Friday Mornings

Friday mornings are my favorite. They’re different from the laziness of Saturdays (or sometimes frenzied cleaning before a fun-filled weekend), because I do have to head into work in an hour. It’s not the pre-church roll-out-of-bed we go through on Sunday mornings. I think I love Fridays because I live so vicariously through Cody having the day off (they work four ten-hour shifts during the off-season. During harvest, it’s more like seven twelves). So he is sleeping, I’m working on my second cup of coffee and procrastinating a freelance deadline that is today, and pondering what’s been happening lately.

Vicariousness has been the theme of the last couple months, as my wonderful talented brilliant sisters have had the most epic spring ever (until we all have kids at the same time, maybe??) – prom, a wedding {same weekend. Different sisters.} three graduations {two the same day}, a million tests and state track for the high schooler – taking home the gold in the 4×400 – and a few birthdays in the mix as well. I loved being in Iowa to get a peek into the midwest lives of the Muilenburg clan, then seeing the rest through videos, Tweets, texts and Facebook posts.

It felt great to be so boring while celebrating with my sisters. Cody and I have a strangely normal life, which just also happens to be super awesome and surreal. Praying daily for the siblings about to embark on cross-country travels {flashback to three years ago, when that was me and Code}, moving and starting new jobs and schools. A year from now, we’ll have one last high school graduation. Woah.



The newlyweds – G+R



Photo credit: Vanessa Bartels

Photo credit: Vanessa Bartels


article(Full article from the Sioux City Journal here)


Little Rachie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern College with a Psychology degree. We ate breakfast.

Sar-gradDr Sarah Erickson, Pharm D!

Next up for the Rasmussens, summer travels and lots of company.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love comes from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God… We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:7, 19

This Counts As Late Night for Me

…as I was typing this at 10:39pm the other night. Wow.

I was in Computer Mode tonight finishing some freelance work and felt Bloggy, in a good way, so I finished my Fig post and made a pot of tea in Ollie the Elephant. We’ve had kind of a crazy couple of weeks, so it feels amazing to sit in semi-darkness, sip my tea, and type words onto the computer. #introvertproblems.

Actually, before I start totally speaking in hashtag, let’s talk about the whole introvert/extrovert thing. When I took my Meyers-Briggs test for Northwestern Campus Ministry, I’m pretty sure I scored a 30/30 on Extrovert. I was like the definition of extrovert. I’m not sure what has changed, but I feel a heck of a lot more introverted in my post-college, post-marriage life. Oftentimes Cody and I feel the closest when we’re sitting together on our porch reading in silence. For real. I still get a total buzz serving wine to people in the tasting room… but once a week is more than enough for me. It comes in a concentrated spurt, and then I’m ready for the rest of the week of quiet desk writing time and meetings with no more than four people. One of my favorite times of day is my half-hour car ride home, radio blaring embarrassing Top 40 music. Not to mention awesome alone time with my boys.

I think one of the reasons I’m loving these moments is because my quiet time has been lacking this week. I’m reaching the end of a “workweek” (which, for me, ends on Sunday), and I know for a fact that I’d feel more rejuvenated and energized if I stepped up my Bible reading and journaling time in the mornings. Definitely a good goal for the week, I think – and even though we’re up soooo late tonight, I think I’ll try to kick off the day tomorrow with some early-morning quiet time.

‘Til next time!