9 01 2010

We’re here. We left Madison on Dec. 28th, left Chicago on the 29th, arrived in Harleysville, PA on the 30th. A great welcoming crew was here, waiting for us and the moving trucks. It’s so surreal, and yet strangely normal, to arrive at your new home, your new town, your new church. The few days have become a blur, and should be blogged at some point, but tonight I’m just happy to even get some pictures on the blog! So, more later. pictures now.

Tower of boxes, Kajsa inside the bottom box

Packing and Moving Help..

Trucks (yes, notice the trailer as well) leaving Alder Road

Christ Covenant Church, from our house (with the luminaries)

Kajsa and Anna, New Year's Day

Anna and Kajsa laughing with AJ


22 11 2009

Yes, it’s true- we’re moving. To Pennsylvania. We have accepted a call to Co-Pastor Christ Covenant Church in Harleysville, PA (which is about 40 minutes north of Philadelphia). It became official on November 8th, and life has been a whirlwind since then. Well, life was a whirlwind before then, but now things are moving forward at incredible speed.

It’s a tough time. And an exciting time. It’s the part of pastoral ministry that I struggle so much with–leaving one community I love for another community I love (what little I know of it at this point), because God calls us. God calls us out of one ministry…. and into another. And the roller coaster of emotions continues–the sadness at leaving, the joy at going someplace new… and the peace at knowing that God is leading.

Our house is on the market, a photographer for Century 21 came by the other day, (but the above photo is mine) and many of our waking, non-working moments are spent sorting, recycling, organizing, trashing, and packing stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Lots of stuff that we don’t want to move. And some that we do.

Meow!!.. Halloween 2009

1 11 2009

First, a disclaimer: My good camera has been shipped to some location in this country, and is hopefully being fixed sooner than later. In the meantime, I’m using my old trusty Kodak, which apparently is no longer as trusty. So I’ve been quite frustrated. However, Halloween was still fun with a toddler, who loves saying “Meow”.

KajsaHalloween - 1On Friday, we went down to State Street, which had a kids’ trick-or-treating in and out of stores. It was quite nice. Yesterday we went to the mall, which also had trick-or-treating. Fun, but crazy and over-crowded, and a bit scary for Kajsa, but mostly fun.

Kajsa loves the cat costume. She wore it around the house this afternoon and evening as well. It was an easy costume–she had the pants, I bought the shirt, and bought the ears and tail. Easy, fun, successful Halloween.


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2 Cats?

Abby and Kajsa

the monona terrace

24 05 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Jim and I received an award from the Madison Police Department. (for some neighborly watchfulness from last summer.) Jim’s parents were here for the award ceremony, too..

from inside the terrace... Kajsa walking on the window sills.

from inside the terrace... Kajsa walking on the window sills.

which was held at the Monona Terrace. Before the ceremony, Kajsa was loving the big “narthex” of the Monona Terrace. And afterwards we walked up to

the roof and took some pictures. I’m playing with the media settings on my blog, and trying to post different sizes.

Kajsa's "reddish carpet" photo at the Monona Terrace

Kajsa's "reddish carpet" photo at the Monona Terrace

family photo

family photo

Grandma and Grandpa E. and Kajsa

Grandma and Grandpa E. and Kajsa

it’s been awhile.

11 05 2009

DSC_1186Dairy Queen joy with “Uncle Roy”…. “Girl Cousin” power with Hannah… Kajsa’s sunglasses that make her look and feel way cool…. hugging “Ahb-wah” …. and trying to fit into Daddy’s shoes.





“Re-entry” non-blogging

7 01 2009


just posting photos… Re-entry, ugh. We normally try to schedule in a day after returning from a trip, to adjust…. to unpack in an organized manner. To gather our thoughts before heading back to work, to the world of daily life with all its… reality. But this time we didn’t have that chance, so we’re still catching our breath. You all probably are, too. Re-entry. Ick. Ugh. I think I need a month-long re-entry cushion. Ha ha.

Anyhow, enjoy the pictures. One is at home in Madison…. the rest are in Vermont.






west of Cleveland

27 12 2008

About 11 miles west of Cleveland. We’re on our way (driving) to Vermont, and were hoping to get to Erie tonight, but when we saw the weather forecasts last night and this morning at 5:30, we realized that we needed to leavedsc_0371 later, and not go so far. Icy roads seemed to be the theme for Chicago and Indiana. So, we did leave Madison eventually, after trying to figure out what to bring with us for a trip to Vermont, which has been quite cold, but is also turning quite warm this weekend. And with a toddler. Who likes shoes but has no snow boots.. and walks better barefoot.. but who can’t walk barefoot outdoors. And who needs plenty of distractions in the long car ride. Needless to say, the satelite XM radio in the rental car we have doesn’t amuse her quite as much as it amuses Jim and me. I love it. Fortunately for all four of us in the car (Jim, Kajsa, Abby and me), I overpack, and have lots of little distractions for Kajsa. But her favorite is Jen’s bag. 🙂

But I digress. The point is, we’re this far… west of Cleveland, at a Red Roof Inn, which accepts dogs. And tomorrow, hopefully, we’ll make it to VT. More specifically, West Townshend, VT.

