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Wordless Wednesday - Silly Boy

Seven Quick Takes

1. Work Widow
My husband has been very busy at work lately.  He goes in early, comes home late.  And when he is home, he is usually pouring over budget spreadsheets from work.  I feel like I have not seen him much.  I will be so glad when the budgets are done, the planning process done and June meetings over.  He is working so hard!

2.  I have taken more days off from working out/running in the last three weeks than I have in over three years.  If you go to my Dailymile page, it probably says something like "Katie has not logged a workout in XX days." And that needs to stop. Today.

3. Why do stores need to get political?  I love Target, but not so happy about this.  First Home Depot, then Old Navy and now Target. I am saddened by this.

4. I think the cutest thing in the world right now is my 4 year old singing "Life is Beautiful" at the top of his lungs. It is the best reminder that life really is beautiful!



5. We do not watch much TV, but one of my favorite shows…

Hanging up my running shoes

I had a bad feeling this was coming.  I knew after running the second half marathon two weeks ago, that my body would not bounce back easily from it.  My IT band hurt during the race and for a couple days after.  I rested that whole week.  Last week, I rested too.  More so because our schedule was so crazy that I just could not seem to get a workout or run in.  So, this was the week to start running.

I ran on Tuesday.  And two miles into my run, my IT band, not only started to feel funny, it hurt.  You know, that pain at the knee every time you take a stride? Yep, that kind of hurt.  I stopped at three miles and haven't tried to run since.  I am a bit frustrated. I had just decided I wanted to run a 5K in Chestertown in conjunction with the Chestertown Tea Party and Parade that my son are in.  I was hoping to PR.

For now, I have decided that it would be best if I just stop running for a little and give my IT band the rest it needs.  I am somewhat fine with it since I do not like …

Kitchen Redo(ne)!

If you have followed my blog for a while and have an incredible memory for random facts, you may remember that we had planned on totally renovating our kitchen almost a year ago.  Well, after many quotes, many conversations and much stress, we settled on a minor renovation of our kitchen instead.  We had planned on completing the whole project ourselves: painting the cabinets, putting in new counter top, floors and lighting, and painting the walls as well.  But somewhere around December the project stalled.  Luckily, my husband's graduation and our plan to have a party for him pushed the project to completion. After finsinhing the cabinets, we decided it was time to call in a professional to finish the job.  And I am so glad we did!!  Because we hired a contractor, we were able to have a bulk head removed. The bulk head used to have cabinets on it when the house was first built, but an owner had them removed a long time ago and it no longer had any purpose.  Having it gone really …

Hubby's graduation day!!

I am long overdue with this post.  My husband graduated from The Catholic University of America with his Doctorate in Ministry on May 12th.  The main graduation took place on the side steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It was a beautiful day!



In typical fashion for us, we got there just in time.  I dropped my husband and his parents off in front of the Shrine and then headed, with the boys, to search for a parking spot.  Luckily, I know the area well (we lived on campus during the first year of his studies), so I was able to park in a secure location, not too far away.  The boys and I walked to the Shrine, met up with Pete's parents and then looked for a place to watch the graduation.  Since the graduation is outside, the seating is open.  As I said, it was a beautiful day, which meant that all the seating was in full sun.  But, because we were so late on time, there were no seats left.  As we walked over to the seating area, I spied a per…

The answer to unanswered prayers

I have had a specific prayer intention for quite a while now.  I have been praying hard.  I hope that this prayer may someday get answered.

But recently something happened fairly close to me that is a regular reminder that my prayer continues to go unanswered.  And it hurts.  There have been moments I have wondered if the prayer is even getting heard.  If HE knows how much I want this prayer answered. 

 While in prayer the past month, the word ENOUGH kept on coming up.  In conversations, it would come to the back of my mind.  Enough.  And I thought I knew what God was trying to tell me.  "Katie, be grateful for all the gifts I have given you.  You have enough."  Not meaning, He would not pour out more blessings upon me, but simply, He has given me all I needEnough.

But, yesterday, at mass, I felt like He was adding more.

I AM enough.

The answer to my unanswered prayer.  To all unanswered prayers.  To the whys.

I AM enough

It was in that moment that it came into focus.  I…

Seven Quick Takes

1.  Little Flower Projects
I think I am going to start a  feature on my blog.  On a regular basis, I would like to share about an adoption agency, a family adopting, or an organization that works with orphans.  This week I would like to share Little Flower Projects.  This is a group that has several homes in China.  They serve special needs orphans (mostly)  who need extra care and attention due to medical conditions.  I found this group through a friend on Facebook.  I highly recommend "liking" them on Facebook.  Little Flower projects regularly shares the names and pictures of orphans in their care.  It is a great opportunity to pray for orphans by name.

2. I am in love.
My husband has been out of town at a conference all week.  Wednesday, our contractor started work on our kitchen to finish up the minor renovation that we started last August.  He is a nice guy.    Wednesday, after he left, I was giddy.  Today, I wanted to kiss him . . .




 . . . for installing this beautiful…

Frederick Half Marthon Race Recap

Sunday I ran my second of two, back to back half marathons.  First (note to self) I will NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.  I know I said that about marathons, but this time I really mean it.  I was sore and hobbled around for two days after the race.  It was tougher on my body that I thought it would be.

Back to the race recap:  I live over an hour from Frederick and after reading on the race's Facebook page that there have been parking issues in the past and people having to run from their car to the start because they were stuck in traffic, I decided I would get to the race 2 hours early.  Yes, I woke up at 3:15AM and left my house at 4AM.  I should have not been surprised, but I was surprised at the amount of traffic on the DC beltway at that time of morning;  there was a good amount of traffic on the beltway and on 270.  Why were so many people up that early (or late)?  Anyways, I got to the Frederick Fairgrounds at a little after 5AM, sat in my car for a bit and then headed over to get m…

Seven Quick Takes

1.  This Sunday is the Frederick Half Marathon, the second in the Titanium Girl Challenge.  I am excited and nervous.  My IT band was really sore after last weekend and when I ran this week it started to hurt a little.  I rested the rest of the week and stretched and iced it.  I am planning on wearing my Aspaeris Compression Shorts during the race to keep my IT band happy.  Hopefully the race will go well!

2. Busy. Busy. Busy.  My hubby officially graduates with his doctorate next weekend.  We are planning a party for the following weekend. Suddenly, projects that I have wanted done for years, all have to be finished in the next two weeks.  A contractor is coming to finish our minor kitchen renovation.  I am re-landscaping our flowers beds.  Pictures are getting hung that have been in our back room for years.  I have a to-do list a mile long.  If I make it through the next two weeks without stressing, it will be a success.

3. Praying for our sons
Thanks to friend and blogger, Maurisa, f…

Columbia Iron Girl Half Race Recap and a few revelations

This past Sunday I ran the Athleta Columbia Iron Girl Half Marathon.  This is the the first of the back to back half marathons I decided to run.  I am a sucker for challenges and the races had the "Titanium Girl" challenge.  So, I registered for both.

The week before the race, I had limited expectations.  Months ago, I had grand plans of a sub-two hour half.  But that quickly changed.  A week before the race, I decided I just wanted to run well.  And that changed even the week of.

Wednesday morning I woke and my throat was scratchy and my body ached.  I hoped it was just allergies.  I pushed through the day and after a full day of activities, I realized I was sick.  No more workouts would happen the rest of the week.  In place of runs, I took naps.  By Friday morning, I was just hoping I would finish the race on Sunday.  And to be honest, if it were not for the Titanium Girl challenge, I would have DNS.

But, Sunday morning, I woke up early and headed to Columbia.  I got the…