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.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Park Day

 Today the temp. soared to 72 degrees. Coming in January this felt like a regular heat wave. As the kids were playing outside anyway, we decided to take full advantage of it and headed to the park.

    Caitlyn loves to play outdoors with her four legged friends. 
She also disappears over this fence and is teaching Morgan to climb it as well.
Nothing but fun and laughter on the merry go round.
This is a huge park with walking trails, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and ample room to play fetch with the dogs.


  1. I love the look of t-shirt weather in what the calendar says should be sweatshirt weather! Kids look happy happy!

  2. Wow, that park looks really nice! Is it right near your house? Looks like they were having fun!

  3. I can't get over the 72 degrees thing in January. That's crazy!