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Pictures are to come….

Posted in Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on April 15, 2008 by Sarah

I need to take a few pictures and then I’ll get them all moved to a CD so that I can bring them to work to get them all uploaded – we had a great vacation – I’ll tell you more when we get pictures to describe! But thanks for the comments! Congrats to Jim and Aleycia Gerlach on the arrival of Miles James on Saturday 04-12-08. He was so excited to meet his family that he came a whole 6 weeks early, so he’s going to have to stay in the hospital for a little while, but he’s doing great! And what a cutie – so that makes two babies this week! Craziness!!!! Also, Sam sold a couple of paintings in his most recent art show, winning himself some awards and ready to paint more! Refer to for updated pictures! Go Sam!!! Celebrations all around!


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!

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!

It’s snowing….

Posted in Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on February 5, 2008 by Sarah

Well, if it’s got to be cold, at least it’s snowing! It’s beautiful! We were expected to get close to 4 or 5 inches and it’s pretty dang near close! With more moderate temps, this is ok! Well, not that moderate – 6 degrees right now. But I’m sure it’ll get warmer! 🙂 So here I am at work, getting ready to start working away! Is this pitiful, I didn’t find out until 9am on Monday morning who won the Superbowl? Oh well, I don’t care! So you know we didn’t go anywhere to watch the Superbowl. But we had a great day anyway – exploring! The frost on Sunday was absolutely beautiful! Saturday was Sam’s Mall thing and that seemed kind of like a waste of time. We got the worse spot possible and so I don’t think we are going to do that anymore. Sam can’t get that much painting done because of interruptions and it’s just a waste of time. But anyway, it was foggy all day, so we knew Sunday was going to be beautiful because the fog freezes to the trees making it look like a beautiful Winter Wonderland! So we went exploring on Sunday after church and took pictures, well, Sam took pictures. You know how that goes! So then yesterday I was sewing for nearly 8 hours trying to get a couple of baby gifts done for my sister in law who is coming home and we’re having a little shower for her tonight! So it turned out to be a long day, but the snow is beautiful and it’s still snowing this morning! So not a whole lot to update. Don’t have big plans for now! But just to check in and say “Happy Tuesday!”

I’ve got the blues….

Posted in Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on January 31, 2008 by Sarah

the sickness blues, that is…. I’ve had too many colds this winter – I’m tired of it! So there isn’t that much going on. Sam’s b-day turned out really nice. His dinner was good, much to my suprise and we got out and took a really nice walk. Then Saturday, we headed up to Grand Forks, was that just this past Saturday? Anyway, Ethan is a cutie. My camera of course is not working, so I have no more updated pictures for you. But trust me, he’s a cutie. Then we came back and Sunday was amazing – it was like 45 degrees! Sam and I went for a nice long walk, saw tons of wildlife, it was a great day! Then the bomb dropped! Monday started out ok, but definitely a little colder and then got progressively freezing! Tuesday we woke up to temps at -20 degrees with a windchill making it feel like -50! I’ve never been so cold in my life. And on top of all that, Mandan had a gas leak on Sunday morning and so they came around and turned our heat off on Sunday and didn’t turn it back on till late Monday night – needless to say Monday was a cold day in our house! But thankfully, Mom and Dad had given us a space heater so we didn’t freeze our toes off! But what a bad time to loose gas. Anyway, we came back home to a toasty house on Monday night, thankfully since thoes insane temps hit on Tuesday morning. Then yesteray, I don’t think temps got much about-10, and today, I heard the high was suppose to be 0. So we are getting ready to embarck on a “HEAT WAVE”! HA! I am too ready for Spring! So we don’t have too much going on. Tonight, we are back with our Student Leadership Team and then right after that, we have the beginning of our new small group – This time we are studying “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell. Thankfully a friend is going to host it at her house, but we have kind of a huge group, so we’ll have to see how it goes! Sam has an art show on Saturday all day at the mall, so that will be an interesting time. You can pray that he gets a lot of interest. We aren’t suppose to sell anything but hopefully people will be interested anyway. Well, I think I’ve been awake too long today. I’m exhausted already – sick, isn’t it? Oh well, you can pray that I start feeling better too! Have a great rest of the week!

Alberta Clipper….

Posted in Blogroll, Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on January 11, 2008 by Sarah

Well, just so you know – the snow was almost gone – we’ve been enjoying near 40 degree weather for the last week! Anyway, it just started getting cold again and since our snow was gone, we were ready for some more…. Well, we are not to be disappointed today! When I came to work, nothing, just cold – we’re talking 17 degrees. One hour after being here, this is what it looks like –


And that was 10  minutes ago – now we have even more! God is good. This is just the view from the front door of my office – that’s why it’s so boring! But from my desk, I can see right out the door and watch the beautiful flakes come flurrying down! Now, I know most of you are thinking – what the heck does she do at work all day that she can take pictures and post them to her blog, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! Well, I have plenty to do, is the answer. But I know my public needs me, so I’ve got my priorities straight! Don’t blame me – it’s the masses who demand me! 🙂 Just kidding! I have the greatest job ever!

Not too much going on here. The River rose a little more, so we went skating again last night, it was perfect ice yet again. Then we went to help a family in our church paint the interior of their home. It’s pretty incredible. They picked this house up and moved it like 3 miles down the road. It was a super old farm house and they are completely redoing it themselves. We went out to help roof once and now paint. We’ve hardly helped at all, but it’s amazing how quickly they are getting it done. So congrats to the Allens!

