Monday, January 31, 2011

The Thousand Gifts



101. A great conversation with my physical therapist
102. An extra run outside
103. A husband who makes the bed
104. The boys getting dressed and even picking out their clothes all on their own
105. Snow day
106. Snow!
107. A morning of playing in the snow
108. Little boys in snow gear
109. Snow forts and snow ball fights
110. Hot chocolate and bagels
111. The boys being so good at the chiropractor
112. Homemade french onion soup au gratin
113. A stranger offering to help via the world of blogs
114. A boy who comes in the bathroom just to talk to me while I put on my make up
115. K inching closer to me and almost falling out of his chair at dinner so that he can hold this mom's hand for a brief moment at the dinner table
116. The smell of onions sauteing
117. Grilled muffins
118. An 18 mile run that went well
119.My neighbor who let me run 18 miles on her treadmill
120. Sitting in the choir loft all by ourselves at mass
121. Texts from my husband
122. Taking J to the Pinewood Derby workshop
123. The kindness of a cub scouting family
124. Slow dancing with my two year old

Saturday, January 29, 2011

If I had a million dollars . . .

Other than moving forward, without hesitation, on an adoption and going for an international adoption . . . I would run this race .   The Disney Princess Half Marathon.  What could be more fun than Florida in February? 

Of course, my "dream race" is the Goofy Challenge (running the Disney Half Marathon on a Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday)!  But, I need to get myself through the National Marathon first . ..

Oh, and I would like to look like this while I run . . .

Belle is my favorite princess and I LOVE that she is wearing Vibrams!
Illustration courtesy of Flee and her blog Drawn to Run. You have got to check out her other illustrations.  They are amazing!

Friday, January 28, 2011

7 Quick Takes - The Marathon training edition


1. 56 more days until the National Marathon.  In case you missed it, I AM registered for it!  OK, got that out there.  Deep slow, breaths, Katie
2. And also, in case you have not noticed, I am nervous.  Very nervous.  I am obsessing thinking about it way too much lately.  56 days seems like a long time until you figure in the fact that two weeks of that is taper time.  Which means I really only have 42 more days to get myself in good enough condition to run 26.2 miles.

3.  I know I can run 26.2 miles, but I am not sure how fast I can run it.  I do not want to run so fast that I feel like I am going to die by mile 20, nor do I want to run so slow that I am racing not to get run over by the "street sweeper" that brings up the end (OK, I do not know if there is really a street sweeper, but you get the point).  So, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what my race pace should be.  I have looked at the "miracle mile" pace prediction, I have guessed by my10ks and 1/2 marathon times and those clever formulas, but I am really not sure how fast or slow I should try to run on race day.

4. Speed work.  Nope, have not done much.  The plan I am using does not have me doing any.  And since  my only goal has been to be able to run my first marathon and complete it without injury, I was not concerned about speed work.  But now I am a bit worried I have not done a bunch.

5. My last long run did not go too well and I cut out two miles early.  I was horribly dehydrated and the cold was getting to me. Two hours into the run, my hands became numb.   This weekend's long run WILL be better!

6. My ipod needs a good revamp.  Any good running song suggestions? 

7.  Can I tell how wonderful my husband is?  He encourages me to run an extra mile when I say I am too tired and I do not have the energy to run even my scheduled run.  He gives up his own workout time, so I can get more time in on the treadmill. And, he listens to me talk about running all the time a lot.  He is a gem!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Thousand Gifts

81. a house full of noise, laughter, and battles
82. banana bread
83. our Keurig that is always ready to provide me with a hot cup of coffee ;)
84. fleece pajama pants on cold winter days
85. the time to get our taxes and budget in order for the year
86. Lightsabers underfoot
87. A's facial expressions
88. how J is growing up and how mature he is becoming
89. for amazing priests who are not afraid to preach the truth
90. living a community that is blessed with many great parishes and priests
91. being on the path to holiness with some amazing women
92. a husband who gives so much and worked so hard at the Rally for Life
93. The gift of life
94. Being able to say yes to that gift 3 times
95. not being sore after my long run
96. morning hugs from K
97. a fun afternoon with a friend
98. being surrounded by a could of witnesses
99. being so close to 100 gifts!
100. for knowing that each day has more gifts than I actually write down!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Feast of the Conversion of St Paul


This is a painting called the Conversion of St Paul by Carvaggio.  It has been a favorite of mine for a long time.

Happy Feast of the Conversion of St Paul!
Dear Lord, may you knock me off of my "horse" Lord, so that my eyes my be opened to Your glory.

