Archive for March, 2008

Happy Spring!

Posted in Life in these United States on March 21, 2008 by Sarah



Anyone interested in a Spring Fling BBQ?


Amazing Grays….

Posted in Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on March 18, 2008 by Sarah

Just to let you know, Sam’s art show went really well. He didn’t sell much but it was a good cause and he spent a lot of time painting for a worship service, a quick draw, he did a great job! There are some new paintings on his website – those were the ones that he entered into the show. So check it out!

I also wanted to tell you about one of the funniest things that I experienced yesterday. OK, we are taking our youth down to Guatemala next summer with the God’s Child project. But two couples from our church just got back from there. Last night, they were speaking for the “Amazing Gray’s” at our church. Once a month, the older folks get together and have a dinner and a speaker or movie or something like that. Well, we wanted to go and hear the presentation. So we went for dinner and were sitting there while they were going through their introductions and devotionals, then they made announcements. “Next month, we are going to Joe Smith come from Parkside Funeral home to tell us how to start preparing for our funeral. And  it turns out that he also plays the guitar and sings! So that will be a real treat! Come next month for that!” I was so taken by surprise and then I got the giggles. But mind you, I’m in a room of about 50 adults 60 and over – and sitting at a table with 4 adults that were 70 and over! So Sam wanted to know what I was laughing at and I tried to tell him by wispering, with the giggles and he got the giggles. Then he didn’t even believe me! So he turns to the 70 something lady beside him and says, “Did she really say some guy was coming from the Funeral home to talk about preparing your funeral?!” And she said, plainly, “Yes. Well, Sammy, we are all getting old!” And Sam burst out laughing and said, you aren’t THAT old though!!! I couldn’t stop laughing, it was the funniest thing ever! Then later on in the program, Sam said that he really likes these people and we should start coming more often – so I asked him if we were going to come next month – he said we might skip that one! HA!

Go ME!

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Family, Life in these United States on March 14, 2008 by Sarah

I’ve conquered technology!!! Read the blog before you watch the video though!! Have a great weekend! Maybe I can find more pictures on this disk to post, let’s see!


This would be all of us at Big Sky – you can tell that visibility was pretty low.


This would be my Confirmation Group – 8th grade girls minus 1. We decorated t-shirts a couple of weeks ago – it was a lot of fun! PS. We’re in the Youth room at our church.


This is just a great picture of the big T!


And this is just a picture of some of the Coleman boys. We went on a great walk the other night! (Johnny is missing!)

So that’s a little pictoral update on my life!

Hope beyond hopes, I hope this works….

Posted in Life in these United States on March 13, 2008 by Sarah

I know I just blogged earlier and so rare is it that I blog twice in one day, but I was reminded of the funniest thing that happened yesterday. There is no way to describe it to you in a way that you would understand or even think was all that funny – it was definitely a “had to be there” type moment. Oh well. How should I start? Well, a while ago, like months, no years ago, Sam asked me if I had any super power, what would I want?! What the heck? I don’t know. I told him I never think about stuff like that. But considering the question, I figured he’d spent quite a bit of time pondering the thought himself. So, Sam, what super power would you have? He responds so quickly, maybe a little TOO quickly 😉 I’d blow things up! He proceeded to show how if a building or a car was in his way, he would just blow it up by throwing a fireball at it – complete with sound effects! It was one of the craziest and yet adorable things I’d ever seen! So fast forward a couple years to….yesterday. Yesterday was quite a crazy day. I told you before that we have this art show starting this evening. Well, we were on our way down to the University to drop off his painting for the show and we were just running like crazy – it had already been a crazy day! Then we had a bunch to do for church last night on top of all this. Well, to get down to the UMary, we had to drive right through town – at 3:30pm. So schools were getting out, people were getting off work – traffic was crazier than normal. I was on the phone talking to mom and Sam was driving – well, we nearly hit a couple cars and then finally got on the right road heading south of town and I don’t know if Sam had enough or what the deal was – but all of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I see him throw a “fireball” and blow up a building on the side of the road – seriously, I nearly peed in my pants! My poor mom – I was trying to talk to her and laughing my head off at the same time! Sam didn’t even know what I was laughing at – he was so in his own little world that he had moved on thinking about something else! When I think about it – I still keep on laughing. So today…. I thought I would try to get Sam to reinact for you – I wish you could have been there – it’s definitely not the same. He didn’t want me to say anything because he already thinks everyone thinks he’s a little different – but this was too priceless – I couldn’t pass it up! Hopefully it works!

