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Look at Me Go… Three Posts in a Row… |June 12, 2014|

This one… will be very little jibberish and just focus on what’s up with my kids…

The Light of my World…

 

This boy turned 21…. FINALLY!!!  It was a long road but he finally hit the magic 21 years.  This was taken as he was departing for Las Vegas to be part of a celebration with his buddies.  Two for one weekend.  He turned 21 in Vegas and Dusty had his bachelor party.  Talk about a Hang Over movie sequel waiting to happen.  8 North Dakota boys in Vegas.

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The girls during Homecoming week back in October.  I know it is an older one, but I just love it.

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Zada and Sophia… another old one and HORRIBLE color… but I just love when they hang out together.  Zader-Beans is getting old on us.  We had to build her a ramp to get up the two (yes 2) steps on the deck.  She is quite the girl  We love her and I worry about her so very much.

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This girl turned 9.  Here she is the last night at age 8.  Being a bit silly for the camera.

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This lovely lady melts my heart.  Here she is at the spring concert.  We decided to cut her hair a few days after this.  Now I see how pretty it was that night and maybe regret it a bit… but her hair grows super fast so we should be okay.

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My SOUL daughter is getting married.  Her she is (on the left) with her Aunty Tonya and her mom, Jodi.  She had a beautiful bridal shower and is finding out quickly how many people love her and how much… and it is making this special young lady a bit teary eyed.

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And… it rained the other day (and many other days)… But it was super nice and warm out so the girls went out and played in the water.  This little peanut makes my family with “too many kids” complete.  Chad and I joke often about having “too many kids” because quite frankly… they make us tired sometimes.  And while I may have been a bit moody before she arrived… I wouldn’t trade her in for anything in the world.  Love this little girl.  She is my Snuggle Bear.

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And here they are… playing in the rain.  Seriously, it was so warm, Emma could sit in the “Pooh Stick Stream” and not freeze.  Olivia quickly learned that there wasn’t enough water for the floater.

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So… there you have it.  A bit of fun and no major ‘life lessons’ or reasons for the post.  Just me sharing my kids with you.

As I type, Little Miss Sophia has decided to wake up at 4:30AM and said she wants to come ‘snuggle’ with me.

Gotta go.  No way I am saying no to that request.

Take Care of You!

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Reasons… |June 11, 2014|

Reasons vs. Excuses

This post is a collection of thoughts that have come to me lately and I wanted to share them to see what others think on the topic of

Reasons vs. Excuses

First of all, are they the same thing?  I am going to argue absolutely… NOT.

I have come up against a few people in my life who feel every answer you give them when  asked how or why something was completed in a certain way (generally in unsatisfactory ways)… that the answer is an excuse.

Truth be told there are sometimes reasons and sometimes excuses.  Reasons I can handle… Excuses (and sometimes blaming) makes me wonder or something.  I am not sure what it does… but I am learning that I use both and it is my intention to use excuses less and hopefully reasons less as well.

Let me give you some examples of MY ideas when it comes to reasons vs. excuses.

Why didn’t you work out this morning?
Reason: My daughter was throwing up and had a fever of 102 degrees.
Excuse: I only had two hours of sleep and couldn’t make myself get up to go.

Why is your homework not done?
Reason: I came home from school and threw up.
Excuse: I didn’t have time.

Why didn’t you call your Mom on her birthday?
Reason: I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean with no cell service.
Excuse: My cell phone was not charged.

As I make my way through many changes in my life over the coming year (or two) I am hoping to deal with fewer reasons and make fewer excuses because I just want to do and be the best I can.  I want to get it right as often as I can.  Will I falter?  Of course, but when asked, why didn’t you succeed at making your home a better place to live and take better care of your heart, mind, body and soul… the answer won’t be a reason or an excuse… but will rather be I’m still working on it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and change takes time.

And because I try not to leave you without a visual stimulus of some sort…

A picture of me (age 40) and my soul daughter (age 25) at our joint birthday celebration last fall.

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When a Break Lasts too Long… |June 9 – 2014|

When a Break Lasts too Long…

People don’t continue to follow you.  I am sure there are a few people who may wonder what I am upto and that’s great.  Blogging today for me so I can get back on track.  I enjoy sharing my story.  Why… who the hell knows.  I just do.

