Saturday, December 30, 2006


Now we can call our state NORTH DAKOTA again. We have finally received a measurable snowfall that seems like it might keep going for a while. There were a few of us that were wishing for a white Christmas. Wish fulfilled!

I love how the snow looks on the fence posts. I feel like I can officially say my home is my castle. :)

I also like how the snow shaped itself on this railing.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Happy blogiversary to me!

I just realized a little while ago that I have been a blogger for 1 year as of today. Wow! Time really does fly.

I laugh as I go back and read through some of the posts. I can see how much I have grown and changed over the year. And it reminds me what a true geek/nerd/dork I really am. But that's OK, because this is how God made me. He must have a good reason for all of it. And a great sense of humor, I really do believe. :)

So, if you are going to be a part of my life, and read my blog, you just have to accept me for who I am, geekiness and all. As long as I am trying to be a good person and do the right things, anyway. Otherwise kick my butt and set me straight - full permission granted!

Things were busy and I didn't get a chance to say Merry Christmas to all of you yet so I am taking the chance to say it now. We Catholics are still celebrating Christmas so I'm not even late. Being Catholic is great, everyone should try it!

Happy New Year, too. I hope the new year brings you great happiness and many blessings!

Friday, December 15, 2006

The lights of the night

So, last night I was being a responsible adult and a good Catholic yet managed to get myself in trouble with the LAW. Leave it to Dawn to pull off something like that! :)

Here's the story. Once upon a, just kidding.

It was about time for me to start heading over to Mandan for my adoration time at the church. I figured since I was going to be out driving around I would drop off a couple of bills that I had written checks for earlier in the evening.

I accomplished my mission and continued down the street to head over to Mandan. I came to a red light, stopped, looked for traffic and proceeded on my merry little way. As I started driving I looked in the rear-view mirror and noticed that there was a police car following me. I didn't think much of it and continued on to the next red light. As soon as the light turned green and I started going the lights on the cop car started blazing. Oh boy! But, what did I DO?

I pulled over and opened my window as the YOUNG (looked fresh out of the academy) officer approached my car. He very politely greeted me as his flashlight, pointed into my eyes, blinded me. I think he could see the look of wonder on my face because he quickly got to the point of telling me the reason he had pulled me over. The first red light I mentioned in this story was a NO TURN ON RED light. OOPS!

I seem to have a problem with that, it's not the first time someone (J—it was different light this time :) has pointed out that mistake to me. I obviously need to pay more attention to the signs in front of me because I truly didn't notice either one of them.

The nice young officer asked me to wait in my car while he took my drivers license back to his car. In a couple of minutes he was back with a smile on his face saying that he was going to just give me a warning this time but that I should pay more attention from now on. I thanked him and promised that I would be much more careful about reading the signs.

There's nothing like police lights and being pulled over as a wake-up call. I am now on a mission to pay more attention at red lights. It had been years since I had been "talked to" by the police and I hope it is many years before it happens again! :)

That's not the end to my night of lights, though. After I had finished my adoration time and was heading back to Bismarck on interstate some lights flickering off to my left caught my attention. I looked over to see some brilliant northern lights dancing across the sky. Wow! Even surrounded by the lights of the city they were bright and very noticeable.

As I pulled into Bismarck I decided another detour in my evening travels was now needed. I headed north of town a little ways and pulled over to watch the "light show." It amazes me how nature can do such spectacular things! Go to to see some GREAT photos of what I was watching. (BTW - I was going to name this blog entry "Thursday Night Lights" until I went to Clint's site and saw that he had already used that name. Darn! The early bird...) Anyway, I enjoyed the beauty for a little while and then figured I better get home before I got myself into any more trouble.

The end.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Frosty Views

Who needs a fake flocked christmas tree when you can step out your door and see the real natural beauty everywhere you look!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Our Loving Mother Mary

Yesterday we celebrated the Immaculate Conception of Mary. We celebrate that Mary, so loved by God, was conceived and born immaculate—free from all sin, including original sin. She was so full of grace and unconditional love of God that she willingly became the Mother of Jesus without hesitation and maintained her sinless manner throughout her entire life. I was very happy to be a part of this celebration because discovering my bond with our ever loving Mother in heaven has been one of the best things about my conversion and homecoming to the Catholic faith.

We have a beautiful statue (pictured above) of Mary and Jesus in our Adoration Chapel at The Church of Christ the King. Every time I go for adoration I feel a deeper love and respect for Mary as I pray before this statue. I can feel her love, compassion and intercession as she sweetly smiles and gazes upon her son, Jesus, and all of her children that pray before her and the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. I always receive an overwhelming sense of peace during my time in the chapel, even on those days when you think there is no peace to be found. What a wonderful gift to be given. Thank you mom and Jesus!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Decorating Day at Dawn's

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Late this afternoon it was finally time to start getting serious about doing some Christmas decorating. Inside the house at least. Outside was pretty cool so I wimped out. Maybe that will still get done one day this next week.

My boxes of christmas "cheer" have been sitting in my living room for a week now so I am happy I finally felt like diving into them. I love the sparkle and twinkle of christmas decorations around a home, but I do have to admit I don't like the work of putting it all up and taking it back down. Oh well, it's worth it once a year. And now I have several weeks of enjoyment to look forward to before having to think about putting it all away.

There is a casualty of todays tree decorating for which I ask you to observe a moment of silence. A ceramic candy cane ornament met an untimely demise after jumping off of the tree and breaking itself into three parts. It was tragic. I can't seem to think of any particular sentimental attachment to this specific ornament so I am sad for the loss but not devastated. Whew! : )

On a different note, I have been thinking about just deleting the ol' blog since I really don't have much of anything that I want to blog about these days. But when I went into the screen with the button that says "Delete This Blog" I just couldn't do it. I figured it meant I was supposed to leave it for now. Natural Design blog, your life has been spared at this time.