30 July 2012

six years

Six years ago today, it was another hot summer day...it was a Sunday and it was the day Arlan and I said our vows

I look back on that day with a smile on my face & realize all God has taught & blessed me through my husband...

Arlan teaches me to never settle for mediocrity.
He teaches me the value of loyalty.
and love.
and that simple, nerdy things in life are sometimes the best :)
he believes in me
he challenges me
he unconditionally loves me and...
above all...
he points me to Christ.

Thank you Arlan for 6 years of love, compassion, mercy & for living life together~I love you.

 you didn't believe me, did you?!

Sunday morning bridal party pictures at Gary & Marla's

 Saturday morning family pictures at David Davis Mansion

 our reception at the Doubletree Hotel

and lastly, I feel like this picture says volumes  :)

27 July 2012

Friday's Funny~political nonsense

Funny political cartoon by Chip Bok on healthcare rewrite showing Justic Roberts sharing his rewrite of healthcare plan 


25 July 2012

culturally askew

My blog is mostly to keep my family up to date on our happenings...it's not contraversial or political (although I do like funny political cartoons from time to time :)

However, I was moved by the latest editorial in World magazine when writer Joel Belz (a favorite of mine) asked the following questions to we readers:

"If you could identify just one issue that is terribly askew in our culture today, and then were granted as a gift from God the ability to set that one issue right, what would it be? What specific cultural victory, if we could win it, would provide the most leverage to produce a society that is closer to the cultural blueprint God has designed for us?"

While some of you could probably could guess what readers wrote about, some did surprise me...click here to read the entire article.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  

If so, I'd like to know what you think is the most culturally askew in today's society that you wish to be granted "set-right" by God?

Leave a comment or post on FB.

23 July 2012

girl's get-together

Last week, I traveled to Chicago with some friends to spend time in the Windy City shopping, sight-seeing & eating some great food.  I also experienced my first food tour, which was fabulous and I highly recommend if you are spending time in Chicago with a group of friends or couples.  It allowed us to walk around via a tour guide and sample some great "hole-in-the wall" type places. 

Thanks ladies for taking the time to arrange for sitters, work schedules & thank you husbands for allowing us moms to spend some time together!  I am blessed by your friendship!

we started off our road trip right...with a Starbucks, of course!

the girl's~Jolynn, Tami, Heidi, myself, Ashley & Kendra


our first stop on our food tour was Pizano's Pizza...very yummy!

deep dish & thin crust

we then toured the beautiful Palmer House Hilton...the first hotel to have electric lights, elevators & telephones in every room

we sampled a brownie there while admiring the beautiful $160/plate banquet hall and trying not to spill crumbs :)

next we did some more walking & headed to Millennium Park where we saw the murals & "the bean"

after sweating off our brownie & pizza, we headed to the old Chicago Public Library now called the Cultural Center.  In all my times in downown Chicago, I'd never been to this building and it was a jewel! 
While our food guide didn't know too much about it, I'm anxious to try their free tours sometime!

after the Cultural Center, we headed to Gold Coast Hot Dogs for a Chicago style hot dog: vienna beef hot dog, pickle, sweet relish, onion, mustard, tomato & hot pepper~one is NOT to ask for ketchup! [no picture of this site]

next up was Fannie May, where we got to sample some of their Pixie ice cream and their artisan collection candies...both yummy!

next up, a little hole-in-the-wall place called Heaven on Seven that served us some spicy gumbo...it was really good!  Known for having authentic Cajun food & over 1300 sauces in their one restaurant, it was quite the experience!

next up, a cupcake boutique~where we sampled a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting-yum!
and they also gave the birthday girl (ME!) a free birthday cupcake to take home-so fun!

last stop was the oldest restaurant in Chicago, Berghoff's~a German pub where we sampled bratwurst & potato salad...while I'm a pizza girl with a sweet tooth at heart, I do think this stop was my favorite-it was an extremely good brat!

our cozy welcome & view from our hotel room at Hilton Chicago

Tami being cute only mere minutes before...

falling asleep :)

we shopped on Michigan Ave. on Friday

a personal favorite~GAP

before meeting up with 3.5 of the cutest people on the Magnificent Mile as Alesa and G & E joined us for the morning & lunch at Corner Bakery...aren't they darling?!

18 July 2012


Ms. Burkelle Kaye Rozeboom!  (pronounced Bur-Kell)
She finally made her appearance this past Friday night...Mom & baby are home and doing well!
Congrats Mike & Em...can't wait to meet & smooch on her!

 7 lbs. 7 oz.
20.75 inches long

 Grandma Iowa is enjoying loving on another little bundle!

 isn't that dark hair fabulous?!

17 July 2012

catching up...

Now that I'm on Facebook, it's extremely easy to forget to post to my blog;  I can snap a picture with my phone, place it on Instagram or Facebook within seconds & most of you out there can enjoy it!

However, there are still a few of you who refuse to join the dark side and thus, I will strive to post both places.

 play date with the Baner girls...above is Reese & Haven

and this is Elle & Haven; Haven had a BALL on Elle's electric scooter, talking about her ride all the way home...well, until she fell asleep!

 family time while in Lester two weeks ago...my Mom's backyard neighbors is also my cousin! 
Haven LOVES playing with Jackson & Lucy and this time, Betsy's girl Maryls
was able to join them!

Lucy, Maryls & Haven

 1st summer taste of sweet corn ~ so yummy!!

 Haven & I at Grandma Iowa's

Haven's 1st bike, courtesy of the Baners-thanks!

an 8:00am trip to the park so by...

...4:00pm, this is what a combination of Kaeb's and an early morning will result in!
Thanks again for watching Haven so I could...

...attend Symphony on the Prairie with dear friends: Joy, Sheryl & Alesa!

it finally rained a 1/2 inch last Saturday night...Haven LOVED playing in it!

we also tried overnight curlers before one Saturday night...uh, they stayed in all of 10 minutes-maybe

Haven's new whale pool

singing with the college kids!

 Haven and Daddy at singing

princess Haven...we are VERY into princesses lately (much to my dismay)

pool date with Haven and her friend Drew

Haven and I attended the last Twin City Tale Spinners story time

how we find Haven most nights lately....with Grandma Iowa's Bible possessively in her hands

and a few videos to round out the post!

3 little monkeys jumping on the bed!

playing "double dutch" with the Aunts