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When stress comes remember..

Psalm 68: 19-20

PRAISE be to the Lord, to God our Savior who DAILY bears our BURDENS.

Our God is a God who SAVES; From the Sovereign Lord comes ESCAPE from DEATH.

Now I don’t know about you~ but that sure lifts my spirit.

Trying to go to bed feeling serene…..


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More Photos from Henningsvaer

So I haven’t been posting at all lately. I’m not sure if that’s a function of stress or feeling like I have nothing interesting to say. Probably stress πŸ™‚ Between dissertating, the job market, and other projects school life is pretty stressful right now. It’s tough to take time out to relax. Steve & I were pretty sick last weekend so that sapped a lot of my blocked worked time. It’s never good to feel like you’re just trying to catch up all the time and you can never quite get there!

We went out to eat last night at a local Austin restaurant, Shady Grove. I always used to love their burgers, so Steve & I split a burger & a chicken sandwich for dinner. Mistake. I think after being in Norway for so long my digestive system re-oriented itself and it no longer can handle greasy food. I guess it’s all for the best though right? Homemade burgers are so much better anyway! Speaking of food… I’m making these yummy looking oreo cookie cheese cake bars for the UT-Tech game tonight! They are chilling in the fridge as we speak. I’m excited to cut them & see if they are yummy.

Below you’ll find more fun photos from our trip. Enjoy your saturday!

Abby decided to be silly and “lock me up” ~ I just love everyone’s expressions in this picture!! Priceless


The whole crew minus elizabeth


I was quite proud of myself for running all that way… up & over the bridge πŸ™‚


Steve came too! And no, we didn’t bring the camera along. We picked that up when we got back πŸ™‚


I still miss that gorgeous sky


Trying to be artsy


relaxing after the run … okay, yes, I was posing!


Unreal. There just aren’t words for beauty like this!


This is the building where we had our classes during qualitative camp. Can you image trying to hold class in a room with this amazing view! Made it hard to focus…

DSC_0255That’s all for now~ off to watch some college football! On Wisconsin!!! Hook ‘Em Horns!!!

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Being Goofy

One of the best things about being in Norway was spending time with my best friend and hubby πŸ™‚

I am so blessed to have such a great man in my life.

Now if I could only get him to be as goofy as I am ….

Kissy Face courtesy of my good friend Fran! Note Steve’s expression πŸ™‚ HA!


Contemplative in the midst of nature…Steve is bored now.


And finally, a real one πŸ™‚


Gotta love goofing around with the one you love in beautiful world that God created!

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Henningsvaer Day 1

During our final week in Norway, Steve and I were lucky enough to be a part of “Qualitative Camp 2009” πŸ™‚ It was a week long class/conference where we interacted with students from all over the globe. We had lectures from distinguished faculty and listened to other students’ research as well. We were able to workshop ideas for future projects and give suggestions for improvements to others.

One of the best parts of this week, was meeting the fantastic friends from all over. There were people from the US, Norway, Russia, Pakistan, and China. Pretty amazing!

We all were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful hotel on the water together~ although, it was more like a bed and breakfast b/c we were served all of our meals here in this gorgeous dining room. It was by far the best “eats” we had during our trip! I even snagged a few yummy recipes from Roger (the owner). Both were for fish stew/soups. One resembled a semi-sweet manhattan clam chowder while the other was like a creamy new england base. I am very excited to try & replicate these great meals sometime soon!


View of the outside.


Yes, that really was the view from our hotel. See the top of the mountain there on the left side of the picture?? Yeah, well we climbed up there on Thurs. No joke. We really did… pics to come. The wooden circular thing on the deck (with the pipe sticking out) is a traditional norwegian hot tube. The water is heated up with a real fire!


The first day we were there, a whaling ship came in~ and had made a catch. Apparently whale is a common food that they eat. We were able to try it several times during our stay at Henningsvaer… We even had it on pizza. When it was cooked as if it were beef, I was not a big fan. However, I did really enjoy the preparation where they seem to make it almost like a softer version of jerky. They serve it on a piece of very thin flat bread (more like a cracker) with red onion & sour cream. It was actually very good that way.


They had already cut the whale into pieces when we got there… yuck…


This really neat building stood right across from the hotel. It felt like we had stepped back into time just a little bit…


This is the view from the building where we had our sessions. It was hard not to be distracted with a view like this!!!


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On the way to Henningsvaer!

The next set of posts will cover our very last week in Norway. We spent a week at this amazing island, Henningsvaer, which is part of the Lofoten Islands. It was just stunningly beautiful, and productive πŸ˜‰ all at the same time!

We took the coastal steamer to the islands~ quite a long ride, but some fun shots. Here is a sampling below!

Naddy, Elizabeth & I thought it would be fun to goof around πŸ™‚


Can you tell I’m still in LOVE with the Nikon?


It takes such great shots. These two were taken when the ship docked for a short time.


TheΒ  UT crew + Camilla (minus kate) πŸ™‚

From left to right Tom, Abby, Elizabeth, Caroline, Camilla, Kerk, Me, & Naddy


The Super cool sweat shirts that Jan gave to all of the TX students. It was very generous of him!! I am psyched for the temp to drop in TX so I can wear mine πŸ™‚


From here, we took a bus to the island…. more to come!

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Fishing at Jan’s Cabin

I’ve been missing Norway a lot lately…. thinking about what a different way of life it is over there. So much more laid back, less stress, slower pace, more beauty. The sky is one of the things I miss the most. Truly, the sky & clouds in Bodo were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

These particular pictures are from a fishing trip that Jan took us on near his cabin. I’ve never been fishing in quite this way before!! We literally used fishing line & no poles…the fish could have been too big for poles!!! Just crazy to think about that!

Here’s Steve trying out the line…


Jan getting the really neat fishing “gizmo” thingy working… pretty cool if you ask me!


My baby is so focused! That thing he’s holding is in essence his fishing “pole”


The beautiful scenery


Ugh… fish. I love fish, but look at all that blood! I am much more accustomed to the “catch & keep alive until you fillet them” method that we use in the north woods of WI! Fishing definitely took me back to when I was a little girl fishing with my daddy!


Look at this fish Steve Caught!!!! It was a cod & we cooked it up & ate it that night πŸ™‚ Pretty darn awesome!


All in all an awesome day…it’s photos like that that have me wondering what it would be like to live there for a longer period of time.


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3 Years of Wedded Bliss

Our anniversary this year was pretty chill~ we just walked around downtown Bodo & then made homemade salmon for dinner. Nothing too special. Steve & I both got “Norwegian” jackets, and he got me a pair of beautiful earrings that are silver with blue stones. They are suppose to look like the ocean. The highlight of the night for sure was seeing the sunset over the near by mountain.

Here are a few of the beautiful shots.

I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband!



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