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

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when your best friend is your momma

when your best friend is your momma

growing up with two brothers left me the as the lone girl and always wishing for a sister. someone who i could talk to about everything, vent to, share clothes with, go shopping with… all that good stuff. well, i didn’t get a sister (though i made my older brother play pretty pretty princess with me a time or two… i really wanted a dog too so i dressed up my younger borther as a puppy once. that was fun. i digress…), but i got something better – my momma,and my best friend.

when i found this article from cosmopolitan i couldn’t resist sharing my favorites from the “15 Best Things About Being Close With Your Mom” along my own personal commentary and a couple extras just for fun. this one’s for you, momma – and all of us lucky ladies who have fabulous momma’s in our lives.

  • you look forward to going home. always. i love going back home; to see my family, my house, everything that i grew up around. i don’t need a holiday, just a desire to see my family – or a desperate need to get my hair done.
  • you have the most amazing role model in your life. yes. there is no one in the world i look up to and admire more.
  • you have a travel companion who doesn’t get offended when you get hangry.  i believe my mom’s exact words this weekend were, “and after that we’ll get lunch, don’t want you to get hangry.”
  • when something great happens there’s no doubt in your mind who you’ll call first. great things. terrible things. most any things. she’s my number one on speed dial. literally.
  • you still use your phone to talk, but only to her. the typical question from [b] is how many times have you talked to your mom today? and he’s worried if the answer is only 1. 
  •  but now that she’s discovered texting it’s hilarious. it’s gotten better since she got her iPhone – the best ever was, “are you coming good spoon” – translation: are you coming home soon?
  • you’re guaranteed at least one like/favorite on Facebok/Twitter/Instagram because she likes everything you do. thanks for always blowing up my likes and making me feel special momma!
  • she’s the best person to go shopping with because she’s the only one who is completely honest. aside from my personal stylist tashy, mom’s my shopping pal always. and also because we take lunch breaks with wine.
  • you already know how you’re going to parent your kids, because you’re going to raise them just how you were raised. shout out to pops on this one too. you guys are amazing. except maybe’ll i’ll give them a Barbie jeep. and not shove them out the door to make them take the bus.
  • she sends you inspirational emails when she knows you’re having a bad week. in college i could always count on cards with quotes; then it was emails with motivationand and uplighting quotes; and now it’s texts with humorous or positive pictures. she always knows how to brighten my day.
  • she is interested in every part of your life. there is no detail too small for her and she would never question that wanting to talk about what you saw on TV would warrent a phone call.
  • she’s not afraid to be honest with you when it counts. because she knows what you need to hear. and that you know she wants the best for you no matter what.
  • you don’t have to tell her that something’s wrong. because the second she picks up the phone she knows.
  • she will always be your biggest cheerleader. and there to lift you up even if she is having a hard day.
  • you don’t worry about turning into her, because you want to. i mean, why wouldn’t i?
  • you know you will always have a best friend. because the truth is, even if she wasn’t my mom i would go out of my way to be her friend.

momma

pomp & circumstance

Carter's High School Graduation

i truly cannot believe that a week ago today my baby brother graduated from high school. it felt like we were always talking about “where do you think you’ll be when Carter graduates?” or “I wonder what Carter will be like when he gets older” and now here we are. the final Dahl kid is done with high school. 3 short months away from starting the next chapter of his life at Bethany Lutheran in Mankato. a college student. it all just doesn’t seem real. i’m rather proud of myself, because i didn’t cry throughout the festivities. i’m sure i’ll be a bundle of emotions when we take him to college though. but it just all feels surreal. watching him wear his cap & gown and walk across that stage… i just felt proud.

i have gotten to be there and help him through most of life’s biggest moments so far. i remember learning how to rock him and give him a bottle; and sitting him on my lap and reading to him for hours; taking him shopping for school clothes; talking to him about relationships; helping him pick out his outfits; driving with him with he had his permit; being there to hear him vent and (i hope) help him through the not so great times; and all of the fun things these past few months with his senior year. i’ve not only gotten to watch him grow up, but i was part of helping him grow up. i couldn’t be more proud of the guy he is today. and i am so excited to see what the future holds for him.

i am so proud of you, young pup. you are a smart, annoying, smart ass, confident, funny, kind hearted, sweet and wonderful guy. i’m so blessed to call you my brother. (most days) i love you so very much!

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation

Carter's High School Graduation