Monday, December 21, 2009

Cowtown Ho Ho Ho Down!

I know Dana, they were taken with my Iphone and the garage lighting isn't the best so I'm sorry! Here are a picture of many of the grandchildren of Grandma Bunny and another shot of many of the great grandchildren. There are a few missing of course. Probably even some that haven't been discovered yet.....Hee hee. It was agrand ol time had by all. We had a blazing fire and delicious eats and drinks. The weather was a balmy 18 degrees I'd guess. It was fun to visit and watch all the cousins play young and old. This is one of my very favorite places to celebrate Christmas as it reminds me of Christmases long ago when dad was still with us! I love his family because you get a little piece of him in every face! Good times!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Levi-Mom, can we get some cheese ravioli?
Mom-No, it's too expensive. We'll get it at Walmart.
Levi-I agree. Save money. Live Better. Walmart.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Libs-"Mom, I have the bless-you's."
Libs-"I can't stop sneezing."


Levi-"It's just this dream I had. It was so terrible."
Mom-"What?" What happened?"
Levi-"What if I don't get a wife?!"
Mom-"You're 7-don't worry about that now. Keep praying. The Lord knows."
Levi-"I know people who are alone. I know that's not what I want. It's too terrible and lonely. What if no one loves me but my family?"

Who thinks like this?!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Water Project

Hi, my name is Jace Lundstrom and I am conducting a fund-raising project with 4 other classmates. Our goal is to raise $3,500 in the next 8 weeks for a water purification system to the people of Zambia, South Africa. We are doing many different things to raise money in our group including collecting cans, bagging groceries, and contacting business like yours for donations/can collecting.

Here are some facts about unsafe water:

-1 billion people lack access to safe water.

-Contaminated water is the #1 cause of death in developing countries.

-Approximately 3 children die every minute from unsafe water and lack of sanitation.

I have attached a brochure on Newlife International with their website for more information.

Can you help us in this great fund-raising opportunity?

Thank you for helping us reach our goal,

Jace Lundstrom

Checks can be made out to
Newlife International

Jace made his first presentation today and it was a success! He went to the neighborhood Bar and Grill and the Manager was quite impressed with him. He actually told me he didn't leave it open-ended either. He actually asked the Manager if he could count on him for a 2-500 dollar donation. I'm amazed! "Do Hard Things" has proved to be a great class!

My dad

Donna, "I really like your daddy's car."
Liberty is silent and then gives her a cold hard stare stating, "My daddy speeds..........and he doesn't even love Jesus."

Bye Bye Birdie

Anybody seen this play? Jace will be playing the role of Hugo in the play come next April. They have their winter preview coming up. He told me there is a song that he has to stand in the middle and all the gals fawn over him. His response to that?
"Mom, I don't wanna be a boyfriend."

Fish tales

Jamie, "How big of a fish didja catch?"
Levi, "It was about 3 feet."
Jamie, "What?"
Levi, "Sorry, it was actually 2 feet. My bad."

Morning Libs!

Levi's recital

My House

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Wanna piece-a-me?!

Bowling Star


Happy Halloween!


Levi is in his first year of piano and is taking to it quite easily so far. He even reads notes and other music signs well. Maybe too well. Here is how he sang in church this week:
"Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name-REPEAT
Bless the Lord, REST, Oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.

Oh yes, and don't forget, all the while in opera-style. Bonus.


A bladder infection? Again? Ugh! As I was taking my pills a few mornings ago Levi said, "Mom, is that for your blubber?"

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Awww! Love it!


My artist

He informed Pete and I that he doesn't want to make money being an artist. He just would like to do it for fun.

At Ease

I took the kids to Fort Snelling for WW2 days last week for a field trip. We walked in and a WW2 soldier greeted us with a welcome. There was an army obstacle course that Levi participated in that he did very well. When we were leaving the Fort the soldier at the gate thanked us for coming. As we were walking away Levi looked back at the soldier and said, "At ease."

