Annual Training in the MN Army National Guard

Enlistment in the Army National Guard requires me to report for duty one weekend a month and two weeks each summer. My unit drills out of the Cottage Grove Armory most months, but sometimes we train at Camp Ripley Training Center (CRTC) or Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS). It has been 18 months since… Continue reading Annual Training in the MN Army National Guard

Listen

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. My rapid breathing quieted and the crunch of the snow under my boots softened as I slowed down...stopped. I took a deep inhale through my runny nostrils and I gazed at the wonderful appearance of the Winona bluffs.… Continue reading Listen

Is it Worth the Risk?

photography by Natalie Tyler We live in a society where life is usually manipulated and controlled by ourselves. We have the ability to choose what college we attend, to choose who we hang out with, to choose what food we eat. Usually, the things we choose are known to us. I choose to keep attending… Continue reading Is it Worth the Risk?

10/24/2019 Steph + Dustin

Look at my beautiful cousin and her husband! This was a lovely fall Thursday in Rochester, MN where we snapped some last-minute pictures. They are the first family on the Leif side of cousins to have a baby... like, OMG! Baby Frances, we're ready for you! I can't imagine what these soon-to-be parents are feeling,… Continue reading 10/24/2019 Steph + Dustin