An Agnostic in a Fox-Hole

Last Wednesday, I woke up with a migraine. This is not uncommon after I have had a busy day prior. I did not want to stay in bed, so I got up and dressed, but I felt so miserable that I laid back down. I heard Andrew in the kitchen making breakfast and then grinding…

MRI, Finally.

It has been over a year since I have blogged. This particular blog was started by Andrew for updates on my health after two grand-mal seizures in the spring of 2015. Since moving to Minneapolis, where there are no reminders of my brain tumor, I have had little desire to write on here. I actually…

On the Minneapolis Side of the Move

I think I’m actually positively loving our new house. The layout feels perfect.  And, for being in the city, in a lot of ways it is more private than our Iowa home.   The master bedroom is on the top level–all by itself with two doors to close–one at the foot of the stairs and…

The down-side of downsizing

Leaving this beautiful, spacious home is harder than I thought it would be.  Andrew said this morning, “we always new it would suck,” but I didn’t realize how much it would “suck.”  I keep telling myself that “it’s only temporary–if we want it to be.”  We wanted to be moved into the school district we…

Nerves of Steel

I am sitting here drinking my coffee (French pressed) with heavy whipping cream (always), and thinking how grateful I am to my dear friend Laura for introducing me to the art of fine coffee making.  She swears by the aeropress method, but I lost the cap–probably tossed it with the coffee grinds last evening.  When…

April Greetings

Captiva Island:  Spring Break 2016 We SO enjoyed our time on this little bit of paradise.  We swam with dolphins, talked to manatees, threw shells to the alligators, jet skied, went on a dolphin spotting cruise, netflixed, read, swam, walked, and simply enjoyed the thrill of being alive and together. Well, it’s April already–almost time…

Happy New Year to everyone!  We enjoyed an exceptional last two months of 2015, and are enjoying 2016 with all of its deliciously crazy weather fluctuations.  The girls especially enjoyed many successes at the end of 2015 of which Andrew and I were able to enjoy vicariously.  They both made it into Iowa AllState for violin, and were…

Thoughts, Hope, and Much Love to You

The music I chose for Linda’s memorial video reflects what she loved and the faith she believed in.   It is the music that she sang with friends and family, and then her boys picked it up which eventually led to the creation of their own Southern Gospel group, “Music City.”  Even though I don’t…

In Honor of Linda Mae Hagel Foerderer

Linda Mae Foerderer left us October 7, 2015.  She was surrounded by loved ones when she breathed her last breath. We will miss you dearly, Linda–thank you for being you. Be of love a little more careful than of anything. ~e.e. cummings

Linda Mae (translated into Portuguese means “beautiful mother”)

My mother-in-law Linda is not doing well.  We took the girls out of school last Tuesday, so we could travel to Minnesota and spend time with her at the hospital.  We drove home Friday afternoon, while the rest of the family (Andrew’s two older brothers, their wives, and his dad) took her home with hospice care in…

Mayo & the State Fair

We have been to Mayo and back, and now we are home with our girls to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend.  Sam is putting in her last 7 hours at HyVee this morning which concludes her career in the grocery business, and Andrew and Makaela are picking up some paneer to make our favorite…

School days, MRI’s, and Goodbyes

Snap from school–Sam is playing the part of “The Fiddler” in “Fiddler on the Roof” & Makaela is part of the tech crew Being that it’s the very last day of August, and I have not yet posted this month, it seems I best take advantage of it so as to keep our monthly posting…