What a sweet suprise it was to open our front door and find a group of christmas carolers gracing our front step. They sang to us in amazing four-part harmony. It was so beautiful.
Thank you Kastners and Berge girls for that sweet music!
Thank you Kastners and Berge girls for that sweet music!
Me, Amanda B., Erica, Janna, Elizabeth, Lilia, Amanda K., and Katelyn
I am so thankful for these girls (in the picture) and their sweet spirits. I felt blessed just being around them. They exemplified to me the verse found in 1 Peter 3:4...
"but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which in God's sight is very precious."
Here is the eight-point that came by on Monday morning. He is now in our freezer--poor guy. Someone asked me if I felt bad shooting those cute little deer and I said that after having your garden ransacked beyond recognition and having one run into your car you begin to lose a little of that compassion.
I guess I never realized what a huge thing deer hunting was around here until I started teaching. The little boys in my preschool play "hunting" almost all day and even pretend to track their "elk" and "deer" after they shoot them. I was amazed at how much they learn from just being around all of the hunting talk at home.
Here they are with their Lego guns and blaze orange hats. They are so cute and have such amazing imaginations. I love it!
Here is a picture of my plate
(the white glowing mass is the lutefusk is case you weren't sure).
A little history on lutefisk: literally translated, lutefisk means lyefish, which refers to the early process of soaking where a lye solution made of birch ashes was used in the luting process. Lutefisk is actually dried cod, or stockfish and is probebly one of Norway's oldest trading commodities. It has been used for trading with foreign countries for centuries, along with skins and furs. In Viking times, stockfish was both a main part of the diet, and a trading commodity on long voyages.
Here is a Norwegian now, drowning his lutefisk in drawn butter! I guess that Viking blood just can't resist a little "lute-ing" every once in a while.
(Ha Ha--ok, I know that was a really bad attempt at humor, but that's what happens when your main social interaction all day is with 3-5 year olds.)
She is a sweetie!
Last weekend we had the blessing of travelling out to Colorado to witness the marriage covenant of my cousin Krista Schmidt (Dad's sister's daughter) to Delchi Fafach. It was a beautiful day. Krista and Delchi's commitment to the Lord was such a testimony to all who were present there. Here are a few highlights from the weekend...
Here is the crew of us that flew down a little early to help out. We were able to visit the famous Pearl Street, downtown Boulder and eat at the Cheesecake Factory.
Danny (Delchi's brother) and I played "Canon in D" as Krista walked down the aisle.
Mindy and I singing "How Deep the Father's Love for Us"
Mindy and Kaye, caught red-handed decorating the get-away car
"Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done..."
Congratulations Tilly and Brandon! Thank you for your beautiful example of a godly man and woman seeking Christ in everything. Your wedding was a testimony to that.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
My sister Melissa and all the kids (except Reuben) came up this weekend to see the baby. They loved holding her and gave her plenty of loving. She has it made in the wonderful cousin department, that's for sure.
Thank you Lord for children! What a blessing they are.
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward." ~Psalm 127:3
Sisterly love...Annika and Katrina
Katrina, Becca, and Charisma with the baby goat
little Erina Peace
...and more new friends!
Singing and testimonies around the campfire
complete with a good old fashioned marshmallow roast!
All together...a great week!
Becca gets a lesson on tying on a lure
Enjoying the lake with Amelia
We were also able to celebrate the upcoming marriages of two cousins, Krista and Delchi and Karla and Mike, by throwing a double wedding shower. It was was fun celebrating the addition of two more members to our family. Mike and Delchi are great guys who both love the Lord dearly. What a blessing to have them apart of the Berge crew.
Delchi and Krista
I am excited to travel out to Krista and Delchi's wedding come September 30th to participate in their special day. Their relationship is such a testimony of the Lord and His goodness. Praise the Lord for His great faithfulness to those who love Him.
"...His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." ~Lamentations 3:22, 23
My Grandma King was a godly woman who loved to sing the old hymns and talk about her Lord. She was a blessing to me and I am grateful that I was able to know her. At her funeral a lady who lived at the nursing home with her came up to my aunt and told this story:
"I don't think your grandma even knew me but she blessed me so much I just had to let you know. Several times over the years I have struggled with depression and despair and all I had to do was roll my wheel chair back and forth in front of your mother's room and listen to her soft humming of those good old hymns and my spirits were lifted. I don't think she even knew I was out there but what a blessing she was!"
Celebrating Grandma's Homegoing
What a testimony of her life! Praise the Lord that she is with Him in glory.
We are still working on filling it up with some flowers so I think by next year it will really be beautiful. You will have to stop by and see it for yourself!