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Tornado, Lutherans, and Homosexuality

I saw the fast-moving, misshapen, unusually-wide funnel over downtown Minneapolis from Seven Corners. I said to Kevin Dau, “That looks serious.”

It was. Serious in more ways than one. A friend who drove down to see the damage wrote,

On a day when no severe weather was predicted or expected...a tornado forms, baffling the weather experts—most saying they’ve never seen anything like it. It happens right in the city. The city: Minneapolis.

The tornado happens on a Wednesday...during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's national convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention is using Central Lutheran across the street as its church. The church has set up tents around it’s building for this purpose.

According to the ELCA’s printed convention schedule, at 2 PM on Wednesday, August 19, the 5th session of the convention was to begin. The main item of the session: “Consideration: Proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality.” The issue is whether practicing homosexuality is a behavior that should disqualify a person from the pastoral ministry.

The eyewitness of the damage continues:

This curious tornado touches down just south of downtown and follows 35W straight towards the city center. It crosses I94. It is now downtown.

The time: 2PM.

The first buildings on the downtown side of I94 are the Minneapolis Convention Center and Central Lutheran. The tornado severely damages the convention center roof, shreds the tents, breaks off the steeple of Central Lutheran, splits what’s left of the steeple in two...and then lifts.

Let me venture an interpretation of this Providence with some biblical warrant.

1. The unrepentant practice of homosexual behavior (like other sins) will exclude a person from the kingdom of God.

The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

2. The church has always embraced those who forsake sexual sin but who still struggle with homosexual desires, rejoicing with them that all our fallen, sinful, disordered lives (all of us, no exceptions) are forgiven if we turn to Christ in faith.

Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

3. Therefore, official church pronouncements that condone the very sins that keep people out of the kingdom of God, are evil. They dishonor God, contradict Scripture, and implicitly promote damnation where salvation is freely offered.

4. Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados.

Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:41)

5. When asked about a seemingly random calamity near Jerusalem where 18 people were killed, Jesus answered in general terms—an answer that would cover calamities in Minneapolis, Taiwan, or Baghdad. God’s message is repent, because none of us will otherwise escape God’s judgment.

Jesus: “Those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:4-5)

6. Conclusion: The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture. Turn back from distorting the grace of God into sensuality. Rejoice in the pardon of the cross of Christ and its power to transform left and right wing sinners.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I better watch it-competition in the house. Hot.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Cannot wait to try this delightful fresh and delicious peach pie! Thanks Dana!

Planned 2010!

Yee-haw! The Lundstroms are off to the Bahamas this upcoming winter! We are blessed to have rented a friends timeshare in the Bahamas! I have never been, you? Libs is really excited, as if she even understands right? This morning she said to me, "Mama, when are we going to "The Llamas?" Ha ha!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

I won!

Thanks to this excellent blogsite, I entered a contest and won this fine parenting tool. I got a lot of funny kid stories and never win anything so I am darned proud!

Monday, June 15, 2009


I have a long story about the reason we chose the name Levi for our 2nd child but it's too long to write here. Anyway, it had a lot to do with the hoop earings I wore daily in my ears at the time and a study I was doing in Genesis. Well, tonight Levi temporarily misplaced one of those earings and I told him it was important that he find it. He found it promptly and handed it over. I said, "Thanks. These are the earings that helped me name you Levi." (random?) He said, "So if I wouldn't of found them would my name be Le?"