Monday, January 24, 2011

March for Life



"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. " 
                                                                              ~ Mother Tresa

If you are not able to attend the March for Life today, please join those who march in prayer.  Pray to end abortion.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Thousand Gifts



I am a day late with this one, but that is OK. Above is a video that is "about" the book One Thousand Gifts. I had pre-ordered it and cannot wait until it arrives at my doorstep and I can read it.

67. Holy Hour
68. Fr. L
69. Dinner with an old friend
70. Reminiscing about my days at Steubie U.
71. My husband's patience and love
72. Feeling at home in a friend's home
73. Seeing the "light bulb go off" when J is doing his work
74. Mornings with three little boys' laughter
75. Feeling the warmth of A sitting on my lap as I read to him
76. K resting his head on my shoulder as I read to him
77. Little faces pressed to the glass of the front window, smiling when I arrive home
78. For personal training clients that make we smile. For the hour I spend with them that goes too quickly.
79. Being able to run
80. Fr. B
81. Being content in the here and now, yet having hope for an even more amazing future

Friday, January 14, 2011

7 Quick Takes


1.  We cannot seem to get rid of the stomach bug in our house.  It is a strange one.  All the boys have had it and my hubby and I have been lucky enough to avoid it. All of the boys have gotten sick once and then act perfectly normal and feel fine.  A less than 24 hour bug.  But, last night, a week after it started, my 4 year old woke up in the middle of the night and got sick again.  This morning he is acting like nothing happened.  I am just hoping we are not at the start of a round #2. 

2.  I have not felt like blogging much lately.  It has been low on my priority list.  I have things I want to write about, but have not had the time to do so.

3. Homeschooling is going really well.  I think it is partly because I am really working to put my "ideal day" into place.  The boys and I have worked hard and have had fun.  I do not like to play board games, but I have been pulling them out a lot over the last week.  The boys love it.  We have been playing educational games, so I count it as "school" too!

4. My "ideal" days have not been really ideal.  Because of #1, I started this week with poor sleep.  Which means, I had not gotten up as early as I would like.  And, all it takes is one day of working out in the evening instead of the morning, and I am pretty much in the same routine for the rest of the week.  I am hoping that I can get more on track with that next week.

5. Personal Training.  I have not talked much about it since I got my certification.  Well, I have a few clients and I am really enjoying it.  It is fun to challenge people beyond their own limitations.  It gets me out of the house a little bit and I feel like I am helping others.

6.  I had my first physical therapy appointment this week and I left it feeling very hopeful.  The PT was very hopeful that it should only take a few minor exercises to eliminate my shin splints from reoccurring.  I have been able to run without much trouble for the past week.  I am getting nervous .. . the National marathon is only 70 days away! And I feel that I am actually going to be able to run it!  YIKES!

7. I am feeling very blessed lately.  I have an amazing husband who is wonderful beyond belief. I have great kids and a good life!  I think I am just noticing the blessings more and more each day.  It is wonderful to open my eyes to the blessings that God given me  instead of focusing on what I lack (which has been a bad habit of mine).  The days are more peaceful and I sense HIS presence more.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Thousand Gifts

54. Quiet moments
55.  The sounds of the boys playing legos and coloring
56. An afternoon cup of coffee
57. A husband who does not mind helping cleaning up after a sick child
58.  A washer and a dryer
59. A leg that is better and ready to run
60. A sense of peace
61. The new job my brother got and the possibility of seeing him more often
62. Giggles
63. The way A bounces up and down when he runs
64. The way the boys fill this house with joy
65. A glimpse into the future with teenage boys
66. A greater appreciation of this time now . . . I do not want to miss a moment!



Friday, January 7, 2011

Sporty Girl Jewelry: Your Word - 2011 *GIVEAWAY!*

Sporty Girl Jewelry: Your Word - 2011 *GIVEAWAY!*: "If 2010 had come with a road sign, this would have been it. There were a lot of twists & turns, hills & valleys. Normally I don't m..."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Goals

Obviously, one of my goals for the New Year is NOT timeliness! I have been pondering goals for the New Year. Some are still more abstract than others. Others came only through prayer and God’s gentle nudging through scripture, homilies, etc.
So, without further ado, here are my goals for the year.

1. Pray more. Pray the divine office every morning. There is something about the rhythm of the Divine office that I need and crave right now.

