Meet My Friends

Although most of our content here is now about simplifying your house and family minimalism (and the occasional Bundt cake recipe!), you will also find posts by other contributors from the early days of I Think We Could Be Friends.

Let me tell you how we met…


diana, mug shotThe year was 1982 when we bumped into each other in the womb. Diana was likely devising a plan for the most strategic and stately entrance into the world, while I was saying, “Why don’t we just go with it?”

Our childhood on our family farm in Southern Minnesota would be full of adventure, life lessons and identity crises (it’s not that hard to tell us apart if you just try!), but most importantly, learning the value of hard work from two of the best, our parents.

After high school, Diana and I parted ways for college.

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allison, mug shotIt was during these years that I met Allison. On my first day at my new job as a personal trainer I was greeted by, “What are you doing? You think you work here? Who are you anyway???”

She was smiling, but I couldn’t tell if she was kidding or not… It would take me a little while to warm up to Allison, but soon we would be doing crazy things together like running a half marathon. And I’ll never forget the day at the leg extension machine when she told me she was pregnant (followed by “No, really, I’m not kidding!”).

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jim, mug shotMeanwhile, Diana was an hour and a half away starting her own adventure, a job at a Christian radio station in Central Minnesota. She soon found herself in the position of Program Director and asked me to come up and join her. After a while we were doing the morning show together with Jim, a local therapist who was our regular Tuesday morning guest. 

We enjoyed working with him as he shared practical wisdom and was so down to earth. You never walked away wondering if you’d said too much or were secretly being analyzed! And as we got to know each other, we soon found that Jim was just a plain great husband and dad.

>> Posts by Jim


Jacquie, mug, B&WFast forward a few years, and my Minimal Mom YouTube channel was really taking off — I needed more help! I found an awesome Virtual Assistant who helps take care of a lot of the details. Jacquie has a passion for nutrition and healthy living, so once in a while you’ll see a recipe or an occasional post from her as well. :)

 Posts by Jacquie