November 7, 2014


Well, we have sold our house and will be closing on it in 6 short days!!! I can hardly believe it's happening. We have some major changes coming into our lives again. I still hate moving, but it seems like when you have more than one day to pack, load and move it seems to go a little smoother :)

We have no idea where we are going. That would bring on some major anxiety for most, but I am strangely calm about it. I know that no matter where we go, the Lord will provide for us. When we get to where we are going, I know that it will all fall into place. We have a few places in mind that when the time comes, we will call and look at. But honestly, we don't feel like we should rush this decision and I know without a doubt that this is the right thing for us to do.

It's bittersweet to leave our home, again, but this time feels better than the last time. I feel the comforts of our home as we clean out a drawer, sweep the floor or scrub the sink. It's been our sanctuary for the past five years. We've made some great memories here. I know we will make great memories elsewhere too.

I will miss my kitchen. My awesome HUGE kitchen. So many cupboards. So much space. Even the microwave will be missed (crazy I know)!

I have faith that the Lord's will, will be done in our lives and we will be guided into the right direction to better all our lives.

FAITH! It all begins with faith.

October 18, 2014

Salisbury Steaks

I made Salisbury Steak for dinner tonight. It was the very first time I've ever made them from scratch. Usually we just buy them from the frozen section. But I saw this crockpot recipe on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. I was a little nervous, but it turned out great! So yummy!!!

I did double the recipe since our hamburger is prepackaged in 2 lb. frozen hunks. It's a good thing I did too. We had company over for dinner and even though I made 8 and there were four adults and two kids... there weren't any leftovers! Even picky eater Koop ate them!

Anyhow, give this recipe a try and add it to your recipe book, you'll be glad you did!

Salisbury Steaks


2 lb Ground Beef
2/3 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 eggs
Medium Onion sliced
2 Cups Beef Broth
1 4oz Can Sliced Mushrooms (optional... I don't add mushrooms YUCK!!!)
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Water
1 Packet Brown Gravy


Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and eggs together. Shape into 8 3/4 inch thick patties. Place in a pan and brown on each side, flipping them only once. Add sliced onions, mushrooms and beef broth and bring to a boil. 

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove patties and heat broth to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water to make a paste and add to boiling broth. Whisk into beef broth until thickened. Prepare brown gravy as directed and add to beef broth gravy.

If you are planning on freezing them, put steaks in a freezer storage bag and allow the gravy to cool then pour over the steaks, label the bag and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw overnight, place in oven or crockpot as directed below.

If cooking in the oven, put salisbury steaks in a oven safe casserole dish and pour gravy over salisbury steak patties. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.

If cooking in the crockpot, put salisbury steaks in crockpot and cover with gravy on low for 3 hours. 

Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.

September 4, 2014

Long time no see...

So life has been pretty busy and we have moved back to North Dakota. A while ago actually. Anyhow, life is crazy and wonderful and crazy all the same. It seems like we are always on the go and never a dull moment and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Hopefully we can get back in the swing of things and keep updated a little more often!

December 13, 2013

Kooper's Christmas Program

Here is a video of Kooper's elementary school performing Silent Night.

August 14, 2013


Doesn't it seem like we are always busy. Too busy to add one more thing into our lives. I love this message.

It seems I am always telling my son. Just a minute, mommy's busy. I'll get to it in just a minute, I've got to do this right now. Not now, remind me later, I don't have time.

I'm going to try to bet better at being less busy.

August 13, 2013

You are not alone.

Though it may seem that you are alone,
angels attend you.
Though you may feel that no 
one can understand the depth
of your despair, our Savior,
Jesus Christ, understands.

He suffered more than we can 
possibly imagine, and He did it
for us;
He did it
for you.
You are not alone.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

July 28, 2013

Reading, reading and more reading

So I've been keeping plenty busy this summer with swimming lessons, my Step-Daughters wedding in Washington, another session of swimming lessons and preparing for the annual Harvest Hoedown. But I have also had some time to read. Most of the time I download a book on my phone since it's always with me, but a lot of times I grab them from the library.

I've read some really good books lately.

This past year I've read

The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure by James Dashner
(I haven't read The Kill Order yet, it just came out last year)

Divergent and Insurgent (waiting for my library to get Allegiant) by Veronica Roth

Matched,Crossed & Reached by Ally Condie

Uglies, Pretties, and Specials by Scott Westerfield

Prodigy and Legend (waiting for the library to get Champion) by Marie Lu

Next on my list is Leviathan, Bohemoth and Goliath by Scott Westerfield

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

I am looking for some good non youth books, but keep getting drawn to them. They don't have all that gushy lovey-dovey x rated romance crap. I don't care for that, just give me a good story line :)

What have you read lately?