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.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We went to the parade of lights on Saturday night in downtown Rapid City. The temp. was about 30 degrees and dropping, we were all bundled up and wrapped in blankets to stay warm.
This ice arena is in the town square, it is open 7 days a week and offers skate rentals which is nice if the kids just want to try it out.

Jenna and Emalee watching the parade.
Dad with his little Morgan. Morgan waved at all the floats. He is so adorable in his winter gear, stiff as a board, he can barely even walk and he refuses to wear gloves.
The airforce float.
Of course now we know what cat does when we're away, and why the tree is so bare looking, the branches are all bent.


  1. So, I'm a little jealous because all your photos are amazing and beautiful. I'm guessing your wife has something to do with that? Taking better photos is something I'm trying to learn more about in my very limited free time.

    Anyway, the blog looks great. I'll link you up on our blog to hopefully send a few people your way.

    Best of luck in South Dakota. We also loved that area when we drove through a couple years ago. If we come back through can we crash at your place?


  2. Yeah, it would be great fun to have you. Visitors are few and much appreciated. And yes, Kendra is a ready source of photographs, which is nice. P.L

  3. LOL, Morgan stiff as a board!! Is that your Christmas tree kitty is in? Fun times! Heidi