2. Taper Madness. 7 more days. I am nervous. I get nauseous anytime I think of getting to the starting line and waiting in my corral to go. Plus, my IT band started acting up during the virtual 10 K I did last weekend. It is my own fault, I have done too much running on a track over the past few weeks and I did not switch directions! So, I am icing, stretching and rolling my leg several times a day. And I am doing lots of cross training. My PT said I should be fine for race day. I think my IT band worries may be due to the fact that I am tapering. Every ache and pain is something major: over the past week I have had: Shin Splints (oh, great my legs will be burning during the marathon), ITBS (my knee will be in so much pain, I will have to crawl to the finish line, Random leg pain?: It is either compartment syndrome or the beginning of a stress fracture. Sheesh! Enough already!
3. I wish all the race time prediction calculators were correct. If I plug in my time from my virtual 10K from last weekend (which I took easy), I should finish the marathon at my "dream" goal time of 4:30 (ie: if everything is going my way that day). I would love that to happen, but I am not counting on it. Ultimately, I will be happy if I finish under 5 hours.
4. J has become a reader! J learned to read a while ago, but has never read on his own. If he does not have to read for school, he will not read it. A week ago a friend recommended the Magic Tree House books. She let us borrow a few. A couple days later, I handed one to J and said "read this until I have all your books out for school." I got the books out and he was still reading. I decided to do school with K. We finished. J was still reading. I decided to let him read until he stopped. A little while later, he looked at me, big smile on his face, and said, "Mom, I finished the book." He read whole second book of the series later that day. I just put a few more on hold at the library!
5. I am pages away from being finished with One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I LOVED the book. It got better and better as it went along and I underlined several sentences because I want their messages to stay with me. I will admit, I still do not like Ann's style of writing, but the book's message is incredible.
6. If you think of it, please pray for my grandfather. He has gone into kidney failure. Pray that if it is God's will that he recover, that he recover quickly. But if it is his time to die, that he have a peaceful death.
7. I have not one, but four knights in shining armor. I feel like a queen!
researching diets. If it is new and popular, I probably have read about
it some and maybe have even tried it. Lately, fasting has gained
popularity. You can find books that will provide research on just
how good fasting is for the body. And, I have been intrigued, mainly
because I am horrible at fasting and the thought of restricting myself from
eating food completely sounds too extreme.
As Catholics we are called to days
of fasting and abstinence, and for as strong as I like to think I am, I am
quite a wimpy "faster." But, after reading a great deal about
fasting and its physical benefits, I started to feel like God was
asking me to get more serious about fasting, not for the physical
benefits but for the spiritual ones. My husband and I were out for a
walk the other night and I was talking about my new found respect for
fasting and how I feel called to do it more, for spiritual reasons,
and I started to speak about how amazing it is that fasting has so many
I find it ironic that the last post I posted was about our move that did not happen and how God wanted me to be moldable. When I typed those words and prayed those words, "God make me moldable," "Move to Wisconsin" was NOT what I was envisioning. But, sometimes God's will is surprising and unexpected.
So, here we are. 18 days as Wisconsinites. So many people have called and texted, asking me how we are doing and I often find my words fall short. I am better at reflecting and writing out my thoughts, so this is for all those who have asked and are wondering . . .
We are doing well. The move has felt very natural in so many ways. It feels comfortable here. I haven't felt out of place or a "fish out of water" here at all. The kids all like it here. Some miss their friends tremendously, which is expected. One of my "littles" has shown some regression, also expected, but everyone is adjusting so well to the new house and neighborhood. …
This past weekend we went to a book party for a priest friend who had his second book Living the Beatitudes:A Journey to Life in Christ published last fall. The party was hosted by another Catholic author. And, after the cake was cut and people were sitting quietly, the host of the party began to speak. He began to talk about how great this book is and how insightful so much of it is. Then he began to share quotes from it. And I felt as if he chose two of them for me:
"Waiting is the training ground of trust."
"Beauty is the crescendo of waiting"
Now, although we have this book and my husband has read it, I have not (sorry, Fr. B). But that night, I sat with the book while my hubby and I sat down to attempt to watch a movie and I scoured the book for the above quotes. Too shy to ask the host for the pages for these quotes, I skimmed page by page until I found them. And after I found the first quote, I was confronted with line after line about waiting. I read…