Monday, October 27, 2008

Summer Update: Target practice!

We tried out some of the firearms one day and had some great target shooting practice.

They called me "Annie Oakley" and made me pose with my rifle. 
So here I am...Ta Da!
Ben and Justin got out their pistols and were showing David some real northern Minnesota fun!
Ben: "So, you just aim it at the target, like this, and then shoot at the little circle in the middle, and don't forget to look real cool like me!" (He didn't really say that, but he does look pretty cool, doesn't he?) :)
And for the big finale...!
Live video of David trying his hand at it!
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He was brilliant! (of course) :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Summer Update: David's family arrives!

The wedding was fast approaching and so many preparations were taking place. The exciting day finally came when David's family arrived, signaling that the wedding was only one week away! It was so wonderful to see them all arrive in the airport and drive them back to meet my family. They were all excited to be in the USA!


Reuben and Rhiannon find some new friends at the Mall of America!

All of our families took time the weekend before the wedding to go to a rodeo! This rodeo is my Mom's favorite and our family has sung at it a few years ago. It was great to be back and to experience the fun with David's family.



God has blessed me richly with such a great family! Look at them...aren't they great!? I appreciate, every day, that I have married into such a wonderful bunch of people!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Summer Update: Family Reunion

Okay...here is the next segment of our summer update series! On a beautiful weekend in July, the whole Berge family gathered together once again. We continue to grow and add more and more members each year. It is such a joy to meet new fiances, hold new babies, and see all the old faces once again.


The Berge Family Reunion Band!! Singing around the campfire some of those great old hymns, some praise songs, and some crazy ones like "I'm My Own Grandpa" (Thanks to Monty!).

Elianna...one of the newer members of the Berge family, with her beautiful mommy (my lovely sister Mindy)!

Here is the Ken Berge section of the family. I love my family!

David really enjoyed his first Berge family reunion...right David? :) Who couldn't love such a crazy fun family! It was a wonderful weekend.

Pre-Wedding Moments

Here is a majorly over-due update from our summer! I finally have a Saturday that is free from any other commitments and so here I am...ready to bring you some pictures! Before I can show you any Ireland shots though, I thought I should probably do a bit of an update first. So here we go!.. 
This post covers some of the crazy fun that we had before our wedding took place on August 3rd. 


After David arrived in Minnesota, on July 7th, we immediately jumped into our marriage counseling book that had been assigned to us. We had less than a month to go through it all so it was a tiny bit of an overload. But, as you can see, I didn't seem to mind too much...maybe I am just distracted by my sparkly ring!
Mr. and Mrs. Barkman met with us before our wedding and blessed us with their wisdom and example. It was a complete privilege to have them counsel us and have Mr. Barkman marry us. What precious people they are to us! 
Here we are with our official marriage license! That is a significant piece of paper to possess! 
Our family had a few concerts scheduled and one of the last ones was at the Aardahl Lutheran Church. This is where we had one of our very first concerts as well, so it was extremely significant for us to play there again.
Little Elijah enjoyed the concert too!
Dad, Ben, and David all took off one Saturday and enjoyed a good round of golf. Gotta love those sweet Father-in-law/son-in-law bonding moments!
more to come....