Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cold Canada

From 2011 Oct-Dec
For the first time, my son-in-law Michael was able to join us for a little Fall foray to Ontario’s magnificent Lake of the Woods. October crappies were calling our name but a strong NW wind and cool temperatures kept us from our usual haunts on the north side of Miles Bay. The gap near Mylie’s found us battling six-foot swells. Yikes! But what a ton of fun and a decent fill of walleye. Nearly bagged our limit.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friends and Family

From 2011 Jul-Sep
So very grateful to have our extended family to the cabin for a weekend of relaxation and shopping junkets to Nisswa. I am reminded this is indeed one of my life’s greatest blessings … to have our children marry into such wonderful, Godly families. Families who love one another and enjoy a good round of late-night scrabble (more coffee please …). Terrys, Zazuciks, Groves – we love you!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wedding #3

From Jordon & Ashton ~ Stephanie Drake Photography ~ HiRes
Well, it’s happened again. God has joined yet another of our children to a wonderful family. Welcome aboard Ashton and your groovy parents, David and Mary! We love you all and so look forward to watching these kids blossom before us. The ceremony was lovely, meaningful and fun! Thank you Lord for being front and center in these proceedings.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Great American Road Trip 2011

From 2011 Apr-Jun
After a couple-year hiatus, found ourselves once again heading west on an RV-trailer convoy to the Black Hills of South Dakota. The faces have changed a bit (welcome Jenna!) but the fun remains the same. Forever grateful to my parents for once again providing the “mother-ship”. Hope you had as much fun as we did. Most “interesting” event? We were nearly shot by wild-west reenactors in Hill City! True story.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Surprise! It's your 16th birthday!

Stacked directly against our return for Perdido Key, our older kids, friends and relatives did a terrific job of getting things ready for Mariah's suprise 16th birthday celebration. Is was hectic, but it was an amazing event for her. In the morning she got her driver's license, and after a made-up trip to Target with mom, she returned to a house bursting with well wishers (forty-plus as best I could tell). She didn't have a clue and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Thank you to every one who came to wish her well, and a second thank you to all that helped with decorations, food and cake! A video highlight is posted below. Find additional photos posted here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beach, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Although the crew was smaller this year, we are once again thankful to spend some time on God's shoreline, Perdido Key. This was our 11th spring break in the area as best I can recall, and we were thankful to see that ill effects of last year's BP oil spill were no where to be found (although FEMA crews still regularly patrol the beaches). The area also seems to have now fully recovered from the devastating Hurricane Ivan of September 2004. Surpisingly, with spring break already concluded for regional universities, things were very quiet on the Key. No lines, sparse traffic, it was great! Best of all, record setting warmth greeted us every day but one, with sunny highs nearing 80 degrees day after day. Never seen such great weather. Thank you Lord. Nothing too exciting, but I've posted three short videos below. Find additional photos posted here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

State Champions!

Our Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs pulled-off a historic tournament surge to win the Class A Minnesota State High School Girls Basketball Championship. It was a memory of a lifetime for these girls, Coach Hammond, his assistants and the entire Maranatha family. Cool thing, our Mariah is a student manager for the team, and she got to be a central part of this amazing ride. God was given the glory over, and over by this wonderful school that we call home. We are so proud of you!

MCA Winners! Final Seconds

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Let’s do it again!

Every year I’m somewhat amazed at the continued interest in these old machines and the people that built them. Scorpion Homecoming started in 2005 on a bit of dare … would anybody even show-up? Well show-up they did, and here we are seven years after the fact, with no end in sight. Kudos to the wonderful people we’ve met along the way. Together, what was once lost, has now been found. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pop the question Jordon!

After many months of careful planning, our second son Jordon finally popped the question to his lovely girlfriend Ashton Elizabeth Terry. It took some doing. Ring paid-off: check. Everything set at Saint Paul’s romantic Rice Park: check. Brandon and Jenna devising a scheme to divert Ashton's attention: check. Only problem, a flat tire nearly made this the engagement that wasn’t. What a great memory, and what a beautiful setting. Oh, and she did indeed say yes. We are very proud of you both. An August 19, 2011 wedding is being planned.

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Year in review

Wow, this has come far too soon this year...but here we go. In 2010 I continued to consult with SunGard, where massive crisis-inspired regulatory changes are giving me more than enough to do. There have been many changes in my firm and industry, including some that have been incredibly stressful, but God was and is faithful. I am forever grateful for His protection. Starr remains part-time at Boger Dental. She is very active in local bible studies and should get the credit for pretty-much anything I have done, or the wonderful people my children have become. Brie and husband Michael are well. They live nearby and Michael’s outdoor servicing business (Greenline) is very busy. Recent heavy snows have been a blessing (at least for him - not so much for me). Brie is busy with a home-based business she is developing. Brandon and Jenna recently purchased their first home and are nicely settled-in for the holidays. He is a graphic designer (Harrison Collective) and she works as an event coordinator. Jordon remains at home and will be wrapping-up his associates degree in the coming months. His long-time girlfriend Ashton has been a real blessing to us this past year. Mariah is a sophomore at MCA and she has been very active in volleyball and is presently managing the girl’s basketball squad. She’s delightfully social and her school activities keep her (and us) hopping. We returned to Perdido Key, Florida for another spring break outing in March. It was a particular blessing to have so many of us there, including all the kids, their spouses, my parents, and Jenna’s folks as well. Let’s do it again! Oh, and the fishing was terrific. We also spent a lot of time up-north, both in Crosby and at the cabin (great times together with those wonderful Groves, Lyles, Weiers and Wiechmann's). In February we had our sixth annual Scorpion Homecoming (I can’t believe it’s been that long – thank you to all the wonderful volunteers). In July we returned to West Salem, Wisconsin for our annual camping trip with the Sharp family (you guys are simply wonderful). Brandon and Jenna joined-in this time, which was a real treat. A couple other items of note included an MCA progressive dinner, two trips to the state fair, a junket to Duluth, a few Twins games (nice ballpark, particularly those Kramarczuk brats), and our perennial trip to Holidazzle and the Orchestra Hall skating rink. The boys and I were hoping for a season full of Purple Pride football parties, but ... not so much. In August I suffered a serious cycling accident but am grateful it wasn’t worse. For the first time in over forty years, I wasn’t able to go deer hunting but four-months out, I can finally see the end of physical therapy and hope to be in ship-shape in time for spring break. Though many challenges remain in this world, and there are ample opportunities for fear and anxiety, I find myself more and more learning to trust God and let go of the cares that weigh us down. It is my prayer for 2011 that you will join me in these sentiments as well.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shall we skate?

It's always a blessing to spend an evening with the Sharps for Holidazzle, boot skating at Orchestra Hall, and gifts and games back at the Grove.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Final recital?

Wow! After years and years of these events across four children, could this be the last one?

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Local government quickly responds to a safety concern. The broken bone byway now bares a warning to the naive, the uninformed, and the brittle-boned among us … caution to all ye brave enough to navigate this blind bend to pain. To their credit, the city also cut-back much of the undergrowth which obstructed the prior view.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lake-side antics

Not much to say about these highlights of men at work.