Category Archives: Day-to-Day

Colonial Williamsburg

We are still alive, just busy! The last post was about William being sick. Unfortunately he ended up with pneumonia, but he is all better now.
Training is going great. Only 2 1/2 weeks left. We are definitely on information overload.
We had a great time last Saturday in Williamsburg. Josh and Savannah (Zack’s brother & his wife) came up for the weekend. And despite lots of rain, it was an awesome visit! We are so grateful to them for a fun time together.
Here are a few pictures from Williamsburg.

Prayers for William

William started feeling bad Friday evening. Around 9:00 I realized he was running a fever. We had a low key weekend and he rested a lot. But unfortunately the fever is still lingering tonight, and his cough sounds rough. So unless I see a drastic change in the morning, we’ll be headed to the doctor.
Please pray that he will start feeling better very soon (and that no one else gets sick).
(This picture was taken after our sweet friends brought us cookies last night. Cookies make everything better!)

Week 2

We are about mid-week through our second week of training. Things continue to progress nicely. Last night after the boys were in bed, Zack and I started on one of our big homework projects. It was really enjoyable to read together about Norwegian culture and customs!

Back to School

We feel like we are back in school! We arrived at our training facility on Monday and began classes Wednesday. Things are going well, but we are staying VERY busy!

This is a book we’re¬†just
starting to read. Anyone have any
thoughts or opinions on it?

Please pray for us as we get into a new routine and try to learn as much as possible over the next week.

Also, there are LOTS of people living and working together. Please pray that everyone stays well and that sickness does not become a problem in this close environment.

Thanks for checking in. We’ll try to write again soon!


Hitting the Road: July 22

Today is a big day!! We plan to attend early church, and then will begin our drive to Virginia. We are staying the night near Charlotte, NC, where we are meeting up with several adoptive families for dinner. Then tomorrow we will arrive at the training center. We have a meeting Tuesday afternoon and training officially begins Wednesday.
The last couple of weeks have been busy and emotional. We’ve said our good-byes and packed up all that we’ll need for the next 8 1/2 weeks.
Please pray for us as we enter this next big phase…
While transitions can be tough for anyone, we ask for specific prayer for our sons. Please pray that throughout our moves to Virginia, Vancouver, and Norway, they will feel safe and secure. Our prayer is that it will further affirm that even when outside circumstances change, families stay together.
Please pray for Zack and me as we enter a time of intense training and preparation. Pray that our hearts and minds will remain focused on God, and on the calling that He has placed on our family.
Please pray for our parents and extended family. Pray for them as they say good-bye and as the reality of our move sets in.


As I type, the movers are here and packing our belongings. They will stay in storage until we arrive in Norway.
It’s yet another reality moment for us, as we think about the fact that the next time we’ll see things like our beds and table and sofa, we will be in Oslo!

Stone Mountain

For years, Zack’s dad has been wanting to go on a fishing trip with his boys. So they are finally doing it.
While he spends time with his dad, the boys and I are spending some time with each of my parents. Yesterday, we arrived at Stone Mountain Park to spend about 24 hours with my dad and his wife. We’ve had a great time. Ropes course, 4D movie, mini golf, train ride, sky lift, 4-story indoor playground, outdoor water playground, and the laser show. It was a long and busy day, but it was a lot of fun.

Closing a Chapter

Today marks the last day of work for Zack. He’s been with the same company for nearly 15 years.Longevity in the workplace is something you don’t see much these days. Seems there’s always a bigger company with a better offer. Sure, he had his share of offers and big promises from other companies. And sure, the company where he is has its flaws – every company does. But his company has been great. Good pay, good benefits, good co-workers, good advancement opportunities, and a value for family and personal life.

He could have gone elsewhere and would probably have made more money. But there really is something to be said for a job that gave him flexibility to attend a school play or take a sick child to the doctor, and one that ended well before dinner time each day so we could all sit down as a family. He rarely had to travel out of town, and we knew he’d be home on weekends.

I’m thankful for the way he provides for our family. We’ve always had everything we need, and more. I’m grateful for his strong work ethic (he had a great model in his dad). What a great example for our boys!

And I’m excited about the beginning of the next chapter of our lives!