Three Pairs of Bison Booties Giveaway

Bison Booties Triangle Bib

It’s time for another North Dakota giveaway. I love babies. I love North Dakota, my home state celebrating its 125th birthday this year. I love small businesses. I love working from home and supporting other women like me growing businesses from their homes, like my friend Erica of Bison Booties. I have gotten to know […]

Every Community Has Treasures (Like A Mink Coat In A Lutheran Church Basement)

Mink Coat From A Lutheran Church Basement

Whether you live in a small town, city, suburb, in the middle of a sprawling field or tucked away in trees, we all have a community that we call our own. I have lived on the edge of my husband’s hometown for over seven years. We are a thousand people in a county of less […]

7 Things About A Teenager’s Background Footage


Our oldest child and only son, Hunter, recently celebrated his 17th birthday. I was sappy, a little sad at the speed of life but mostly reflective. The highlight reel of his life has been running through my head, along with the background footage, as my friend Holly calls it—the moments we live out but never […]

Stop For The Sunset

North Dakota August Sunset

Last night, after an evening church service on the prairie, I hopped out of the vehicle and stopped for the sunset. The days are getting shorter and summer is waning but the North Dakota sky still delivers. I kneeled alongside the highway, listening to our three kids and my husband visit back in the vehicle with […]

Wheat and Barley Harvest

North Dakota winter wheat

The wheat and barley on the North Dakota prairie has ripened. Although Jimmy Kimmel’s gluten segment from this spring makes me laugh, I’m a bit of a defensive wheat and barley farmer’s daughter. I love wheat and barley. I soak up all its beautiful, healthy, whole-grain glory. And unless I suddenly develop Celiac’s disease, I […]

North Dakota’s Banquet In A Field

Banquet In A Field

CommonGround North Dakota held its inaugural Banquet in a Field on August 12, 2014 at Peterson Farms Seed, near Prosper, North Dakota. I’ve been a part of planning this event since last winter. This event seated 110 people to a five-course meal, prepared by Tony and Sarah Nasello of Sarello’s Restaurant. Banquet in a Field […]

North Dakota Date Night: Coteau des Prairie Lodge and The Lost Italian

The Pinke Post_Coteau des Prairie Lodge

After the county fair and then a long weekend to western North Dakota with family and friends, Nathan and I probably should have stayed home Sunday night to catch up on work around our house and yard. We have a full schedule ahead of us this week. But it was 93 F outside.We were home […]