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.

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.