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


This picture was sent to me a few minutes ago and was in the form of those *Priceless* MasterCard commercials. Here’s how it went:

Cost of a bowl of soup at a homeless shelter–$0.00

Having Michelle Obama serve you your soup–$0.00

Snapping a picture of a homeless person who is receiving a government funded meal while taking a picture of the first lady using a $500.00 Blackberry cell phone–Priceless

**As I’ve always said, North America has the richest poor people in the world.

***Was this the same soup kitchen Michelle wore her $450 shoes to?

Friday, June 05, 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Shoe tree

Seriously. I wish you could see this tree up close and personal. It's near my cabin and I saw another one the other day! What you might not be able to capture in this pic is that it is full, and I mean FULL, of womens shoes. The guy that lives here threw them all in the tree. The woman he lived with (?) left him one day randomly so he threw all 492 pairs of her (tied) shoes in this tree. In the fall it is really quite lovely-no. Crazy!!! Maybe it's tadition up in them thar parts. Next time Im gonna actually stop closer and take a better pic so you can get the full effect. If you look dead center you can see a couple pairs of tennies. If I did this, all to my shame, the tree would be uprooted.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Levi woke up this morning, stroked his neck and said, " Mom, my gulp is sore."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Finally Alive

"If we are going to be born again, it will rely decisively and ultimately on God. His decision to make us alive will not be a response to what we as spiritual corpses do, but what we do will be a response to his making us alive."
-Johnny Piper

Muslim Demographics

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Today we were driving down the ramp into Lakeland when Jace saw his dream car. "I love that!" he shouted. I said, "Yep, she's a nice one." A bright orange Mustang. Levi said, "My dream car is much nicer. It's a Ferrari. It's about a million dollars."
I said, "Nah. Not that much." Levi and Jace talked back and forth about their dream cars. Liberty was sitting with her arms folded and she said very proudly. "I want a van." Good choice. :o)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


You know your kid is video game obsessed when during school you ask him to write "we" and he writes it "wii." So proud.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter at the Park

We walked to the park after our wonderfully gluttonous meal of steak, shrimp, salad, among other things. God is good and we had a great day. Levi finally got across the monkey bars and was very proud, taking a bow. Libs climbed everything in sight and also loved the fireman pole and Jace loves climbing really high (to my highest anxiety) in the park tree. 4/12/09


My two favorite Easter Pics! Kids are growing up really fast, hurry!

Sad Friday

I asked the kids Friday morning past if they knew what day it was. "Good Friday," Jace piped right in. Levi said, "I don't know what's so good about it. I think it should be called "Sad Friday and Good Sunday."

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


While depending on the Holy Spirit, we must at the same time recognize our responsibility to diligently pursue all practical steps for dealing with our sins. Keeping both these truths, dependence and our responsibility, equally in mind is difficult. "Work as if it all depends on you, and yet trust as if you did not work at all."
-Respectable Sins

Monday, March 30, 2009


From Petes mom Wendy while I was in Florida:
On Thursday evening when Levi was getting ready for bed, I asked him
what he was doing in his Mom and Dad's room. He strongly told me that
he was putting his dirty clothes in the hamper. He went on to say that
now he was like Cinderella--having to do all the work--and that the
three of them were all like Cinderellas. And now their Mom was like
the Queen and she didn't have to do anything anymore! He was so
serious that I could hardly contain myself! After 2 short days, I can
vouch for the fact that Regan is not just sitting on her royal throne
all day!


Jace said about a friends dog, "How are they gonna go on a month long vacation? Who's gonna take care of their dog?"
Levi replies, "They had to put her to sleep. She lost control of her udder."


Levi told me this morning that Geronimo was the cheif of sinners. He had a totally black heart. He was totally wicked.
"Do you know what he did mom?" he asked.
"No, I don't," I said ashamedly.
He shouted, "He killed people mom! I know he's in hillbilly hell."

