Williamson Family Zone

Welcome friends and family. We have now officially entered the twenty-first century. Hope you all enjoy catching up with our busy family online. Enjoy!

Location: Wisconsin

this first question is tough! I am a wife and mother of four kids whom you will probably tire of hearing about in the following posts. But that won't stop me!! My best friend and I follow God and live life try to walk our journey with joy, peace and lots of laughing! This is a blog about my family for my family (and friends too)

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Game Results

Brock's team won their game last night. For a while it looked touch and go with the weather. We were sitting right on the edge of a storm but thankfully the sun kept shinning above the old ballpark and Ericson Lumber was able to play out their game. I really didn't want anymore delays. The score was 10-3 with Nathan Tromp pitching the winning game. Brock got on base with a bunt. His next game is the semi-final on Monday August 1st at 6:45 p.m. If they win that one then they play in the Championship game next Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sale-ing Away!

Well, first let me say that if you wondered about how Paul is doing from my previous post you can check an online journal at www.caringbridge.org/visit/paullundquist. The family keeps a journal of his progress. We were told about a recent infection that has developed and trust that people are still praying for Paul. I know that people from far and near read this and hope if you feel led you will drop him a line of encouragement on line at that above address.
I am in the midst of preparing for a mambo-jambo garage sale. Randy is in the midst of trying to empty that big metal container that has held our belongings for the past year. We are hoping that it can be removed from our property soon. But in order to empty it we have to put everything somewhere. This is where the problem came in. WE HAVE NO ROOM! I have always been somewhat of a collector of things and that disease is now coming back on my head. What was I thinking??
My new house is now a mess of empty boxes, rubbermaid containers, garbage bags and piles of clothes (where did all those clothes come from anyway?) Desperate times call for desperate measures. Randy actually agreed that we needed to have a garage sale to rid ourselves of some wood, hay and stubble. (reference to all our material possessions). So my weekend is pretty much spoken for. I hope people are in the mood to buy!!
Brock's got his first play-off game this afternoon. The days are ticking by til we leave for vacation. I think we all need a break.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Funny Girls

This is Brittany and her sweet Canadian friend Natalie!
(I hope the quality is better than what is showing up on my preview)

Monday, July 25, 2005

It's Monday!

Thanks to everyone for praying for Paul. I know his family appreciates it very much. He is still hanging in there and improving bit by bit. I hope to go and see him again this week. Everyday that he is alive means he is better than the one before.
The summer is just flying by. I can't believe we are looking at the last week of July already! Sydney all of a sudden decided to grow into a teenager on us! Seriously, she is a changed person. She loved camp and to be honest we were concerned she might get homesick. But she didn't. She met new friends and had a great time!! Jessie came home with all kinds of stories and friends from other cities. I was so glad to have them home safely.
Brock lost his final game on Friday to International Falls. Now this week we are back to the play-offs for Little League! Brittany is helping with Vacation Bible School all week. That means she has to get up early every morning. Next week is her turn to leave for camp! She is very excited about that!!!
Last evening was our annual baptism service out at Beauty Lake. It was a gorgeous evening for it!

Jason Grimes and Amber Shain were both baptized in the lake by Pastor Aaron. They are two of our kids' friends from church. Way to go guys!!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Prayers for Paul

While in Duluth yesterday, Brock, Brittany and I had the opportunity to make a hospital visit. A young man whom we know was in a terrible car accident Wednesday afternoon. He was alone, not drinking, it was daytime and we may never fully know what happened on that stretch of two lane highway. I have to drive past the spot today on my way to Grand Rapids. Dangerous highway!
Anyway, I ask that you would pray for this young man, Paul. He is only eighteen. Just starting life. His dad and step-mom come to our church. Whenever we see him at his job at Wal-mart we try to go to his lane and talk to him a bit. That is the extent of our relationship. The extent of the impact on my heart to see that young man lying motionless in a ICU bed is immeasurable.
He has many internal injuries. His crushed face hasn't even been addressed at this point until they get him "out of the woods".
I am one of those weird people who enjoys all the medical shows of real life traumas. It sounds very cliche but nothing compares to seeing these things in real life. I can't get him out of my mind. I want to see him full of life again one day.
I wanted to use this space today to just tell you my friends and family.
Paul had a rough night last night. He stopped responding at some point. Everything is touch and go and I know prayer will bring him through. The surgeon told his mother yesterday as she stood at his bedside, "you thank the Lord above. I have not seen anyone so bad off in a very long time. It is God who kept him through to this point." (paraphrase)
There is a family crowded into a dark waiting room. The T.V. drones on in the background, although no one is watching it. Blankets and pillows strewn here and there. Take out containers with food barely touched. Everyone is talking in whispers. Many hugs and tears. There is a family crying out to God for the life of a young man.....
pray for them.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Update on the update...

