Kohl Hard Facts

This adventure we call life in the Kohl Family

Thankful Days 10 and 11 November 12, 2012

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Well, yesterday was moving day and then we had a baby shower for the newest addition to the Frodge family.  All in all a very good, but very tiring day.

Day 10, November 10

Oh so many things to be thankful for today!

One – or, well, two things I guess – I am thankful for today are our cars.  The Escape – aka Bumblebee – my car, my baby or the past 10 years.  She’s been with me through so much.  The college years, losing the keys and breaking out a window, all of the road trips, towing the boat, visiting a certain young man in Minnesota, moving back and forth to NY.

She has over 170,000 miles on her now…I got her when she had 30,000….That’s a lot of miles.

She’s certainly got her quirks now [the radio/CD player/tape player doesn’t work, the back gate lock broke, the key fab takes a little finesse to lock and unlock the doors, there’s a slice down the back bumper from a saw incident], but she’s still rolling strong.

And our van – my Mom Machine.  The one we got for such a great deal at a time when we very badly needed a second car…for a really great deal.  She’s not fancy, but she’s reliable.


Day 11, November 11

Veteran’s Day – I am so very thankful for the many men and women who have fought to protect our country and for their families who have sacrificed so much.

My Grandad [Mom’s dad] served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WW2.

My Papaw [Dad’s dad] served in the U.S. Army during WW2.  [We have this great picture of him looking all handsome in his uniform.  Sadly, I cannot find it right now…and it’s once again after 11 p.m.  So I’m going to bed and will look for it again tomorrow.  If I find it, I will definitely share it.]


Thankful Days 8 and 9 November 10, 2012

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Day 8, November 8

Today I am thankful that God created enjoyment – specifically sports.  And to be more specific, Colts’ football.

I love the simple pleasure and enjoyment that comes from watching a sporting event.

I love the way it draws me in – the way I feel a part of it as I cheer my boys on.

I love the way it becomes a part of us, becomes tradition, gets passed from one generation to the next.

I love the way it connects people – brings us together despite our differences.

When we were in NY, we met a couple from Baltimore who had been Colts fans since their days there.  Despite the fact that we had nothing else in common, there was an instant bond over our love for our team.

Day 9, November 9

Leo and Renee

Our dear friends.

They mean so much to us that it’s hard to narrow it down to one short blog post.

We’ve only known them for three years, but in that time we’ve been through more together than many friendships survive in a life time.

We’ve been through five moves, three states, two babies, one wedding, one road trip, thousands of papers written and books read, countless game nights, many loaves of meatloaf, ups, downs, tears, laughter, triumphs, heartbreaks, and adventures.

Through it all, our friendship has grown deeper, richer.  We’ve drawn closer to each other and closer to the Lord because of this friendship.

I am so thankful that we’ve been on this journey together.  I look forward to many more memories shared with this precious couple.


November Month of Thanks Days 6 and 7 November 9, 2012

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Today has been rough – stressful and overwhelming.  It makes it tough to reflect on the thankfulness.  But those are the times it’s even more important to bring them into focus – to set my sights on the blessings rather than the frustrations.


Day 6, November 6

Election day…

I am thankful for the women [and men too] who stood up for my right to vote.  Those who said that a woman’s voice is just as legitimate – and needed – as a man’s voice.

Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, and of course Susan B. Anthony.

I am grateful that these women saw the importance of making their voices heard and worked hard to make sure that right was passed on to me, to my daughters.


Day 7, November 7

Clothes!  I am so thankful that we are able to clothe our family.

As I began packing away our clothes in preparation for the move there were moments when I was just so frustrated and exhausted by the amount of time it took me to sort, fold, and pack away all. those. clothes.

Then it hit me – I am so blessed to have these clothes.  To be able to afford to splurge from time to time on the new stuff.  To have clothes to pass down from when V was a baby that L is now wearing.  To have clothes handed down from cousins and friends.  To have so many loved ones who have blessed us with clothes as gifts.

I am thankful for the 3 suitcases, 3 tubs, and 4 boxes full of blessings – even when it takes me 5 hours to sort, fold, and pack it all.



A Moment Between November 8, 2012

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The house is quiet….

Everyone is sleeping [except me.]

And I’m sitting here reveling in the knowledge that those I love most in this world are safe and loved and warm in their beds, peacefully dreaming.

There are boxes and tubs and baskets scattered around the living room.  And the dining room.  And the kitchen too.  They remind me of the chaos of our lives in this season.

The chaos of moving.  The chaos of the unknown.  The chaos of transition.

But even in the midst of the chaos, God has been faithful to give good gifts.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve felt like writing.  Since I’ve felt like I even had something to write.

But today, right now, in this peaceful quiet moment amidst the chaos, God has spoken peace and life and words into my soul.

