Our Life

Year: 2012

Our Move to Bend, OR

The last two months have been interesting to say the least.

I’ll back up to Friday, Sept. 7th when IĀ receivedĀ a phone call that ended up with us moving to Bend, OR.

The call was from Michael Jans, the President of Agency Revolution and arguable the highest-paid copywriter in the insurance industry. He asked if I’d be interested in a copywriting/marketing position with his company. I said, “Maybe. Tell me more.”

By the time we ended the call I told him I was interested but I would have to talk to my wife before making a decision. So we agreed to talk again on Monday, that would give us the weekend to talk.

We ended up having a long talk and decided this would be a great opportunity for me. Two of the goals I set going into my second year of business were:

  1. To specialize in the insurance industry, and
  2. Find a mentor who would help me grow in my vocation Continue reading

Our First Month With Emma Grace

Emma Sleeping

The last 5 weeks have been some of the best days of my life. That’s because on March 17, 2012 at exactly 3:58am we welcomed our first child into the world… little Emma Grace Monen was born 9lbs 8oz and 21″ long! And I must say, she is adorable.

I was going to update this right after Emma was born, then I blinked and it’s 5 already weeks later. Apparently time flies when you’re having fun. And I can already hear all you parents saying, “Just wait, the next 18 years will fly by just like that. It goes so fast.”

And I bet it does. The last 5 weeks have seemed like only a few days as we’ve enjoyed watching our little baby girl grow up right before our eyes. It’s kind of crazy to see her change so fast. One day she looks more like Lacie and the next she looks more like me.

“So are getting any sleep?” Continue reading

Photos from Our Cabin Getaway in January 2012

Last month we went to Mt. Hood and stayed at our favorite little cabin. It’s the same one we stayed at for our 2-year anniversary. This will probably be our last getaway before little Emma Grace arrives and we enjoyed it very much. It was relaxing and I even got to go snowboarding for a few hours Saturday night while Lacie stayed at the cabin and watched movies.

It was nice to just sit in the hot tub, hang out with my wife and listen to the sound of the creek. I love this place and I hope to have a little cabin of our own like this someday. Here are some photos: Continue reading

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