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, December 25, 2011

                        Caitlyn's Birthday.
                         Here Morgan is helping make the birthday cake.

          Caitlyn putting on the sprinkles. The kids always want to do as much of the baking as possible.           
           Now if only they would feel that way about cleaning.
   Caitlyn was huffing and puffing trying to get those candles out.
   As you can see, she thought it was quite hilarious. Not so sure Drew agreed.
  Big 5 year old waiting to open her present.
  We have been having a busy time trying to line up doctors for the kids and Kendra, getting adjusted to a new school and job, as well as dealing with the holidays far from family. On the other hand we have been able to focus more time on our family and doing things together, so its a good thing.

Friday, December 23, 2011

    Some evenings the fog is so thick you can hardly see across the road. Odd when temperature is in the mid    20's but that's how it works here. The next morning everything is covered in ice, it can be a real challenge      getting around. However the frost beatifies everything, making it all worth while.

    I think this would be a great place to watch  fireworks from.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

    The kids had a school Christmas Program. It was very cute and well performed. All the children always pour their heart into these things. Drew is in the yellow shirt front row.
   Emalee middle row 2nd from right green striped shirt.
  Here is a letter Emalee wrote to Santa.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We went to Gillette for the Sunday School Program December 3rd. It was nice to see everybody and visit, as well as make it to church Saturday afternoon and evening. We stayed the night at Jake and Erica Ploughs before heading home Sunday. It was windy with blowing snow all the way to Sturgis, at which point the road was closed due to blizzard like conditions. We sat for two hours before being allowed to proceed.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mount Rushmore.

The kid's are always excited to go exploring and find new things.

Drew climbing, he is like a goat, just scampering up any place.