My Grand Casino Story

One of my co-workers likes to ask people, “What’s your Grand Casino story?” (If you live in Minnesota, this sounds familiar to you.) She’s not interested in people’s gambling stories. It’s her way of asking “How did you get to where you are today?”

Since this is only my second blog post, it seems appropriate to give my (handful of) readers a better understanding of ME.

I am a born and raised Minnesotan. Suburban girl through and through. I grew up taking piano lessons, playing community sports like basketball and softball, and singing in school and church choirs. Some of my best friendships today first started in high school and middle school.

I have an older brother, Phil(ip), who is 2 years older than me. Shockingly enough, we had people ask when were kids if we were twins. Um, no. But we are pretty close. How close? Let’s just say–I married one of his best friends. And then HE married one of MY best friends. Close enough for you?

When my brother would come home from college on the weekends or over winter break, he sometimes would bring over his friend Dan to hang out and play video games. I always thought he was cute and the sparks finally started flying after I graduated high school. We started dating the summer before I started college.

Dan and I dated through college. He attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and that’s where I went for my first two years of college. I transferred down to the Twin Cities campus when I realized that Duluth was too cold, snowed excessively and had only one viable mall. 

I started college as an Education major, but decided that wasn’t my true calling. I switched my major to Communications and pondered the idea of going to seminary. As I neared graduation, I felt pulled into the corporate world and sure enough, that’s where I ended up: Training Manager at a credit union for a large, Minneapolis-based corporation.

Dan and I were married in June 2006, the month after I graduated from college. It was an absolutely beautiful day.

We bought a house in my hometown and quickly settled into married life. Not long into our first year of marriage, we started talking about having kids. Without really trying, we were quickly pregnant and I was due January 2008. My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. Things were looking good and we were thrilled.

Then came the standard 30 week appointment. Suddenly, my blood pressure had skyrocketed. The doctor told me to go to the hospital for further monitoring. Dan drove me to Methodist Hospital shortly before noon on November 14th, 2007. I was hooked up to monitors and things looked all right at that point. It wasn’t until they did an ultrasound that they saw how badly things had become. My baby had stopped growing. The umbilical cord was short and was not providing the baby with enough blood flow or nutrients. The perinatalogist gravely told me, “This baby needs to be delivered today.” Methodist Hospital wasn’t prepared to deliver a baby as small as mine, so they ordered an ambulance to take me to Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis due to its proximity to Children’s Hospital. I was whisked over to Abbott and was prepped for an emergeny C-section. Sadie was born at 4:00pm weighing 1 pound, 9 ounces. She was perfect.

God’s hand was at work. Sadie was truly a miracle. Breathing on her own after 24 hours, the next seven weeks in the Neonatal Instensive Care Unit gave her time to grow. She came home on January 4, 2008  (3 weeks before her due date), weighing four pounds.

Today, she is a happy, outgoing and bright 2 1/2 year old. She is the joy of my life.

Besides hanging with my girl and my guy, I enjoy spending time with my fantastic friends and family… Singing in the church worship team… Going to Zumba workout classes… “Working” at a job I love… and much more.

There’s so much more to tell and there are gaps in my story that need to be filled, but hopefully that brings you up to speed.

What are you dying to know?

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2 Responses to My Grand Casino Story

  1. Jenny says:

    I will add you to my list of blogs. Your story sounds inspirational.

  2. Nice to “meet” you! So glad your preemie story has turned out so well! God is so good!

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