Saturday, July 19, 2008


This has been the longest 8 weeks of my college times. These last weeks made getting my Bachelor’s degree a piece of cake. I can honestly say if it hadn’t been by the grace of my Lord and the love and patience of my family I wouldn’t be able to say that on Tuesday I will be done!!

I really think God has showed me so much of these 2 months. He showed me just how wonderful my family is (not that I didn’t know before.) I showed me that I cannot do this on my own (as my sister so lovingly tells me....I am not Super Woman – and no one but me excepts me to be.) He has reminded of His love and concern for me with each assignment I complete.

On December 19th, the day I am completely done, the first person that will get the thanks for this will be my Lord, then my husband and family. There have so many times that I have wanted to quit – but God reminds me that it was His will I do this. If I were to quit I would be quitting on something that God had for me. So, I continue – and am so much closer to victory!!

Thank you to each of my friends that have been patience and supportive of me through this all. I know that phone calls and emails have been few of late, but I want you each to know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

This is what is left between now and Tuesday:

** A 25 page paper on International business practices of 5 separate companies (which I haven’t even started yet)
** A Power Point presentation to accompany the paper I haven’t written yet
** A final exam for International Business
** A final exam for Strategic Management
** A visiting missionary and his family
** A 3 game volleyball tournament on Sunday evening (that I can’t play in because I still have my pretty black boot on my foot)

See you all Wednesday – when my summer break truly begins!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I knew this day would come

I have a box of “special Steven stuff.” To be honest, I haven’t opened the box since a few months after the funeral – that has been almost 9 years now. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I took comfort in knowing it was there, in case I ever wanted to go through it.

Over the last few weeks Brett has been asking hundreds of questions about Steven. Today he asked if I had anything other than all the pictures he has seen. I told him I had a special box and his face lit up. He wanted to see the box.

As I write this Brett is sitting at the table going through everything in the box. I went through part of it with him, but honestly – it hurts more than I expected. I want Brett to go through the box, to know the brother he never got to meet, but this is a lot harder than I ever would have thought it would be.

There are things in that box I had forgotten about – reports he had written, letters to me, pictures he drew. Just tons of memories.

I would love to call someone, but I don’t want Brett to know how much it hurts I write. He needs to see those things, he needs to bring me things and have me read them out loud. He needs to know who wrote the letters and the poems. So I write.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Toto, we're not in Kansas any more....

I would love to be a storm chaser!!!! My sister, Margaret, and I used to day dream about it as we watched the storms out of our living room window. Well, if I still lived in Minot, instead of Bismarck, I would have gone chasing last night!!!! Here are the ones that went through Rolla and Belcourt last night. I'm not smart enough (or just too tired) to figure out how to put the slide show on here....but if your interested check it out.

And I know this picture of Braden is old (he's 7 month's old now) but it is one of my favorites!!!

Friday, July 04, 2008


This term is over on July 23rd...that is 19 days from today. In those 19 days I still have 17 assignments to turn in. I guess that let's you know what I'll be doing from now until then!!!!!