About Us


Hello, everyone! Well, I’ve just passed the 6 month mark so I think it’s about time I make some changes to my bio. So, where should I start? For those of you who don’t know, I was born on September 11, 2005 at 11:16pm at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Being an old hat now at this real world stuff, I’m really starting to like it out here now. There are so many cool things to do and see!
As for my hobbies, I’ve been immobile for most of my life so I’ve decided it’s time to change that. I’ve got the rolling over thing down – it’s not even a challenge anymore. I want to try this “crawling” thing I’ve been reading about but it’s a lot harder than it looks. I can’t seem to get my hands and feet working together but I’m getting pretty close so it’ll just be a matter of time. After that, watch out mom and dad – I’ve got my eyes on a lot of things I want to get my hands on when I can start moving around. I’ve also made some changes in my diet. The milk and formula stuff are pretty good but I see mom and dad eating all this cool stuff so I wanted in on some of it. Unfortunately they aren’t sharing the good stuff like “Pizza” and something called “Pasghetti” but I have tried squash, beans, peas, pears, applesauce, peaches, and a variety of baby cereals. I’m not sure what I like best yet, but it sure is fun trying new things. That’s it for now. God’s blessings to you all!


Kris was born on January 20, 1978 to John & Marna Dahmen in Sioux Falls, SD. She is the youngest of 6 with an age span of 17 years between her and the oldest. Her brothers & sisters are (in chronological order) Karen (Dahmen) Moore, Mark Dahmen, Karla (Dahmen) O’ Neal, Tim Dahmen, & Kari (Dahmen) Hiller. Both of Kris’ parents are with our Lord in Heaven.Kris graduated from Washington High School in 1996 and from there attended a few colleges. Due to her mother’s declining health & eventual passing, Kris did not finish college but had many wonderful job experiences including a year at the Pierre Indian Learning Center and a year as a Teacher Aide at Horace Mann Elementary in Sioux Falls and a lengthy career with Kmart as a Department Manager.Kris & Russ met in January of 2002, were engaged by June and Married on October 26 of the same year. Talk about a whirlwind romance!Since moving to St. Louis in May of 2004, Kris has been working full-time as a Teacher Aide at the Early Childhood Center at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, MO where she works in the 2yr old classroom better known as the “Little Lambs.” She is also working part time as a Guest Relations Representative at the Anthony Vince Day Spa at the West County Mall.


Russ was born on February 3rd, 1979 in Florissant, MO, a suburb of St. Louis while his father, Jerome Troester, was attending Concordia Seminary. From there he moved with his parents to the busy city (all 650 people) of Tripp, SD. After his parents divorced when he was 5, Russ continued living with his dad in Tripp and went on to graduate from Tripp-Delmont High School in May of 1996.After high school, Russ attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and graduated in December of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. His first job was writing software for Sencore in Sioux Falls, SD but after only 10 months he was laid off due to the company’s financial struggles. This was right around the time of September 11th so the economy was bad and he didn’t have much professional experience so he started working in Customer Service. The jobs ranged from Household to a year of Tech Support with Gateway and finally at Wells Fargo.Not being satisfied with his job situation, Russ had started attending Graduate School at Dakota State University in their Information Systems Master’s program. After only one semester he realized that this wasn’t the path God had intended for him and so after much thought and prayer he applied to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to begin studying for the Holy Ministry. He was officially accepted into the Master of Divinity program and started taking classes in June of 2004 with the Greek Language (how to read it, not speak it!).

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