Other than that, Sunday School and Wednesday night has started back up again. I really enjoyed my break – but I’m excited about the rest of the semester. Is this kind of crazy, but on one hand I love the snow, and am so excited to see it – but I really can’t wait for Spring! I can’t wait to see what kinds of treasures are going to make it through the winter and pop their little heads out in the Spring! I can’t wait to see our yard!!!! Well, we need to make it through the next 3 ski trips, one Jr. High girls weekend, and 1 Youth Conference in Chicago. The youth conference will be really nice – just Sam and I, and we’re trying to make a vacation out of it. So we’re looking for good deals to wherever it’s warm! It’ll be cheaper to fly out of Chicago, so that will help save $$! Anyway, that’s about how it goes for us!

Oh, I just remembered – I’ll have to post next week, but another family in our church has invited us over to their home to turn all our deer meat into sausage! Usually you just take all that to the Butcher and pay however much a lb. and they give it back to you as sausage. But this family makes their own. So we’re going to go over tonight and tomorrow and they are getting a lot of pork and we’re going to make our own. I know this sounds kind of hick or something, but I’m so excited. I’ve never done this before and I’m always up for a new adventure – I’ll try to get pictures!

Let’s see…anything else – Oh, I don’t know if you ever check, but Sam has been updating his website – Let us know what you think – feedback is necessary! He’s crazy painting for this ACC show coming up in March. Just didn’t know what to paint and now, it’s come to him! He’s doing this great picture of a little girl holding a candlestick in the dark, with her face illuminated – “This Little Light of Mine” I can’t wait to see it! And if he can get it done in time, a second one with her little brother holding an old fashioned lantern – “Thy Word is a Lamp Unto my Feet” So we’ll be sure to post them when he’s done!

Last but certainly not least – John is in Colorado for some intense, alternative treatments. So he’s out of town for the next 3 weeks at least – if you can pray for him, it’d be really great. And pray that things run smoothly back here in town while he’s away with work and home and family. Thanks!

So I’ll post again on Monday – hopefully with pictures of Sausage Making! 🙂

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Family, Life in these United States, Sam's Art Opportunities on December 4, 2007 by Sarah

I suppose we are definitely done with Fall and ready to move on to Christmas. To tell you the truth, I have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I don’t know why. Perhaps, we lost all our leaves early and so it looked like Christmas outside, then we headed down to VA where the leaves were nearly close to their peak and so we reverted somehow. I don’t know. But on Saturday night, we went to Lorie Line in concert! Have you ever heard of her? She’s great! She’s this amazing pianist and she puts together a Christmas show every year and takes it on the road. PS. Wes! She’s coming to Orlando on February 29th. You should look into it and take Cindy! I know you would love it! Anyway, last year, her show had a little to do with the birth of Christ – but she had such a great response that she made Jesus’ birth her whole theme this year! It was really great. That sure helped get in the mood for Christmas and then to top it all off – it snowed about 3 inches on Saturday also! Since we got back to ND from VA – we never had temp’s above 20. But yesterday and today, it’s beautiful! But now, I am in the mood for a little more snow! I know that in a month or so, I’ll be so ready for the snow to go away, but as long as Christmas is on it’s way – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Well, another reason I started getting in the mood for Christmas – we had our annual Advent Family Fun night on Sunday night! We had a cookie exchange and silent auction. There were all kinds of crafts downstairs for the kids and most of the population here is German and Norweigen, so they make lefse (an ethnic dessert).  It was great fun. Then we have supper and Sam was in charge of doing the entertainment, where we had the kids do a bunch of talent. Well, first of all, the kids kept dropping out and we didn’t think we’d have any talent, then the kids we had left kept doing multiple songs and so we ended up with a bit too much talent! But the church folks are great to sit through all of that! I think we are going to skip the talent next year! 🙂

Anyway, we are wrapping up all our gifts and making sure that we have everything we need for everyone. Maybe once I start wrapping presents, it will be more festive too! Oh! I almost forgot! We got our tree – it’s the biggest and prettiest tree we’ve ever had! In fact, we had gotten some new furniture last Valentine’s Day, so a tree wouldn’t fit in our normal placeso we put it upstairs this year in our front living room! We’ve got the front door there that we never use, so we put it right in front of the door. The craziest part is that we got it for $20 – pretty cheap for a Christmas tree. We looked through all these trees and they were all kind of sketchy but we found one that looked pretty good! So we bought it. Then took it home and set it up and the branches started spreading a little and the tree we noticed, was getting bigger. Then we put the lights on it and went to bed, the next morning we got up and the branches had lowered even more and so it’s the fasest growing cut tree I’ve ever seen! After the ornaments got on there, our tree sticks out a foot on either side of the door! It’s huge – but it smells so good and it’s so pretty! We are slowly but surely getting the rest of the house decorated too! We missed out on getting the outside done, now we have to wait for a warmer day! Oh well, we are ok with the idea that it may never get warm enough for us to decorate outside. But now, it’s already 22 degrees outside, so it’s getting warmer! But Sam is desperately working on a painting commission that will hopefully be done by Christmas. It’s beautiful!

 Well, I suppose, I should get back to work! Happy Tuesday! and Merry Christmas!