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Winner! Dancing to the SOTA Boys

"Tim Hawkins - Being a Father - Hampton 2012

This was a good one! Tim and I Both love Tim Hawkins, so to the tune of Country Boy Can Survive, here's Daddy Boy Can Survive :)

iso-äiti comes to town (iso-äiti is grandma in Finnish)

When my mom came up like two weeks ago, we had such a fun time. She nursed me & the Codeman back to health... She brought us goodies... She brought food for the Mokahum Ministry Center students and staff since I was supposed to cook and had NO energy or desire to share my germs! It was quite the treat!

We also went shopping and gazing at the BARN CHICS Christmas Boutique Sale. It was fabulous! You should have seen her cruising around the cute setup, jotting down idea after idea :) I got three adorable glass birds that clip on to the tree. I'll share them as I get them into a real decoration... Maybe after Thanksgiving?

Anyway, THANKS MOM FOR A GREAT COUPLE OF DAYS!
Here's a picture of our little poika and his iso-äiti Bebe.

Hunting | 2012 : Ducks {2 men, 2 dogs, 1 canoe}

Tim and Mike went duck hunting this weekend.

Friday afternoon: Mike went out on our lake and scared up hundreds of ducks... then came home empty handed.

Saturday morning: Mike and Tim hunted Cass Lake. Not much

Saturday evening: Mike and Tim hunted our Ose Lake. Not much


Sunday morning: Mike and Tim hunted Ose again. They came up with several Bluebills and Buffleheads.

Maggie and Belle both retrieved pretty well each hunt too.


We ate Buffleheads cooked in Cream of Mushroom soup with White Rice and they were pretty delicious. Cody ate 3 breasts! WOW that kid loves duck!

Cody brushing his teeth

#MNvote

Thanking God because I can VOTE TOMORROW

Please Vote!


Today, I am thankful for our nation. I am so glad to live in a country where I am free to live a Christian life. I am free to be a wife to a man I love and he loves me. I am able to raise children how I want them to be raised, in the name of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

I am thankful that I can talk openly with my friends and family about our life values. I am grateful to be in ministry with many others in an organization which is  building up believers to be disciples for Christ. I am SO thankful that I live in the states, and can vote tomorrow.

Spinach Garlic Cheese Rolls

Cody and I made Spinach Garlic Cheese Rolls, and we've received a few requests for the recipe. So, I'll share it!  My inspiration came from this photo I saw floating around pinterest, but couldn't find an attached link (Pinterest could not fetch pin).  I was drawn to the Pioneer Woman's Garlic Cheese Bread topping :YUMMMMMMY PICTURES  and re-vamped to my little needs.
Then, I found a Spinach Pizza Dough Recipe at Dollar Friendly Meals website! And Doubled it. Because I'm lazy, and don't like doing stuff like this that takes almost an hour if I can't eat it a whole bunch of times afterwards. Reap the Benefits, People! FREEZE MEALS!







Tim, Cody and I all three LOVE these rolls. My friend Sarah just made them, and used the dough for Pizza, so we'll have to find out how that turned out!

Amy's Spinach Garlic Cheese Rolls Recipe: 
DOUGH
6 Cups white flour - I used unbleached
4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (equivalent to two packets)
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp salt…

Waterfowl Hunting 2012 | Geese

Tim brought Maggie to work with him yesterday and today. He has coyote hunted a couple times, and not seen much, but he hunted geese yesterday and brought home two big Canada Geese!




Snow Snow Snow!

Tim's dad, Bob, came up to stay with us last weekend. It was a really great time with such a funny old man ;) Hi, Bob!!

He told his corny jokes, he played with Cody, and he and Tim spent some great time together in the garage. You know, good ol' father-son building a plow time. 

They worked on finishing up the plow that Bob had welded for Tim. So, they painted it and got it all set up with the treated plywood as the plow blade.

 They painted that part black








Haha! I love Tim

Me: Watchya doin honey? (Tim had been out in garage getting ready for work tomorrow- he wants to do a quick coyote hunt before the job. He was supposedly putting tools in the car and coming in) haha!
Tim: Uuuumm, I got distracted?
Me: so, what are you doing?
Tim: making a guilley (sp)  suit!

