Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN

The summer of 2013 will go down in our family history of one of the most unusual to date. We have closed out a major chapter in our lives, and we’re now in a sort of limbo for a few months before the next one begins.

The kids are in school. Even Piper. Putting her youngest, at the age of three, in an all-day preschool was a heart wrenching decision for Carina. We didn’t have much of a choice. Dad works all day. Mom needs to study full time for the big test. Michelle has moved on with her life and is doing bigger and better things than being our nanny. (For the record, Piper and Michelle miss each other like crazy.)

Life has returned to an eerily familiar, but yet still different form of what it was before we went to the island. We’ve all changed and grown, and although we are back in our same house, same town, same schools, same church… it feels different in a way that’s hard to put words around.

Gratitude…

  • Before we left, we were frustrated that our house didn’t sell. Now, we are immeasurable grateful it didn’t. Where would we be now if it had?
  • Andi’s health is doing well.  On her last visit to the doctor, things were discussed such as “taking her off medication all together” and “maybe this won’t be a life-long problem after all.”  We’re in a wait-and-see mode right now, but everything is looking tremendously positive.
  • Carina finished up her first half of medical school on a strong and positive note.  She has an increased measure of confidence going into this big STEP 1 exam.
  • I have a wonderful job that allows me to work from home, which will be a huge help when we move again in the spring.

The list of blessings for which we are grateful could go on for pages, but these are at the top. Life is good!

A Little Bit of News…

Carina’s big test now has a date: November 4th.  After she takes the test, it will be a few weeks before we know the results.  Once we have those results, the school will then help us pick a location for her to do clinical rotations, which will be her 3rd and 4th years of medical school.  We think we should know by Christmas!

Riverside Park & Munsinger Gardens…

The town of St. Cloud, Minnesota is not exactly famous for it’s beauty.  (In fact, I don’t think it’s famous at all.)  This is a little city of 60k on the upper Mississippi River that doesn’t have much to brag about… except for Munsinger Gardens.  Last Sunday we took an evening family trip over to the gardens and a nearby park, and I brought along my camera.  I’ll close out this blog post with some photos of the five of us enjoying being together.

 

Daddy and Piper at Riverside Park

Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN

Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN

The climbing wall at Riverside Park

Tanner - The climbing wall at Riverside Park

The climbing wall at Riverside Park

Andi - The climbing wall at Riverside Park

Flying!

Riverside Park

Damn on the Mississippi River below St. Cloud State University

Damn on the Mississippi River below St. Cloud State University

Brother and Sister

Portage around the damn

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Carina deep in thought

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Lazy Sunday Afternoon - Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Tanner and Piper: Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Andi and the Lorax plant

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN

These two are pals

Mommy and Daughter

Written on September 19th, 2013 , Everything Else

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COMMENTS
    JoAnn Holm commented

    Love the munsinger pictures….and it is SO nice to have you home in Minnesota again! We have a great appreciation for all the lessons we learned along the journey as well!!!!

    Reply
    September 20, 2013 at 3:58 am
    Kent Crookston commented

    Nice write up and great pictures Casey. We can relate to the feeling about being back home where everything is the same, but really isn’t. It happened when we returned form Morocco the first time; you will remember that. And now it has happened again. I can only imagine what it will feel like going back to heaven after this experience of mortality. You have a lovely family, and an adventuresome life going on. We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Love,

    Dad

    Reply
    September 21, 2013 at 3:03 am
    Cheyenne commented

    Oh – we totally understand the back to normal but not really normal aspect of life!!!! We are living the same right now – really odd and weird!!!!! Great news for Andi – this seems to fit what my dad was thinking was going on – if so then yes – it will dissipate!!!! Great job capturing family time – the little moments that you want to remember.
    Glad you are all doing well – keep us updated and let us know where you will be headed.
    Cheyenne

    Reply
    September 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    nitab commented

    Really enjoying reading your blog!! My fiance is considering going to AUC in the fall and your blog has been really useful!

    How is everything going?? Is Carina on rotations now??

    Reply
    February 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm
      Casey Crookston commented

      Thanks for the note! And yes, she stated rotations just today :-)

      Reply
      March 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

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