August Writing Prompt #4

Words Matter

Sometimes I wonder what words of mine rumble around in other people’s heads. I know there are words and situations that pop up for me even when it has been years after they happened or sometimes they’re from last week. Some are fun, happy memories and others leave me with that pit in my stomach feel of not knowing how they could say that or not say anything. They remind me to speak as kindly as I can because words stick. I know I have fallen short and I get to choose what to do with the words from others. I am invited into doing the work of forgiveness and the practice of clinging to the words from the Lord—He gets the final say.

August Writing Prompts #3

What do you do for fun?

Running, hiking, walking, and being outside are my go-to fun activities! Lately, I have been hitting the trails for runs. This season has required some flexibility in scheduling so I’ve come to love early morning and late evening runs to keep my mind and body happy. Though, really, any run or hike brings me joy. I always am happy I went afterwards even if I feel intimidated beforehand.

Adventure and exploring new places are high on my list of things that bring me fun. Looking at plane tickets, dreaming, and planning trips are all part of the fun. I love researching the details of places to eat and things to do.

Books definitely come into my for fun category! Reading a book I can’t put down, a cookbook, a travel book, a Christian book, leadership book, WW2, historical fiction, biography, fantasy, and others. I like variety and have grown to be more selective as I’ve gotten older. I’ve read 31 books so far this year.

Throwing pottery on the wheel and even this last year I grew to love hand building.

Cooking, baking, and trying new recipes.

Quality time with my people. Give me time to talk, play a game, or just hang out with those I love and I am very happily having fun.

August Writing Prompts #2

What is your pace in this season? How do you feel about it?

When I think about this season’s pace, speed work and hill runs come to mind. We have specific goals and deadlines we are trying to hit but are needing to put in the work to be ready. Our basement and house projects are cruising along but then we hit a hill that takes a bit longer to tackle. Supply issues, scheduling, and life with four littles are some of those hills. Yet, we are still showing up to do the work and run hard and fast while we can.

I’m feeling a bit sad that this summer has not been one full of camping, travel, and quality time. I have a little bit of hope that this season will come to an end and we will see a finished house ready. Throw in some feelings of stress and overwhelm as we navigate finances, time management, and decisions. Add in a lot of decisions to be content, prayerful, trusting, cheerful, and keep my gaze on the Lord.

August Writing Prompts

1. Observe

I shut my eyes and I can feel the dirt underneath my feet as I keep making my way down the road. Everyone else is occupied and I am out by myself. The African sun is high above me and I work my way downhill. I am running toward the gate past the classroom and the other houses. The road bends and there might be some old pavers peaking through to help cars make their way up. My eyes are open taking in all the scenery has to offer but my mind is still focused elsewhere. I am mulling over the lesson during class. The ideas seem so foreign but I feel hunger for more. I did not know what was possible or that this was even a gift for today. Logic threatened to keep me held back but my heart wanted to try. I reasoned that at worst nothing would happen and at least no one was there to point it out. So, I opened my mouth and tried.

Asher is 8!

Real life! Army guys and Lincoln logs in the background.
Army guy strawberry cupcakes
  • Favorite Foods: Pizza, chicken strips, bananas foster, milkshakes, toast, rice pudding
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Book: Warriors, Dog Man, I survived, Hazardous Tales
  • Favorite Song: None
  • Favorite Movie/show: Dinotrux, Rescue Riders Dragons, Ninja Star Wars, The Nut Job, Open Season 2
  • Favorite Animal: dogs
  • Favorite sports: Basketball and golf
  • Favorite toy: Model boats, army guys, airplanes, books
  • Favorite thing to play: Army guys
  • Favorite place to go: Grandma’s house
  • Job he wants: General in the Navy
  • Place he wants to visit: Acadia National Park
  • Favorite Bible story: David and Goliath
  • Friends: Xavier, Rudy, Ezra, Phillip

Another year has passed and you’re that much closer to double digits! First grade was filled with all sorts of adventures. You missed some things because of us being sick but you got to do the Marathon and the Spring musical. You took off reading and say that you can read books like water. You grew two more inches and already weigh 60lb! We finally let you switch your car seat to a booster. Your Lego creations, army setups, and creativity are fun to see!