(Uffda… this computer is frustrating me.)  My PC is needing a trip to the hospital so it is in the back of my van.  I think I will give it a ride to Dickinson tomorrow and hope they can take a look at it.  Using my Mom’s laptop and some functions are super slow.  I may take this in for a visit to the computer fixers as well.

Anyway, my last post was FOREVER and a day ago.  It was about this girl who was signed up to run a half-marathon and why she wanted to do it.  She wrote an amazing list and she almost believed the story herself… then she didn’t and things went to hell in her plan and she didn’t fight to stay with it… she let it go… again.

That was me… in case you didn’t know.  Two years in a row I signed up for the half-marathon in Fargo.  Two years in a row I completed the 10K.  Today I am not going to write about the Fargo 10K but will post just one pic from the day.  I did finish it.  And here I am with my “participation” medal as my brother, son, and husband like to call it.

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Fargo was fun and I will blog about it, but I just wanted to let everyone… ha ha.  Let my three fans who read this blog know I am still here and I am still thinking about the blog and the writing and all of it.  Just lots going on and I don’t make myself sit down and put the words down.  I was watching Flicka with my girls and the girl, Katy, is supposed to write an essay during finals for 2 hours.  She didn’t write one word in the Blue Book.  She told her dad, “I wrote it in my head.  I just didn’t put it on the paper.”  That’s how many of my posts are these days.  I write them in my head, but don’t get much further.

Which leads me to a topic for a post on another day… Reasons… that is the title.  And I am excited to write it.

The list of things I dream of writing or want to write and tell everyone is long.

1. Reasons
2. Making Changes
3. Finding that Special Someone
4. I Still Use My Real Camera (but don’t print a darn thing)

There are four just to get your curiousity peaked.  This post has taken me three attempts at the computer and is so disjointed I am not even sure on posting it.  It is 24 hours (at least) since I started this post.  Things are chaotic in my head and in my words that are here…

But what I want to get posted and let you know I will be back again this week with more.  Likely some pics of my girls and maybe Trevor too…

Thanks for sticking with me… I appreciate it.

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As a blogger… can I call myself that if I don’t have my poop in a row and blog on a regular basis?  Well, I have a blog and I write for it… so… a blogger I shall be.

As a blogger… Something that excites me is seeing people leave comments for me.  Just a small little blip that says, “Hey, we are out here reading what you have to write… and we like it (or we don’t)”  I don’t mind hearing someone disagree with me.  I don’t write for the accolades, I don’t write for people to gush over me… I write because it does something for me and I hope it raises thoughts in my ‘readers’.

Anyway, I posted a few weeks ago and it was a Friday.  I found a cool place to read and follow called “Lisa-Jo Baker” (www.lisajobaker.com).  On Friday, she posts a prompt and people are supposed to blog from the hip on the topic for 5 minutes.  No thinking, no editing… just let the fingers fly.

Well, I did just that a couple of weeks ago and found that someone read my post.  My half-marathon coach Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com happened along my post and decided on my prompt for this Friday.  It is Thursday today, and I only have a few minutes (the lunch whistle is about to blow), but I am going to try and get started on this week’s prompt.

Amanda suggested I write… Why I am excited to train for a half-marathon?

Quite often, people probably don’t think of the word excited and half-marathon to be in the same sentence.  Just a few short weeks ago, I am not sure I was thinking that I would be one of the people that would put those words together.  But… here I am, and oddly… I am excited.

I have only just begun the journey this time around.  As you may or may not know I was registered for the Fargo Half last May (2013) and didn’t get the training in so opted to do the 10K – which was a great experience for sure.(read about that incredible journey here).

So… Why am I excited to train for a half-marathon.