2. Make a Holy Hour once a week.


3. Regular date nights with my hubby


4. Read all the books on my “To Read” book list.


5. Continue to strive toward my “ideal day.” This one is much more abstract but encompasses many other things to make it happen. My ideal day means:

                    a. Getting up early and exercising first thing in the morning (5:30 AM at the latest)

                    b. Come home, get ready for the day and eat and pray BEFORE the boys wake up.

                    c. Start school by 9 AM at the latest.

                    d. Do not even turn the computer on until after school is done for the morning.

                    e. Have reading time with all the boys.

                   f. Have special time with A (since he seems to get lost in the shuffle while we are doing school).

                  g. PLAY with the boys. Play a game. Play tickle tag. Football. Whatever. We just need to
                      have fun and laugh.

And although I call this my ideal day, it is not a perfect day and therefore totally attainable each and every day. The key is consistency in the morning. If I can start my morning off right, most things fall into place the rest of the day.

6. Attain my goal weight. I will not tell you what it is, but I am not there yet. I could go into the whole psychology of why, after a year and a half of regular exercise and eating well, that I have not reached my goal weight, but that doesn’t matter. This year it is mine!
7. Be less anxious. I stress way too much. And, really, if I do #1, 2 and 3, I will be a lot less stressed!
8. Plan dinners once a week for the whole week. Pick clean meal options. Plan every meal for the day for myself the night before.

9. Invite more people over. Invite people over for a play dates or dinner at least twice a month. I am horrible at this. For the longest time, I gave the excuse of “I am introvert.” I do not naturally think to invite people over. And, when my husband thinks to, I say the house is messy, or give a million excuses why it cannot happen that day. But, this is the year to work on this. And, I felt like this is one that God is calling me to tackle this year. The reason? One of my reasons for not inviting people over is that most people we know have more kids than we do and our house is small. Is our house too small to have a large family over? No. But, I limited myself. Some of it is my fear of being judged by the size of my house or the fact that we have 40 yr old metal kitchen cabinets, and bathrooms to match. As silly as that fear may seem to others, it has been very real to me. And then, this Christmas Season, God hit me over the head a few times concerning it. First, was at a holy hour when the priest mentioned that Jesus, God made man, was born in a CAVE and laid to rest in a feeding trough. Suddenly, through this simple reminder, I was reminded that if a simple cave, a place where animals fed was good enough for the KING of KINGS; our house was good enough for me to invite others over. Second, was when we hosted a Posada at our house. As we were reading the script for the day, these lines, struck me:

“Come in Holy Pilgrims, you are welcome to this humble dwelling, that even though it is poor and simple . . . I offer it to you with all of my heart.”
It is not the size of the dwelling, or whether it has the newest gadgets. It is not even whether you make a gourmet meal for someone else. It is opening your home to them with your heart that matters most. “Entertaining Angels”

10. Running Goals. UGH. This one is enough to make my stomach turn. Things are not going well with running right now. My left leg is giving me a lot of trouble. I am headed to a physical therapist next week. I wish it came easy for me. I LOVE to run and enjoy every step. But, I am not a natural and, at times, I really feel like my body was not meant to do this. Yet, I do love it. So, as long as I can remain uninjured my goals for the year are:

a. Run my first Marathon on March 26, 2011

b. Run at least one 5K with J this year. I LOVED running with him and he is asking to do another race, so I am sure we will run together again soon!

c. Run the following races (This is a wish list of races . . . we will see how many I will actually run, but I at least want to be in shape to be able to run any of these):

           i. Cloud Snapple ½ marathon (1/29)
           ii. SunTrust National Marathon (3/26)
          iii. GW Parkway 10 miler (4/10)
          iv. Marine Corps Historic ½ Marathon (5/15) or the Williamsburg ½ marathon (5/22)
         v. Zooma Annapolis 10K (6/5)
         vi. Baltimore 10 miler (6/18)
        vii. Marine Corps Marathon (10/31)
        viii. Cold Turkey 10K (11/20)


Happy 2011!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Thousand Gifts


38. Two weeks off from school
39. Great family time over Christmas
40. Baby A being so good at Mass on the Feast of the Holy Family
41. Great conversations with my parents
42. Watching J trying to tackle reading The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe on his own
43. Lots of quality time with my husband
44. Christmas music
45. Running again
46. A Holy Hour the week of Christmas and the amazing priest that holds them every two weeks for us
47. Mass at our parish again.  It feels like home!
48. Time with Great Grandpa H
49.  Skype!
50. For an awesome client that gave me Small Steps for Catholic Moms for Christmas!
51. For the Barefoot running community on Runner's World Forum for all of their help and advice
52. Balsam and Cedar scented Yankee Candle
53. Sparkling Cinnamon scented Yankee Candle