Monthly Archives: March 2014

Great Wolf Lodge

Yesterday, we came home from spending the night up at Great Wolf Lodge.  It was awesome.  we had so much fun. We went up there with Sarah’s family (Paul, Debbie, Jeremy, Suzanne, Jayson, and Stephanie) along with our whole family.  We went up Thursday night and were able to stay and play at the park till late Friday night.  It was our last time to really get together and spend time as a family before we take off on our trip.  Thank you to everyone for the great time.


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Getting us all in one room and our house ready for roommates.


  1. Take down Caleb’s big loft bed
  2. Triple bunks in Caleb’s room in closet
  3. Empty Girls room/sort all kids stuff
  4. Move our bed in/sort our stuff
  5. Sort the garage/purge/ get down to 1 shelf

Still working on phase 4&5 but almost done.

Next: Big Hoorah at Great Wolf Lodge


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State Licenses and a Quick Trip to Cali

Chad has always been a good husband and father, but now he is proving to me a good manager of my craziness. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without him!  It turns out that getting licensed in other states can be quite an involved and at times overwhelming process.  The two states we are currently trying to get licenses in are Washington and California.  It appears that a large percentage of L&D travel nurse jobs are in CA so it is more for insurance purposes that we are getting it rather than a  desire to go there first. The kids and Grandma and Grandpa as well as a scheduled mission trip to Honduras for Chad in June have led us to look for assignments that are within a 4 hour drive from Salem to start us off.  We do not know what doors will open and so we could end up anywhere. In an attempt to get our CA licenses as promptly as possible we made a quick trip to CA and in the nature of our big trip we took the kids and mixed in some fun too.

We went all the way to Sacramento so we could see family as well.

The kids love their Aunt Liz & Uncle Al, Thanks for hosting us.


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Honduras seems like so long ago now that it was longer back than our departure date is forward.

If you ever get to go on a mission trip you should.  Don’t think that you don’t have any skills to offer.  Take the opportunity and just do it.  Our trip this last January brought a group of 18 people of various skill sets together for the common goal of bringing some basic health care to needy communities in rural Honduras.  We had a doctor, a Labor and Delivery Nurse, a retired RN, three good spanish speakers for translators, a 15 year old that taught the older kids origami and had a whole line of littler kids hoping his next demonstration would be theirs, three people coordinating activities for the children, a former CNA and a student planing to become a nurse.  Practice (for the student) to use their new found skills to take names and get blood pressures.  Someone to coordinate meals, the team leader, three more people who helped maintain lines, and were runners and a lot of other important things. We ranged from 15 years old to 75 with a even spread in the middle.

The day would start off after making breakfast and packing lunch.  We would pile into two 15 passenger vans with all of our supplies and drive the bumpy but scenic roads to the villages.  We would set up, arrange tables and chairs, and start taking names and blood pressures at 9:00am.  We saw many patients, 670 total in our 5 days of clinics.

We came away feeling like the Honduran people, their smiles and thankfulness, blessed us so much more than we could have imagined.  We went to give them a gift and didn’t expect such a big blessing in return.


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