Monthly Archives: December 2013

Midnight Mommy Tip #1

Midnight Mommy Tip #1: It’s ok to put your underwear on backwards; just don’t put the baby’s diaper on inside out!

(Re-posting this off of my old blog.)

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For The Weary

I found this on iBibleVerses and loved it so much I had to share…

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This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Dad-ism of the Day

Dad-ism of the Day: Of course she’s sweating – she’s covered in a wool blanket and it’s Christmas in TEXAS!

The Long Run, A Photographic Journey

Today wraps up the first week of marathon training… And I use the term “week” loosely. Today was actually originally supposed to be Day One of marathon training, but since we’ll be traveling for Christmas and the whole week will be crazy, I decided to improvise. So, my first week was an extended timeframe and today was my first long run since I don’t know when. It was supposed to be 8 miles, but I was having fun exploring a new route and ended up going 9.1 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes.

I took it slow, mixed in some walking and shuffling…
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and enjoyed the quiet country back roads…

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It was cool and cloudy, but the sun kept peaking through to smile on the fields below…

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I scouted the creek for log jams, hoping to find good paddling conditions for a future kayak outing…

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I did a little “house hunting” (none for sale, but a few I’d be interested in if they were)…

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I came across some numbers on the road… 72 … 7+2 is 9 …. Running 9 miles … Why not take a pic? 🙂

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Road sign…

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Some Christmas cheer…

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And American pride….

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What a lovely way to start the day.

Merry Christmas to all – may you have safe travels, fun runs, and may the joy of Jesus Christ fill your hearts with cheer!

Dad-ism of the Day

Dad-ism of the Day: “I got so tickled I almost spit my snuff out.”

Run of the Mill Boredom

THIS is what I do when boredom sets in on the treadmill – try not to fall and break my leg while snapping “abstract” pics (sounds better than shaky, blurry pics on my crappy phone).

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And the following, found in my notepad, is my hubby’s opinion on how to alleviate treadmill boredom…

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Past, Present & Future … Reflecting As We Race Towards 2014

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Just past the finish line of my first 5K… I’ve come a long way, baby!

 

Yep, that’s me. The past me. Huffing, puffing, heaving and wheezing at the finish of my first 5K just over 3.5 years ago. I can still remember the day I ran my first mile. It wasn’t too long before this first 5K. My first two-mile run – I almost fell off the treadmill in my excitement at hitting that two-mile mark for the first time in my life!

 

You see, I had always struggled with running due to mild asthma, so I just let my horses do the running for me.

Then, in 2009, I started training in Krav Maga. My lungs got stronger, as did the rest of my body, I got tougher, and I realized I can do this running thing. So, when I first ran a two-miler, the lightbulb flashed on – I WILL RUN A MARATHON!

And then, a few weeks later, I ran the first 5K of my life, and, well, you can see how that ended.

The funny thing is, though, I LIKED IT. So I’ve been keeping on keeping on ever since…. Well, except for this past Spring/Summer, but anyhow, I’m back at it.

My past “races”:

2010 Rails to Trails 5K, Marshall, TX
2010 “Hottest Half” Dallas, TX (my 1st 1/2)
2010 Warrior Dash, Central TX
2012 KY Derby Festival MiniMarathon
2012 Owensboro Memorial Day Half
2012 Warrior Dash, KY

Presently training for:

2014 KY Derby Festival Marathon (it will be my first full marathon!)
2-3 Half Marathons (just before & after the full… If my crazy work schedule allows)

Present goal:
Sub 2-hour Half Marathon (my last 1/2 was 2:13)

Future endurance goal:

Complete a 50-mile Ultra (possibly 2015?)

As a new mommy and a full-time factory worker (with crazy hours), 2014 will be an interesting year to say the least.

I invite you to join me in this journey, be inspired and, hopefully, share a few laughs.

Now, tell me, what are your goals for the coming year?