 I’m so disappointed, my computer is too slow to upload the video – it almost gets there and then it says that it’s timed out already – so I have to wait till tomorrow, but I’ll add it right on here…. if I can….This really ruins all my fun right now…. I hate technology….when it doesn’t work! 🙂

Florida bound!

Posted in Blogroll, Charity Youth Events, Family, Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on March 13, 2008 by Sarah

Well, we didn’t find a completely exotic location to vacation, but we found some decent tickets down to Orlando to visit with my brother and sister-in-law! I’m really excited to see them and spend some time with them in their home! Plus, it will be my brother’s birthday while we are there! How many exclamation marks can I use in one blog?!!!! 🙂 Sam found an amazing deal to Costa Rica – flight, hotel for 6 nights, SUV with unlimited miles and gas all for one low price of $569 per person! Unfortunately, we don’t have 6 nights for this particular vacation and we wouldn’t want to waste it! But maybe next year!!!!! HA! So Wes, if you are reading this, I will have Sam email you our itinerary – hopefully it works for you!

So this is our plan – Sam has to preach April 2nd. Then we have Small Groups and Rock Solid afterwards. Maybe we can get someone to take over. Then we head out, hopefully by 9pm and head straight to Chicago, because we have a meeting at 10am on Thursday, April 3rd. (It’s a 12-13 hour drive) We are taking our Sr. Highers to Chicago this summer on the missions trip and we have to do a Pre-trip. So this works out perfectly. We’ll meet with the Mission Organization and then catch our flight out to FL that afternoon, then we come back to Chicago on April 8th. And Sam’s Youth Conference starts on April 9, 10, and 11. Then we’ll take our time getting back home. So that’s the plan for that! Pretty exciting, huh?!

Last nigth, we had an interesting discussion in our Small Group. I’m not sure if I’ve updated you on that for a while. I started teaching 7th grade girls last year for Confirmation Small Groups. I had 6 girls. I kept the same group, so this year, they are 8th graders, and I have 12 of them. They kept coming, one or two at a time, now there are tons of them. And to tell you the truth, I had a rough year, up till a couple weeks ago and the Lord really worked on my heart. So it’s been fun, even though my group is way too large! But I have this great college student, Emily, who comes and helps me – I couldn’t do it without her, that’s for sure! God has totally blessed me with her! So anyway, last night, we were talking about sacrifices. And even more specifically, we were talking about the kinds of sacrifices parents make for their kids and they had to write thank you letters to their parents. So they were talking about how unreasonable their parents were and how they get away with lying to them. We talked about how parents might not catch you at the time, but they find out things, you’d never believe! It was great! Then we talked about how maybe their parents would never find out, but they knew they lied and God knew too and in the end it would catch up with them. I’m pretty sure they were so freaked out to ever lie to their parents! HA! Probably not, but still…it was funny! I don’t know how good of a small group leader I am trying to scare kids into submission, but it sure is fun!

Let’s see, what else is going on – this is the weekend of Sam’s big Art show – He’s still painting! We took the main show pieces over yesterday, but today he’s got to finish the live auction pieces. Tomorrow night, he’ll be painting during a big Community wide praise service. Our Music Director is leading this service that involves about 10 different churches, it should be pretty good. But then Saturday night, Sam is painting for the Quick Draw event also. So I’m pretty sure, he’ll be ready for a little break after this weekend.  Pray for him. Thanks.

Next weekend, I think everyone is coming home for Easter, not sure, but if so, that means 13 people. That is including Johnny’s girlfriend, Siri. Charlie ordered a murder mystery dinner. So he wants me to help him put that on. But I’m not exactly sure how all that is going to work out. I’ll let you know. Especially since the game is set up for 8 people and we don’t really have room for 12 people + 1 baby at our house for dinner.  Anyway, we’ll figure something out. It should be interesting!

 Well, that’s my life in a nutshell right now. Have a great weekend! Happy Spring – soon, hopefully!

Life is so much more interesting….

Posted in Life in these United States on March 11, 2008 by Sarah

with pictures. Isn’t that the truth? I’m deciding that I would really like to practice getting pictures of people. Even though I love landscapes and wildlife – I’m much more interested in people and I’d love to develop that through taking pictures of people and eventually establish a photo. business of taking family, senior and engagement photos. I’d like to learn how to capture people’s personalities through photos. It’s so special to have pictures. Anyway, that’s really all I had to say. So soon, I will try to be better about getting pictures off of Sam’s camera to post on here. I know that if you had the option to sit down and read a blog that was pretty speckled with lots of pictures or sit down to read yet another blog about weather in North Dakota without any pictures, I’d definitely choose the pictoral account of nothingness!

The Last Ski trip of 2008!

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States on March 5, 2008 by Sarah

Well, I still have no pictures for you – oh, but I wish I did! Well, we headed out on Friday, February 29th – Happy Birthday to Sadie, Sam’s sister, on her 28th/7th birthday! We got into Bozeman around 11pm, which was far ahead of schedule. Our coach dropped us off at the end of the driveway where we proceeded to transfer all of our belongings to the back of a pick up truck! Then all 29 of us jumped into a short bus that is suppose to hold 20 people max and we headed 3 miles up the mountain to our lodge! We couldn’t see anything at that time of night, but were we in for a suprise the next morning! Our lodge looks over the Bridger Mountain Range – absolutely breath-taking! We had a couple from church head up to Bozeman and take care of all of our food for the entire weekend. So they had breakfast ready for us and all the lunch makings out so that we could make our own lunch at the ski hill! Then when we got back at night, dinner was all ready for us. It was great. Home cooked meals the whole weekend long! Well, Saturday morning, we got up early and headed out to the mountain. It took about a hour to get over there, but it was a beautiful drive! We drove right by the Gallatin River, it was a trickling spring under piles and piles of snow! We got to the base of the mountain and everyone got their rentals and we headed up! As soon as we got situated and found our spot, we all headed out to the mountain. Almost immediately, it started snowing – it was perfect! It ended up snowing all day – nearly 8 inches in one day on top of a nearly 300 inch base anyway! It was straight powder and not too cold! It was just so beautiful. It was a bit cloudy and a little windy, but perfect on the back side of the mountain. The tram to the top was closed because of the wind, so we all hung out and it was great fun! A couple runs down the front of the mountain where it was blizzarding and couldn’t see a dang-blasted thing. We had to go across this one catwalk, and I just knew I was going to fall off of it, because I couldn’t even see the edge – everything was white! Snow was blowing up, that’s how windy it was! Luckily Sam was wearing a bright yellow and black coat and so we could see him a little! But after a couple runs down Mr. K, I was done! I checked out a couple of the hotels close to the resort and found out what I had really been missing out on! Right next door was this hotel with a beautiful elk chandelier, big ole fireplace and the most comfy leather couches! What have I been doing? Wasting my time on the mountain, when I could be snuggled down right here and reading a good book!? Well, I won’t be making that mistake again! 🙂 Ha. Just kidding! Well, the day was over and we were all pooped. We headed back on our long 1 hour drive, it was perfect timing for wind down. Plus, I had a little nap! 🙂 Perfect. We got back to Chicken Parmasean for dinner – does this day get any better?! Well, we had a game time and devotional time, it was really good. We played more games after that and headed off to bed by 11:30pm. Only to get up at 7 am to get ready for Day #2. When we got to the mountain on Sunday, it was beautiful – not much more snow, but pure powder from the day before and the sun and clouds took turns showing themselves! After lunch, we all headed up to one run and took a group picture – on the way down, one of the students biffed it and bruised his knee. Luckily, I was done for the day and took him down to the Medics office to get checked out and did a little more exploring myself. We headed back, this time to return out skis – we saw a moose, a bunch of deer, and lots of elk along the way! We got back to a delicious dinner of lasagna and chocolate cake! Yummy! This night was a great night for the small groups. Students had tons of questions and sat around asking them forever! Monday morning dawned bright and clear as we headed out of Montana for our long 10 hour drive home! It was a great trip – the Lord totally blessed us and protected us! Thanks for your prayers! Now….I’m ready for spring. We did get home to see our driveway most of the way melted, which hasn’t happened since before Christmas – and Tonto was so excited to see us. I know everytime we leave, he probably thinks we’re never coming back! But he’s a happy dog! I am completely ready for Spring now that ski season is over, but it was 7 this morning and we’re hoping to get up to 27 today! Right now at 10:58am, it’s 14. Ugh. Well, I really need to get back to work! Talk to you soon. By the way, we still haven’t found a vacation destination. You could pray that we could find somewhere…. Thanks.