Things that happen at 9:30pm at our house.

CIM & Mokahum | Ministering with Natives

We've been in MN for four months, and we're really feeling like this is home.

FELLOWSHIP
We have been attending a small Alliance church in Cass Lake, and I'd guess there are about 30 people there on a busy Sunday. We know pretty much everyone there, and that has been an encouragement and source of light and strength for us. We appreciate the fellowship with believers! God is giving us open doors for relationships with Natives and non-Natives alike.

OUTREACH
Mokahum Ministry Center has been our biggest connection and involvement so far.

Teacher Tim
Because the students' schedules are on a block-type module schedule, each group is in the same class for a week or two together, then they take their next class together the following week, etc. One teacher all day for five days and the class is finished. Tim is leading the students this week in their Work Module, so he has First, Second, and Third Year Students together for one big Class. They are working on finishing the Pa…

A video of Cody laughing at Ben, to make you smile.

One of the joys of motherhood: hearing my child laugh.
Like, really laugh.
It is the best. I thought I'd share that magical sound with you :)

When Mike & Sarah were here this weekend, we had a fabulous time just hanging out and forcing the kids to be best friends. Ben was into the toys, Cody was into Hannah, and Hannah just sat around and smiled the whole time. It was great.

This is a video of them laughing. Well, of Cody laughing. You'll want to run this sound on repeat all day, and it will make you smile.

If you can watch this without smiling and just wanting to squeeze my little baby in the hug of all hugs, then I'm not sure what you're thinking. This video contains TWO INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL CHILDREN.
But, I have the liberty of boasting about my own.

Cody Alton is the cutest kid ever.
Ever.
You've never seen such a great giggler.
Ever.

Well, maybe you have your own kids in your life, and that's fine. That's normal to love them. :) I'm just so tha…

Beautiful Fall Day

Today was sunny, clear, in the 60s and just plain beautiful. Thank You God! I feel refreshed after playing outside with my boy a few different times today.


Cody and I ran around.
We played ball.
I pushed him on the trike.
He threw the ball for Maggie.
We picked up sticks.
He tried to run away.
Maggie knocked him over a few times.
He took a face plant down the hill.
He played in the sand.
He ate the sand.
He threw the sand.
He crawled in the sand.
Cody started loving to swing again after a month break from liking it at all.
We both walked up the road.
Maggie didn't listen well.
We raked leaves.
We bagged leaves.
We jumped in the leaves.
It was so wonderful.
Tim came home and we had McMuffins for supper.
Then Cody had sand in his diaper when I put him in the bath tonight.
Tim and I both read with Cody, cuddled him, and held him while he drank his milk before bed.
We had a great day.



Shout out to my sister!

Hi Weesha.  I took this picture when we were in Duluth. Thought you'd like it :) I figured you'd wish you were here, and would then dream of magical coffee drinks wrapped in adorable cozies. Then you'd look at all the other coffee shops near you, and be like, "it's just not the same. It's soooo good here, just not the same." Caribou is enchanted. It's one-of-a-kind.
All my sisterly love from Caribou-land, Mimi

4th Anniversary Getaway to the North Shore

4 years ago, Tim and I got hitched were married at the Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors, MN. We were already enamored with the beauty of Lake Superior's North Shore, but now it holds a more special meaning for our family. Our relationship, formed and founded in Christ, was united in celebration with our family and dear friends along the Lakefront on Sept 21, 2008. We have since then, not been back to Two Harbors.

UNTIL...

Last weekend!!!! Tim, Cody and I packed up the van, put Maggie in the back, and headed East. We hadn't been East on Hwy 2 before, so that was a fun part of the trip, seeing something new. We enjoyed the enormous amount of color painting the scenes before us as Tim drove under the early afternoon sun. We were nearing Floodwood, when I decided to call mom and ask her where Grandma Vi's cemetery is. She gave us easy directions, and we found it right along the Hwy, a great spot to stop, take a break, and walk around our family's graves.

It was a beaut…