Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's been a long week

Besides everything else that's been going on, I got some more sad news on Sunday. My friends Nicole and Kelly found out that their mom has cancer. Nicole has been my friend since, well, forever. We hung out with Kelly whenever she'd let us back then and now we all do Bedrock together on Sunday mornings. Their mom, Becky, has always been a second mom to me. You know how it is in high school, when you're at your friend's house more than your own and their family becomes your own?

They will be getting results from some tests today. I pray that there is some good news. The doctors have already told them that Becky has cancer of the lungs and liver and it may have spread to other organs as well. If I could, I would ask for prayers for this family. Nicole is very close with her mom and this is really hard on her. Becky is in a lot of pain and her platelet count is very low, too low to even think about starting chemo yet.

Friday, April 25, 2008

2 Corinthians

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead...... On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.

Please continue to pray for the Freiwalds. Things went as smoothly as they could.

I was able to spend time with Jesse and Andrea at the hospital today. Steph was there too... it's crazy because it's been a long time since we've all been together. It stinks that it took something like this to make it happen.

Please Pray...

As many already know, Jesse and Andrea Freiwald found out on Wednesday that the baby Andrea is carrying does not have a heartbeat anymore. From what the doctors can tell by the baby's growth this has been the case for a couple of weeks.

This morning they are in the hospital. Because Andrea is close to half way through the pregnancy she will be delivering the baby.

Please pray for them... for today and for the weeks to come. This has been a very hard time for them, physically for Andrea and emotionally for them both.

It is terrible to watch people you love go through something so painful. But as I rocked Aiden last night at 2 a.m. and as I see him run around this morning I am reminded of the blessings they have. I know that God will see them through this.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The curse is broken

After 2 years of attending only losing baseball games at the Dome, my curse is finally broken... we were there to watch the Twins win 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Indians!


Greta got her chance to be a star at KidStuf this weekend. During the last song a bunch of kids were pulled up on the stage and she was so excited to be one of them!

Spring has officially arrived

Spring training started for Miles and Linus this weekend....

15 years later

My niece Kelsey had prom on Saturday. I have pictures from my prom (has it really been 15 years.... I'm getting old!!) where I'm holding her. She was the same age then as Greta is now. It was pretty cool to have the opportunity to snap a few pictures of them together. Who knows, maybe we'll be able to carry on this tradition and Kelsey will have a daughter when Greta goes to her prom!
The last 2 pictures are ones I spent a little time working on in Photoshop. I love that program!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

life lesson from a 7 year old

Dustin and Miles went to the Twins game this afternoon. On the way there, as they were nearing the Dome, they saw a homeless man holding up a sign asking for money. Dustin said that he thought about stopping to help him out but that it was at a green light and the man was across the street from them so they drove on. About a block or so down, Miles asked if Dustin had seen the man. They spent some time talking about the man and about people who are homeless.

While they were at the game Miles turned to Dustin and said "I've been having such a good time that I forgot about that homeless man for a little bit." They talked a little more about him and decided that they would look for him on the way out and offer him some money.

Leaving Minneapolis they didn't see the man. Dustin made a wrong turn and they got a little off the beaten path. Dustin was focused on getting to the freeway when Miles saw a different man with a sign asking for money. By the time Miles said something they were already on 394 headed home. Miles asked if the man would be there tomorrow... maybe we could give him something then.

My guys chatted about different things during the drive. When they were approaching the exit to Hwy. 55 Miles asked "Do you think we should go back and give that guy some water and money?" It had obviously been weighing on him. So they turned the car around and went back to the last man they saw. Dustin pulled up next to him, handed him a bottle of water and $20 and then they headed home.

Isn't it wonderful how kids think? As adults we seem to have so many excuses for why we don't help: he might be a scam artist, I don't have the time or resources, he's across the street and that's a little too inconvenient. Kids look at it in a beautifully simplistic way... someone needs help and I am able... end of story.

Now if I could just get him to show this kind of love and generosity to his brother and sister more often, I would be in business!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

finally got it right...

I started this project about 2 years ago. When I first tried it, I traced and hand cut each individual word out of tagboard and then used it as a stencil. It took me FOREVER. When I was finished, I noticed that the whole verse was crooked... and I gave up (for the time being.) Fast forward to 2 months ago when I discovered a company that lets you design your own wall sayings that you basically rub onto your wall. Dustin painted our entryway on Saturday and I put this up yesterday. It's finally finished!!

chrees and smornings

Last week I was going through Linus' writing journal from school. The teacher has them write sentences and they spell the words as best they can. She's been a kindergarten teacher for a long time so I'm sure that she can read those "kindergarten words" without skipping a beat. I, however, had to pause on a word in Linus' journal. I read and re-read it several times: 'chree' was what he had written. I went back and read the whole sentence again and I realized that he had meant 'tree.' I can't believe that for all of his 6 years he has thought that the word tree started with the "ch" sound!

It made me think back to many years ago when my 17 year old niece was in first grade. She brought home a paper that had a sentence written on it in large, perfectly executed letters. It read "My dad was asleep the smorning." What's funny is that if you say 'this morning' out loud, it really does sound like 'the smorning.' My brother and I still use 'the smorning' in sentences when talking to each other.

Friday, April 11, 2008

All eyes on Sunday

School is closed for the day. I'm not sure, but I don't ever remember school closing in April for snow when I was a kid. The good news is that we're supposed to have sunshine on Sunday. I'm not even going to shovel this mess...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A taste of spring...

While at Cub today I couldn't pass these flowers up. They are a sign of spring amidst the impending doom of another snowfall.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


The cut doesn't look that bad... no bruising and it isn't very long. It was pretty deep and it bled like crazy.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Spiderman Explained

Check out Dustin's first attempt at editing a video with some new software he got.

Friday night in the ER

I spent the better part of the night last night with Greta in the ER. While playing baseball outside, Linus accidentially hit Greta in the head with the bat. She was wearing a batting helmet but unfortunately it doesn't protect the forehead from swinging aluminum. The good news is that she's fine, with no major head injury (we knew this pretty quickly when she started sassing us minutes after it happened!) She did have to get the wound super-glued together but she did a great job while everyone was poking and proding her. I'll try to remember to take a picture tomorrow to post here.

Friday, April 04, 2008

April 4th

Today is my nephew Israel's birthday. And thanks to an old U2 song, I'll always remember that today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assination.

from 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)'
Early morning, April 4
A shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride