Sunday, May 19, 2013

My first post on our new Blog

Hello world, we are working on setting up our new Blog... which will document one family's journey, so we will be appreciating any input plus patience in ramping this up. My name is Steinar Andersen and my wife's name is Penny Andersen. Our children's names are: Shane Andersen, Brandie Andersen, Sondra Zurawski, and Travis Zurawski. Our Dog's names are Maggie and Pebbles.

My wife Penny has been disabled for a long time now through no fault of her own (she was a gunshot victim in 2001 and became permanently disabled in 2005). Our son Travis was born premature with multiple developmental disabilities and lives with us still (while our other children are now living on their own). I haven't been working for a company now for 7 months so my time has been spent working on helping Penny regarding her medical treatments / benefits, fund raising to help Penny keep her medical insurance benefits under Cobra plus trying to pay for the medical treatment she is presently going through, working on establishing my Veterans benefits given my many medical maladies, and working on how we will live the rest of our lives in the process. My wife's cancer treatment has gone into full gear (she was just approved for Cancer Centers of America regarding an evaluation and treatment plan). We believe that God has blessed us with a unique and exciting life and we live to serve him as best we can (as being the flawed human beings we are, this is a daily struggle, but we aspire to do the best we can).

This blog is being started so we can document the rest of our life's journey and so we can publicly share this journey with the public so we can hopefully inspire those who are facing adversity. As Facebook has become very public regarding personal FB pages and that it is almost impossible to keep it private at this point, we think it is important that we manage our Public information in one spot on the Interweb instead of letting companies do it for us (with their profiting off of it and our Interweb footprint). We hope to eventually monetize this blog (via adwords / etc) to help us in helping Penny continue her medical treatment for the forseeable future.  Eventually, our Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / Pinterest accounts will be a marker to point people to this blog where we can manage our public information. We were inspired by my brother's RV Blog (on BlogSpot also) @, and we hope that our blog can become a companion blog to his as our adventure / journey is much like Erik's and Ronda's.

We hope that our story will provide a glimpse into the complexity that is the American Experience (Norwegian immigrant and US Military vet who becomes American, falls in love with Native American, and a cornucopia of complexity ensues). We can write at least 2 novels about our experiences, and we hope that others reading this blog will be inspired / entertained / humbled as we are regarding this journey.

~ Steinar and Penny Andersen 05/19/2013.  :)


  1. Done. And I'll be getting more prolific now that things are starting to calm down.


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