Training for a half marathon is a gradual build. I started at the first of the year at rock bottom for my second half marathon. Matt and I are running the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 24, 2010. There's no turning back; we've committed to "Celebrating 13 Years in 13 Miles." All for our sweet girl, Taylor, who has a rare lysosomal storage disorder, MPSIIIB. Click here to … [Read more...] about 5 Mile Milestone
Monday was here and there were very few groceries in the house. Had to make a "real" shopping trip- you know, the kind where you just have to cough up the money and actually decide to feed your family? The kind where you think ahead by meal plans, not by, "What in the world do we eat tonight?" The kind of shopping trip urged by your children starting to want pancakes for three meals a day. … [Read more...] about Be Blessed
l Ever concerned about anything? You haven't even taken it to the point of really worrying about it, but you are just concerned. Thinking, mulling, pondering over a possibility. Trying to play out all the scenarios and wish God to pick the one that is yourgreatest dream?Lately, to be honest, I've been, well, concerned. Praying about opportunities, longing for God's plan, but concerned that … [Read more...] about That Which Concerns You
With about 18 inches of snow in the past two weeks, and possibly more this Saturday, the talk has been nothing but the weather! I have to agree that I'm ready for spring as much as anyone, but this old hymn just kept ruminating in my mind this week. Trust me when I say that I needed it! (Don't ask Matt.) Anyways, the story behind the hymn, Sunshine in My Soul, is that the author, Eliza Hewitt, … [Read more...] about Sunshine in My Soul
I know, being "in the zone" is usually the goal. Basketball- you want to make the baskets. Baseball- get it in the strike zone. Volleyball- inside the lines. Soccer- kick it in the goal. I love sports and I'm all about the rules. For a minute, indulge me.As Christians, suppose that God wants to use you "outside the zone?" He has given you a unique set of talents and you are 100% about using … [Read more...] about Outside the Zone
Which one is not a word? If you guessed "embetter," you guessed it right. I had to retype it because the program kept autocorrecting the spelling! (Crazy computers these days; think they are so smart.) Anyways, this week I came across the word "embitter" and it arrested me. I know, you're thinking, "What kind of freak are you? A word arrested you?" But I've always been a word freak. … [Read more...] about Embitter or Embetter?
On Monday, my Tristina and I headed off to her afternoon kindergarten class. It's a five minute drive, but she loves the attention of that little drive. The two of us have girl chat and it is usually about whatever topic she desires.This week she chose a whopper of a topic. "So why was Daddy crying when we were watching the video on Saturday?" Now you have to understand that her grandparents … [Read more...] about Hard Questions
The opening illustration of the book is quite personal, as the author thinks of herself as a child on a swing, being pushed by her mother higher and higher. Oh, how she loved to go so high! One day at the park through unforeseen circumstances, the neighborhood bully began to push her on the swing. He wasn't pushing her any higher than she had gone before, yet she was terrified. It wasn't … [Read more...] about Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh