Friday, April 18, 2014

Our Hero

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: 
yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Much more then being now justified by His blood, 
we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Sonmuch more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Romans 5:6-10

Today we remember 
how Jesus made the choice 
to die on the cross 
that He might become 
the Savior of the world.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Run in Spring

"I want to become a runner"

Those were the words that I wrote at the beginning of this year on my New Years Resolution blog post.
At the time I had high hopes of doing intense treadmill training so that I would be ready to "hit the road running" come spring time.
Unfortunately I found a huge lack of physical motivation when it came to the treadmill. I guess my newfound love for outdoor running sucked all of it away.
Over the winter, while I did do some running, I did not even come close to meeting the goals that I had set for myself.

This spring has been torture. Because of the cold weather I have been able to run outdoors some, but not nearly as consistent as needed to get into shape. But I've been making good use of all of those warm days... and hopefully spring will soon come to stay!

I have been approaching training a little bit different this year then last. Instead of working on both speed and distance at the same time, I am working on increasing my speed in a three mile restriction until I reach my goal. I will then gradually increase my distance at that pace.
While it is hard for me to keep my distance at three miles, I know that my tendency is to push myself to hard, which ultimately results in injury. So it has been good for me to take it more slow and steady.
So far I have been able to hit a PR each time I run outside this year which has been hugely motivating for me.
Today I actually came in 18.4 seconds short of my goal and only .06 min/mile off of my desired pace. I am getting closer!!

I have also been doing lots of core training, which has made a huge difference. It has helped me to correct my form while running (something I really needed to work on!) as well as has made me feel stronger all around.

So ya, that there is my running update for y'all.
And hey, any runners out there? I would love to hear any tips or tricks that have worked for you in your journey to becoming a runner.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Real life

My "to-do" list was long today.

I did try to upload some pictures that I took whilst making my chicken pie this evening, but it didn't work out.
I have been doing my best to avoid writing these types of posts this month, but hey... sometimes real life happens. Today real life had me hopping busy all day.

And that is all.
Tomorrow (unless some unforeseeable thing happens!) I WILL have a "real" post for y'all. 
Now please excuse me while I go find my bed...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Half. Way.

This post officially marks the halfway point of this "Blog a Day" journey.
Today I am suffering from writers block, so (instead of attempting a post that will most likely end up being lame) I'll leave you with some pictures of the "blood moon" (that I was pumped to see last night while checking cows! #cameracouldnotdojustice), and of some pussy willows that mom picked today.
Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 14, 2014


Spring is the season which opens the door to the beginning of life.

Spring has visited our family.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Tomorrow I will _________
You fill in the blank.
How many days do we wake up on the dawn of a "tomorrow", firmly believing that it is the day that we will make a change. But just when we think it might actually happen, things start to get hard, we begin to make excuses and before we know it...  tomorrow it is.
"Tomorrows" turn into "Mondays".
"Mondays" turn into "next months".
"Next months" continue until you suddenly look back and realize that a whole year has gone by and yet you remain in the same place you were. Spinning your wheels, yet never going anywhere.

I am guilty of this.
I will raise my hand wave it wildly and say "Yup, that was me this past while!".

If there has been anything that I have learned these past couple of years it is that tomorrow never comes. Every single day there will be an excuse (and a good one at that)! But excuse making is not conducive to the becoming of a stronger person.

Today is the day to begin. And not only today, rather right now.
Begin your day with the attitude that this battle has already been won, and that this is just going to be the day that you will prove that.
If you mess up, fess up then KEEP GOING. (another important lesson that I am still learning)
The worst thing to do after making a mistake to allow yourself to give up, to cave to the crave of "tomorrow".
Ask for forgiveness, believe that you have received it and move on.

I know that it is not easy. I know that there are going to be times that doubt will become so heavy and overwhelming that it will seem like "tomorrow" is the only way out.
But it is time.

Today I will be remembering Who is on my side.
Today I will be reaching out for the hand that has been outstretched and waiting for me.
Today I will not rely on the strength of my feeble will, but rather cling to the strength and love that Jesus ALWAYS has to offer.
Today is my day to win.

Will you join me?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All in a Day's Work...

I forgot to take a before picture of Brooke... :(

Hair rainbow. (this was only Jaden, Caleb, Nathan and Eli's hairs :)