Maybe I should make a list of the reasons…

  1. My support team is seriously SERIOUS this time around. Jodi and Amanda McLatchie are not letting me give up on myself just because I am a busy mom.
  2. I love my running shoes (Brooks Ghost 6)… bought an extra pair to wear just for running, and a pair with a gore-tex upper since the roads/paths are so darn wet.
  3. I need to use my Garmin so my friends don’t feel like they bought me a gift that is sitting on a shelf.
  4. I can feel a difference in my body and how much more prepared I am physically already.
  5. My knees and feet are doing well so far.  Usually, they hurt by now and I am ready to give up.
  6. Hairball is playing at the post race party.  I haven’t seen them but hear they are amazing.
  7. It is the 10 year reunion of the Fargo Marathon and the course will be a special one this year.
  8. I can’t have a cupcake at the cupcake place if I don’t attempt the half… and if I don’t train… I won’t make it… so for the love of a cupcake… I am excited to train for a half-marathon.
  9. I have people cheering me on near and far because of social media sites and it sure feels good to have people on your side.
  10. I want to finish something I started yet again… and for the learning to love myself journey I am on… this is an important goal to reach.

Thanks to Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com for being my coach and encouraging me to get this done.

Trying to find a clever way to end this post… you know as a ‘blogger’ it really should have some sort of amazing message or something… but it doesn’t.  Just me… telling about a journey I am on and putting it out there that I will be running a half-marathon in May of 2014.  THIRTEEN POINT ONE miles…

And here are three reasons I am excited as well… My three cheer leaders (and challenges to the training)… I want to show them I can decide to do something and get it done.  I have 5 miles to get in today (Sunday)… we will see how they cooperate with me needing an hour and 30 minutes to myself.

 

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As a blogger… can I call myself that if I don’t have my poop in a row and blog on a regular basis?  Well, I have a blog and I write for it… so… a blogger I shall be.

As a blogger… Something that excites me is seeing people leave comments for me.  Just a small little blip that says, “Hey, we are out here reading what you have to write… and we like it (or we don’t)”  I don’t mind hearing someone disagree with me.  I don’t write for the accolades, I don’t write for people to gush over me… I write because it does something for me and I hope it raises thoughts in my ‘readers’.

Anyway, I posted a few weeks ago and it was a Friday.  I found a cool place to read and follow called “Lisa-Jo Baker” (www.lisajobaker.com).  On Friday, she posts a prompt and people are supposed to blog from the hip on the topic for 5 minutes.  No thinking, no editing… just let the fingers fly.

Well, I did just that a couple of weeks ago and found that someone read my post.  My half-marathon coach Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com happened along my post and decided on my prompt for this Friday.  It is Thursday today, and I only have a few minutes (the lunch whistle is about to blow), but I am going to try and get started on this week’s prompt.

Amanda suggested I write… Why I am excited to train for a half-marathon?

Quite often, people probably don’t think of the word excited and half-marathon to be in the same sentence.  Just a few short weeks ago, I am not sure I was thinking that I would be one of the people that would put those words together.  But… here I am, and oddly… I am excited.

I have only just begun the journey this time around.  As you may or may not know I was registered for the Fargo Half last May (2013) and didn’t get the training in so opted to do the 10K – which was a great experience for sure.(read about that incredible journey here).

So… Why am I excited to train for a half-marathon.

Maybe I should make a list of the reasons…

  1. My support team is seriously SERIOUS this time around. Jodi and Amanda McLatchie are not letting me give up on myself just because I am a busy mom.
  2. I love my running shoes (Brooks Ghost 6)… bought an extra pair to wear just for running, and a pair with a gore-tex upper since the roads/paths are so darn wet.
  3. I need to use my Garmin so my friends don’t feel like they bought me a gift that is sitting on a shelf.
  4. I can feel a difference in my body and how much more prepared I am physically already.
  5. My knees and feet are doing well so far.  Usually, they hurt by now and I am ready to give up.
  6. Hairball is playing at the post race party.  I haven’t seen them but hear they are amazing.
  7. It is the 10 year reunion of the Fargo Marathon and the course will be a special one this year.
  8. I can’t have a cupcake at the cupcake place if I don’t attempt the half… and if I don’t train… I won’t make it… so for the love of a cupcake… I am excited to train for a half-marathon.
  9. I have people cheering me on near and far because of social media sites and it sure feels good to have people on your side.
  10. I want to finish something I started yet again… and for the learning to love myself journey I am on… this is an important goal to reach.

