Saturday, March 09, 2019


I went to Aldi(not Aldis)this morning with the rest of humanity to prepare for our what....8th snowstorm?! I was at the checkout and realized I had forgotten buns. I ran and grabbed some and made it back to my cart. Nobody even got mad at me. I realized that someone had poked their finger into the bag and dug a hole. I am hoping it was some sweet cherub doing what they do. Got home, put scotch tape over the hole and threw the bun away. And nobody will ever know. Except all you guys.

Friday, March 08, 2019


Nathan "So are we going to do anything fun over spring break?"
Me "No. Absolutely not. No way."
I do what I can to keep expectations low around here.

From Patrick

Upon arriving home from work my wife Carla asked "You didn't happen to get some BBQ potato chips did you?"
Me: "No I didn't. Did I miss a text? What are they needed for?"
Wife: "They're for my uterus."

Thursday, February 07, 2019

He Gone

I find it strangely comforting that when I go to schedule parent/teacher conferences online I read that Joshua doesn't have any scheduled classes or scheduled conferences. 
Probably because he graduated in 2016.


This thing always seems so happy for me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Sarah just called!! SHE PASSED HER PT TEST TODAY!! Thank you so much for praying for her!!
Pushups 19 to pass. Sarah did 37.
Situps 53 to pass. Sarah did 53.
2 mile run in under 18:25. Sarah's time was 16:37.
She is onto BLUE PHASE!! And lobbing live grenades on Thursday! See you in 22 DAYS for graduation girlybug!!

Monday, January 28, 2019


This is Joshua.  Working in NC until March.  I love this picture and miss him very much!!

Sunday, January 20, 2019


Sarah usually calls on Sundays.  We turn the volume up on our phones and watch the facebook pages for posts that say "THEY ARE CALLING!!"   We talked for quite awhile and then hung up.  She called back because her DS forgot to set the timer.  Talked again for a little longer and then she called a bunch of her friends.  And called us back to talk two more times.  She was heading for a 7 mile hike and overnight camping and wouldn't be able to call the next Sunday.  So great to see her and chat!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Can't wait to start baking and make it through to the final!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

All I Want

So no Christmas puppy this year because not getting one is also a tradition. I have moved on. I want a grandchild for Christmas. And yes I know exactly how that sounds and what that means.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Sometimes my husband asks me the most profound questions. Questions that leave me contemplating in stunned silence. Like this morning when he asked me, "Do you know the login and password for Sarah's checking account?"

Monday, December 10, 2018

I Miss Her!!

I checked at the bank today to see if any funds had been withdrawn from Sarah's account to buy her ticket home. She must have already purchased it and her photo package. Yes indeedy. She was overdrawn. Mr. Favorite Bank Teller waived the fees. God bless us everyone. 

Friday, December 07, 2018

Call Trump

I had this conversation with myself this morning.
Me "If I don't get a call from my soldier Sarah this weekend I'm gonna....."
Also me "'re gonna what. What are you gonna do??!!"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

I'm Second

I heard my husband say, "Our relationship is growing stronger day by day." Awwwwwww. 
I turned around to see him telling that to Lola. Our cat.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thoughts from Sarah

So I leave for basic training for the National Guard tomorrow. Am I scared? Terrified. Am I nervous? Extremely. Do I think i can do it? Yes. I joined the National Guard about two months ago and I never thought that this day would come where I would leave my family, friends, pets, church, and most importantly good food. But I am doing this for a reason. I am doing this to become an American soldier and defend my country. Basic is going to be difficult and there will be times where I will want to quit but I can’t. Everyone else at basic will be going through the same thing and we are a team so I must stay confident and push through. This wasn’t suppose to be a huge essay or anything about my thoughts but I guess it is now. All I want to ask is for prayer. Please pray that I stay calm and push through. Please pray that I remember what the end goal is and what an amazing thing that I am doing. Please pray for my family and friends. Please pray that the Lord will accompany me on my journey and that he will help me through it. Finally, please pray that I will be strong, physically and mentally. Thank you!!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

MN Nice

My daughter took a bus up to Duluth to see some friends. 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to sit and wait for another bus to get her to the UMD campus. She just texted that the bus driver didn't want her to wait so he brought her to UMD. THANK YOU from Sarah's mom!!

Thursday, November 01, 2018


3rd Street on Halloween in My Town USA is pretty amazing! Almost every house is decorated, homeowners and their yards are decked out and hundreds of dollars of candy purchased. 
Two young men with masks on ran into my daughter and I and one said, "Hey you used to be my teacher!!" I asked him his name and asked him to take his mask off. The friend yelled out his name but he refused to show his face. So I did the math.
"Yes Jake I was one of your teachers but that makes you around 35 years old out on Halloween night trick or treating." 
"Yeah. See ya Mrs. Stream."
And THAT was the creepiest thing that happened last night.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

My Youngest

When asked about trick or treating Tim said he has one more year left.