Welcome to the Scharrer family's real life story! Most of our story is written for, and about, our four kids and the spice they add to our lives. It's our story of happiness, craziness, and sometimes ridiculousness. We've journaled through childbirth, the terrible two's, private school (and our public school experience), an autism diagnosis, medical school, residency, and long-term mission work in Africa.

Now we're following a new adventure, which involves a 45 foot motorcoach, homeschool, and as many ski slopes as we can go down in one year.

For posts from while we were living in Zimbabwe and updates about our future plans in Zimbabwe, please see our mission blog...


27 August 2013

Happy THIRD birthday, Klaasen Burke!!!

Oh, my little Klaasen Burke! You are THREE years old!!!  You actually turned three about a month ago, but with our busy summer, I haven't had the time to sit down and write about it.  We celebrated your birthday right on your actual birthday this year.  We had a couple friends over, and of course Bumpa and Grandma, too!  You really wanted a Cars birthday, so I did my best to come up with a little party for you...

Life-sized Lighting McQueen!  I had this waiting for you when you woke up in the morning!
Look at that precious smile!  You make me so happy!!!

butterscotch chips as construction cones

licorice as tow cables

chocolate covered mini donuts as spare tires

carrots dipped in ranch as dip sticks


root beer as motor oil

You got some great presents! 
The rain was not predicted, so when it surprisingly rained, I had to think fast.  I set up our little half tent on the deck and made a "construction zone."
construction zone: tractors and other vehicles in river rocks, cornmeal, rice, and dried beans

You are such a big boy, Klaasen!  You have grown and learned so much in the last three years. I have enjoyed watching you develop into such a vehicle-lovin', sibling follown', stubborn, happy, fear-less, BIG boy!  There are times when I wish you would just stay little forever, but most of the time I am enjoying every stage and can't wait to see what you grow up to be.

I love you, Klaas.  So SO much.

~ Mommy

01 August 2013

July in Pictures

Although short, I love this little snipet of our life as we were walking to the park one evening... 
I love Maida's bubbly personality and her young beauty.  She makes me smile.
I love the way Maida, Skogen, and Klaasen love and dwell on their baby brother and, in fact, most of the time he's referred to as, "The Baby."  He truly is OUR little baby.
I love Klaasen's use of the word "goed" (because it reminds me how bitty he still is), his dirty face, and his doctor shirt that has the neck all stretched out.
I love that Skogen is talking about a spider web because the kids have a new found obsession with spiders (which are the topic of almost every conversation), and I love that he is wearing his favorite pair of shorts and how this was probably his fifth day in a row he was wearing them.
I love my four curly haired babies and never ever ever want these peaceful walks to the park on perfect summer evenings to come to an end.

Pictures from July...
One of our favorite summer things to do is slip'n'slide!

Torsten helped me unpack my suitcase after we got back from a family reunion up north.

Klaasen had his first night of soccer!

We enjoyed a nice family day at drill with Daddy!

We went hiking around Cannon Falls!

Me and my love, finding time to cherish and love one another in between raising four crazy kids!

Bible stories with Daddy before bed

Honkers baseball game, the Rochester minor league baseball team

The boys' tan lines!

Torsten LOVES to swing!

The first picking of peas from our garden!

We write to taste life twice, once in the moment and in retrospection.”
~Anais Nin