So...I guess there is something in the "official rule book" of Little League that states that if players are involved in a tournament they cannot play regular season games the same week. That means, basically, that Brock's playoff games are postponed til next week because of the All-Star tournament.
I could write a book about my experience today...well maybe not a whole book but at least a chapter of a book. I am not going to go into details to save "nameless child" any embarrassment. That is not my goal on this blog. If I happen to embarrass one of my kids unintentionally that is different.
Suffice to say, it took me literally all day to clean her room. She is an interesting young woman. I found dead batteries, broken pens, assorted uneaten candy, tiny pebbles, tags from clothing, missing socks, dried rose petals and many other assorted useless items. I filled two black garbage bags! I feel much better but know that I will pay come Friday!
*** Someday she will thank me for it. ****


Well, I figured some of you actually read these posts and might wonder how Brock did this past weekend in Grand Rapids. First let me say, it was so hot!! I mean it was humid and hot and the air was still. I can't remember many days like these since we've moved to Hibbing. Anyway, we just kept buying water and gatorade and survived.
Brock's team lost the game on Saturday to International Falls. So now we go back this Friday. It was Hibbing's first loss and seeing as it is a double elimination tourney they get another try. Which is good! So Friday at 2pm we head back to Gunn Park (really nice place by the way) and will cheer those kids on to a victory! Britt you are an awesome sister for sticking it out all weekend for your brother!
Brock's other regular team starts play-offs tomorrow night. They are ranked number one so hopefully they will win the league this year! Of course anything can happen. That's the sports update for now.
Jessie and Sydney are off to camp. The 4:30 am wake-up call was not received well but I got them up and out the door with all their "stuff". They'll be back on Friday.
Well, I have the daunting task of dismantling Sydney's room. Let's just say it is in desperate need of organization and I figured while she is gone this would be a good time.....it just might take all week!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

feeling old!

There are certain times in my life when my age has become very real to me. Like when the kid I used to babysit is now getting married, or the day my last child went off to kindergarten. You know things like that...so yesterday I had one of those moments when I got this pang inside my heart. It is hard to explain what it is like to see your child sitting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. With it running...with the intent to drive it off into the sunset. Although, she isn't quite there yet I know that day will come. Brittany received her permit from the state of Minnesota this past week and she is now legally able to drive with a liscenced adult in the car. Seriously, it just doesn't seem possible to me that she is old enough. Randy took her out for her first "parental lesson". There she went, out the door with purse in hand (you have to put that permit somewhere). Off to experience what she has been waiting for since the time she could talk. [I remember her asking Jenny Clair if she could drive once in Detroit when Jenny picked her up for kindergarten.] It seems Brittany was born wanting to be an adult.
In other news: Brittany also recently got her right ear cartiledge pierced. It looks cute. Dad thinks it is crazy. But I say, "pick your battles". She also decided to cut six inches off her hair. So she has had a summer of change and making her own decisions.
Brock is playing this afternoon in the Championship Game for the 11 year old Little League All-stars. His team won both their games yesterday to advance. Hopefully, they will come home champs!
So that is what is going on in our house. Besides, getting two very excited young ladies ready for camp. They leave 5 a.m. Monday morning! So we are making sure bags are packed and ready to go.
The heat is still at a high and we haven't had any rain for days! It is supposed to come tomorrow. Well, I am off to get ready to head to Grand Rapids for Brock's game. Being a mom is the best thing ever. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry but one thing is for sure...it is the most fulfilling life I could ever imagine.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Staff Day!

Today we had a day out at the lake for our church staff. We all got lots of sun. Thanks Becky for the memory. You are an awesome tubing partner!
Brittany actually tried wakeboarding for the first time ever. She was able to get up three times but just for a short while. It takes time to get the hang of it and then by the time you do your arms are shaking from the muscle strain. Jessica gave it a try also. She managed to stand upright for a couple seconds. It was great that they even tried. I have to say they enjoyed tubing a lot more!! Well, it was easier anyway.
It was a great day with our staff who also happen to be our good friends. We are blessed!

Pastor Aaron giving Brittany some instruction before the boat takes off!

And she's up folks....!

Isn't she a doll? Lauren watching the wakeboarders from the boat.

