You know, I just love being a Minnesota girl. I really do. I’m probably a bit biased because I mostly grew up here and it’s mostly all I know, but let me tell ya, I’ve done some traveling and while there have been some places I would love to revisit and would even consider moving to…NOTHING beats or compares to the awesomeness that is Minnesota in my book.

I know we get teased a lot about our winters and yes, they really do get that cold and long. But there are SO MANY things we Minnesotans do to make the time go by. Like, for instance, we go up north (where it’s usually, on average, 10 degrees cooler) only wearing a hoodie and walk out onto Lake Superior in the midst of gale force winds and around freezing temperatures.

How fun is that?! I mean, come ON!

Truthfully? I hemmed and hawed about doing it. It was super duper cold and super uber windy, you guys. Until I remembered my husband and I were there to live life together, to make a memory of our time spent together, alone, a rare thing indeed.

Yes, even though our daughter is all grown up (*sniff, sniff*). You see, we’re a family, and families stick together and families do things together, LOTS of things together. Because the years go by like a freight train on a mission even when they seem to barely be chugging along and you can never get that time back no matter how much you try or long for it.

In a nutshell? Live for now, while keeping the future in mind.

So, truth be told, it was more like us sitting in the warmth of the car having the following conversation:

Me: “You wanna walk all the way out there?!”

Him: “Yeah, why not?”

Me: “Uh, it’s so windy the seagulls can’t fly forward.”

Him: “Ok, well, we don’t have to.”

Me: Really thinking this through, weighing my options, looking out the window and the struggling seagulls and people blowing away in the wind, people grabbing their children trying to tether them to strollers and other family members and finally…

Me: “Ok, let’s do it.”

Him: “Are you sure? It is cold and windy and you didn’t bring a jacket.”

Me, famous last words: “Yeah, it’ll be ok, I’ll just zip my hoodie up all the way and put the hood up.”

You guys, I have no idea why we Minnesotans do things like this. I really don’t. It makes no sense because we do this all the time and we always say, “That was colder than I thought it would be! Next time I’ll…” and it usually ends up with a list of warmer clothing…or a portable heater. We are just so funny that way! I think it’s rather endearing, actually.

Well, once we decided to “seize the day” I tried to liven our spirits with a joke about taking a long walk off a short pier but I think it got lost on a gust of wind. Oh well, I laughed at it. That counts, right?

Here are a few things we saw while being silly Minnesotans:

TwoHarborsLight1Two Harbors Lighthouse

TwoHarborsLight14Not sure if you can tell but these birds are NOT flying forward,

they’re hovering

TwoHarborsLight13Our “long walk off a short pier” which gets longer the colder it is–trust me




TwoHarborsLight16Almost there!

TwoHarborsLight8One of you and one of me…(aka proof we made it)

TwoHarborsLight7TwoHarborsLight11TwoHarborsLight12 TwoHarborsLight9View of the lighthouse on the way back

TwoHarborsLight19And this little guy, having a spa day in the middle of all the tumult. Every time a big wave would swell, he’d dive.

TwoHarborsLight21 TwoHarborsLight23

I’m so glad we did this. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. We even took some photos for other people so everyone could be in the picture. I love doing that and people are always surprised at the gesture…and grateful. One way I try to show the kindness and love of Jesus to others. :)

I was also very excited about how many cool water shots I was able to take. What do you think? Are they kinda cool? Glad I figured out to use the action burst mode. It really helped with the overcast skies.

So, what have you decided to do lately in an effort to “live in the moment” or “seize the day”? How did it go? Was it worth it? What do you do to make memories with your spouse, your kids or even friends and strangers? Let’s encourage one another and spur each other on to live more fully!



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stacey October 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

We used to live in ND and the only time we would walk to friends house was in the cold with snow everywhere. I seized the day on Friday when it started out badly, and my son and I swiped the week away and chose to start over right then rather than carry it with us forever. There are only a few times we can truly do that in life, and so I chose to take the opportunity to do so.


Deanna October 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Okay, so these last two posts and the beautiful pictures totally made my day. I’m smiling. Enger Tower, the birch trees, bridge, Lake Superior. . . Sigh. Such fun memories! I was actually born in Duluth and was there until right before I turned 10 and we moved to Oklahoma. Love visiting when we head up north.


Leigh October 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

It was great to spend part of the day with you, Traci! Thanks for investing your time in the lives of Iraqi kids with Enjoyed reading your blog and looking at your BEAUTIFUL pictures. It all sounds breath-taking for this Texas girl!!


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