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Christmas Comes So Soon!

We can't ever keep quite on top of everything in our crazy life! But, sometimes we are better at it than right now. I finally printed out our Christmas family photo at sam's last Thursday, and just sent the postcards in the mail yesterday and the rest today. I just sent some presents in the mail Saturday. I sent the last batch of presents to Minnesota with brother Jon as he departed on Friday... Anyway, does it get any more procrastinated? Oh, I forgot to mention that I even hand-passed out some of the postcards this week at church, and after church.

Overnighting it

After a whirlwind weekend in the snowy state, I came back to a peaceful evening with my husband. He cooked a delicious dinner (lasagna--YUMM) for us, and we curled up on the couch to watch--in annual tradition--Christmas Vacation, you know, the Chevy Chase hit from early 90s? It is a family favorite! The seriously relaxing evening continued when Tim dished me up some ice cream and a fresh brownie, and I basically watched him do the dishes and all the rest of kitchen clean up! He is the BEST husband!

Well, Monday I worked a normal day, but then stayed overnight with my little girls... Tim and Maggie joined the three of us for a fun dinner, cookies, and plenty of playtime. When he left, free couch in tow(more on that later) and I turned out all the lights, I only had to get up once, to help Selby put her passy back in her mouth. Pretty restful night on the couch with HGTV and some hot chocolate:) Aaaaah. Bliss!

Fin woke up nice and late, around 7am, while her normal wake up time is like…

Valo Family

Braving the Blizzarding Minnesota

Grandma Vi

In memory of our dear Viola Elvira Isaacson Valo, our treasure.

My grandma Vi, 85, passed away peacefully while at home Wednesday afternoon...Blessed to be in the company of her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. So far... Grandpa George is fine, but at a huge loss. 
My mom's sister Jane & Keith Olson and their kids have all been there at Grandpa's side, as well as mom's brother, Byron.  Grandpa's wonderful Woodbury neighbors have stepped into help as needed ( Mom just took him to a Neighborhood Christmas party last week, so she saw how they all love my dad!)
We are currently hoping to plan on a Sat Service at St. Peter Lutheran Church (Afton) near their home. Pray for peace, for safe and timely travel, and especially for my grandpa George's peace at his sudden loneliness over the loss of the love of his life of 63 years.
Praise the Lord as He is in our Daily lives ... 1Peter 5:6-7

Kids are funny

The other day, Fin looked at me and said, "I love you, Amy. Will you play with me?" So I enthusiastically responded, "Of course! What do you want to play?" I was then met with a stunned look that showed I dare even ask such a question without assuming the obviously Best and Ultimate answer... "A Foyt!!!" wow. Clear the way, Fin wants to make a fort. However, even after she begged me to play with her, all she wanted was to watch me, critique my blanket-hanging skills and show me where to sit. This spot was definitely NOT in the fort with her... No it was in the middle of the hard wood living room floor with no pillows, no blankets. Not Nothing, except me. And, a soon to follow me Selby.

So, I asked Fin why I couldn't play in the fort that "we" built "together" and why she was in there all alone if she wanted to p,ay with me... Again, that crazy look... It turns out, I am only wanted for petty love. Just for fort building, 'coff…

Romping with our Friends.

For Seriously?

I KNOW... it has been extremely too long since I have last been here. No, I've looked, and thought, "I just don't have time right now to add anything new." Although I wanted to post a blog sooner, I just assumed it would have been lacking. Weak Sauce. Insufficient. Therefore, achieving nothing new on the blog. Okay, well, here I go.

What've we been doing, and how are we spending our days?

One Way: I have been very busy with my new photography business, (Check it out) Amy Kate Photography... I've been doing family photo shoots, kids, couples... It has been so much fun! I love the experience I am gaining, the shots I can put in my portfolio, and most importantly business-wise, the network I'm building up. I am so thankful for the blessings I have thrown at me every day in regards to photography. THANK GOD for those. He has been faithful in providing for Tim and I in everyway we could imagine. Tim has the encouragement part of things down to a T. He is a re…

Maggie Reminisce.

Reminisce as a Verb: Indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events.
I don't know if I'm using it correctly, because I am looking back on Maggies old, brand-new-to-us days where she was ill, disgustingly underweight, and poorly, poorly, poorly over-shaven stomach due to her being fixed, and the reactions she indulged us with because of her many shots/micro-chipping, and new-home transfers after being lost in the wilds of Eastern Colorado Plains Desert in the dead of Winter.
So, I reminisce of Maggie's first days with us, and compare them to her current days with us. 
The OLDEN DAYS of Maggie




Well, the next day, we had to go to work. and school. and continue on with our lives. SO we locked her up in her crate, and left.

THEN I CAME HOME:

Making it The Gospel of GOD.

Not the white man's gospel... As Craig Smith's book details: "For you see, not only are Native people guilty of misinterpreting the gospel as the 'Whiteman's Gospel' but I believe that, unknowingly, the dominant society has often embraced and fostered the mentality that it is their gospel." --Whiteman's Gospel
So, now it is our turn to dive in, really deep, mind you, to the waters of ministery to and with Natives in Northern Minnesota... Primarily Chippewa aka Ojibwa people. Tim and I want you to know how big of a part of our story this is about to become. We are dedicating the next two months to prayer for the Lord to reveal more to us as to how we fit into this picture, of Bemidji, Mokahum, Canoes, Carpentry, A home, Discipleship, kids, family, Timing.... This is what we are seeking a better understanding of. Thank you for praying with us. Will you continue to lift our family up in prayer regularly? We need to petition the Lord daily for his strength…