Preparing for death

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on 04-01-2011-05-2008


ChristoncrossMonday afternoon we arrived at my parents house for a visit with my parents and grandmother after Christmas.  We were planning to travel home Wednesday afternoon to prepare to host a new year’s party at our house.  Tuesday, Grandma stopped eating and drinking and when she went to bed that evening my dad and I had our final conversation with her.  Wednesday she spoke her final words in the morning to my kids and she passed away Friday night.  While it was a surprise how quickly it went, she was on hospice and it was expected to happen sometime.  It just seemed to go quickly at the end.

Death has a way of helping us take time to reflect and give careful thought to our values.  As I sat at my grandmother’s bedside I thought about Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Moving!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on 26-05-2010-05-2008


The photo that sold our house

“You’re getting three offers on your house!” our realtor said over the phone.  We couldn’t believe it!

Four weeks ago we decided we would list our house and if it sold we would move to Duluth.  We listed the house Thursday.  On Monday we had three showings and all three made an offer.  Tuesday we compared offers and accepted an offer for more than our asking price!

Our realtor in Duluth said “that’s amazing – a friend of mine in Bemidji said the market is soft!” Read the rest of this entry »

Letting Christmas Speak

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Family | Posted on 28-12-2009-05-2008


Sitting in Church this Sunday brought a wave of emotion.  Singing the song, “In Christ Alone,” began to speak to me.  As I sang the last verse I couldn’t hold in the emotion that was overcoming me.  Sandi and I have recently experienced great joy and sorrow.  We welcomed the birth of our son, Elam in to the world.  During the same week, just a few days later we received the phone call that one of Sandi’s aunt’s that she is named after passed away.  The final verse speaks, “from life’s first cry to final breath.”  I couldn’t help but think about how God came down and experienced both of those events.  He knows the joy of new life.  He also knows the pain and sorrow of death.

This Christmas has given me time to think, reflect and pause for a moment.  I have been letting Christmas speak to me.  More realistically I have been letting God speak to me through his word and worship at my local church during this advent season.  So what have I been learning? Read the rest of this entry »

Elam Shelton Asker arrives early! (December 7, 2009)

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 09-12-2009-05-2008


We jolted out of bed at 6:30am thinking that Sandi’s water had broken. It didn’t continue to leak, but we started monitoring regular contractions. 12 minutes in between each. So we called labor and delivery. Dropped off Calista at the Sommers and headed for the hospital. By 11am they told us that it was likely we would have a C-section. At about 11:40 it was for sure and happening at noon. It didn’t quite happen at noon, but at 12:42pm Elam Shelton Asker was born!

Announcement Site:

Baby Asker Two is on the way!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 14-07-2009-05-2008


Baby Asker Two is on the way. We are expecting a December arrival. We recently got a recording of the heart beat. We put a webpage up with information regarding the due date and other vital statistics! Calista will be a big sister soon.

Calista Talking

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 14-09-2008-05-2008


These days Calista does not go very long without letting us know something via one of her many sounds. It seems her favorite place to try these new sounds is the kitchen. So one day we put a video camera in front of her to capture the moments. Now you can enjoy the many sounds of Calista as she sits at the dinner table.

Calista is sitting up!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 04-08-2008-05-2008


Calista is now six months old and she is sitting up on her own. She still falls down occasionally but she enjoys sitting upright. Recently I have been putting together some video’s to watch her playing and sitting. It sure is fun watching her grow up.

Calista at Four Months

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 04-06-2008-05-2008


Last week we took Calista on a tour of the state of Minnesota. We traveled to Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester and Austin before coming home. We had several firsts including the first visit to the cabin in Wisconsin and her first visit to the zoo. We had a lot of fun. Today was her four month checkup and she has now grown to 25 and 3/4 inches!

Calista Suzanne Asker is born!

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 04-02-2008-05-2008


“After a long day, Calista Suzanne Asker was born a C-section baby on February 3, 2008 at 10:17pm CST. I will update with a lot more later. You can look at our announcement webpage here:

Family Visits Bemidji

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family | Posted on 16-12-2007-05-2008


This weekend my choir sang our Christmas songs at church along with the Bemidji Brass Band. Some of the family came to visit. We had a great time together around town. We had fun playing hand and foot all night. While they were here we took some Christmas pictures as well.