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Encouragement just when you need it most

My youngest is a passionate, strong willed, independent boy.  You can read in to that first sentence.    He can be a complete joy and a complete challenge.  There are days he can bring me to my knees.  As tough as he can be, I love this toughness about him, just not all the time.

Taking him in public can be tricky. He can be perfectly well behaved, or perfectly awful.  Last week Friday, we were finishing up or last errand to get ready for Irene.  We had been to the store, the bike shop, the bank, and the library.  We were at our second library of the day and my youngest was done.  I purposefully put him in a stroller because I knew how this trip would go. He had already been a handful at the store and the other library.  I was just hoping that I would be able to keep him contained enough and quiet enough to do what we needed to do and get out of there.

While in the kids' section of the library, I decided to let him out of the stroller.  Mistake.  He began to run around the stacks …

My Facebook Status

Forced Evacuation: This is a forced evacuation of the XXXXXX household. All household members under the age of 30 MUST evacuate the house and remain outside until authorities say it is safe to return inside. This forced evacuation is in an effort to mitigate the stir-craziness that is bound to occur due to the impending house arrest caused by Irene. This evacuation must be taken seriously. Love, your mom

7 Quick Takes - Natural Disasters, Emergency Prep, and Plans gone awry

1. Earthquake
We live about 15 miles outside of DC, so we felt the earthquake.  All of the boys were in the living room and I was, ironically, checking the Annapolis Striders website to see if they had info about the Annapolis 10 miler race this weekend and how it may be affected by another natural disaster, Irene, and the house began to shake and I heard a rumble.  I thought it was just a large truck of some kind coming down the road.  I got up and started walking toward the front window.  The whole house was swaying and the pictures on the wall were rattling.  My oldest looked at me and asked me what it was.  I said, "I think it may be an earthquake."  Now, I know NOTHING about what you are supposed to do in an earthquake, so I decided I wanted to go outside. I walked through the kitchen and my oldest followed and stopped right in front of our glass china cabinet that was rattling.  I saw him standing there and yelled, "Get on the couch."  I covered them all in p…

Wordless Wednesday: Brotherly Love

This is what family is all about  . . . . when they are not hitting or yelling at each other ;)

The 5K that started it all

Two years ago I ran my first 5K.  Well, it really was not my first 5K, but my first 5K since having kids.  Before having kids I had dreams of being a runner, but I really was a fair weather runner.  I would run when conditions were perfect and when I started to sweat, I began to walk.

That all changed two years ago.  I got this idea stuck in my head that I wanted to run the MCM 10K for the Run for Vocations in October 2009. I needed to train.  And during that training, I ran my first real 5K too.  It was the Pregnancy Clinic 5K in September 2009.

I remember being very nervous.  I remember feeling like I would die at the end of it.  I finished in like 31 minutes.  And it was at that 5K that I caught the running bug.  After that race I was determined to run a half marathon (which I did just 4 months later).

Well, this weekend I ran the same 5K.  It was at the same place, along the same trail.  I have not run a 5k race since that first one. Yes, really . . . only 10Ks, a couple 10 milers…

7 Quick Takes - Running, Schooling, and Adopting, Oh, my!

1. Busy, Busy, BusyAs you can tell I have not blogged much lately.  Between trying to get our kitchen remodel wrapped up so it can start, getting ready to start homeschooling again, reading and praying about adoption, and running, I have not had much time to write.  The days have been busy with fun and other things and computer time has been limited.

2.  Running and matters of the heart . . . I have not been running as much as I would like lately.  I am going slower and at reduced mileage.  With experiencing chest pains while running, I have been nervous to push it.  My echo cardiogram came back clear and a sports massage therapist I have been seeing is pretty convinced that it is a muscular injury of some sort.  But running still makes me nervous.  I ran 5 miles yesterday and started to have chest pains.  As I started to correct my form, I did notice that I was hunching my back horribly.  Which can totally explain why I get upper back and shoulder and chest pain and my breathing is of…

A child is waiting

Did you know . . .

~ There are 4.3 million orphans in Ethiopia alone
~ There are close to 100,000 orphans in the Ukraine
~ Many children around the world are social orphans, given up due to poverty, illness, or other

As you can tell, I have been reading a lot about orphans lately. After a lot of prayer, we have decided to begin the adoption process.  Although we had put it on hold for a number of months, we are seeking God's will in this process and will hopefully begin our home study before the end of this year. 

