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The definition of me

This is a repost from about a year and a half ago.  It was something that God shared with me on a retreat at a time when I was struggling with the things that I thought "defined" who I am.  And, I do not think I am alone in this.  I think, we as women, can often struggle with tying who we are to what we do, what we have, how many people read our blog, etc.  And, God has impressed it upon me again and again that those things do not matter.  Our worth, only comes from HIM.

I am not defined by the house I live in.

I am not defined by the clothes I wear.

I am not defined by the number of miles I run or how fast I run them.

I am not defined by what time I get up in the morning or go to bed at night.

I am not defined by the homeschool curriculum I use or the grade level my children work at.

I am not defined by the number of kids I have. Or don't have.

The only thing that tells me who I am is Life in Christ.

His life.

His love.

His blood out poured for me.

By that alone I am worthy.

By t…

7 Quick Takes - Running Inspiration Edition

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Happy Friday everyone!! Go for a run!

Sole of the City 10K recap!

My first race in almost a year and it is DONE!! First, I did not plan on this race.  I had heard about this race at the Zooma Annapolis Kick-Off about a month ago and then saw a few moms in our Moms Run This Town Chapter mention it.   It looked like fun.  I had never run a race in Baltimore.  And I was confident that I could run 6 miles.  I had not run that far more than twicein the months before the race, but my IT band issues have subsided and my hamstring has been happy too, so I thought, why not! OK, onto the race details.  The start was really neat.  It began right next to a fire station.  A few people spoke very eloquently about the tragedy in Boston and to run this race for Boston.  The National Anthem was played and then we were off. 
We started the race and, at first the three of us (above) planned on staying together.  I have NEVER run with anyone in a race before (expect my hubby), and all I have to say is that it is hard.  It is hard to run next to each other when there …

Five Faves - Jumping on the bandwagon

Joing Hallie and the rest of the ladies for my five faves this week!
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 This chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I first saw it on a blog and then searched Pinterest to "pin it."  I make it all the time for when we have guests.  Last night I made them because one of the priests from our parish came to dinner.  He asked me, more than once,  if they were homemade because they tasted to good and looked so perfect.  Seriously, go make these today.  You will not regret it.

2. Mary Kay Miracle Set
I have always had skin that looked like a teenager's.  I had tried and tried many different skin care products over the years and the Mary Kay Miracle Set has been the only thing to keep my skin clear and looking good.  The worst part?  When I run out and have to wait a week for the reorder . . .my skin will inevitably break out! 3. Classical Kids CD Yesterday I was listening to classical music while cleaning the house.  Vivaldi was playing.  My 6 year old came into the kitchen and began …

7 Quick Takes

1. Lots of life going on here!  It has been a BUSY, but fun week!! On Monday, the boys and I went to visit Colleen and her family.   I think the blogosphere can be strange in that you honestly get to know people you never met and you consider them friends.  So, it was great to finally meet her.  My boys loved her kids too and keep asking me if we can visit them at their house when we go to Cape Cod over the summer! So, you might just have some summer guests, Colleen!!

2.  I have a new job . . .

You know besides being a mom, and homeschooling my children, and life coaching and personal training on the side . . .
I am working for a company called Run Pretty Far. They make super cute running apparel.  The founder of the company, Jenn, is amazing.  This opportunity just fell in my lap and it is needed right now, so I am thanking God for His hand in all of this.  I will be working at a few local race expos for Run Pretty Far.  And, it is VERY part time, but perfect for our family's …

Albion Fit Go Long Crew Giveaway (Yay! A giveaway!)

I am always on the look out for nice, cute and reasonably priced fitness and active wear.  Thanks to Colleen for her review that I found Albion Fit.  Albion fit is a family owned company in Albion Basin, Utah.  They specialize in cute and trendy (and really comfortable) women's fitness and workout clothing and swimwear. Here are some of my favorites from their web site: Go Long Crew in Fuchsia
Black Blousy Swim Suit . . . LOVE THIS!
Rainbow Skirt
26.2 Jacket - I just love the name!! Albion fit was kind enough to send me their Go Long Crew in Fuchsia for review.  The shirt is super soft and really comfortable!  It has thumb holes, which are perfect for me because my hands are always cold!  I have not run in the shirt yet because it came in the mail right when our temperatures hit 80+ , but I think the shirt is ideal for yoga!

And guess what??? One of you will be lucky enough to win one!!
So, enter below.  There are LOTS of ways to get extra entries.  If you are on Facebook or Pinter…

What I Wore Sunday #4

Joining the ladies at Fine Linen and Purple again for What I Wore Sunday!  Come join the fun too.  This week I had come home, got on my favorite pair of yoga pants and got all comfortable and THEN remembered that I had not had my hubby take my picture yet for WIWS, sooooo, I got all dressed up again just for this picture . ..
Shirt: Apt. 9 (Kohls) Linen Pants: Old Navy Shoes: Hush Puppies (Who knew they made heels?!) (Thrift Store Find) 
The Gospel reading from today is one of my most favorite (John 21: 1-19).  And, even though my allergies were bothering me today, it was not my allergies, but the Gospel that was making me tear up in mass.  There are so many things I love about this reading, but what struck me the most, today, is our commission when we proclaim our love for Christ.  Just as Peter's life was truly no longer his own, when he recommitted his love to Christ that morning on the shore, our lives, when lived for Christ are not our own.  We are in service to HIM and to th…

7 Quick Takes

Linking up with Grace today.  Praying for Jen and little JT who is still in the NICU!
1. The weather has been weird here.  And, I do not like to complain, but it has been HOT.  We hit 90 on Wednesday!!  Doesn't Mother Nature know it is just April?  Of course, it has thrown off our homeschooling.  The boys keep on asking me if we can go to the pool!?!?  I tried to explain to them that the pool does not open for another month and a half. I think the heat is getting to them.

2. Since it has been warm, we have taken advantage of it and gone on two field trips this week!! The first was to the National Arboretum.  The cherry blossoms are in bloom right now and I really wanted to see them.  We have not gone to see the cherry blossoms since J was a baby.  And, as much as I would love to see the blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial, I am just not a fan fighting the traffic and wading through all of the tourists in DC, so we hit the lesser know, but beautiful National Arboretum.  The nice th…

Wordless Wednesday: A boy and his favorite way to play

Welcome! It's messy in here!

(Written a few days ago)

I am in a mad dash to clean the house.  We will have dinner guests in about an hour. The boys are outside playng in the dirt, which means in about 45 minutes, there will be dirt all over my kitchen floor. 

I do not like to clean.  Most days,if you came to my house, you would be greeted by my nice brown chair, full of laundry . . . sorry, you can't sit there.

The kitchen counters would have paper, kids cups, and random items that were left on the floor, on them.  The sink would be full of dishes . . . .


 If you happened to knock on the door during school hours, you would see books everywhere, pencils strewn on the floor, and our chalk door containing scribbles . . .

But, when we have guests even if it is a mom friend with their kids for a play date.  I clean. And clean. And clean.  And the house looks nice.  Really nice, I think.  And today, I am wondering why.  I mean it is nice to have the house clean for guests.  But wouldn't it be even nicer to …