I glory in the blessing of it.  In the strange tension between chaos and peace in this tenuous moment.

Soon they will all wake.  Soon life’s pace will quicken and projects will need doing and children will need tending and the chaos will over take the peacefulness of this moment.  This moment, though, the peace, the quiet, the love, the blessing….it will remain in my heart throughout the day.

That’s where I’m living right now.  Between the peace and the chaos.  And I know I’m blessed.

The chaos.                                                                                                           And the peace.


Days 4 and 5

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Day 4, November 4

My baby girls.

Oh those girls.

I absolutely adore being their Mama.  They bring such joy and adventure to daily life.

I love watching them learn and explore and discover beauty in the every day.  Some days I have to remind myself of this a bit more than others.  🙂


Day 5, November 5


Is that a silly thing to be thankful for?


But I love sleep!  I love when I sleep.  I love when the girls sleep.

It’s so beautifully restorative.  And peaceful.  And energizing.

I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about sleep.

Plus have you seen how precious babies look when they sleep?!










Can you tell which is V and which is L?


Ok, I know I was going to do three days today.  However, the day got away from me with all of the packing and such, and now it’s 11 p.m., and I need to partake of the goodness of sleep!  Tomorrow I’ll do days 6, 7, and 8.


30 Days of Thanks November 6, 2012

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I’m jumping on the band wagon – because I think this is a band wagon worth joining.  🙂

I firmly believe that it is important to give thanks to the Lord on a daily basis for the good gifts He gives us.  I make it a point to put this in to practice and to teach my children to do the same.

That being said, I think it is equally worthwhile to spend concentrated, focused time thinking about and sharing the things for which I am thankful.

So here I am, spending the month of November sharing my thankfulness with all of you.  I hope it helps you reflect upon the things in your life that mean so much to you.
Since I’m starting this a couple of days late, I’m going to do days 1-3 today, 4-6 tomorrow, and 7&8 the next day.


Day 1, November 1

My wonderful husband.  I love walking hand in hand with him in the adventure of life.  I love seeing his adorable smile reflected in our baby girl’s smile.  I adore watching him love on, teach, and train up our girls.  His strength and patience in loving me, leading me, leading our family as Christ leads him is a true treasure.

Day 2, November 2

My beautiful Mother.  November 2nd was her birthday, and I am so very glad she was born 60 an undisclosed number of years ago.  Growing up she was the model for me of a godly woman – one who loves God, her husband, her children, and all those around her.  She taught me what it means to be servant hearted. She also taught me what it means to humble yourself, to apologize when you’ve messed up, to seek restoration for broken relationships.  I am grateful beyond measure to call her my mom – and so very blessed each and every time I hear my girls call her “Nana.”


Day 3, November 3

Technology.  I am very very grateful for technology.  With my mother-in-law and father-in-law in Minnesota, my brother in Colorado, C’s brothers in Minnesota and Georgia, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and cherished friends scattered across the country and across the globe – I am extremely thankful for the way technology makes it so easy to stay connected – to hear their voices, see their faces, share pictures and videos.  Of course it’s not exactly the same as being together in person.  But fifty years ago, this kind of interaction and ability to connect over such distance.


5 Minute…Monday? July 24, 2012

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Well, Friday came and went with zero time to sit [even for five minutes] and let the words flow from my heart to the computer screen.  But now it’s Monday afternoon and I’m sitting here holding a sleeping, snuggling, slightly feverish seven month old.  So I’m seizing this brief window of opportunity to catch u on 5 Minute Friday.

In case you’re unfamiliar with 5 Minute Friday, you can learn all about it right here from the amazing Lisa-Jo.

5 Minutes

No editing.

No backtracking.

No over-thinking.

Just writing.  Thoughts to paper computer.

Today’s Friday’s prompt was:



Tragedy racks our world – our hearts.

One man’s incomprehensible act changes the course of hundreds – thousands of lives.  Robs twelve of life completely.

Sun scorched fields shrivel from rain withheld for months.  Food sources, livelihoods, families shrivel with them.

The innocence of children is stolen and so many turn a blind eye.

This world we live in, it’s broken.

The people who live in this broken world are broken.  Hurting.  Lost.  Weary.

But inside of me lives a hope.  A promise.

The only One who can bring healing to the hurting, rest to the weary, order to the chaos.

The only One who will every be enough to fill the hole left by this broken world.

How can I dare keep that to myself?  How can I keep from singing it, shouting it?  How can I not share this hope with the ones who need it most?  This hope that is meant to be shared – this gift entrusted to me that I might pass it on.

Because relationship with Him has taught me new understanding of enough – enough of Him.  Not that it’s always easy; not that I always understand these events from this earthly view point; not that I have it all figured out.  But that He fills me up with enough of Him and as I drink in that beautiful, rich relationship I am filled up with Him.

And in that, I find enough.