it’s been windy here. Really, really windy. Then I got the idea to grill burgers. In intenseWIND. Then Hannah got the idea to take pictures of me attempting to flip burgers that were flaming up in gusts of wind. Actually, she got the idea AFTER she saw licks of flame escaping from the side of our grill. Final results? Fire = zero. Us = exceptionally flame-grilled burgers. mmmmmmmmmm……
it’s time for battle
taming the grill
Man, those burgers were good.
Abigail Kraft@ rear window watched the vlog that Hannah put up yesterday on her blog. (want to watch? click here ) In that “lovely” video it has me interacting with my Samuel, Hannah and Chloe. And, to put it mildly, being a little bit silly. Anyways, Abigail emails Hannah and states that she loves our Northern accent. WHAT? Just because I live in Minnesoooooota? And I have an accent? Grin…her comment almost made me spit out my coffee in laughter. Almost.
Actually, I already know about my blessed Minnesotan accent. When we lived in San Diego people would stop me to hear me talk. Really. I was working part-time and I was the person to be around. I don’t realize how prominent it is until I leave Minnesota and come back. A couple years ago we went to this large family retreat in southern Missouri. Of course, everyone loved the voice when we were there.(another fun side note I met Amy from raisingarrows at this retreat. She is a blessing!) Once we arrived back in our beauty of a state I began to hear it….that long drawing out of vowels. Especially the letter o. And I thought, “do I really sound like that?” hee hee hee….yep.
I won Lynnette Kraft’s (Abigail’s delightful mother) Getting to Know You contest for April (see my side bar). I won this amazing canvas print…actually I decide what goes on it. So I’m thinking I’m going to do this photo of Samuel. My canvas size is 16×20. What do you think? And THANK YOU Lynnette. Seriously. Thank you.
I also want to thank Wendy, from faithsfirmfoundation. She had a give-away and I won this great pilates dvd. My daughters take pilates (as part of their classical ballet program) and rave about it. They’ve wanted me to come for so long. Now I’m going to try this and then hopefully attempt their class. Thank you Wendy. And as a neat side note…Wendy and I found out that we live less than five miles from each other. We had no idea prior to this give-away. Once I sent her my address the reality came out! Too fun! Want to meet at Caribou, Wendy? I’ll be there….:)
I blog for fun….I never expected to win anything. So this was mega fun!
finally…I want to once again clarify that my last post was about my own journey with words. I have ONLY received beautiful and lovely thoughts from all of you. So thank you. Thanks for putting up with my thoughts about life. You guys are blessings!
LOL! The grill pictures cracked me up! When Lollipop lived in Minnesota she “caught” a northern accent for a little while. . . I hear it’s very contagious!
HAHA! I totally need to come over and do a vlog. 🙂
Anyways – I went on a mission trip to Canada with some other churches. One of the other churches was from Arkansas, and they were teasing me and my friends about our “accents”. And we’re like “Whaaa? We don’t have any accents!” HAHA! Apparently we do! 🙂
That picture of Sam is amazing. Truly beautiful. And I didn’t know that Rachel was YOU! Haha. 🙂
BBQ!!! love the pictures, can’t wait to start grillin it screams summer..that is a beautiful picture, congrats!!!
Accent!! What accent?? Uffda, that is too funny.
Really, though, having lived here in Minnesota all my life, I have never experienced that! I had heard that all TV anchor people were trained here in the Midwest because we have the most “natural” accent of anywhere in the U.S.:) Your experience is Very funny.
Congratulations! You are just winning things left and right–how wonderful! I’m really glad you like the DVD. I like it, too, and hope that Netflix keeps it on Instant:)
Yes, windy is not even the word for it! The stuff I put out on the steps this morning for Lupus blew right off, and it wasn’t even light. Crazy! (And it’s soooo cold!)
Lastly, I love your picture of Sweet Samuel–what a precious he is.
Thank you for your kind and sweet note, Rachel; I felt I didn’t deserve it, but I am grateful to you. Thank you, too, for linking back to me.
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the grill pictures cracked me up! I am terrified of the flames in the grill. Oh, I should have jeremy take pics some time of me grilling. 🙂 lol
and, I grew up in northern michigan never knowing that I had an accent. then, we moved to Missouri and boy did I find out that I had an accent!! 🙂 that crazy letter O and A! 🙂
Now that was a grilling adventure!
Rachel – love you blog. i have a question, how do you find time to write? i have 2 kiddos and find it not so easy to blog??? Any insight, tips, wisdom? THanks – blessings to you. mamaof2
Love the BBQ pictures! We hardly ever grill outside. Every time we try to, it ALWAYS rains! So… we just have a George Foreman grill that we can use inside. 🙂
That vlog yesterday was so much fun!! I loved watching it. It was good to put voices to the names!
