"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day

Memorial day was Ryan first holiday off since we started residency a year ago (he had to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and boy did we make the most of it!

In Minnesota fashion, we had a ward party that started at 9:30am where they served brats and sauerkraut. On the way there I was wondering why in the world they were serving brats this early in the morning. Sausage...maybe. But Brats??... I have to admit though that once we
arrived at the park and smelled the brats cooking, it was hard not to ask for two! These 5 years in the midwest must be rubbing off on me!!

After the ward picnic we headed to a little lake about 20 minutes away for a water ski show with our friends the Russons. The weather was beautiful, and the scenery was incredible. We even saw a couple of bald eagles soaring above us!

We found out they do a free performance every Wednesday night throughout the summer. We're looking forward to going back!

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Have you ever noticed that many of the great cities from all around the world have a famous icon that, when people see it, they think about that great city? Take for instance...
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. When people see it they think, "Ahhh. Paris!"
And Big Ben in London, England.
Or perhaps the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, California.
This is Rochester, Minnesota's claim to fame. Ahhh. Their's nothing quite like driving down town and seeing a corn water tower. Home sweet home. :)