A Sweetest Dream

Elizabeth was asked to go to prom by one of the boys’ on the swim team.  At first mom and dad were a little skeptical, but as the events unfolded we were anxious for a magical day for our daughter.  Elizabeth, a friend and I went dress shopping in late February and found a dress.

Yesterday morning we were off to get her hair done..Nails had already been done last week before a swim meet on Friday night.

Elizabeth and Nathan went to Red Robin for dinner in Wichita.  They decided they would not wear their prom clothes, but change after dinner.  They came to our house for pictures and then off to have pictures at Nathan’s grandparents house.



















The theme of the prom was one associated with the golden ticket.  Jim and I went in the afternoon and took pictures.  It was pretty amazing!




















The students arrive via different and unique modes of transportation.  Some students arrived by a boat, firetruck, u-haul truck, but Nathan and Elizabeth arrived in a convertible.  Parents and community members watch and enjoy the excitement of prom.








It was a sweet dream come true that she could attend prom as a sophmore.  It is hard for this mom to believe that the time has went so fast…and she truly is a princess in my sweetest dream!



At our house we  have always tried to focus on the Christian aspect of holidays as well as all of the fun things that happen at the same time.  It is becoming a little harder for the mom in me to give up some of the traditions that were started when Erik and Elizabeth were younger.

This year, I boiled eggs and bought dye to dye them…but when the time came to do it Erik said he really did not want to.  One tradition that was started by a special “Easter Rabbit” when we lived in Emporia was that a little treat would appear on our porch for the kids… well we have started that tradition for the children that are our neighbors here.


Jim and I went to Sunrise service at church this morning and then Elizabeth and Erik joined us for the traditional worship service.  This evening we watched the movie Jesus.  It was a great way to remember why we celebrate Easter.   This verse from 1 Corinthians 15:57 also puts it into perspective.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Our little girl is growing up into a beautiful young lady!  Notice the changes over the last several months.

                                                               Braces and glasses.

                                                  Braces are off and she now has contacts!

Sites of a Christmas Break

This year we were able to spend Christmas at home.  It was a joyful occasion because family was here, but we were also able to light the Christ candle in our advent wreath which reminds us of the true meaning of the season.

We opened presents through the morning on Christmas.  This was hard for Erik as he did not remeber actually going to church on Christmas even though going on Christmas eve is a tradition.

We had days spent playing games and enjoying the company of family we don’t see often enough.  The weather was also great so the dogs were able to get their daily walks.

What vacation would not be complete without a nap or two?  I think it is very funny that everyone likes to take pictures of people sleeping, even the dogs got caught.

One day during break the temperatures were in the 60s, so hard to believe it was December in Kansas.  Erik had a friend over and they played dodgeball with marshmallows outside and my pansies look like it was still spring.

The break gave us a change to do some crafts that we did not have time to do before the holidays were actually upon us.

I love the memories that we make as a family and I hope that they will always be with us even when we can’t be with those near and dear to us.

2011 in Review







The Christmas season was upon us before I knew it.  I had made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t rush Thanksgiving…it seems to be the forgotten holiday, but then I seemed to be behind during the whole month of December.  So instead of a Christmas letter, I will highlight our comings and goings in 2011.

ERIK:  The first thing that comes to my mind is involvement in sports during every season, soccer in the spring and fall; basketball during the winter; and baseball during the long hot summer that we had in Kansas.  Erik is now a 6th grader, but doing 7th grade math and other enrichment activities during his time at school.  He started playing percussion in the band, and continues with piano.  Erik’s piano teacher says he has “the passion.”  Erik does seem to develop a passion for everything he does.  We enjoyed hearing Christmas songs throughout the season being played on the piano.  He also went to church camp and Boy Scout camp during the summer.

ELIZABETH:  Involved…which means busy!  She is now a sophomore at Newton High.  During her freshman years she earned an academic letter and silver bar for her grades.  Elizabeth also swam on the swim team which lead her to a summer job at the pool and now she is amanager for the boy’s swim team.  She also has found an interest in drama.  She was in Camp Rock this fall and is now in a one act play being directed by a senior.  She took driver’s ed this summer and continues to practice her driving.  She is able to drive to and from school/work, but hasn’t had many opportunities to go solo.  Elizabeth is also involved in church activities..she help at camp as a counselor in training and then went for a week herself.

JIM and JONNI:  Our time and energy is devoted to the kids.  We are still working in our same jobs, however Jim was asked to make a switch to teach at 2 schools.  He is still at Slate Creek, but also travels to Walton which is a small charter type school.  Jim also had 2 opportunities to be a counselor at church camp.  He is now also helping with Boy Scouts.

Jim and Erik did have the opportunity to go the the NU vs. Michigan State football game.  Elizabeth and I had a girls weekend in Kansas City.  She purchased tickets to Taylor Swift at Arrowhead Stadium.

We enjoy spending time together, but it seems to get more difficult with multiple schedules to coordinate.  We also had the opportunity to see extended family on both side of the family…both in joyful and sorrowful situations.  Jim’s brother, Craig got married and 2 of my aunt/uncle  passed away.  My mom and her dog, Ted E. and Jim’s brother, Keith  and his wife Barb came for Christmas.  It was a fun 3 days, but very quiet since they left.

I will try to keep up on those fun and memorable events by posting on our blog so stop by during the year to see what we are up to.  We are wishing you a healthy and blessed 2012!

Love:  Jim, Jonni, Elizabeth, and Erik

Merry Christmas!







Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas!  If you received your Christmas card and are checking this for a possible update on what we are doing please check back in the next day or two….things have been very busy and I did not get our site updated as soon as I had hoped.

Taylor Swift








It pays to have a summer job!    Elizabeth worked at the pool this summer and used some of her hard earned dollars to take us (a girls trip) to Kansas City to see Taylor in September.  The mom in me wouldn’t let her purchase the most expensive tickets so we were able to sit quite high at Arrowhead Stadium.  The good thing was that we were able to sit the whole time. 







We met up with my best friend and her girls along with her sister in law and niece, even though we had seats in separate spots.









I think it was a wonderful first concert experience for Elizabeth and a great girls weekend.