the story before the story // happy 30th anniversary mom and dad

happy 30th anniversary mom and dad

30 years ago today, my story became a possibility. two people, having only known each other for 6 months but trusting in love got married. and this is their story.

PicMonkey Collage4they met on a blind date. she lived in minneapolis; he lived in albert lea. they dated for 3 months. one day, on the front steps of his house; he asked her a question. “so, do you think we’re going to be together for awhile?” she answered, “well yes, i hope so.” disappearing for a moment he returned with a ring. 3 months later they said ‘i do’ and started on to write the rest of their story.

happy 30th anniversary mom and dad

the years that followed brought change, joy, heartache, happiness, struggle, growth, blessings and so much love. in those 30 years they had 3 children and 1 angel left up above watching over them. there were 6 graduations. there were dozens of family vacations. most of which were enjoyable. (except for the one when dad wanted to leave spencer at the black hills… or when i slammed my head into the side of the car… or when carter was crying because we were picking on him). more than anything, the 30 years that followed that day, november 24, 1984, brought family.

happy 30th anniversary mom and dad

as i’m in the midst of planning my wedding, i can’t help but imagine what life might be like 30 years from now. no one can know for certain but one thing i wish for is a family like the one that my mom and dad created. a family where you support each other no matter what, a family where you are there to celebrate in life’s most important events, a family that is ridicucously good looking and sarcastic. and a home that is always welcoming filled with people who you might not like all the time, but that you love always. a family that knows that we might not have it all together, but together we have it all.

happy 30th anniversary mom and dadmomma and daddy; thank you. thank you for building a home and a family that makes it so fun to get together and so hard to say goodbye to. thank you for raising me to be the woman i am; strong, faithful, determined and sassy. thank you for supporting me in everything and anything i do. every move i make (literally), every success i have, and every heartache i feel. you two are the best support system i could ever imagine. love you to the moon and back forever. xoxo

happy 30th wedding anniversary

((looking ahead)) 2012 forecast

here we are, on the 5th day of january, and i am already very jazzed about this year (and this epic weather, 50 degrees+january never = minnesota). there is so much going on and so much to look forward to! here is what 2012 has in store so far!…

  • in just shy of a month i will be traveling to Miami (bitch), for Market America‘s annual world conference! i am uber excited and can hardly wait. i have heard so much about how fantastic and motivating it is and i am looking forward to coming back and just rocking this business out! oh and to get see some sunshine too. :)
  • in april i will be venturing north (i think? geography is not my strong point) to OH! canada for a work conference. it’s my first time leaving the country, which really reminds me that i need to get my passport. stat.
  • on april 9 i will celebrate my 2 year peoplenet anniversary! yay me!
  • in the last week of april/ first week of may i will be making a big life step and moving out on my own. my roomie love panda is moving up north to the land of bemidji to enjoy to get back to her art and enjoy nature and family and such. and this uptown girl will be moving… somewhere. location still undetermined, but definitely in minneapolis, but i am excited to make a move. it will be more than sad to see my roomie of the past 4 years go; but it’s all about growing up, i suppose.
  • the first weekend in may will be spent down in iowa celebrating to graduation of my lovely cousin!
  • may 12 marks the BIG 2-3 birthday for me. surely, a big bash will take place. i’m thinking karaoke?
  • also in may i will be traveling down south to ala-fricken-bama for the first time for a work event
  • may 27 will be my one year blogiversary of this very blog! it’s my second, my first was tales of a girl ((emma)) which just celebrated its 2nd blogiversary! cannot say how much i have enjoyed becoming a blogger these past 2 years — do not know what i would do without it.
  • june 2: a doublely awesome day. my best friend that anyone could have’s wedding and birthday! cannot wait to celebrate with you, brooke and mike! it will be a celebration that will be hard to beat, i’m sure!
  • july 14: judgement day as i run my very first half marathon (the april sorenson half marathon)! cant wait to cross this baby off my bucket list!
  • early august brings me back to the always beautiful boca raton, fl for our user conference. an exhaustingly rewarding week.
  • while in down south i may pop over to visit my cousins in miami (and get some R&R&C (rest, relaxation and coctails))
  • OR i may continue my crazy busy week and fly over to greensboro, NC for Market America’s international convention… hmmm… decisions, decisions. we shall see.
  • october 2 i celebrate my one year Market America anniversary – man, i got some goals to accomplish by then!
  • spencer graduates!!!! finally!!! :)

so many wonderful and exciting things to look forward to; 2012, i think we are going to get along just fine. :)

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

-Neil Gaiman