Last Saturday, July 9th was Hibbing's annual Mines and Pines Parade. For two weeks every summer Hibbing hosts a variety of events (sidewalk sales, contests, street dance, HHS renunions and a big arts and crafts show). The parade ushers in the Mines and Pines festival.

Hibbing Bluejacket marching band.
I watch these kids practice around town from the time school dismisses for the summer til the parade every July. I have to say they looked and sounded great. They are always one of my favorite things about our annual parade.
Part of the tradition here in Hibbing is that parade participants throw candy to the kids along the route. We were prepared this year with bag in hand.

This is our little group watching the end of the parade go by. Brittany is on the very left. Brock is down on the curb, you can see the bag of candy at his feet. Beside him is his good friend Mark.
The weather was amazing that day. Very hot and sunny.
This is what small town charm is all about. Nothing fancy...just simple, family memories.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

What's up?

Well, Little League season is winding down. Brock has one more regular season game this Wednesday and then play-offs begin next week. His team, Ericson's Lumber is number one, with a 14-3 record. Brock was voted as an All-Star again this year. He will play on the eleven year old team. This weekend is his first All-star tourney in Grand Rapids (about a forty-five minute drive to the west of us). The championship for that will be the following weekend. Then he has two more weekend tournaments following that. So his baseball will take us all the way til we leave for our family vacation!! The older they get the longer the season.
Jessie and Sydney leave next Monday morning for Junior High Camp. This is a state wide church camp for junior high teens held in Alexandria, MN. It's about a four to five hour drive from Hibbing. They always have a good time with their friends and usually make some new ones by the time the week is over. Brittany will move up to Senior High camp this year which is during the first week of August.
Once again we are heading to Wisconsin this year for our vacation. We'll take a little less than a week and make our way to Wisconsin Dells. We are meeting all of Randy's family there; his parents, siblings and spouses. Not to mention our four nephews and one neice. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and having fun at the waterparks!
We have to be back to Hibbing by August 15th cuz that's when all fall sports begin their practices. That's the summer gone. Amazing. Time flies! It really does. We'll enjoy every day for all it's worth. Today my heart, mind and prayers are with our dear friend Mike who is flying back to Minnesota from a year in Australia. We can't wait to see you again Mike.
Well, friends that is about it from this end. Love you all.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Happy Birthday Brock.

Eleven years ago today:
We lived in a small stucco covered home on a busy street, two blocks away from the Mall of America. I used to walk through that mall with my three little girls trying to exercise my enlarged body. I had heard that walking helps to bring on labor. Well, so much for that theory!
Brock was almost two weeks late but I finally went into labor. Randy was due to leave to speak at a youth camp. I remember it clearly. Brock was born and Randy spent a small amount of time (maybe an hour) at the hospital then had to rush away and head over to Wisconsin somewhere to speak for a week, then the following week he had another camp to do. Needless to say the delayed birth of our son was not the best timing...in my mind. But I know God's timing is perfect.
My dear friend Kim (love you friend) graciously agreed to pick me and my new born son up at the hospital in Minneapolis and bring us to our home in Bloomington. At that point I was sore, tired and lonely but happy that I was bringing home a "Brock". Rather than a "Rooster" or "Zeke". ( I had loved the name Brock since I was young)
It was a crazy time with three young pre-school girls at home already. But the joy of having a healthy son overshadowed the "craziness". I am so in love with this little boy! I thank God for bringing him into our lives. I know he will accomplish great things in his life. Happy 11th birthday Brock!

Our Retriever

Yesterday at Carey Lake, we took our Saint Bernard, Nanny to cool off with a swim. The heat wave in now in it's third day of well above ninety degree weather!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Heat Wave!

So like....I'm thinking that it is summer! And I am thinking that come October and I am sitting in the football bleachers freezing my toes off, that I will wish I could have this day back!
So I am not going to complain.
It is HOT! and HUMID! and my hair is a frizz ball. But hey...you know the old adage here in Northern Minnesota...."If summer falls on a Sunday we go and have a picnic".
So if your health will take it...enjoy this day, get outside for a little while and breathe in that hot, humid air. Then you can retreat back to your air conditioned house if you must. Cuz you know it won't last.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Girls rock!

Well despite some glitches upsetting some things yesterday, we finally got out the door to take some pictures of "Shattered Assembly". That is the name of the girl band Jess and Britt are in.
There is this really cool abandoned building out by Carey Lake and I thought it would make a sweet site for photos. I know you girls probably are hoping I post some so here goes.

Above: Brooke, Jessie, Jennie, Britt and Natalie.
Below: Gotta love that "pot" graffitti! LOL.
So all in all in was productive. Girls, thanks for having fun and being good sports. Let's do it again soon!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

My oldest dearest friend.

