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Friday Favorites

I can't even handle today... it's the day we leave for our anniversary getaway! AHHHH! I seriously couldn't wait for today to get here, and now I have to tick everything off my to do list before dropping the kids off at 5:30. AWAY WE GO!





All my love this Friday as I head off for an adventure.
xo. e


Almost Anniversary number 9.

I can't believe we're celebrating year 9 at the end month. The time has literally flown by, with a zillion of pictures to show for it. I love being married to Sten. We were just babies when we got married and moved to Colorado and I think we thought we had the world figured out. We knew how to pay our bills and we had our very own little apartment in the foothills in Colorado.

I wish I could tell 22 year old me that it's only going to get better:
That the security I felt then, would only be a fraction of the security I feel today.
That cheering on the one I love most, makes my heart swell with pride.
That with every change (in job, location, hobbies), I've been able to see a better version of the person I married.
That although our freedom has been taken from us (for a season), that makes time away just the 2 of us THAT much more special.

November has always been one of my favorite months, and I think it's fitting that it's when we got married. I get to focus…

Friday Favorites

Friday! YES!!! This weekend is extra special because Grammy and Mim are visiting AND we have our SECOND preview service. The kids have been talking about Grammy and Mim all week long and I'm sure they will be completely bombarded as soon as they walk in the door.

Here are a few of my favorites from the week:
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Hope you are looking forward to your weekend as much as I am!
XO. edc.

My boy.

I love one on one time with the kids. They are so unique and I love to spend time doing JUST their favorite thing and listening to whatever they want to talk about. We do a lot of mixed gender one on one time. Lucy loves "lucy/daddy" time and Olle can never get enough of me, so naturally having me all to himself is his favorite thing! I had to go to the grocery store Saturday morning and when I asked Olle if he wanted to come he said, "and go to the coffee shop?" How in the world could I say no to that?!?!?!?! I swooped him up and after the grocery we went to the coffee shop and talked about baseball, and tractors and things that fishy's eat... With a twinkle in his eye this boy makes the world a better place. I love spending time with him, and hope he always wants to go to the coffee shop with his mom.




Love you buddy.
erica

Halloween 2017

We had fun exploring Halloween in Hudson this year. We were a little under the weather, and the temps were on the chilly side, but we all had fun going around our neighborhood trick or treating. It is really a joy as a parent watching your kid be big and go up and ring the door bell. I just couldn't get enough! I kept saying: Just one more house.... :)

A few favs:














Until next year....

XO, erica

Friday Favorites

I'll have to name this one Monday favorites, because, well it's Monday and I'm just getting to this. We had a nice weekend, I can't even recall most of the things we did. Although I know I did 6 loads of laundry, so that always feels so productive.

Some of my favorites from the week:
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I'm sort of failing at the the week thus far, I totally spaced Lucy's swimming lessons this morning... let's hope I don't forget any other important events of the week!

XO. edc.

A morning with Great Grandma Kay

A few weeks ago we got to go visit Sten's grandma and have fika with her. If you can see this spread it is more like lunch + a million treats. We started off with candy corn and ended our morning with m&m's. She sure knows the way to their hearts. It is so special to me that we live close to Kay, I didn't get to grow up with Great Grandma's and the fact that they know and love theirs is heart warming.  When it was time to go these 2 didn't want to leave!



Thanks for a great Fika Feast!
XO. erica.

Friday Favorites

This week FLEW by, I can't believe it's Friday. It's currently 11:43am, and I have 2 sleeping children (that is because they are both sick)... Not a great start to the weekend, but a break from running around like crazy humans is always nice :) Time for some favorites!

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Lucy LuLu

Pretty girl.
We got the best news ever on Monday morning after Lucy's eye appointment. She only has to patch for TWO hours a day AND she can have lens implant surgery at anytime in the next year. This means no more patching and contacts in the VERY foreseeable future.

I am honestly in complete shock. I spent most of Monday sort of weepy and feeling full of gratitude for a God who has completely enveloped this little child of mine in protection. From the beginning of this process not a day went by that she was not brave and bold. I never felt like God had abandoned us, but rather we had been given a gift to see life through a different lens, through Lucy's lens. She never felt less than, she never felt different. She was secure in knowing that she was loved and she was special. I feel like we all walk around with patches and glasses, but only a few of us feel secure, knowing we are loved by God and He made us unique and special.

So, as this process nearly comes to a close, I ca…

COUSIN WEEKEND.

We had so much fun this weekend with a 2-night cousin sleepover! We jammed packed it full of activities, which not only wore the kids out, but also wore us out. After we put the kids to bed last night Sten and I were dead-- we sat on the couch and didn't move until our early bedtime.

We did lots of playing, lots of arts and crafts, lots of running around, swimming, barbies, legos, and luckily, since it was nice on Friday we got to hit up downtown and show our cousins Knokes!



