Back Ground

Several years ago I decided to make a career change. I had been roofing in Phoenix AZ for many years and did not feel like I was fulfilling my destiny. I decided to go back to school and become a nurse. And so with my wife Kendra by my side I embarked on a remarkable journey , a journey of changes foreseen and unforeseen. When I began my schooling, nurses in Phoenix were in very high demand, hospital census was high, and sign on bonuses were the norm. Not so when I graduated. So after three months of fruitless searching in AZ, Kendra and I began to research compact states, and decided to apply at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City South Dakota, where I was eventually hired. The result of this hire was the unforeseen change, we had talked of moving to another area after graduation but did not imagine SD would be where we would end up. However, we fell in love with the area on first arrival. The Black hills essentially began right in town, Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, the Badlands, Hot Springs, Sturgis, and Mount Rushmore are all just a few miles away. Also, we are fortunate to have a congregation of 70 in Gillette Wyoming, which is only 150 miles west of us.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Decided to buy a Harley. All you see on the road out here in the Black Hills and Wyoming is Harley after Harley, all day long. Hard not to catch the fever. It's hard candy red two tone, the dark paint is actually metallic and looks good in the sunlight. Kendra is tentatively planning a road trip for next summer, would be a blast.

Friday, August 24, 2012


My dad testing his new harley in gillette.This is what my dad is going to ride to sturgis next year. :)

This is Caitlyn walking up the path in the badlands!

This in the badlands!! This one is drew sitting down letting me take a picture
This post was written and these pictures were taken by EMALEE

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I love my job and I am DEFINITELY an adrenaline junkie. Although many people know a nurse, not many people realize what it is we do. Yes, I hand out medication and wipe butts, but what I really do is I make a difference, I make a difference in the the quality of your or you loved one's hospital stay, I ease your burdens by showing a confidence I may not feel so you can rest easy, confident in my ability and knowledge. I implement interventions on your behalf to prevent crisis. And when crisis does befall you I, along with my coworkers, began the efforts to save your life. In this environment friendships are formed, bonds of trust are forged under stress.  Yes, I love my job, I am addicted to it. I have learned so much this past year and realize how much I don't know that I am excited to continue this journey and "live the dream", that's our PCU motto "Livin The Dream."

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


 We had father and son's camp in the Big Horn Mts. in Wyoming. We camped on this creek, which was utilized for both fishing and swimming. The weather was perfect for tenting and cooking outdoors. The little boys spent most of the 3 days shooting their BB guns and trying to float logs down stream.

 Drew and I went for a hike on this trail and encountered a pack train of mules and a cowboy.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sunday walk in the Park

This is a park in Rapid City. Great for biking or walking. The kids love to wade in the creek and sail bark boats downstream.
An excellent way to be together as a family. One of the greatest blessings we have is being here together as a family with no babysitter available. This forces us to do everything together, which is creating awesome memories for all.
Kids climbing a tree.
I wonder if there are trout lurking in here?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bear Country

These little guys are beyond adorable.

We bought a season pass to Bear Country. The animals are close up and plentiful. The kids are especially enchanted by the bear cubs.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Air and Space Museum

Ellsworth Air Force base in Rapid City has a air and space museum. Very interesting and family friendly museum.