5 Favorite Moments

5 Favorite Moments in the last 5 years

5. Skiing with my daughter… TWICE!

4.  Disney Dream New Year’s Vacation

3.  Germany ~ Martin Luther Tour

2.  Disneyland for my 30th Birthday

1. The Birth of Mercedes!!


5 People I Treasure Most

I found a blog that does a Tuesday Listable Life post.  I thought it would be fun to participate. . .Check out the other Listable Life Posts here. . .

This week’s Prompts . . . 5 People You Treasure Most, 5 Pet Peeves, 5 Places You’ve Lived and What You Liked/Disliked About Them

I chose 5 People You Treasure Most

1.  My Family ~Where would I be without the love, support, encouragement (and constructive criticism) of my husband?!?!  There is no one else in this world who is more perfect for me.  He deals with my piles, my drama, my laziness.  He loves my creativity (most of the time), passion for books, and my faith! 

Then there’s Baby Girl.  Seriously!  How did I get so lucky!!  She gives me purpose.  She gives me the BEST hugs around.  She gives me sunshine on those really rainy days!! 

2. My Mom ~ (& you too Dad) ~ She is my best friend, my counselor, my secretary, my to do list keeper, my safe zone, my model, my mom!  She loves my kid (almost as much as I do).  She loves my husband. . . frequently taking his side in fact. . . yet always remembers that she’s MY mom.  She has been selfless and sacrificed so much for me and my sisters.  Seriously, wouldn’t be alive without her!!

3. My Sister Carol ~We’re five years apart, but you can’t tell by looking at us.  She keeps me young, grounded, and filled with liquid courage!  🙂  We have lunch once a week (try to at least) and talk about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. . . all while living this life for the Lord. . . not for man. . . or woman!

4. My Girls ~ Hastings College is my Alma mater.  I am a Bronco, through and through.  The girls of Altman 1st and 2nd floor & my girls from South Ash mean more to me than I could EVER explain!  While we’re scattered across the country (thanks to Casey being back in the states). . . we’re just a phone call, plane ride, or facebook post away!  In my darkest days (depression is REAL), the memories I have of my Altman/South Ash family keep me going.  I’m a horrible friend. . . they know this. . . I don’t call, or write, as often as I should or would like too.  But they are on my mind all day. . . there is not a day. . . NOT ONE that goes by where I don’t think of them.  I love you girls!!  You are my rock… just knowing you’re there!!  (I don’t have a picture to link here. . . maybe I’ll scan those soon. . . the three boxes full)!!  🙂 

5. The Dream Team ~ The last group is also a group I don’t have a picture of. . . My DREAM TEAM!!  I had the privilege and honor of working with the most passionate, professional group of teachers in the world!  I always dreamed of working with a group of teachers who were as crazy dedicated as I amto my job.  I then hoped and prayed that this group of teachers would be not only my friends but my post to hold me up when I’m ready to fall down.  I miss you!  I miss the MAGIC that happened in those hallways and classrooms!  Though we too are spread all over the WORLD. . . I dream about being together again and teaching children to love learning as much as we do!!

6. Redeemer Family ~ I know I’m cheating. . . but I’m stickin’ to the pirate code on this one!  Redeemer is my church.  Redeemer is my home.  Redeemer is the foundation of my support system!  Specifically my Germany Family!  But also outside of that, spilling throughout all generations, groups, and interests.  You are my constant.  Week after week, the encouragement I find, just from being in the same room with you all. . . well, let’s just say it picks me up off the floor and helps me stand tall!!  Especially this past week!  THANK YOU!! God is good. . . ALL THE TIME!!

I know those last three aren’t one person. . . but a group of people.  I had a hard time narrowing it down to just 5 people.  My friends become my family.  My family are my best friends!  Give a girl a break.  I have a lot to be thankful for!!  🙂 

German girls

This summer I reconnected with a dear friend from church.  I first met Sabrina during our youth group’s production of my favorite musical… Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat.  Sabrina was a one of our amazing narrators for the show.  Turns out, she was just a “little girl” back then.  CRAZY how time flies!  🙂  Sabrina went on the Germany trip with us this summer.  It was GREAT fun to get to know her again.  I’m proud to call her a friend!  She’s going to be in Washington someday… LOOK OUT world!!  🙂

While we were in Germany, Sabrina looked everywhere for a traditional German outfit.  We bonded over this shopping experience, as I was looking for a dress for Mercedes.  We both found one!!  Different stores, different cities, same color scheme.  Great minds think alike!!  🙂

My German girls…

Munich Memories

Munich was the final stop on our tour of Germany.  We made some great memories while hangin’ out in Munich.

