If you are new to the blog and don’t know me and my family quite yet, one thing you would find out right off the bat is that we visit Minnesota every summer. At first, being a California born and raised girl, I wondered “what the heck is in Northern Minnesota”. I had a vision of a Chicago like mid-west with possible wheat farms and lots of mosquitoes. The only thing I was correct about was the mosquitoes. The rest of it. Well, it’s heaven. (not that Chicago isn’t heaven!) but Northern Minnesota has lakes (lots and lots of lakes) and beautiful trees, rolling green hills and windy roads through between the lakes and forests.
Besides being what I call “boy-haven” because my boys (and now girl) thrive up there with the fishing, playing in the water, catching turtles, running in the grass, and ALL that room to romp around. What being in Northern Minnesota is all wrapped up in a cute package is a home-like feeling. Everyone that lives up there is so nice. One of the nicest families (one cute member of the family you have already met on my blog) is the Burks Family. They own and run Woman Lake Lodge and besides being nice they have the BEST service ever. They also make homemade donuts daily and the feeling when you show up to pick up ice or pick up an item at their convince store is just NICE. That’s it. NICE.
And they have a special story. Jeff and Lori had been in Texas for Jeff’s job and were raising their three young children. 6 years ago Jeff found out he was in stage 4-5 of Lymphoma. This news rocked Jeff and Lori’s world and while struggling to keep it together they got Jeff into recovery with intense chemo and radiation. He’s lucky to be with us today. As a family they made a huge decision to move their entire family from the fast pace corporate life in Texas to lead a slower pace of life in Northern Minnesota. Jeff’s parents and his brother were already owners of Woman Lake Lodge so it made sense to have this lifestyle change and to be close to family.
I am happy to say that Jeff is recovered and you wouldn’t even know that this family had faced such a trial period in their lives. They reek of happiness and goodness. You can see it in their photos. I think Northern Minnesota has done them good. And oh, my friend Lori – she’s awesome. I have never seen anyone with so much energy. While raising two teens both almost in college and a pre-teen she is busy running the lodge, the shop, and all the school activities. You would get tired after an hour. She is the epitome of KIND and I am lucky to have her in my life. She also can be seen flocking people for a fundraiser for the local school. If you ever want to get someone real good with a surprise, flock ’em! Contact them here.
Here’s a few snaps I took on the fly for them to use for their website and holiday cards this year.
i got inspired by this but with my own twist-
what happens when you try to put a dog in the mix-