500

I wanted to do something amazing for post 500, but I haven’t done one of my random posts in quite some time, so I decided to make this a random post of random ideas.

STRENGTH

I am stronger than I was when I began this blog 500 posts ago.  Stronger physically and stronger emotionally.  Physically I have run my first half marathon, followed numerous body building programs, gained muscle, lost fat and am currently training for my first mud event…not a full Tough Mudder, but a 7 mile version.

Emotionally and spiritually I have been forced to grow stronger.  This is a bittersweet blessing as I have seen many loved ones struggle with various serious life issues since I began this blog.  God has shown me so much of His strength, let me rely on it, let me trust it, and let me share some of it.  Despite that it is still difficult to see loved ones in pain.

STINK BUGS

Stink bugs have attacked our home.  We have tried so many tactics to get rid of them.  They themselves are not vicious, but they are cyanide based.  A year or so ago my cat ate one and became very sick.  Sadly she is still sick and I wonder if the stink bug is the cause.  We are hoping that she does get better…she has lots of years ahead of her.  A week ago a stink but landed in our fish tank, and wouldn’t you know that our little Swimmy is not so swimmy since then.  We are waiting to see if he regains a little bit of energy or if tornado like waters are in his future.  😦

CHILDREN

Of course these little people in my home have changed quite a bit in this short period of time.  They are smarter, bolder (sometimes good, sometimes bad), taller, sweeter, closer to their next birthdays.  Since I am their teacher as well as mommy, I decided to add some fun regular days.  So we now have cooking days on Tuesdays and Science days on Thursdays.  I treasure these days because most of the time I am the one telling them what to do or not to do in school and in home life.  During these special days it gives me a chance to just have fun with them as we do interesting things.  This last Tuesday we made rice krispy treats and tomorrow we are going to make a volcano.

FOOD

I made a wonderful snack discovery today.  Almonds are quite healthy, in moderation of course.  Today on the shelf, the perfect and most delicious way to eat almonds…WASABI AND SOY…oh amazing!

BIBLE

On this 500th post…the most important thing you could ever know:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 – John 3:16

No matter where you are in life or what you are doing, take the time to know the One who made you, suffered for you and died for you.   Study His Word and embrace it.

Emotions and Blessings

It is a hard week for me.  My Joshua’s birthday is on Sunday and so we will take a family trip to the cemetery.  It will be bittersweet.  We will decorate his gravestone better than anyone’s in the cemetery.  He will have Christmas and birthday balloons, trees, toys, etc.  The kids will want to leave one of their toys for him.  It will be a tender day.  And yet we will smile knowing he is safe in the arms of his Savior.

It was a hard year.  We saw a lot of loved ones struggle either with marriages, loss, health, parents or children hardships.  Every year, every minute sometimes, I realize how fragile and precious life is.

This year, I held onto those precious moments.  I breathed them in.  I felt guilty when I took them for granted.  We are not promised perfect families or perfect health.  We are not promised that life will be pain free.  We are promised eternal salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  We are promised that He will walk through each minute and each pain with us.  We are promised that there is no pain in Heaven.  I ask of anyone who reads this to give your life over to Jesus and spread His word to all you know.

I take photographs often, even when my camera is not around….I take photos in my head.  I know that I am blessed beyond belief with my husband, my children, my parents and family who love me even though I am far from the perfect wife, daughter, sister and mommy.  I thank God and them for giving me chances far over what I deserve.  I pray to the Lord that each of them will live with Him for eternity.   My personal life this year didn’t go through the trauma that I watched others go through, but my heart ached and broke for each one.  Each one made me appreciate each moment with my blessings.

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow is the big day!

Yes, I know I have said it is just a race.  And it is.  Yes, I have said that it is not a big deal.  And it isn’t.  Yes, I have said there are far more important things in this world.  And there are.

But tomorrow is the big day!  A day that will go by as usual for most people, and a day where the wee hours of the morning will drag in anticipation for those of us running the race.  As a non-runner…hmmm…my first half marathon is a big deal for me.  My emotions are all over the place…excited, nervous, ready, doubtful and calm.  Preparing for this has been a big deal and I want to do my best.

My body wasn’t so sure it wanted to go through with it…it threw shin splints at me, it threw arthritis at me and finally in the last few days it has thrown a swollen foot at me.  I have never been so high maintenance in my life.   I am hoping to beat my goal and aiming for it…will let you know.  Hopefully my foot won’t hurt too badly until after I cross the finish line.  😉

When you roll out of bed and read this, I just may be halfway through my first half marathon.  Or perhaps, you will be getting ready with me.

To all those running or racing this weekend…enjoy!