First… TOM AND CAMERON were in Munich while we were there… seriously.  The first night we were in Munich was the premiere of their new movie.  Jim was the tallest, so he took these pictures… somewhere in the crowd was Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  SO FUN!!

Lunch in a beer garden…

A visit to Dachau

The Science and Technology Museum – that is model 61 of the Cray computer

Dinner as a family… yes, by the end of the trip, my family had increased in size… dramatically!!

Random Fun!!!

This is a SERIOUSLY old coffee shop.  Mom and Carol stopped here to have some coffee, but I walked around the corner and up a block for Starbucks… shameful I know… but I don’t drink coffee, even old coffee.  🙂

This is Carol… post-coffee.  🙂  I love my sister!!  She’s one of my favorite models!!

I love taking water pictures!!!

Our first “real” German dinner

And this is what happens after you have a German meal…

The two above pictures were taken by a budding photographer … Nice JOB!!

Rothenburg!  I probably should just do one post on Rothneburg… but what the heck… we’ll just make this one a long one.  🙂

This guy stood there all day long.  He was fun to watch… There were others too, but this guy was the most fun to watch.

This is the MOTHER of all Christmas Stores.  It was HUGE!!  So much fun to look around.  Fortunately, we didn’t bring very big suitcases, so I could buy out the store.  🙂

This is our bus driver… He was the BEST!  Go BLUE BUS!!!!  I’ve learned that your trip is only as good as your bus driver… our trip ROCKED!!

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany = the cutest town EVER!!!

Salzburg… This was Jim’s favorite city, I think.  It don’t remember much… other than the sound of music.  🙂

I do remember it was RAINY!!  No, I’m not pregnant… I was protecting my camera.

I also remember the Salt Mine… this was SOOOOOO cool!  I grew up in colorado, so I’ve seen coal mines, gold mines, marble mines, but never a salt mine.  SO COOL!!  We couldn’t take pictures, but it was sweet!!!!

And so ends the random fun post.  🙂

Passion Play

The main reason for this trip was to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau.

Here is a little history about the play… taken from the official website…



We have to go back to 1633 to discover the origins of the Oberammergau Passion Play. It is all about life and death, hope and promise… reflecting the situation in Europe, Bavaria and villages such as Oberammergau in the early 17th century.

In Central Europe, the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) was one of the most destructive in history, resulting in widespread poverty and disease. Most frightening of all was the plague that killed thousands. Some 80 died in tiny Oberammergau alone. After months of suffering, the Oberammergauers pledged to perform the ‘Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ every ten years. The disease halted and at Whitsun in 1634, the villagers fulfilled their promise. The first-ever performance took place on a stage set up in the cemetery above the graves of recent plague victims.

The villagers have kept their vow ever since. Over the centuries, their faith and commitment have been recognized and admired around the world – and the world has come to join the villagers. In 2010, the community is putting on over 100 performances between May and October.

This is the 41st season of the world’s most famous Passion Play – the Oberammergau Passion Play.


We couldn’t take pictures of the play, but I bought some postcards for the scrapbook.  I did take pictures of the theater and the town.  It’s the cutest little town and all the buildings have frescoes painted on them.

This one tells about the pledge.

This theater is new.  Before the audience and the stage were outside.  Now you’re protected from the rain… but not the heat.

Yes, that’s my mom and dad and sister.  Our group was split up into three sections.  They were in the 5th row.

It was an amazing experience.  The meaning behind the play made it more amazing.  The pledge and the tradition!  God is good!!


One of my favorite things about Europe is all the old churches.  We just don’t have those old buildings here in the states!  You’ve seen some of those churches already.

The American Church in Berlin – Our first Sunday in Germany, we worshiped here.

Berlin Cathedral – We didn’t go inside, but it was beautiful on the outside.

Memorial Church

College Church

Bach’s Church

This picture was taken by a budding photographer.

I love the pulpits in these old churches.  They’re so ornate and decorative.

Jacob’s church in Rothenburg

The Holy Blood Alterpiece at Jacob’s Church
It’s carved from wood.

The Sound of Music church

It was very pink inside.  I don’t remember it being so pink in the movie.

Monastery – I can’t remember the name

Now this is an organ….. Growing up we had the most wonderful organ player.  I could only imagine what Dell could have done on this organ.  Would have been fun to find out!!

The ceiling is gorgeous here!  The last time we were in Germany, all I could remember about this church was the ceiling.  I kept telling my mom… just wait until you get there… the ceiling is amazing.  She’d ask what church I was talking about and all I could say was the one with the amazing ceiling.  🙂

European churches are fun.  They’re beautifully decorated.  They’re older than dirt.  They’re HUMONGOUS.  And they’re made for Our King!!