Thanksgiving Gingerbread Houses

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family. The Bergers came through Grandma’s house in waves bringing laughter, hugs, and the joyful plunking of Christmas carols on the piano. It’s amazing how full the Maumee house feels when a few families are visiting and Grandma’s smile was beaming with love to see the extended family […]

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This is Halloween!

Halloween was a big deal in my family growing up. My Aunt Lisa used to tell me that it was her favorite holiday because it’s the one day a year when you can be anyone you want to be! She sent care packages to me during my college years around Halloween with popcorn and candy […]

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It’s Not October Until We’ve Carved a Pumpkin

Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens. Football, Fall Colors, and Apples with Pumpkins. Flocks of Sandhill Cranes with the wind in their wings. These are a few of my favorite things! ♫ It’s a month into the school year, and the temperatures are finally beginning to cool off just enough for my ideal running […]

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SUPER MARIO! WAHOO!

The legends of LEGO continue with another trip down memory lane to Derek’s childhood days of playing Mario and building legos. After completing the LEGO Groot in a manner of hours, Derek had an itch to keep challenging his building skills. We took a day trip to Chicagoland for some shopping and made a stop […]

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I AM [LEGO] GROOT

It seemed as if the tracking updates couldn’t disclose enough timely information for Derek as he anxiously awaited his package from Lego to arrive. When we returned home from running a few errands, the unassuming brown box with his name on it was a delightful surprise. He dashed up the stairs and ripped open the […]

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The John Ball Zoo

The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been a place of nostalgia for us since we first visited almost a decade ago in 2013. Derek and I have made a lot of memories together going to zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries over the years which has evolved into our passion for birding on […]

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Growing Amaryllises for Christmas

There was no Christmas tree in our apartment this year but that doesn’t mean that we lacked greenery or joyful decoration. Our love of plants flourished on the porch garden with select species transitioning inside as the weather turned. The dragonfruit cactus outgrew several sized pots and our bonsai ficus, acquired circa 2019, received new […]

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The Vermont Family Reunion for Grandma’s 85th Birthday

Long, long ago, so long ago that nobody knows just when or where it was given, the name “Green Mountains” was bestowed upon the range that extends through the State of Vermont…the origin of the state’s name that was given by the French, “Verd-Mont” …most likely by the explorer Samuel Champlain or more probable by […]

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A Night at the 49er’s Drive-In Theatre

It has been a long time since we went to the movies. In retrospect, I cannot remember if the last film we saw in a movie theater was Avengers: End Game, Captain Marvel, or Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker, all of which were released in 2019. While we have both been captivated by […]

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Sculpting from Life

As an art teacher, my goal is to contribute to my community and improve my skills as a life-long learner. The foundation of my teaching is built in refining my work as an artist and seeking professional development. This summer has been an opportunity for me to hone my craft and explore new techniques such […]

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