Road Trip

We drove over 1500 miles in two days. We were tired, our car was tired. Towing anything is a complete pain let alone across many states. We were so blessed not to have any car trouble or any major hiccups. We had perfect weather the first day. The whole day would have been completely perfect except for the fact that Gabe got pulled over two hours into the trip around Gainesville, flashing lights and all. We were both so confused. We were going 60mph . After the cop made Gabe get out of the car and stand in the grass where he proceeded to get multiple fire ant bites the cop said "Just wanted to check on ya. You know it's hard driving a tow dolly." Basically it was a huge waste of time. But we were grateful for yet another reminder to be careful.


Driving through Wisconsin was beautiful. We went around Chicago to avoid a storm so we got to see some more rural areas of Illinois and beautful farms in WI just before the state line.


Driving into the Twin Cities. You betcha!


New in Town

MinnesOota, ay! We're here. We went downtown today to fill out some paperwork for a rental we're hoping to snatch up. Then, we found a farmers market and a yummy french restaurant for crepes. Our trip here went well, I'll post more about that soon. Tomorrow we're going to the State Fair, which is supposed be amazing!

(Six dollars! Can you believe it!)

This eatery was as big as a closet!

The results were delicious, though!

By the way have you seen this movie?
Once you see it you will be very worried for us :)


on the road again

We're locked and loaded. 5:00 am is going to come quickly. Wish us luck! Minneapolis or bust!


water babies

On Wednesday we went to the beach for the day with Gabe's brother and our niece and nephew. The beach was fun but these kids live for the pool!

Uncle Gabe caught a crab for them and it took shelter in their fort. They named him Joe.

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Tomorrow Gabe flies home from Utah. I haven't seen him in three weeks. I'm soooooo excited! This also means that we leave for Minnesota in two weeks! Time flies. We've known about this contract since December and it always seemed so far away. I am scared and restless about it, but I know the Lord is watching over us and hears our prayers and knows our every concern.

I made a Minnesota wish list which included things like..
-find a great job with some flexibility in case of major snow storms.
-find a great apt/condo, reasonably priced with easy parking.
-NO car accidents. I have no idea how to drive in the snow/ice. Pray for us.
-save, save, save
-Let Gabe make a lot of connections that will help him in the future.

That's just a few. On the plus side I found out it's super cheap to fly in and out of Minneapolis. I had to buy a ticket for my HS reunion which happens a few weeks after the move. Who's coming to visit???

Hope everyone has a great week!

"And upon these I write the things of my soul..." 2 Nephi 4:15



I was watching a rerun of Oprah a few weeks ago. I hadn’t seen it previously. Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks were promoting their new movie. Oprah played several clips from previous shows they had been featured on and I was struck by one in particular. Julia Roberts was speaking to Oprah about becoming a mother to her twins and she mentioned that her husband was the most amazing father. “Watching him as a father has been one of the great thrills of my life,” she said.

At that moment I felt tears well up in my eyes. I have always felt that precise thing, but in anticipation. I look forward to seeing Gabe become a father, I feel like it will be one of the greatest thrills of my life. I know he will be so amazing on so many levels.

People often ask us when we will have children and are maybe a little surprised when we mention that we have been married for 5 years, without any little ones. Here is the simple answer- We live like gypsies without a place of our own. We live out of boxes and suitcases without any real stability. We have felt through prayer that dream will be realized for us in the next few years. You’ll just have to wait and see. :)

Dearest Husband,
                I love you and I dream about the day we will have a baby and I will watch you become a Daddy. I am so grateful for you in my life. You are an amazing companion and I often feel like I would be lost without you. I am so blessed that you are a worthy priesthood holder and that you have made so many right decisions along your life’s journey. Every decision has led you to this life we have with travels and friends and music. You are so talented and I am proud of you for providing for our family with your voice. We are so lucky. Thank you for being mine.


Bobby and Kylee get married :)

My cousin Bobby married his sweetheart, Kylee, this past weekend in Naples, FL.
A beautiful wedding for a beauitful couple!


Mr. and Mrs!
Sisters, sisters!

Sarah and Kris

Baby V
Girl Cousins!

Girls cousins plus our cousin's wives
(Myself, Sarah, Kass and Virginia, Kylee, Amy, Casey and Lauren)

Beautiful couple!

Great speech by the Best Man, Andy

My family


There a bunch of dance-a-holics!