Asher, I see you as bold, fun, intense, thoughtful, kind, and creative. I love seeing the games you make up and how you are always wanting to come up with another plan or adventure. You go up to librarians to ask for help, you seek out others, and love to play. You tell us when we are overreacting and are good at showing your own emotions. You got glasses this year but don’t always remember to wear them. You had fun in basketball, tennis, golf, and swimming lessons! You were not too sure about going off the diving board but you did awesome naming your limits and trying what you could. You are definitely ready for us to be done fixing the house since you seem to love quality time. I love spending time with you too. You’re my best Asher. I’m excited to see what God has for you in this next year.

Arrow 11 Months

I’m coming in only a few weeks late but here it is! My baby is 11 months.

What we have learned…you are quite the climber! You aren’t walking all the time yet (just taking a few steps) but you can climb onto the table and chairs. You can climb onto beds and all the things. You love to explore!

What we are enjoying…your smile and sweet nature. I love snuggling with you and how you lay your head on my chest still.

We are struggling with…slowing down time! I keep wanting to soak up all the time with you and your siblings.

Most exciting milestones…you are standing some and taking steps! You know how to go down backward from things but still need to be reminded.

Arrow seems to like…eating everything, standing, climbing, cars and toys, being held, music, and being included.

Dislikes seem to include…toys being taken from him, getting stuck in the high chair, being “sat on” by his siblings, and being left alone.

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat around 4-5 but then back to sleep. Usually waking up around 7-8. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1-2ish. Totally rolling with all our flexibility.

He’s eating…all the things! He likes Annie’s bunnies, pancakes, pizza, and he eats whatever we are eating. He’s still nursing 4-5 times—working our way toward weaning. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat.

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 18 lb 13.5oz and was 29.25 inches long. His head circumference was 46cm.

Asher is 7!

  • Favorite Foods: Bananas foster pancakes
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Book: Books about war
  • Favorite Song: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything by Veggie Tales
  • Favorite Movie/show: Octonauts and Paw Patrol
  • Favorite Animal: Dragon and a dog
  • Favorite sports: Basketball and tennis
  • Favorite toy: Model boats
  • Favorite thing to play: Legos
  • Favorite place to go: A cave
  • Job he wants: Officer in the Navy or a Captain
  • Place he wants to visit: Yellowstone or New York City
  • Favorite Bible story: David
  • Friends: Josiah and Jacob

What a year it has been! I’m happy to say that about a month after his birthday he got to visit Yellowstone! We filled that part out around his birthday and I’m just now getting around to finally posting this. I can hardly believe I have a seven year old who is going into first grade!

Asher, I see you as fun, adventurous, full of ideas, a great negotiator, constantly asking us to read you books, and you live up to your name as you bring such joy and happiness to people around you. I see you feeling all the big emotions and caring deeply. When we are out on hikes, in campgrounds, and out and about, I will often find you striking up conversations with all sorts of people. There are so many people I would not have met if you hadn’t said, “Hi! I’m Asher!” I’m so grateful for the ways you help around the house and see me when I’m sad. You bring such joy (and a few challenges ha!) to my life. I’m so curious to continue to see all the ideas you come up with and all the things you will do in life. Thanks for hiking with me in Yellowstone and going on an adventure together. You’re my favorite Asher.

Arrow 8,9,&10

Oops! Time flies when summer is here and all the things are happening. So, I’m jumping in with a 3 month update.

What we have learned…you are awesome at camping and hiking and going along on our adventures. You have such a fun personality and we love seeing it come out. From your loud noises to your little smile to raising your eyebrows at us, you bring us joy!

What we are enjoying…that you are along for the ride fully now! You eat pretty much what we do and you love to explore and play. We love being with you!

We are struggling with…keeping you from eating dirt and all the things! You want to crawl everywhere and taste all the things. You do put up more of a fuss about going in the car seat sometimes and you’re a pro at rolling away from diaper changes.

Most exciting milestones…you went on your first camping trip to Gooseberry Falls! You crawl like crazy and love to bear crawl to go faster. You sit and play with toys. You are starting to stand without holding onto anything for a few seconds at a time. You’re learning to go down backward from things too and are great at climbing (even the ladder when Ryan is working on trim). You have 5 teeth. 3 on top and 2 on the bottom.

Arrow seems to like…eating everything, standing, climbing, cars, being held, and being included.