Saturday, March 14, 2009


"Covetousness is desiring something so much that you lose contentment in God. The opposite of covetousness is contentment in God."
John Piper

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Middle child

Totally laughed out loud at this. It's so true! While reading "Sex Begins in the Kitchen," I came across this well known truth.
To dramatize the plight of the middle child (me) in a family, I usually ask the parents about the photo album. They'll laugh bcuz they know where I'm going, and they also know I'm right. How many photos do you have of the oldest child? Oh, maybe just 50 or 60 thousand or so. Next question: How many photos do u have of the middle child? Hmmm...let's c....altogether there r....uh.....14. And 9 or 10 of those have the oldest child in them. Too true!
Other points were-
Middle child-rough and tumble aggressive, social butterfly who always seemed to have a dozen friends hanging around. They tend to be very social, peacemakers, and negotiators. Make friends easily and are loyal; most faithful marriage partners. They take life in stride and let undue stress roll of their backs. They r tenacious enough that when a problem comes along, they want to dig in and get it settled. They don't like troubled waters, and for that reason a marriage involving a middle child is often a very good marriage.
I'm reading more and hope to have myself all figured out by the end of the chapter-yeah, right. Who writes this stuff anyway???

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


"Mom, why do I have these pickles on my forehead?"
"Why do I have these pickles on my forehead?"
"I don't understand?"
Libs pointed at her nose and said, "Like these."
I laughed, "Those aren't pickles. Those are freckles!"


Libs went to Disney on ice last week. What a time she had! A few days before she went a neighbor girl told her that when she was little she actually got to sit on Cinderellas lap! Liberty was in shock. Levi piped up from the backseat, "Didja ask her what it was like to have a stepmother?!"

Can't trick me!

Levi had a birthday party this past Sunday and all the family was there. Pete had brought home a PS2 game called, "Rockband" the night of his birthday. It came in a giant box so I decided to play the "trick" on him. Matt and Dana had gotten him a PS2game and I decided I would wrap it in the HUGE Rockband box. When he was opening it he and his friend were like, "Cool man! You have two of everything now!" My trick failed! I had to tell him to actually look in the box to see it was indeed a trick! He was so happy for the new game he just moved on.
Last night Pete told me that he said to him, "Dad, I know you were in on that trick. I know you gave Dana that box to wrap my Batman game in....."
Yep, sent that empty box to Ireland just for the sake of trickin a 7-year-old. Right.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Good one

Without sound repentance, sin is not accounted as the greatest evil-nor Christ as the greatest good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Levi hates disease

Levi was riding in the back of the truck the other day and we had a conversation about disease. We were going over to Grampa Dans and Nancy was home from work in bed. She has breast cancer and she was down on her white count so we had to make sure we weren't going to be bringing any colds with us. He said to me. "I hate cancer!" I said, "Yeah, me too." He then said, "I hate leprosy too."
Yeah, thats real catchy today.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The talk

I had to have the "talk" with Jace. I was ready, prepared, prayed up, and confident. I had a couple of books and I'm so glad for that! I read the books and changed the "mommies" to mom and the "daddies" to dad and went on with the book. Who tells their kids the story of the birds and the bees when they are still calling them that is beyond me. When we got to the actual "how" babies happen he shouted out, "I am never gonna do that!" He was laughing and puzzled all at the same time and it was quite sweet, innocent, and funny. I'll never forget his face and the things he said; questions he asked. One down, two to go! Phew!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Explode The Code

This book is ridiculous! What 1st grader knows words like mob, jig, tot, hag, bog? There's more! Names in the book are like Dot, Bess, Pam, Gus, and Tex!??? What century was this book made? Where was it made? "Mom cuts logs in the hot sun?" Whose mom does this? Laura Ingalls?
My final thought? Don't buy this book for your 1st grade curriculum unless of course u live in the past!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Good quote

"I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of (fill in the liquor) would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly do not recommend Christianity."
-CS Lewis

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


You remember the Goonies right? Who doesn't remember Sloth? We were watching it at the part where Sloth saves the last of the Goonies and the scene changes right? Levi says to me, "Mom, what happened to Slut?"


The other day Libs had a bathroom episode. Yep, they are so fun aren't they? She was trying to go "number 2" and was having some issues. She was in her room and I went in and she said. "Mom, can I take a bath? My butt is spicy."