Sunday, October 30, 2011


Last night LeAndra and I went to McCook to run in the AmFirst Bank Scare-a-thon 5k. LeAndra was an elephant and I wore my viking helmet from the Warrior Dash. We were pretty darn cute, I must say. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture. We went to Walmart after the race and kept our costumes on. We got a few weird looks, but we really didn't care. We had an awesome time. It was a fun race!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Weekend in Missouri

This last weekend, I took 3 kids with me to Missouri for a mission trip/race. Thursday night we met my friend, Dan Wing in Carthage so that we could go work in Joplin the next day. We were sent to Emily's house. She's a shut-in that didn't actually suffer any tornado damage, but still had some clean up to do. Technically, all of Joplin's residents are tornado victims, but some have houses, and some do not. At Emily's house, we picked up a lot of trash, took out 5 bushes, and got a dead limb out of a tree.
Emily showing our crew what bushes need to be taken out. The little boy is Louie, Emily's 8 year-old grandson that lives with her. He attatched himself to Dan for most of the day. You could see that he needs a male role model quite badly.
Josiah getting the dead limb out of the tree.Me picking up trash.
Joplin. You could tell the line of destruction. There were houses, and then there were not.
The hospital. We were told that there used to be trees all around it so that it was hard to see it.
My favorite picture.Aren't these flowers beautiful?
This is what they were growing on. This is a pile of what is left of someone's house. There were Christmas decorations, children's toys, towels, a baseball cap, and who knows what else in this pile. I can't even imagine having all of your belongings bulldozed into a rubble heap like this. Heartbreaking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daddy's home! video

Monday, October 10, 2011

Too short of a weekend

We had a great weekend with Allen. He came in Friday night to Grand Island, so it was very convenient for me to go get him. Robin kept Cael that night, and in the morning, we went over to the house. The look on Cael's face was priceless. I got a video of it, so I'll post that as soon as I can. Allen needed to go to Complete Nutrition to get more vitamins, and then he picked out some tires for my car. He also went to the chiropractor, and he's feeling a lot better. Hopefully he'll be able to start running middle of this week. We met up with his family for lunch at Hunan's, of course, and then headed out to Helgoth's Pumpkin Patch. I'll have pics up soon. We were planning on going to church, but family snuggle time at the hotel was just too comfy, so we didn't get there. We got to take our time getting ready to go to York for lunch with Allen's dad. It was a relaxing afternoon. We got back to GI and the boys each got a Dilly Bar. That's been a tradition since Cael was pretty little. They never miss a chance when they're together. I made Allen's favorite supper for the boys and Robin, and then we spent the evening watching tv and snuggling. This morning was kind of rough, of course. We got to the airport and Allen checked in. They let him stay with us until the last possible moment he had to be on the plane. This was the first time that Cael has really cried when Allen left. Broke my heart. Thanksgiving is only about a month away. Much better than 3 months.