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When it rains

It was our first full day of vacation.  It was a rainy day. It ended up being the ONLY rainy day for the whole ten days we were on Cape Cod.  We decided to go to the next town over and do some shopping.  While maneuvering the streets, my hubby, who was driving, decided to put the windows down a crack.  The front window was getting foggy and he just wanted some fresh air.  As my window, the passenger window, went down, there came a loud sound and the window completely disappeared into the door.  Broken.  There was no way to get the window up. Right about then, it started to pour. 20 min from where we were staying. 

And I got wet.  Very wet. 

As my hubby and I looked at each other, we knew.  We knew exactly what was going on . . .

And I was warned things like this would happen.  The very first talk I went to at Created for Care, I went to the "Fundraising for your Adoption" talk.  And the one of the first things the presenter said, "Prepare for a spiritual battle."…

7 Quick Takes- You know the Run for the Little Flowers in near when and other randomness

You all know that the Run for the Little Flowers is near when . . .

1. Katie actually starts blogging regularly.



2. Katie's 7 Quick Takes serve as a regular reminder that registration is up and running, and you all must go here to register!

3. Katie photo bombs you with cute pictures of orphans to guilt you into registering for the run

4.Katie reminds you that if you register for the run before Monday, August 26th, you will be entered into the giveaway to win these super cute earrings! And, people, we are sooo close to 50 registrations, so register now, so that we can make it over 50 and I will giveaway TWO pairs of earrings!

5. Katie tells you to check out all the great giveaway items for the Run for the Little Flowers and read this post to see how you can earn extra entries.

Tired of me talking in the 3rd person?  Yep, me too . . .

6.  Pictures from our Cape Cod Vacation

We had a great time on the Cape.  We added in a trip to the ER with A (who is still sick, and the rest of us have…

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway Items!

Again, this year, we have some great prizes offered as giveaway items.  Anyone registered for the run will be entered in the giveaway.  So far the prizes we have are:

1.  This cute handbag by Freeset Global (donated by me)

Won by Marilyn G.!2. Fortunate Fall CD by Audrey Assad (donated by me) I took the shrink wrap off but the CD is brand new.  I have a digital copy of this CD and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! 

3.  $20 gift card from Starbucks (donated by Jen at Meditatio)

Won by Lynn T.
Thank you Jen!!


5. Run Love Compression Socks by RunningSkirts (donated by me)

Won by Glenda W.

6. With an Open Heart book by Lisa Murphy (donated by Lisa Murphy)



This is a great book, read my review here.
7. $40 gift card to Running Warehouse (donated by Susan at Sole Searching Mama)
Won by Colleen M.!!

8. Any tee or tank from Run Pretty Far (donated by me)

Won by Ann N.


9. Any apparel or jewelry item on this page from 147 Million Oprhans (donated by me)
Won by Lori K.


And guess what??? There is more to come!  So wa…

Five Favorites

I love when people do cohesive, well thought out lists for their five favorites.  Mine, unfortunately, will not be that.  It will be a random mix of favorites from vacation and other random, fitness inspired things.

1.  Nike Flex



I got these sneakers because I needed sneakers with a bit more support for when I lift weights.  I had been wearing my minimalist running shoes and my feet were just sliding all over the place.  Nike Flex just happen to be running shoes too, and I took them for a spin while on vacation and I LOVED running in them too!  I think these may be my new favorite running and all around workout shoes!

2. Quest bars


I prepped myself to eat clean while on vacation.  I brought protein bars and proteins shakes.  I wish I could say I did a great job while on vacation, but when you are surrounded by restaurants that serve the BEST fried calamari you have ever tasted, it is a bit difficult to stay on track.  But, I have to say that these Quest bars, which are all natural and …

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway!!

OK, ya'll . . I have been on vacation and away from this space, and it has been QUIET, but lots of things are happening and registration for the run needs to get moving soooo, let's have a giveaway!!

Anyone who registers before MONDAY, AUGUST 26th will be entered in a giveaway to win these earrings from 147 Million Orphans!

So, just click on over to here and register today!  If we have more than 50 register, I will giveaway two pairs! So, spread the word and tell your friends to register this week!

Finally, I will be placing an order with 147 Million Orphans on Monday, August 26th, so if you have not had a chance to order to support the Run for the Little Flowers and our adoption, please see this post for more information and to place your order!




Thnaks all!!  And this little one thanks you too!

7 Quick Takes- Who knew you could get philosophical about a garage sale??

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!
Before I get all philosophical about garage sales, I just want to remind you all that registration for the second annual Run for the Little Flowers has opened.  So, register and spread the word.  And, I am having an online fundraiser for our adoption and to offset some of the costs I will incur from managing the run, so please check it out here and consider buying something for a great cause.

1.  2nd yard sale this weekend! OK, so no pictures this time around.  We have less, although that does not seem right because we currently have two extra couches and an extra chair in our living room.  At least we can still walk through our living room, which I consider a huge win! So many people have donated more items.  Luckily, I have been able to sell lots online already to lessen the clutter in our house and to keep my stress at a minimum. But, by the end of last week, we started to hit our threshold with amount of stuff and level of stress, so our second yard sale …

On gardening and the spiritual life

I went out to my much neglected garden to weed today.  I have a small garden and very little in it still.  Our lettuce and spinach has long been eaten. Our sugar snap peas and our beets too.  Now, we only have tomatoes and spaghetti squash left.

Our spaghetti squash vines have been growing robustly.  One had even grown its way onto our deck and was winding its way around our patio chairs.  I looked forward to scouting out squash on the vine while weeding.

But, as I weeded, I noticed some squash leaves, here and there, that had yellowed, and other, smaller portions, of the vines that did not look very healthy.  I remembered a friend talking about something called a squash vine borer, a little grub that eats the vine on the inside.  She said if you can find it, just kill it and then bury that portion of the vine and the vine will be fine.  So that is eactly what I did.  I found the little grub that was eating away at the interior of the vine, removed it, and then buried that portion of…