Friday, October 7, 2011

t-36 hours

i've decided that this whole 1/2 marathon thing
is going to be an exercise in discipline.
spiritual discipline.
as i've read Scripture the last few weeks,
i've been reminded of all the race/running metaphors.
and how important discipline and perseverance are.
that's kept me going during this training phase.

 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

yes, I'll consider Him
and I'm not going to lose heart,
even though this is going to physically difficult.

the feeling I have right now reminds me of being a freshman in college
and showing up for my first basketball workout.
my competitive side makes me want to not just finish,
but finish well.

college basketball taught me that
i can push my body far beyond the limits that my mind has in place.

one of my dad's most infamous lines has always been,
"it's all mental"
when he was teaching me to drive at age 14
(gotta love those farmers' permits!)
he would poke me and do things to intentionally bug/distract me.
when i complained he once launched into this whole spiel about tiger woods and mental toughness...

he wanted me to be mentally tough.
and I'm thankful for that.
it has paid dividends in my life so far.

"In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood."

it's been awhile since I have pushed myself the way I will this Sunday.
but I'm up for the challenge.

I'll let you all know how it goes :)

it's time to Rock 'N Roll!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy 30th, friend!

Today is Keppers birthday.

love this girl.
I thank God for her.
she is real. honest. beautiful.
and we have a lot of fun laughing together.

and a bonus is that we also have a lot of fun with her and her bf chad.

We celebrated on Saturday with an
almost surprise party at the Yard House Downtown.
She figured it out a few minutes before we walked in.

dang it!

then we went out dancing at the Cowboy Lounge.
yah! you all know how I love dancing! :)
it was a blast.
we stayed out to a ridiculous hour....

and spent most of the day Sunday recovering. ha!

but it was totally worth it to celebrate her wonderful life.
and get to dance with my hubby.

Happy Birthday, Kristen.
you make 30 look fabulous.
excited to see what adventures and memories the next year will bring!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

happy day of birth!

facebook just told me that 8 of my friends have birthdays today.
October 2nd was apparently a popular day to have children.
New Year's Babies?


just wanted to give a very special shout-out to a couple of rob and i's favorite people.

happy birthday, gigi!
we love you lots and can't wait to see you in November.

you are beautiful. and have a beautiful little girl.
we glad you're in our lives :)

happy bithday, atty.
thanks for being such a great friend to my hubby.

and to me.
we have a lot of fun with you.
and we miss you.
even if you pick fights with me from time to time :)

come see us already!

hope you both have great birthdays.
we're celebrating you from afar.

summer recap #4: apartment perks

one of the best perks of living in an apartment
is having a pool.
and our apartment has THREE (1 is indoor).

so while the fam was in town
we took a dip in the pool.

mackoy LOVES his papa.
in fact, that statement does not really capture
the extent to which mackoy prefers papa
over the rest of us.

at one point dad (papa) was holding mackoy
and I swam up behind them and put my hands on dad's back,
and mackoy whined and pushed me away.

don't worry,
I reminded him that he was my papa first. :)
no really, I did.

this daddy's girl still has her place, right?

p.s. yes, you are seeing that correctly. my dad got in the pool fully clothed.
polo shirt, hat, and all. dove right in.
only my dad. gotta love him.
well, you don't have to...but I sure do! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

summer recap #3: the zoo

my family all came out to visit this summer.
all the way back in June.
(only about 3 1/2 months behind. not bad, right?!)

we spent one morning introducing
Mackoy to all the animals at the zoo.

these pictures make it look like the child is neglected, huh?

don't worry.
he's not.

we all make sure he gets plenty of attention.

we did have stroller around.
mostly for carrying our bags.
but it came in handy during nap time.

all that pointing, talking, running, laughing, watching....
it will wear a person out!

Mackoy napped and we all enjoyed a picnic lunch.
it was perfect weather for a day at the zoo.

sage was in charge of protecting Mackoy from the geese.
no joke.

it was a great day at the zoo.
full of lots of joy!

i'm ready for them to all come visit again.
hint. hint.