Oooo…. I think that picture would be perfect! You should definitely choose that one. Aren’t giveaways fun?! I went for the longest time and didn’t win a single one, but lately I’ve been winning quite a few! Now…. if I could only win something from Hannah. I have to win SOMETHING with all those prizes! 😉
Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, Rachel!!
~ Lots of Love,
The BBQ pictures were great!! 🙂 It looks like you had fun! I enjoyed watching the vlog. I watched it twice: once by myself and once with my brother. 🙂 He liked it too! 🙂
Love and hugs,
I love love love some grilled burgers!
Glad you were blessed by my blog. Hope you stop by more often.
You might not know yet …
I have homeschooled for 20 years.
I had my first 6 kids in 6 years (3 girls/3 boys).
The Lord healed me from cancer when I had those 6 under 7. (My husband said, “Don’t you DARE die on me now”)
So, looks like we have a few things in common. I, too, love to write. And … I’ve played the piano since I was four. 🙂
Oh … my eldest daughter is in a very serious relationship with a young man that lives in MN. So, we might be taking a trip there at some time.
We’ve had grilling episodes like that too!
I checked out the vlog and loved it. I didn’t notice an accent though – maybe Michigan is similar!
I enjoyed the blog. I enjoyed your realness…all of you. I love that picture of Samuel. Congratulations on your wins. I have won a couple of blog giveaways too and it always makes me giddy with excitement. Blessings!
Whoah, you scored on those givaways…CONGRATS! 🙂
My dad’s side of the family’s from ND & MN and I always get such a kick out of listening to them. However, my first semester of college I was a Golden Gopher and learned some rather unusual northern midwest slang…like “bubbler” instead of water fountain. You crazy northerners. 🙂
you must be a grill master!!!
i so enjoyed the vlog. you better promise to make many many more!!! : )
i think that is the perfect shot for a canvas!!! i can’t get over how handsome he is!
I’m all excited to go over and see the video of you and hear that accent…but just realized that the sound doesn’t work on my computer. Bummer!
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hehe. Glad you mastered that grill! I would have started freaking out and made my Dad finish grilling. lol He normally does all the grilling anyway.
Its really good to hear that Iowa is not the only place that extremely windy at the moment. The other day it blew 3 books right out of my hand!!!
I had to go back and watch the vlog video again to see if i could hear an accent… and i kinda do but not really… Maybe its because I live in Iowa?? I don’t know if we have accents or not… maybe I’ll have to do a vlog and see if people say I do. lol
Wait, when I watched the vlog, I didn’t notice any accent! (Oh boy, maybe this MN kid has more of an accent than he thought he did!) In general, people from the Midwest aren’t looked on as having accents, but I guess MN is more north than midwest!
Yesterday + windy + MN spring cold = sweatshirt weather. And there’s a chance of snow accumulation for Friday?!?! I officially love Minnesooota. =D
By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
Hopefully we’re past that!
First of all you grill like ME!! I didn’t get a chance to watch the Vlog until today I loved it!! Now I really feel like I know my friends because I can see & hear you. What was so fun is how all of you interact with one another and you look like one of the kids! Thanks for sharing and good job Hannah! Oh and by the way Chloe is a star in the making not to mention sweet little Samuel.**Hugs**
OH! That is a beautiful photo of Samuel. Worthy of canvas.
LOL about your accent. I get told all the time that I have a “Jersey” accent, which I never noticed until it was pointed out over and over.
That picture will be perfect on the canvas! Just beautiful!!!!
You want to hear something funny? Well, I only buy healthy meat (grass fed organic) – so since I’ve been out of hamburger (until next month when I can get my side), I’ve been buying Laura’s Lean Beef at Dillons. Well, it is $4 a pound. So, last night when I decided to make us hamburgers, I had to buy 3 packages. That was $12. Then I had to buy buns $2.50. Organic Ketchup $2.00. Tomato $1 and then I put cheese on them.
That was nearly $18 for 8 hamburgers! I was thinking MAN! Hamburgers are darn expensive for a family of 8!!!!! So, I went to bed feeling a bit… not… frugal. ha ha ha!!! If anybody could understand, it’d be another momma to many. I guess we’ll stick with our shepherd’s pie and chili! ha ha!
Okay, that’s all for now. I contacted Baines at Canvas Press. He should be in touch!!!!
this is such a cute pic & the clarity in the eyes is amazing!