Saturday, March 19, 2011

5K results!

I did something today I couldn't imagine doing in '07. I jogged/fast walked a 5k! I am so proud of myself and I feel so blessed that God gave me this gift. Even though I hate the treadmill with a passion (documented here) I felt so excited to be doing the 5k finally! I have my sights set on a 10k in June. It leaves me around 14 weeks to get to where I won't pass out after the 4.5 mile marker! My time was 40:56 which my brother who is a Marine says that I am shuffling, but he is just being annoying!

It's just going to get better!

I am looking at this training schedule:

June here I come!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lazy Afternoon

I woke up this morning with a lovely bloodshot eye, but the upside was that I had to see the eye doctor anyways this morning. All is well. Most likely allergies. I got a new queen mattress so that is where I have been hanging out with my beagle/dachshund/terrier mix Gabby. I have also been trying to figure out my last semester of college. I desperately want out now, but that elusive piece of paper is only going to be available to me in December. It will be here before I know it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

On the Flipside

One of the hardest things I had to do this past week was watch my brother walk away from me under the hazy lights outside of a motel. I got three amazing days of on and off goofy fun with him (he still had to work in the midst of our visit) and it was a gift. I was thankful for all of that time. I knew going into it that it was going to be extremely painful at the end of the trip. I tried to ignore it the whole time I was there with him that I was going to have to say goodbye.

Being on the base was another reminder of how much of a different world it is!

This is from Dunkin' Donuts after my parents and I went for a workout. Let me tell you running down a path with military vehicles flying by you on the highway slightly humorous.

It was a wonderful trip. It was filled with a lot of souvenir hunting and t shirt buying. Most of all it was fun hanging out with little bro!

This was my favorite item at the PX. I want one if I ever get an office job.

It's going to be a long year without him, but I know God is with him and I know He will teach us both amazing things!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Take a Walk On the Not so Wild Side

It got a little chilly here, but I still had to get out and walk as the sun is setting. Spring is starting to pop out all over the place. I hope we don't have another freeze. I love seeing the dogwood trees in bloom.
It's really cool to me to feel God close by while I'm walking. It could just be the feeling of the sun on my face and the cool breeze at my back that just reminds me that he loves me enough to create a planet with seasons. Can you imagine summer all year long or winter forever?
One of the only things I like about my astronomy class for school is the fact that I can continually see the tiny things God did when he created the earth so that we don't freeze to death or get stun gunned by the power of the Sun!

Friday, March 4, 2011


Sometimes life is weird. God throws you curve balls and you have to rely on him as they come. My sweet brother is in the Marine Corps and is going to be deploying very soon. First he had told us that it would be six months from now and now it has been moved up. I am very sad. He will be gone longer than we thought too. I always get teary-eyed when I see the ROTC students on my campus in their uniforms on Thursdays. I am so proud of our Military. Keep them in your prayers.

My sweet dog Gabby. I don't know what I would do with out my little sweet girlie!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mean Girls

I was reading my bible this morning. Truth be told I am in Romans when I should be in 1 Chronicles (the genealogies were killing me!) I have developed a new love for Paul. I listen to Matt Chandler of the Village church a lot (podcasts are awesome!) and he always says how excited Paul was for Jesus.

Pharisees: "We are going to put you in prison!"
Paul: "Jesus suffered and died for me so this is the least I can do!"
Townspeople: "We're going to stone you!"
Paul: "To die is gain!"

I thoroughly enjoy Paul's attitude and zeal for Christ. It convicts me about my own walk with God as well as encourages me. The fact that Paul had a thorn in his flesh also intrigues me. I'm walking through some really interesting "thorns" right now and so reading and learning from Paul who was in the midst of his "thorn" really helps me.

I was reading today about God's righteous judgment.

Romans 2:1-4
1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Uh. Yeah. Now you're connecting the Mean Girl's poster to Paul. Thought I was crazy right? All I have to say is thank you Jesus for the gift of salvation and redemption, because I have done the judgment gift pretty much every day since I was born. This chapter hit me like a ton of bricks. I need to read Paul more often.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I was biking to class today with the glorious 50 degree temps and blue sky around me and I had a conversation with God. I love those tiny thoughts that pop into your head that could be from no other source but Jesus.
It went something like this:
Me: "I wish I was normal." (Regarding all of my past and current health issues)
God: "I know, but I made you to be extraordinary. You asked me to make you a woman after my heart and that takes trials and hard times to bring you closer to me."


This was my blessing before school today. What an amazing blessing it is.

I am waiting until the 10th for any news regarding my MRI so still hanging in there.