Well, it is another beautiful, sunny morning on this side of the pond. I have woken up to the terrible news coverage of attacks in London.
England gives me the feeling inside that I get thinking of a dear, old friend. Loyalty, friendship, concern, love and a strong bond. I have walked those streets, rode the "tube", shopped in the stores and sat in a double decker bus. I was born there and have family there and know that half of my heritage is in that country.

I wonder what goes on in the heart of men to create such chaos and destruction on the innocent.
We will watch the news and then just go on with our day-
I hope we never grow desensitized and disinterested in the terroristic acts in our world.
That would be the greatest tragedy of all.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Pictures from the fourth!

Mike and Sue on the Harley!

Jake, Jessie, Britt, Jason, Scott and Kari coming in from wakeboarding.

Back to Work!

What a wonderful holiday weekend!
Our yearly trek about fifteen minutes to the west to see fireworks continued this year. I have to tell you that the first time I ever went to Nashwauk's fireworks I was somewhat amazed and concerned. The freeway becomes somewhat of a parking lot the night of the fireworks. There are cars lined up on both sides of each side of the highway! Crazy...but will always be one of my favorite memories of our time here in Northern Minnesota. When I am an old lady I think I will chuckle at the thought of it. The older two decided to go with friends this year. I continued the tradition with Brock and Sydney.
On Monday we were invited out to Dewey Lake. Another one of my favorite memories of the Iron Range. Our dear friends have a cabin out there and we spend time there every summer. The girls were able to go out on the lake and watch some friends wakeboard. Neither girl had the nerve to try it....this time.
Basketball, football, swimming, saunas (pronounced sow-na up here in Minnesota) and lots of food! Also, I have to tell you that I got to ride on the back of a Harely. Mike was nice enough to agree to take me for a spin. Travelling down the highway at 65 miles an hour with the wind blowing my hair everywhere I wondered why I waited forty years to do that!!!
It was a great day with great people. Mike, Carolyn, Jim, Carole, Lisa, Greg, Ashli, Jake, Scott, Kari, Jason, Mr. R, Aaron, Jess and little Jacob! Thanks H family for the hospitality.

Now it is back to work and a busy week of Little League games. Brock is on the All-star team and that tourney starts this weekend. The weather is looking great this week so I am sure we will head to the beach too. This is turning into a great summer.
Happy July 4th everyone.

Happy Independence Day!

Fireworks above the sky at Angelo Taddie Field, Nashwauk, MN

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Sisterhood of the Travelling Cookies!

There comes a time in a girl's life when she has to forget work, chores, hometown blues, "annoying" boys....take to the road and shop!!!!!!!!
Road trip to Duluth. Jessie, Brittany, Brooke and Miss Amber Shain ready to make a memory.

I loved the movie "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants". A real girl movie. ( I do know one boy who went to see it, shout out to the man Trev for exploring his feminine side) I loved how the four friends in the movie supported one another and there was no jealousy. I loved how "casual sex" was shown for what it really is...a HUGE mistake! I loved the scenery from Greece...makes you want to go there! I loved the acting. Very believable characters. I loved the fact that my three girls and I could enjoy it together and have great discussion afterwards.

I hope that my girls and their friends will enjoy life, support one another, love unconditionally, not give way to jealousy, expand their minds and hearts as God directs them and live large. Have fun today. Enjoy the cookies...!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Happy Canada Day!!!!!!!!

To all my friends and family in Canada. Happy Canada Day. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about....today, July 1st is Canada Day. Very much akin to July 4th. Fireworks etc. So in honor of Canada Day I want to name some things that I miss about Canada....
1.my mommy!
2.my sister, brother in law, nephew and brothers.
3.my friends....the list is too long. I can't even start cuz I don't want to forget anyone.
4.the chocolate!!! Crispy Crunch, Smarties, Big Turk, Aero, Coffee Crisps (sidenote:thanks to the Pearsons who keep me in stock whenever they can)
5. Cultures, Harvey's and Swiss Chalet and Tim Hortons!! (thanks Jenny)
6.Toronto-BlueJays, Pantages, subways, outdoor markets, INDIAN FOOD to die for!!!
7.using proper English-honour, colour eh???
8.being asked if we have McDonalds up there.
9.Godrich and Bayfield
10. My home town-LONDON. So many memories. Hey Clayton and Marie. Hope you are enjoying it there with Greg.

So that is my little list. Feel free to add. I suppose all my American compadres might have to make something up.