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 […]

Glamping With Four Generations of North Dakotans

The Pinke Post

It’s going to take me four days to recover from a three-day celebrating weekend. Anyone else feel this way? But what memories are you taking with you? I thought about it early this morning over a cup of coffee and the memories from this weekend will stick with our kids and family for decades to […]

Age Five with 20 Princesses At A Party

The Pinke Post Anika_Cake

July kicks off with a bang at our house. We aren’t Canadian but live awfully close. So while we could celebrate Canada Day on July 1, we instead celebrate our youngest, baby girl, Anika. Her birthday morning started with her crawling into bed with us in the middle of the night and with her sister […]

It Wasn’t Meant To Be In June


As June ends, I have a lump in my throat, a tightness in my chest and a little extra moisture in my eyes while I look through photos my sister sent me in an email yesterday. It started out as an after church photo shoot last weekend for Anika’s fifth birthday and evolved into a […]

World’s Largest Turkey BBQ in Aneta, North Dakota

World's Largest Turkey Barbeque, Aneta, ND

Do you have a small town festival you love? It’s the eve of my favorite. This weekend, always the third weekend of June, is one of my favorite weekends of the year in one of my favorite small towns. What happens? The North Dakota small town, Aneta, population 250 approximately if you could the nursing […]

A Father He Didn’t Have To Be

A boy with a father

With the celebration around Father’s Day I know a few people struggling with the lack of father in their life. Each has their own story to the dad they no longer have in their life, the father that was never present, the dad that left never to be seen again, the dad that hurt them […]

Lessons in Driving 100 Miles to Gymnastics


Thursdays this month are for 100 mile one-way drives to gymnastics. Today a friend is driving but for the past two weeks I have driven. This all started with Miss A’s big idea. All she wanted to go was go to gymnastics this summer she said earlier this Spring. Easier said than done.  I know […]