This past Sunday we tried to get home to Minnesota to be with Jim’s parents before Christmas. But weather was a problem then as well. We made it to Black River Falls, had to pull over and spend the night, and the next morning we decided –sadly, though wisely–to return to Madison and not head to MN. We’ll have to celebrate Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa E. after the New Year sometime.

Yesterday was a good day. We relaxed in the morning, talked to some family, opened presents, and visited the puppies at Jen and Roy’s. So cute. I’ll have to post photos of the puppies later. In the meantime, the photo in this post is of Kajsa playing with some of her gifts. She did have PJs on earlier, but saw her Christmas Eve dress, and wanted to put that on. (So why not? Good Christmas Day dress, too, since next year she will have outgrown it.) Then I put a Santa hat on, and she wanted that on, too. Again, good photo op, so why not?

And yes, those are baseball and hockey cards she’s playing with… gotta love it. She was thrilled to find them in her stocking.

Time to go to sleep, so we can wake up and go past Cleveland tomorrow.

Don’t have camera, still travel.

2 11 2008

Normally it’s “no camera, no travel” with me… but with the Halloween costume for Kajsa (which Jim did put her in, and take photos of.. I’ll post later), and the potential of Kajsa taking her first steps soon.. I thought I’d leave the camera with Jim.

Being in Colorado with no camera is just about more than I can handle. The sunlight on the mountain ranges, the different shades of grey and blue in the distance, the street scenes in Boulder… Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Boulder before and fell in love with it. Sara and I drove there after the meeting yesterday, for dinner, for some window-shopping, and to have a good time. It reminded me a bit of State Street, Madison–only a little more artsy. Pearl Street (I think) was full of people, street shows… mini-playground areas with big boulders for kids to climb on and fun shops. And my favorite–the sing-along under a street lamp. A man playing the keyboard (portable keyboard, clearly), people gathered around singing the songs he was playing.

I wanted to join in. But our parking meter was about up, so we had to keep moving. But I really like the idea of a sing-along under a street lamp somewhere in Madison. Maybe I’ll try to convince someone to start that with me. In other words, I need to find someone to play the portable keyboard and someone else to lead the singing (or the same person). I’ll take the photos.

In the meantime, next time I travel to Colorado, the camera’s hopefully coming with me.

Being Halloween and all…

31 10 2008

one would think I’d post a photo of Kajsa’s first (with us, at least) Halloween costume. But, alas, I’m in Denver, for a meeting. So I’m leaving it up to Jim (hint, hint…) to dress her up in the costume we have for her. Given Jim’s “To-Do” list while I’m gone, I don’t expect much, but at least a photo of her in her outfit… you know, for those many scrapbooks I’m eventually going to get to. 

So, in case she doesn’t get in that costume, here are some photos from a little over a week ago: Kajsa as a Starbucks Barista. I was making dog treats for Abby and Little E, but mostly Little E, so he could have some on his long trip to Alaska. Kajsa of course wanted to help. How could I resist, when she has this neat Starbucks barista apron from a friend and her family.. 















photo shoot, and progress report

14 08 2008

The other night I convinced Jim to help me with a project: getting a photo of the dogs and Kajsa. Ha. If my goal was a good photo of all three subjects, it was a great thought, poor execution. If my goal was simply some photos of the three subjects, then we were successful.

It was fun, anyhow. We went to the Memorial Union at UW, and saw lots of people, several dogs, and when the photo shoot was all done, we had Babcock Ice Cream. I love being there… all the people, the sailboats, the water, the sun going down, the colorful Union chairs, the ducks, the ice-cream. Kajsa met a new friend–a Korean toddler whose parents speak Chinese. The two girls were so cute, touching hands together, petting the dogs, squealing and laughing.

The second photo shows one of my favorite Kajsa looks: the furrowed eyebrows we first saw in her referral photos…. the puzzled look… so fun.

This week I’m back at work, while Jim is on family leave. I’ve enjoyed being back to work this week. As part of our soon-to-be new schedule, Jim and I will be taking turns at the office, so one of us is home with Kajsa, while the other one works. Clearly there will come a time when both of us need to be at a meeting, and so we are going to need child-care. But that’s a challenge for another day. In the meantime, we’re enjoying this schedule.

Kajsa’s sleep has been a little less consistent lately, so we’re working on that. She’s still not crawling, though scoots backwards pretty effectively. She loves standing, with our help, and is discovering that her feet can move while standing, too. The dogs are increasingly more patient with her squeals and pulling of their hair when they stand near her high-chair. Poor dogs. They are getting braver, though, standing closer and closer to her high-chair, when it’s meal-time. Maybe they’re getting deaf, because of her squealing.

This week Kajsa also has a new sound: it is quite close to “zha zha”… it seems to cover many objects, conversations, people… She utters “zha zha” when she’s playing with the stacking cups and is laughing… she says “zha zha” when she’s mad, when she wants something she can’t reach, when she’s jabbering away about something we have no idea about.. It’s fun to hear the new sounds, and wonder what they’re all about!