I seem to be drawn to the "Waiting Child" link on so many adoption agency websites.  A waiting child is often an older child, but can be an infant that are often hard to place due to physical or mental disabilities.  After doing a preliminary application through one agency, we have been able to view the "Waiting Child" listings.  And, I will admit it is so sad.  Many of these children are given up for adoption due to little things like a cleft lip/cl…

One Thousand Gifts

I am very behind in posting these.  I hope to get more frequent with posting them.  Because, when I post frequently, I tend to write more down each day, each week.

a relaxed school schedule
beautiful weather
boys "camping out" in our backyard
a bike ride to the playground
a morning at a friend's house
daily mass
anther beautiful day
watching the wonder of boys enjoying life
new flowers planted in the flower beds
a boy who helped plant and water the new flowers
pictures and texts to my husband so he feels a part of our life when he travels for work
A sleeping in a new bed in a new room.  No more crib!
A not getting out of the bed at all and sleeping so well in it
J in his new room
J reading at night
dwarf sunflowers
a friend's electric sander
a blossoming garden
seeing nature at work- a duck eating a frog!
a day with lots of cub scouts
help from my 3 yr old to make coffee in the Keurig
my husband's new bike
family movie night
water slide
time with my parents
hand …

7 Quick Takes

1. Had my echocardiogram yesterday. The tech, even though she did not say much of anything, did let it slip that it looked fine.  I will get the full results in a few days. I am glad that all will probably come back clear, but it does not give me any answers as to why I am having chest pains or how to get rid of them.

2.  The excessive heat the last few weeks, I think, has killed my squash plants.  The leaves have slowly yellowed and parts are dead.  This happened to my cucumber plants last year too.

3. I have pulled out all the adoption info that we collected months ago to look at again.  One of the agencies we got info from is All God's Children International. I watched the following video.  You do not have to watch the whole video, but just watch the first 30 sec. I cannot watch the first 30 sec of the video without wanting to bring home an orphan today!

Every Moment Matters from Videos for AGCI on Vimeo.


4. My boys were running around, playing, without their shirts on this mor…

This minimalist runner's confession

Saucony Kinvaras
Pearl Izumi Streak II
Vibram Sprints
All minimalist shoes.  98% of my runs occur in these shoes.  I even barefoot run on and off. And I spent most of last summer barefoot running.  I have researched the topic and am convinced that barefoot/minimalist running is really the best for the body.

But, I have a confession.  I have recently put something in my minimalist running sneakers.  Custom orthotics.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Custom Orthotics

I admit, I was VERY opposed to them. I would not even listen to the doctors and chiropractors who kept telling me that I needed them.  Not one could give me a good reason that they would work.  Plus, they were so expensive even with insurance, that I would not even consider them.

What changed?

First, barefoot and minimalist running has been great. It is 1000% better than the motion control sneakers I was in, but it was not without its problems.  I had mid back pain when I got to 5 miles.  I had slight plantar facitiis issues deve…

Public Enemy #1

Yes, this cute little bunny, or at least one like it is currently on my public enemy #1 list.

Why? You ask.
For eating my garden.  This little guy has eaten 4 out of the 7 watermelons on the vine, nibbled on some tomatoes that were too close to the ground and has even tried to snack on a jalapeno (serves you right little bunny!).

Plus this little critter has even had the audacity to remain hiding in the garden while I picked tomatoes.  He just stared up at me until I yelled at him to get out.

He is undaunted when our Golden Retriever Rosie is in the back yard . . . I have seen him hop his way to the garden and slip past her defenses!

He is a sly little critter.  You should not be fooled by his cuteness!

Obviously my husband and I have been married forever

My kids and I have been playing Jenga alot lately.  The other day, after lunch, I asked the boys what game we should play and my oldest begged for Jenga.  As I was getting it out, my 8 yr old asked where we got the game.  I responded, " I do not remember. Daddy and I got it when we first were married."

He then chuckled and said, "Oh, so this game is ANCIENT!"

I guess I am that old and have been married forever!