I love it when these 4 get to spend time together. Every moment is precious with them, even when it is loud and crazy. What could be better than a weekend spent with our besties?!

xo. edc.

Friday Favorites

How did another week go by so fast? This week has been amazing. So many happy days spent outside in the warm sunshine that finally returned. Some of my favorites today:

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Hope your weekend is perfect!
XO. edc.

LAUNCH review.

PHEW! I cannot believe that the planning, preparation, and prayer that has happened over the last 6 months came and went in a single hour. Sten and I were talking about this very statement Saturday before everything kicked off. The amount of time spent on that 1 hour Sunday morning was ALL worth it. I was downstairs with the babies, so I cannot speak from a visual standpoint, but I know it rocked, from the feedback we received and the general feel of the whole morning, I KNOW GOD ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS.
I went on my "prayer run" this morning (which means I run to the YMCA camp and go around the loop praying) and I was weepy thinking about the way God answered our prayers. In so many ways. There were faces I didn't know, kids that were entrusted to our care, and people that were genuinely interested in our next service. I prayed that as we grow wider, we'd grow deeper as well. That God's spirit would be more and more alive within our team and it would be magnetic.
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yesterday.

This has been a hard season for me, sometimes you can't explain why you're sad, but it just hits you like a ton of bricks. I know I am not alone in this feeling, but it is quite foreign to me. I have spent the last week trying to find the joy in my every day. In my family, in my home, in the fall colors, but some days I come up short. I have many friends who I love so dearly, and yesterday one of them came through for me in a big way. She texted me at 8 and said she'd be over to play with the kids at 9, so I should be ready to get out of the house to have some alone time and grab a coffee and just sit. It was such a gift. Such an amazing act of selflessness. She had listened when I said I wasn't doing so hot and this act of love resonated so deeply in me. It makes me tear up, just writing the words.
Sten and I often talk about all the ways God has blessed us. We have more than we need, and so much love within our home, that we hope it spills over into all the people w…

Friday Favorites

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Hope your weekend is full of fall fun and hot coffee!
xo. edc

oh to be 4.

I often find myself trying to get into these 2 little brains... I was a quirky kid growing up, with a huge imagination and I can't help but think these 2 are the same as me. Always ready to play the next thing and giggle their way through it. When does your brain stop doing this? I will be so sad the first time Olive comes over and they don't dive into the costume box within the first 20 seconds.

Childhood is so magical to me- and so fleeting.
Please stay little for a long time, you 2.

xo. edc.

OCTOBER 15.

All good things are documented on the blog. So here's the next GOOD, GOOD thing happening in our lives. OUR LAUNCH! We've been praying and preparing and have had more emotions than I thought possible, all in preparation for October 15th @10am.

We cannot wait to see God move through MIDCURRENT. The countdown is on and we couldn't be more excited. I hope you know how much we'd love to see you there as this dream becomes a reality. We are ready for you! The coffee will be hot, there will be TONS of friendly faces and I know that God is ready to meet you at Midcurrent Church! As indicated below: We'll save you a seat!
xo. edc.

Friday Favorites.

Hard not to reflect on my week and think about my Marathon being my favorite part, but since I just wrote an entire post about it, I felt like it couldn't be one of my Friday favs... So here are my other Friday Favorites:

1. Brueggers Bagels Coffee. When we moved to Hudson, Brueggers gave us a card with 90 days of free coffee-- WHAT?! So great. It's been such a great little treat on those days when you want to feel kind of fancy (and have a reason to get out of the house) and get a decaf coffee in the middle of the day :)
 2. This little appetizer concoction. It was light and salty/sweet. Triscuit for the base, then a smear of cream cheese, topped with chopped walnuts and grapes, then drizzled with honey. Slightly time consuming, but these little beauties are sure to make your guests happy.
 3. Knoke's. Have I talked about this place before?? It's an old fashioned candy/ice cream shop in downtown Hudson, and we are just obsessed with it. We can easily walk out of there…

Marathon recap.

I can't believe October 1st is over 😕!! Now I don't have a race to look forward to. The Twin Cities Marathon was just the best. I felt strong and my head was clear. And I just kept thinking, I don't want this race to end.... well, until I got to the hills at mile 22. I'm not sure how I lucked out with the rain holding off, but I'm so glad it did. I loved my cheer squad along the course and crossing that finish line felt like pure joy.


I had so many emotions going into the day. I was super nervous and started to really doubt my training miles. I got to the race start early and the waiting was killing me. But as soon as we got into our corrals I could feel the adrenaline and I just knew I had it in me.

I was shooting for a 3:15, and ended up at 3:12:52. Average pace: 7:22. I feel like that's one of those numbers that will stick with me for a while. I found out yesterday that my name is in the Star Tribune for placing 43rd overall for women. I've always known…