Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lucky #13

As long as I can remember the number 13 has been my favorite.  More than likely, it’s because so many people don’t like it.

July 12, 1998 was the day Bob and I agreed.  We both thought we had something together that was worth pursuing.  We had known each other for a little over 6 months, had been dating for a few of those.  Now, even though we have a variety of dates that could qualify for “when it all began”, for some reason this one has always shined through the rest for me.

In the 13 years we’ve been on this journey together, we’ve experienced a lot.  Surprise pregnancy, engagement, home ownership, becoming parents, family fall-outs, wedding, moving, separation, reconciliation, miscarriage, healthy pregnancy, son with spinia bifida, death of a parent, separation,  reconciliation, and the reconciliation of not only our marriage but so many things in our life as we fell in love with Jesus right at the beginning of this 13th year.  Through it all – struggling and sacrificing to support each other, our family and our friends in all kinds of extenuating circumstances the best we could.

There is so much to be proud of, so many tests we’ve overcome, so many times we chose to fight our way through instead of taking another way.

This last year I think we both look upon as one of our best.  Where we have both shouldered the responsibilities of this life we’ve been building and living together.  Where we strive to be better, not only for each other or ourselves, but for God.  We are reaping the harvest of the seeds we’ve sown along our way.

Let us not celebrate our success and lose sight of the work still ahead.  Let us not forget we must be diligent in renewing our efforts for fear old habits will find there way back in.

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah- 40:31 (TNIV)

Let us continue to aggressively pursue the Lord our God, obediently follow Jesus, and walk this life humbly together.

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Faith, Family


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Celebrating Birth, Freedom, & Family

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate the birth of the United States of America.  The founding fathers of this great nation declared its independence from Britain and since that day the responsibility of fighting for our freedoms lies on the shoulders of every citizen.  Today we celebrate that role and show our respect and appreciation for those who vote, those who fight, and those who lead righteously.

For a little over a decade this day has held special meaning for our family and as the years pass, I only learn to appreciate it more. Along side the patriotism and picnics, we celebrate the birth of our son RJ and with him the birth of our family.

Hope everyone enjoys celebrating with friends and family and that we all pause for a moment to recognize the blessing of this great day.

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Posted by on July 4, 2011 in Family


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December of 2009 at Bob’s work Christmas party I found out that some of my old co-workers (yes, I worked at the same company as my husband for a while) had become “runners”.  At this time I was working out regularly.  In fact exercising had become part of my lifestyle since about two years prior.  I had never considered “running”.  Why?  Speed walking and keeping a quick pace on the elliptical were working just fine for my cardio!  Something about the conversations that night sparked a fire and by mid January I committed to running my first half-marathon.

I found a training plan and started running outside.  Who knew exercise could be combined with communing with nature?  I was hooked quickly!  This goal of running and completing my first half-marathon right after turning the big 30 had a driving appeal. On April 12th, 2010 – I did just that!

This was my first race ever!  And I not only finished, but I finished it at a very respectable 2hr 27min time!

Upon finishing this race, I felt so accomplished and excited to see what I could do next!

But what came next was a lot of NOTHING!  With a little bit of sporadic somethings thrown in.

What is wrong with me?  How could I just stop doing something I loved so much?  How could I not maintain such a wonderful level of fitness?

I let other things get in the way.  I allowed my “me time”, my fitness, and my goals fall down the priority list.

I’ve decided enough is enough!  It’s time to get back in the saddle.  Enough with this here and there stuff!  I’m taking back my “me time” with no excuses!

Who’s with me?

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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Fitness


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Since our family found a church home, we frequently find ourselves trying to describe what we love about it. More importantly, what we feel makes it different, what has created not just the desire to continue going, but the need to immerse ourselves in the community there.

Throughout my life I have experienced many different churches, church going people, non-church going people,  believers, and non-believers – and many combinations of these.  One uniting experience everyone seems to share is that of a Christian church and/or a people who say one thing and do another.  Those who have made us feel unwelcome, judged, and “less than”.  Those who give because it makes them look good, but do not themselves sacrifice or get dirty.  Those that make us feel like we have to pretend to be something we’re not.

Today the differences seemed obvious: our church follows the teachings of Jesus and it attracts people who are trying to follow Jesus.

I wasn’t trying to follow Jesus.  I was really only trying the “church thing” again to humor my husband, with the slightest hope we might find a community offering healthy family centered social opportunities.  But upon entering the building I felt something flutter and during the service there began a shift deep within me.  I knew I would be back, I wanted more.  Everyone in our family had an experience that first day.  My husband and our boys were beaming with joy from the experience.  We went back the next Sunday and the next.  Missing a Sunday never entered into our minds.  I realized the depth of change going on inside of me when my husband was called out of town for work and I did not use that as an excuse to skip church.  I not only had begun following Jesus, I was falling in love with Him!

Let me say right here:  Yes, that sounds strange to me!  However, falling in love with Jesus is not comparable to falling in love with another human.  As much as I love my husband, he is human.  Part of what is meant when we refer to everyone being a sinner – we all make mistakes!  Love between humans still leave us wanting more, we work on our relationships, reading books to improve our communication, etc., but being human means we aren’t perfect!  Sometimes we’re going to act selfishly, our pride will get in the way, and we must learn forgiveness.  Jesus is perfect!  He loves us all  just the way we need to be loved, no matter which “love language” suits us.  He is always there when we need Him, attentive, protective, guiding, and He encourages me to question Him and my faith.

Our church Heartland Community Church not only helps guide those who are trying to follow Jesus, but seeks to show the world who Jesus is by example.


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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Faith, Family


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