Thanks to Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com for being my coach and encouraging me to get this done.

Trying to find a clever way to end this post… you know as a ‘blogger’ it really should have some sort of amazing message or something… but it doesn’t.  Just me… telling about a journey I am on and putting it out there that I will be running a half-marathon in May of 2014.  THIRTEEN POINT ONE miles…

And here are three reasons I am excited as well… My three cheer leaders (and challenges to the training)… I want to show them I can decide to do something and get it done.  I have 5 miles to get in today (Sunday)… we will see how they cooperate with me needing an hour and 30 minutes to myself.

 

Robin always has something to say…

Well, I have been thinking a great deal about blogging lately.  So many things going on in my mind, but where do I start?  I have a few minutes to share some thoughts and I will jot a few notes so I don’t forget some of my other ideas to share.  And, why am I doing this today?

Because my friend, JoAnn missed me.  Yep, I have a reader who has been looking for my new posts and she told me she missed me. 

Since she and I spoke I have had a friend of mine from my childhood on my mind, in my heart, and for sure in my prayers.  I think of him often, and pray for him more than he will ever know, but right now… my bath taking, baby strolling, drummer boy buddy needs prayers.  If you can find a moment to say a quick one for him… please do. 

For years he has struggled with addiction problems.  The first time he went to rehab I was a freshmen in college and his girlfriend and I were both pregnant at the time.  I remember it being around Mother’s Day.  What an amazing gift for him to get his addictions under control before his baby was born and as a way of saying I got this world… I am going to make a great dad.

Many years have passed, our boys are both grown and adults now.  He has been sober off and on throughout the years.  And I pray… harder than I ever have for this trip to rehab to be the one that sticks.

I was looking for a nice quote to share… but addiction isn’t nice and pretty and rehab and recovery are hard work… I found this small tidbit and wanted to share it with everyone to see into the disease just a little bit.  craig richard

Love to my friend and his family!

Take Care of You
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Robin always has something to say…

Well, I have been thinking a great deal about blogging lately.  So many things going on in my mind, but where do I start?  I have a few minutes to share some thoughts and I will jot a few notes so I don’t forget some of my other ideas to share.  And, why am I doing this today?

Because my friend, JoAnn missed me.  Yep, I have a reader who has been looking for my new posts and she told me she missed me. 

Since she and I spoke I have had a friend of mine from my childhood on my mind, in my heart, and for sure in my prayers.  I think of him often, and pray for him more than he will ever know, but right now… my bath taking, baby strolling, drummer boy buddy needs prayers.  If you can find a moment to say a quick one for him… please do. 

For years he has struggled with addiction problems.  The first time he went to rehab I was a freshmen in college and his girlfriend and I were both pregnant at the time.  I remember it being around Mother’s Day.  What an amazing gift for him to get his addictions under control before his baby was born and as a way of saying I got this world… I am going to make a great dad.

Many years have passed, our boys are both grown and adults now.  He has been sober off and on throughout the years.  And I pray… harder than I ever have for this trip to rehab to be the one that sticks.

I was looking for a nice quote to share… but addiction isn’t nice and pretty and rehab and recovery are hard work… I found this small tidbit and wanted to share it with everyone to see into the disease just a little bit.  craig richard

Love to my friend and his family!

Take Care of You
-robin

Five Minute Friday – Prompt —– SEE

I am trying something new.

Fridays are going to be prompted by someone else and will be called…

Five Minute Fridays.

Lisa-Jo Baker (amazing blogger) will be providing the prompt and I will link up on her site to share what I wrote. My faithful readers (all 6 of you) get to follow along for the fun of it.

She picks a prompt word. I set a timer. I write. Five Minutes. That’s it.

You can read here on what it is all about.

What it’s all about… Click the link and check it out!

(Random Picture… Taken by Olivia this summer for 4H project)

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Looking out… there is snow.

Cold is out there too… can a person see cold.

Who knows…

Looking in…

Now that’s tough stuff.

How far in are we looking to see?

Just inside the building?

Or further… inside of me?

Inside the building I see suckers

Coffee cups

Pens

Plants

Products

Inside of me…

I see pain

Frustration

Self Doubt

Not self-love.

