Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Alena Finished Her Novel!


Alena worked really hard during the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel with the program Nanowrimo (http://www.nanowrimo.org/). It stands for National Novel Writing Month. She finished her novel early on Monday, November 26, and we celebrated together as a family!! We're looking forward to reading it soon. It was fun to see her perseverance, confidence and drive.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween numbers and one year ago today

Last night we had 106 trick or treaters. Because Nancy has choir practice on Wednesdays, she sent a note around to her kids that if they wanted to stop by our house to see her, they would have to do it before 6:15 PM. So our first kid came before I got home from work at 4:30 PM. After she left there were just a couple of her kids who missed her. I took photos of the ones who came late. Then we had a bunch of "bigger" kids after that. I shut the light off at 8:00 PM.

Two years ago, we had 115 kids. So, why didn't we have a number for last year? Halloween day last year was the day Ben came home from the hospital and we didn't keep track for some reason. We are glad to be one year away from all that hospital stuff. Ben is doing great with his neck and ear. We will continue to see the ear doctor every 6 months or so and have his one year neurosurgery checkup in a month.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

From Windhoek to Anker - August 18, 2007





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King Grant and Queen Sara

At the Homecoming Coronation on Saturday night, Sara and Grant were crowned queen and king. It was quite an honor. They'll participate in a number of events in the coming week (parade, dance, powderpuff football game, school dress-up days). Added to Sara's four soccer games this week and Alena's cross country meet in Zumbrota on Thursday, it should be a very active week. Here are some pictures from the coronation. Sorry, Paul, to add a post in the middle of your Africa pictures (they're great, by the way) but we wanted to share the good news with you!







Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Debris to Clean Up After the Storm




After Tuesday's 3:00 a.m. storm, we had no power for about five hours and some downed branches from the trees in our back yard. Lots more trees down in Bloomington, the second storm in the last few weeks. The girls got to stay home because of a power outage at their school. Today is sunny and less humid and beautiful, though.

Katie's New Digs




They have a "townhouse" with three bedrooms (six girls) with a living room, bathroom and kitchenette. It's very comfy and home-like. She loves it! School starts on Tuesday, but she's there because she's a RIOT (Reaching In and Out Together) leader for the incoming freshman, a weekly Bible study.