Wednesday, April 28

A day in nature

Ryan and I had a picnic at one of our local state parks recently. On the menu for lunch--Jimmy Johns!

We took a walk around the lake--what a beautiful view.

We stopped by the Raptor Project and saw some beautiful birds. The Raptor Project is a collaboration with the local universities to help injured birds be safe and heal. Each of them had a story of how they were injured and how they are living happy lives at the center.

This bird looked very mean to me.

This one was a bit more graceful and beautiful!

As we were walking, we noticed this satellite--Ryan wanted to find out what it was and why it was in the woods. After some searching--we found out it is one of 10 in the USA! It takes pictures of objects in space and sends the data to New Mexico for processing--who new our little Iowa town was home to this!

Tuesday, April 27

Ryan's Birthday

Yesterday was Ryan's birthday--so this weekend, we traveled to Des Mones, IA to meet some friends at Ryan's favorite place to eat (PF Changs)!

We then did some shopping at the mall, and on the way home we stopped at a Bass Pro Shop (not our favorite place, but there was a BIG thunderstorm that we hit as we were driving--so we spent 1 hour in the restraunt and store while the storm passed). It turned out to be a pretty fun place!

Here is the boat I would by if I won the lottery--room enough for everyone!

It was a big boat!

The restraunt had an underwater theme and a bowling alley--not bad to pass the time while the thunderstorm passed!

Saturday, April 10

Missing Mom

We were shocked to learn that our mom passed away on Good Friday. Mom was born on Christmas and God called her home on Good Friday. We are thankful that mom was not alone when she passed, and that she loved life and the Lord. It was good to be with family this past week and remember mom. We were so lucky to have the support of our family--our dad and Vicki, Ryan's parents as we made important decisions this week for mom. Ryan took these beautiful pictures to remember mom by.

Mom was laid to rest by her parents which gives us comfort.

I was so thankful to be with my sister this week to grieve--and we've talked every day on the phone since she went home.

Mom's cousins were able to join us for the funeral to remember mom.

My best friend Misty, her husband Jeremy, and their beautiful kids were able to join us to celebrate mom's life.