I see years of hanging on to things not working out so great…

I see excuses

I wish I could see…

Hope

Dreams

Calm

Self-Love

Confidence

Clear level headed thinking (wouldn’t that be nice again…)

With work…

With pushing through…

I can see…the hope I dream of.

Five Minute Friday – Prompt —– SEE

I am trying something new.

Fridays are going to be prompted by someone else and will be called…

Five Minute Fridays.

Lisa-Jo Baker (amazing blogger) will be providing the prompt and I will link up on her site to share what I wrote. My faithful readers (all 6 of you) get to follow along for the fun of it.

She picks a prompt word. I set a timer. I write. Five Minutes. That’s it.

You can read here on what it is all about.

What it’s all about… Click the link and check it out!

(Random Picture… Taken by Olivia this summer for 4H project)

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See

Looking out… there is snow.

Cold is out there too… can a person see cold.

Who knows…

Looking in…

Now that’s tough stuff.

How far in are we looking to see?

Just inside the building?

Or further… inside of me?

Inside the building I see suckers

Coffee cups

Pens

Plants

Products

Inside of me…

I see pain

Frustration

Self Doubt

Not self-love.

I see years of hanging on to things not working out so great…

I see excuses

I wish I could see…

Hope

Dreams

Calm

Self-Love

Confidence

Clear level headed thinking (wouldn’t that be nice again…)

With work…

With pushing through…

I can see…the hope I dream of.

Prayers needed this Christmas… (Dec 20, 2013)

My sister is a nurse… (and a post about her will come another day)… as the sister of a nurse and the wife of a fire and rescue volunteer I am often found praying for accidents before others know they happened.  Jacki will shoot me a text or call and ask if I can take her kids because she is in the ER.  The pager goes off and I hear the call for my husband to move quickly and take the jaws of life to the scene of an accident.  And so many times, the fear races through my mind… “What if it is someone I know?”  Not that every single person doesn’t deserve equal amounts of prayer, but the thought always goes through my mind.  As I sit and write, my husband races off for another call.

Yesterday was one of those days. A text comes through at lunchtime for me to pick up Jacki’s kids after school because she will be in the ER.  Knowing this is a three hour time frame, the ER patient(s) must be very serious.  And, as usual, I begin to pray for the person(s) involved.  And because my sister is a nurse and my husband is a fire and rescue volunteer, I am often one of the last to know if it is or is not someone I know since they are not able to talk about the incidents they are involved in.

As it turns out, there was a head on collision on a corner just a few miles from another corner where last March a family lost their daughter due to icy conditions, two corners that have taken lives on more than one occasion and I pray do not take anyone this holiday season.

I am asking for my friends, family, and any other readers who may come by this post, to please say prayers throughout the day for my daughter Olivia’s friend, Mija, and her parents.  Based on the information I know at this time, Mija, Ron and Michelle are in the hospital in Bismarck being treated for injuries related to the head on collision yesterday.  I have no details of the injuries or condition of Ron, Michelle, or Mija.  I just know being transferred to Bismarck is a good indication that the injuries were severe and will require a great deal of recovery.

Ron is the pastor at Bowman United Methodist Church.  A church that has taken my daughters under their wing and welcomed them as their own.  Chad and I are so grateful to have such amazing people looking out for our girls and their Faith journey.

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I pulled this pic of Mija off the web and based on the date it is two years ago… She was helping decorate the tree at the church where her dad, Ron, is the pastor.

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Please join me in lighting a candle today to help us shine a light and emit a warm glow of love and prayers for Mija, Michelle and Ron.  Draw a small heart on your hand or a sticky note to remind yourself each time you see it to say a prayer for the family, the medical staff, our community and the church family in the coming days.  The Olson Family lifts others in prayer day after day and now it is our turn to grow our faith and trust that our Heavenly Father will ease their pain and help them through this difficult time.

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I will do my best to update my post as I hear how the family is doing.

I am going to ask for a few additional prayers for my daughter, Olivia this week.  She and Mija are very good friends and the uncertainty of Mija’s condition is very difficult to grasp for her at this time.