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Minnesota at Heart

Posted by on August 15, 2016

Greetings fellow adventurers!


Home for the past two weeks!

How has your summer been? (If you’re in the western/northern hemisphere.)

We just got back from our trip to Minnesota. And what a trip!

It was lovely! All. that. water! So much green. So many trees. And the rocks! Although I was very disappointed that the northern roads where my parents live did not have any agates like the ones in central Minnesota where I grew up. BUT I got to stand on a batholith. 🙂

daddy & ariah

Enjoying the lake!

There were a lot of firsts. Like the kids getting to fish from a boat. Sleeping in an RV–BIG thank you to my brother for that. Going to a county fair. And of course introducing the kiddos to my favorite place in Minnesota, Duluth!


Oh my heart!







We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary up in Duluth with my sister and her kids and my parents at Gooseberry Falls where my hubby and I had spent our honeymoon. And of course, right before we were supposed to leave for Duluth, I rolled my ankle. Yeah, so there I was hobbling around the best I could. But with each day the hobbling got less and I was able to walk fine as long as I didn’t turn it a certain way.

We hung out with family and got to meet up with some beautiful souls. Grandpa took the kids fishing and Uncle John took us cruising in his boat. The kids loved every minute, except having to return home. Oh, and the mosquitoes.

john us

Cruising with Uncle John!

And we got to see the world’s largest open mining pit. Wow, those trucks gave new meaning to Monster Trucks! The tires alone are TWELVE feet tall!

family pic in monster scoop hibbing mn

I have a few more images on Instagram, if you’d like to see more of our adventures in Minnesota. 🙂

So now, summer has ended for us. I am missing the cool temps of Minnesota, all the lakes and greeness of everything. And mourning the fact that I will miss the changing of the seasons and the Northern Lights. But time marches on! We’re getting ready for back to school. One week!!! And all the fall activities will be starting up. There are a lot of things up in the air for me, but I plan to make great strides in book III over the next couple of weeks.

How was your summer? Are you ready for fall?


10 Responses to Minnesota at Heart

  1. Pam Halter

    What a great trip! so happy you were able to go, even though we missed you at Realm Makers.

    Yes, I am so looking forward to fall. I’ve had enough hot, steamy weather. It would be nice to breathe in air that is not loaded with humidity. 😉 Besides, it’s always been my favorite season. I’m one of the crazy ones who love all things pumpkin spiced! Ha!!

    I have lots of great possibilities with my writing and am in waiting mode. But I have lots to do while I wait, so I’ll keep busy. No kids to send back to school anymore, though. Well, grandkids, but that’s not really the same thing.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Pam! I really missed y’all at Realm Makers. I hope to be able to go next year! I like some pumpkin spice things, which reminds me, I will have to attempt making pumpkin pasties again. 😀

      I love that you have lots of great possibilities with your writing. Hope the wait mode goes quickly for you! My two are 7 and 5. A long time before we think about grandkids and stuff here, but I know the time will go too quickly even though it can feel like forever. Ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Rosalie Valentine

    Haha! Sometimes I forget that you live in Texas which is basically a desert, and so I had to chuckle when you were talking about all the green up here in the north. 🙂

    Congrats on 14 years of marriage! What a great testimony!

    How’s your ankle doing now?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Rosalie! My ankle is better, but I still have to be careful when I’m moving it. Side to side still is sore and I don’t think I should be kicking anything in the near future. 😀

      East Texas is actually not that deserty, but it is a lot drier than Minnesota. And right now that grass is brown in most places. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. DJ Edwardson

    Loved hearing about your time in the land of 10,000 lakes. Thanks for “taking us along” with you via this post. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and you got to do so many different kinds of things. Wonderful.

    I am not really ready for fall because I’m so far behind on all of my writing, but embrace it I will as there really isn’t any other good option 🙂

    Glad to have you “back” in the blogging world!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you! It is good to be back. Missed you all! So glad you enjoyed the post. And you’re right, there is nothing we can do but embrace it. Something I am learning right now. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. James Mbewe

    This was a nice trip. Great places to visit!

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