'm pleased to say I have many. One of my most prized is my baptism gown that was worn by my mother, myself, and both of my girls. (they'll have to fight over it when they have kids of their own).
This little sweater dress was made for Lydia by my mom. I see these sweater dresses all over in stores so I guess they're a hot fashion thing this fall. And I guess mom has an eye for fashion ;) But anyway, it's a sweet little dress that will fit her for quite a while.
ps...the hat is from etsy, not quite an heirloom, but is handmade.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Out of nearly 6000 pictures I've taken this year alone, I think this just might be my favorite of all time. And it doesn't even contain my own children.
p.s. Jo-let me know what size (& color or b/w) you want this in. I'll get it printed for you!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

What a fun time we had last night! The best part was the weather...we were trick or treating in short sleeves which is so unusual for MN. Cassie was pretty shy when we went door to door, but I guess mom & dad get the candy since we did all the work LOL ;)
Our church hosted a party with dinner, games and lots of extra prizes too. Cassie didn't hold back there, she was such a little party girl! Lydia also had a good time watching everyone play games.

ps: I think cassie looks so grown up in these pictures, don't you?