Inquiring Minds Want to Know……

Here are some fun facts about Brandon and I!

  1. We met in Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
  2. We have been married since June 6, 2015.
  3. We are 2.5 years and 15 days apart in age. Brandon & his brother are 2 years and 15 apart. Brandon’s parents are 1 years apart and 15 days (so I fit the pattern! Woohoo!)
  4. All of the kids in my family (brothers and sisters) have A and B names. (Brandon fits our family’s pattern!)
  5. We both hate to be hot!
  6. We like to read together– and by read together I mean I read out loud to him while he listens 😛
  7. We both hate coffee.
  8. We love the Office (the american one.)
  9. We agree that sandwhiches need to be cut diagonally, into triangles (I have married into this idea.)
  10. We are extremely picky about our BBQ food (Sonny’s in the south is THE BEST!)
  11. We both earned our bachelor’s degrees at UW-Milwaukee.
  12. We love going for night drives and listening to country music with the windows down.
  13. We have driven to the west coast and southeast coast together.
  14. We love to entertain and have people over.
  15. We love to travel– our travel-to list includes: england, scotland, Italy, Norway, Hawaii and more!
  16. We both get sunburned really easily (our children don’t stand a chance at tanning well.)
  17. We love thunderstorms.
  18. We want to get a dog and name him Leonidas (so when the dog gets scolded Brandon can yell “Leonidas!”.
  19. Brandon is lactose intolerant and I grew up drinking a gallon of milk a week. (I spent a long time telling Brandon his Lactaid milk was not real milk.)
  20. Brandon is a severe extrovert and I tend to be more introverted. (I know, those of you that know him are SOOOO surprised.)
  21. We love going to the zoo and usually try to go to the zoo in  any places that we visit. So far, we love the Omaha zoo the best!
  22. Brandon lived in 19 different places by the time we met in Milwaukee. I had never lived outside of Milwaukee County when we met.
  23. Brandon loves to mountain bike….. I choose to not do things that I will likely get injured doing (haha). Brandon says if he doesn’t come back bleeding, he didn’t try hard enough.
  24. The only place I have been to outside of the United States is Canada. Brandon has been to Mexico, Israel, Korea, England, Scotland, Ghana and Germany.
  25. Brandon HATES feet but worked in a shoe store for 5 years (where he put shoes on and off of people.)

“Take Heart, I Have Overcome the World” John 16:33

Being away from home last year (2016) for Easter was hard on me. It was the first Easter I had ever been away from my family. For much of my life, Easter was about time with family, Easter egg hunts and going to church as a family. Growing up, I may not have realized what Easter was really about– Christ’s sacrifice, death and resurrection, however I knew that it was a Christian holiday and that my family gathered to celebrate it.

Growing up, we would go to church, then have a family meal and find our Easter eggs and Easter baskets. Even when we grew older and it was my nieces’ and nephews’ turn to search for their Easter treats, my older sister always got things for us “older kids”. She is so thoughtful in that way, for all things.

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We like to move it, move it! 

Its funny how a year prior when we decided to go to California, I was adamant that we would only be there a year and then return straight back to Wisconsin. While we were in California, working at camp and exploring the beautiful coast, God began to change my heart and allowed me to truly consider staying in California for longer.

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Unconditional and Unfailing Love

In starting a blog, one of my missions is for you all to know me a little bit better. Being truly known is something that I really strive for in my relationships (as many of us do I’m sure) and I hope to let you all in a little bit more and more with each blog post.

 

One of the things I think is important for you all to know about me is how and when I became a Christian.

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Be Courageous, Take Heart

“And further and further, my heart moves away from the shore. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours.” Bethel Music “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me)”

 

This was pretty much my anthem for 2016. I was moving away from the only place I had ever called home, leaving all of my close friends and family behind and setting sail on a new adventure with my husband. The beginning of 2016 was probably one of the most challenging times of my life. I had a homesickness that I had never experienced so intensely before. We were starting new jobs (which can be difficult on it own), in a new state (added difficulty), learning an entire science curriculum of classes to teach students (the difficulty continues), and training to become challenge course facilitators (for my first time ever).

 

I was so nervous and anxious about the challenge course portion for a couple reasons. 1. The only time I had ever personally participated in a challenge course was in grade school when my school went to camp Whitcomb-Mason and I think I refused to do the high ropes stuff. 2. The amount of responsibility placed on you to ensure safety made me so sick to think about. There were so many times that I wanted to back out– to call the camp and say that we wouldn’t be taking the positions after all, to stay with my family and friends and unpack all our stuff, to turn back during our move when everything was going wrong. I was so tempted to ask that I only teach the science courses so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the challenge courses at all.

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Our First Anniversary Adventure

We had the unique opportunity to spend our one year anniversary in California (which we never thought would happen.) We ended up working on our actual anniversary– duty calls– but we were able to have the morning off together and decided to go to my favorite beach, Goat Rock. My wonderful sisters had the foresight to have our guests write advice to us for different anniversaries to be read on the day of that anniversary. So, we packed the year one wine bottle of advice, a blanket, and our gifts for each other into the car and headed off for the beach. We found a spot and got settled in to enjoy each other’s company and reminisce on the year we had.

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Six Things We Learned While Spending a Year in a Trailer

 

If you are like me and watched the Tiny Houses documentary, you started a pinterest board immediately after and thought through all the things you had that you could live without.

In 2016, my husband and I accepted jobs in the christian camping field and as part of our contract housing would be provided. However, in order to accommodate us (being married and living together) the camp asked if we would be willing to live in a trailer. Being excited about our work opportunities, we gladly accepted.

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God’s Provisions Over Difficult Travels (Part 2)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with the surging.” Psalm 46:1-3

(Read Part 1)

January 1st, 2016– Day three we awoke to below zero temperatures (-16 to be exact) and a delicious continental breakfast. While I finished my food, Brandon headed out to crank the car up so that it would be nice and warm when we started driving again. THE CAR WOULDN’T START! Jumping it didn’t work, the fuses looked fine. We were stuck. Thankfully, we were able to get a tow truck fairly quickly but, we knew that no garages would be open since it was New Years Day. All we needed was a warm garage for the car to be in, in case lines were frozen (which was our hope.) After a tow to Walmart, a new battery, our car being pushed back out into the parking lot, & still un-repaired; we checked the fuses again and found that one that had given us trouble before, had blown. A quick drive down to the car shop and a $4 piece, we were back on the road…for now. Feeling relieved to be done with this ridiculous issue, we were ready to finish our final day of driving.

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