I believe that everything happens for a reason.  People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things fall together.


This Marilyn Monroe quote provides a glimpse into the fast and furious life she led that was cut short far too soon.  I recently stumbled upon this quote hanging on a wall at a friend’s house and was immediately drawn to it.  It shows that she had a thing or two to say about life, love, and how to be happy, and she had a lot of credibility due to the life she led.

Our lives too seem crazy at times and I have often felt that events in my personal life have gone very wrong,  that I could never trust anyone.  However, after many years of processing past events, I believe that a life I thought to be a irreparably broken into many pieces has finally fallen back together bringing nothing but good with it.

You have stumbled onto our family blog here at  Originally created in 2006 as a means to communicate with extended family and friends just prior to a family trip to China, with the hope that the site be a modern-day journal of our family’s daily activities.

 This has been my personal refuge where I often return to reflect on our family’s past.  It is but a brief chronology of our many life experiences, thoughts, travels, joys and challenges.

Feel free to check it out.


Our most current updates

My Father

I received a phone call on the morning of Saturday February 16th that my father had passed away. Below is the obituary that my sister and I wrote in [...]

Las Vegas!

Just returned this past Monday from a week long trip to Nevada.  Spent the first half in Laughlin, located across the Colorado River from Bullhead City, Arizona [...]

New Year’s Day

Had a great New Year's eve spending the time with friends in Sheboygan.  New Year's Day was busy with a trip to Steinthal to plow out the drive and [...]

2018 In Pictures

With 2018 coming to a close, I thought I would provide a link to some of my favorite pictures from the last year.  Looking forward to new [...]

Christmas Cards 2018

Our second year of Christmas cards togather was a great success this year!  I love creating them and already have plans for 2019!   [...]


It's hard to believe that nearly 14 years have elapsed since I originally purchased the Steinthal property for my family. Having largely grown up in the city, it was [...]

Halloween at Kohler Andrae State Park

Had a great camping weekend at Kohler Andrae State Park with trick or treating on Saturday night!  Some very elaborate costumes and always fun watching people.  We [...]

Goodbye Take Five

There are many changes happening in my life and most are very positive.   With that being said, sadly, I am hanging up my captain's hat and selling the [...]

Camping at Mauthe Lake

Just finished a week long trip to Mauthe Lake with good friends.  Unfortunately, I worked the entire week and missed out on much of the festivities, but [...]

Luther Buds Visit

Enjoyed the weekend with several Luther classmates and their families!  More Photos

Concours d’Elegance Racecar Parade

A can’t miss spectacle for enthusiasts of all ages is the Concours d’Elegance racecar parade on Friday night, which ran from the track through downtown Elkhart Lake [...]

Gatlinburg or Bust

Just finished a whirlwind week long road trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with stops in Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington and Knoxville.  We ended up driving two cars no thanks [...]

Learning to Drive an Old-Fashion Car

Lincoln and I went out for dinner on Monday night and decided learn how to drive a manual transmission! He drove the MGB home and we had a blast! [...]

The Steinthal Monster – Revisted

Had a fun encounter with another snapping turtle (aka The Steinthal Monster) as previously described by Emily nearly 12 years ago to the day.  At that time, [...]

Willow’s First Lunch Out

Willow was overjoyed to be a part of the lunchtime festivities to be had at Sprecher's Restaurant in Sheboygan.  This place features a nice back patio that overlooks the [...]

Noah Graduates from High School Today!

Received this photo from Luke today.    Noah graduated from Roncalli High School!  Very proud of him and feeling horrible that I couldn't attend his graduation due to [...]

Willow’s Leroy Cup!

Willow's First Leroy Cup! The Harbor Centre Marina revealed a new delicacy in the form of an ice cream cone with a dog biscuit as a garnish [...]

Willow’s First Road Trip

Yesterday, Willow and I took a brief trip to Platteville, Wisconsin to see Lukas play in the University jazz band. He is the pianist for the band and this [...]