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…

Loving this Loving, Lovely summer

                                        Baby Jack, born 6-17-15 to my brother Nick and sister-in-law Andrea  🙂 This summer we have been blessed to have been visited by dear friends we met in India.  In May, Leigh and her son…

Trial Run as Empty-Nesters

A SnapChat Picture sent to us from their Strings Camp ❤ We are living the life of “empty nesters” this week.  It’s quiet.   I miss the girls’ chattering selves, the violin practicing, the singing, and the updates of what’s happening on “Grey’s Anatomy” with the hospital noises in the back ground.  They have an obsession…