Back-I Hope


    I had the urge to shoot the other night.  I saw the mess of the house, my middle girls, and the hand prints on the window.  All things I don’t want to forget.  This is us.  I grabbed the big black beast and shot.  Unapologetically.  Not with my phone…but with the heavy tool that sits perfectly in my hand.  The tool that has brought me so much job.  Capturing the quiet and the chaos.  I’m back.  I hope.

    November 18, 2018

    One More Day


    One more day until Election Day.  Then I will know.  Know the direction of the Sheriff’s Office and hopefully my assignment for the next year.  For the last few months, it seems I’ve been spending most of my extra time campaigning for Dan Starry, the current sheriff.  I can’t imagine how he feels going into tomorrow.  I know how I feel-knowing all I have worked so hard for during my career will weigh on those voting.

    I’ve posted a few random pictures from my phone from the last month.  Seth played soccer and learned how to ride his bike.  We spent a lot of time with Bug.  Fall is gorgeous time to be at the barn.  And of course-campaigning.  Happy Monday!  Get out and vote tomorrow.

    November 5, 2018



    I’ve been rather silent on the blog lately since I’ve been working my butt off.  I’ve been assisting in the campaign of my current sheriff at work.  A man I admire and respect.  A man who has believed in me and been nothing but kind to me for the last 18 years.  Kindness counts.  As hard as it has been, on me, on my family, on my co-workers-it has been so worth it.  We’re hoping and praying Sheriff Starry wins on election day.

    We did have a rare night as a family on Saturday.  We worked on pulling the weeds from the pavers around the fire pit and had a fire.  Brooke was gone-she likes to be gone these days.  It must be what having a teenager is like, but the other muses were home.  Kate had a friend spend the night.  They visited Bug during the day and constantly held our fur ball of a bunny while they were home.  I snapped a few pictures.

    I hope to post more consistently after November 6th…I need and want to remember the stories of my life.

    September 25, 2018

    First Day


    Well they’ve been in school a week now.  Better late than never with posting these pictures.  Brooke is in her last year at the middle school as she is in 8th grade.  She is in full swing with swimming and her friends.  She’s living the life of a teenager-as she should.  Gwen is in her last year at the elementary school in 5th grade.  She is loving her teacher and enjoying the new bunny and Bug.  She is an animal lover at heart.  Kate is in 2nd grade and is Kate.  She is a busy body to the core.  Our baby started kindergarten this year.  I watched him get on the bus and he didn’t look back.  His first week was a bit rough as his teacher ‘makes him do math.’  Kindergarten is no longer fun and games.  I’m so proud of all these kids!

    September 12, 2018

    The Great Minnesota Get-Together


    It’s fair time!  We went yesterday and veered from our normal routine.  We parked and rode a bus, which the kids loved.  We also decided to go on a Saturday and later in the day.  We will try not to do that again.  I think we were there with over 200,000 of our closest friends.  We made the best of it and although we weren’t able to take the sky ride due to the lines, the kids did make it on the giant slide.  If you look close-you can see Brooke and Seth together on the slide and Kate near them.

    We made it through most of the animal barns and the goats won our hearts.  We decided if we ever get our dream of moving to some property, we’re getting a few goats.

    Kate also won a baby cow from Kemp’s and we had our annual tub of Sweet Martha’s cookies.  Martha has perfected one hell of a chocolate chip cookie.   Have a great Labor Day weekend!  School is just around the corner.

    September 2, 2018

    Butterfly Kisses


    We’ve been raising Monarchs this year.  Last year we bought a caterpillar at the State Fair for over $10 a piece.  This year the kids found a bunch at Uncle Andy’s house.  The things you find up north.  We brought them home and they’ve been emerging almost daily from their cocoons.  It really is a neat transformation to watch.  So is watching my muses watch the butterflies.

    August 28, 2018

    Sick Boy


    We’ve been busy with Seth being sick.  It lasted about a week and I think we may be in the clear!  This is the last week before school starts.  We are all ready for some routine.  Happy Monday.

    August 27, 2018



    We went to PR last weekend.  Half of us stayed at Great Grandma’s and half of us stayed at Uncle Andy’s.  Fishing, swimming, church, the Royal, Aunt Mary’s cooking and old cars on Main Street were some of the highlights.  And of course visiting with loved ones.  It was a great yet fast trip and the weather was beautiful!

    August 15, 2018