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What I have learned about running

Yesterday was my first run in 2 weeks.  I have had a funny pain in my left leg for a few weeks and was worried that I had another stress fracture.  I may have a bit of a hypochondriac personality in me when it comes to stress fractures.  Anyways, after a visit to the sports doc and a bone scan, I just have a strange case of shin splints.  So, with the green light to run, yesterday I put on my Vibrams and ran 5 miles.  It felt so good to run again.  And as I was running, I began to realize that I have learned a lot about running over the last year.  Many things that can also be applied to the spiritual life.
1.  As much as you think you know, there still is a lot to learn.

2.  There is more to running than just lacing up your shoes and hitting the pavement.

3.  There are people, the saints experts, that have run these trails before you.  Read what they have to say.  Follow their instructions.  Some of it may feel counter intuitive, but try it.  Remember they have run the race successf…

A Colonial Christmas in Photo

All of these photos were taken at Colonial Williamsburg.

Grand Illumination

After the race we headed back to where we were staying for a late breakfast. A took a nap and J and K went into the Jacuzzi. After getting cleaned up, we headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg and then made our way to Colonial Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination.

In the 18th century an illumination was used to celebrate a military victory, the birthday of the Monarch or the arrival of a new colonial governor and was celebrated by gun fire and fireworks. But today, the Grand Illumination marks the beginning of the Christmas Season and the birth of the King of Kings.
This was the first year we had come to Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination. I had heard it was beautiful, so I was happy that we were able to come down at the time of Grand Illumination. As we drove down the road next to Colonial Williamsburg, we noticed that there were cars EVERYWHERE. People were walking from a far distance to make their way into Colonial Williamsburg. Cars had driven over the …

Mother and son cross the finish line

I wrote this post while still on vacation, but I went "unplugged" and could not post until now.  The race was Dec.5th
 This past Sunday was the Christmas Town Dash 8K. J and I had been registered for this race for a while and he has been running and training for it since October. The past few weeks of training had been lagging. Everyone had been sick and between that and Thanksgiving, J had not logged many miles lately. I was excited for the race, but nervous for my little guy. After all, he is only 7, and tackling 5 miles is quite an accomplishment.
We got down to Williamsburg Saturday afternoon and headed straight to the expo to pick up our race packets. The race was sponsored by Chick-fil-a, our favorite family restaurant, so there were Chick-fil-a cows and free samples to be had. K decided he would go up to every cow there and tell them that he would be running with them tomorrow! There was and Chick-fil-a cow dressed as an elf there and K proclaimed that he would beat th…

Amazing woman up for canonization

Last week, I went to a Holy Hour for women at a local parish.  During the gospel reflection, the priest told the story of the life of Elisabeth Leseur, a devout Catholic married to an atheist whom, after her death, became a priest.  Please read their story here.  It is so beautiful.  And, I like to think of here when I am on the verge of complaining how hard my life is!

7 Quick Takes

1.  We are packing up for vacation!  Well, we are leaving tomorrow and I should be packing.  We have finished school and I still have a bunch of other things to do today.  I think I will be up late packing.  I am beginning to wonder why I am writing a blog post.

2.  On this vacation, J and I will be running our 8K on Sunday.  I am excited and nervous for him.  But, I am looking forward to taking each stride with him.

3. Homeschooling has been going really well this week.  And I needed that.  After having several weeks where, at least, once a week, I would hide in the laundry room, call my husband and tell him that we would be enrolling J in school the following day, I needed a good week.  All work was done without much complaint, we got through all of the work before noon, which left extra time for us just to be together, to read together and play together.  I realized something this week, too, about how to make things go more smoothly.  School MUST be started as soon as breakfast is…

Our Christmas Card from Shutterfly!

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"The Gettysburg Address"

This is a great video of the Gettysburg Address. Beautifully done!

My Knight in Shining Armor

Since going to Medieval Times this past weekend (a belated birthday present for my husband), our house has been filled with knights and battles.  But one little Knight of this realm has become my Knight in Shining Armor.  K, my 4 year old, came up to me today and said,

"You are my princess because you are my Mom.  I am going to protect you and keep you safe."
That Knight knew how to melt this princess' heart.

The Thousand Gifts

28. A great Thanksgiving with family
29.  A wonderful evening at Medieval Times with my men
30. A waving his knight's flag with excitement
31. K yelling when our knight knocked the other knight off his horse
32. J watching so intently that he did not even eat
33. The smile on my husband's face
34. Lighting the Advent wreath
35. Running 12 miles
36. For my husband that makes it possible for me to run
37. My husband knowing me better than I know myself

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . .

Thanksgiving is over, Advent starts in two days.  And, although our Christmas tree will not go up for a little yet, I am starting my Christmas prep.  The main thing I am thinking about right  now . . . Christmas Cards.  Over the years we have changed from standard Christmas card, to a Christmas card with a Christmas letter, to a card with a letter and a photo, and now I just send A Christmas photo card.  They are beautiful and easy. I love the fact that friends and family that live across the country can see how much the boys have grown over the year.

And this year, thanks to Shutterfly I have so many Christmas photos cards and Holiday photo cards to chose from.   Here are some of my favorites:

But, I will not tell you which one I have chosen for our card this year.  You will just have to wait for your mail!

I love Shutterfly too for Christmas gifts (Grandma and Grandpa P, you can stop reading now!).  My favorite gift to give is a customized photo calendar.  I have given these for the …