Dislikes seem to include…not being able to reach what he wants, toys being taken from him, too much touching, and not being allowed down the stairs or out the doors especially if someone else is going out.

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat but then back to sleep. Usually up around 4-5 to eat and then then waking up around 7-8. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1ish. Occasionally one more around 3/4ish too. Still rolling with all our summer schedules!

He’s eating…all the things! He tries just about everything. He eats whatever we are eating. He’s still eating about every 4ish hours during the day. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat.

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 18 lb 13.5oz and was 29.25 inches long. His head circumference was 46cm.

Global Running Day

Recently it was Global Running Day and I saw some fun surveys so I thought I’d jump on board and write mine up.

1. Would you rather run along a beach or on a mountain trail?

Oh man! Such a tough question…both?! If I had to choose, I guess I would go with mountains but I do love a good beach run too.

2. What’s your preference—out and back, point to point, or loop?

Point to point! A loop is a close second though and what I usually do for runs from my house.

3. Would you rather train through the winter for a spring race or through the summer for a fall race?

Definitely a fall race. Though, that is totally based on freezing Minnesota winters.

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide how far and fast?

I love a training plan to check it off but I’ve learned to enjoy just going out for a run too.

5. What are your favorite running shoes?

I love trying new ones! Altras are next on my list.

6. Would you rather start your run uphill and end on a downhill or start downhill and run uphill?

End on a downhill for sure!

7. Favorite run since becoming a mother?

The Grand Forks Half Marathon with my husband! Totally hard but totally proud we were able to do it while I was still nursing Melea.

8. What would you recommend to a new runner?

Have fun! Get some good shoes and enjoy.

9. What are your favorite running clothes?

Shorts and a t-shirt!

10. What is your favorite distance to run?

Lately, I’m really loving the idea of a 10k race but otherwise I’m all about the challenge. With littles around and still nursing, I do what I can!

11. When you aren’t running, what other exercises do you do?

Revelation Wellness tv! I love their workouts and their focus on Jesus!

12. If you could relive any race in the past, which one would it be?

My first marathon! So many I loved about it from getting to talk to so many people to the feeling of accomplishment.

13. How long have you been running?

Consistently since about 2007 which makes like 14 years! I did my first marathon in 2010. Some of my most memorable runs though were in South Africa.

14. How did you start running?

I started running as a hobby after I finished playing tennis in college. I figured I needed to do some exercise and tennis is sometimes hard to find someone else with a similar ability so I tried running!

Out on a run for Global Running Day—I’m grateful he comes along to help push strollers!

Arrow 6 & 7 Months

Checking in again with another update. Arrow is 7 months and spring might be coming someday. With snow on the ground, who knows when the weather will stay warmer. We have enjoyed the warmer days though and have gotten out when we can!

What we have learned…you still love your thumb, you’re big enough for the Nuna and this has been our easiest transition to it, you’re on the move, and thankfully you’re spit up game has slowed.

What we are enjoying…having you sit in the high chair for dinner, watching you explore, getting you to smile or laugh, reading books to you, and being with you!

We are struggling with…mess, noise, trying to get the house finished, and cold weather. t

Most exciting milestones…you’re on the move! You can rotate and are starting to army crawl. You have two teeth and you’re trying new foods. You got to go on an airplane and go to Phoenix! You did awesome on the plane and on all of our hikes. The gloo was great for sleep too!

Arrow seems to like…eating, chewing his toes, being held, having us talk to him, when we come home and say hi to him, being on his tummy, plank, and trying to move everywhere.

Dislikes seem to include…getting stuck when he’s rolling and moving, too much touching, and not being able to get to his thumb. 

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat but then back to sleep. Usually up around 2/3 and then again 5:30/6:30 and then usually go asked up around 7:30ish or later if we don’t have anywhere to go. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1ish. Usually one more around 3/4ish too. Still rolling with all our punches and schedules.

He’s eating…milk! He started trying food too! He’s tried green beans, corn, peppers, raspberries, Noand lots of other little bites of whatever we are eating. Baby led weaning for the win! He’s still eating about every 3-4 hours during the day. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat. 

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 16 lb 4.5oz and was 27.5 inches long. His head circumference was 17.25 inches which is in the 49th percentile. So, like 16th percentile for weight and 68th for height. All looked good and we are so grateful.