Happy Birthday Erica!

Today is Erica’s 20th birthday. It’s her first semester here at SCSU. She is from Malawi and is adjusting to MN weather. 

I was able to sneak her away from studying for finals for 90 minutes to enjoy fajitas at a local Mexican restaurant. 

We enjoyed conversation on our favorite books of the bible, summer life here, and her classes.  


Hot dogs

This evening, while the bigger kids were at unicycling, I took Jack, Max, and friend Rylan with me to the grocery store.  Three boys in a grocery store is worse than herding wet cats.  They were loud and ALL over the place.  As I was standing getting cream and walking over to get salad greens, I hear Jack say, “Oh hot dogs! I LOVE hot dogs.  Wait…those aren’t hot dogs…those are animal lips.  Disgusting!”

When we were back in the van, I asked him where he heard about animal lips.  “Matthew told me.”

That kid cracks me up more than once each day.

Cabin cleaning

The Voelkers and Larsens went to my in-laws cabin and did the spring cleaning and put in the dock. 

It was a full busy day! Curses to the Asian lady bugs…there are thousands of them. As soon as we vacuumed, hundreds more would come out. But the cabin is clean from top to bottom and we will call it a good day.


Entering crazy full

We are in a season of crazy full.  Carl is working most nights and weekends gearing up for Secret Church and Unite National Day of prayer, all the while preparing for Together 2016 on the National Mall on July 16, 2016.

Our college tribe of students are graduating and leaving.  Syntyche is have a Baptism/Graduation Party on May 8th with all her family coming into town.  We will be blessed to host some of them and help her prepare food.  I even get a VIP seating to watch her graduate.

We found a great place for therapy, but it will be 10 intensive sessions in a three week period in May, which means we will have to travel to the cities for all of those.

And oh yeah, we are trying hard to finish homeschooling for the year.  To say that I am ready to be done is an understatement, and we still have a month to go. Homeschooling boys makes me want to beat my head against the wall most mornings.  I don’t make them do much book work, but there is a small amount of necessary handwriting, math and reading that must be done.  Come quickly Lord Jesus – otherwise Jack might not make it.  The boys have been spending their afternoons digging holes in my “not yet” planted garden. They are not going to enjoy putting all the dirt back.

Through all of the fullness of life, I am still trying to find moments of rest; sitting in my green chair in my room, waiting upon the Lord, even if it only lasts a minute or two.

God is faithful.

God is able.




Chess Tournament 

With great coaching beforehand from Grandpa, the kiddos excelled at the chess tournament this year. 

In the grade 3-5 division, Silas took 1st, Titus took 2nd, and Adie took  3rd. 

Jack placed 6th is his very first tournament play. Everybody did great.


Crowded House

The girls and I made the meal for Corwded House tonight. On the menu was egg bake, caramel and cinnamon rolls and a ton of fruit. They worked so hard and I’m so proud of them. 

It was great fun to gather people around yummy food. 



Poor Jack had an allergic reaction to something today. 

We are glad he is better tonight.