Friday, November 16, 2012

So I'm just going to be honest with yall and tell ya:  I am SOOO glad next week is Thanksgiving break!!  I am T.I.R.E.D lately!!  I need a break!!

There's so much going on at school this time of year that it's hard to come up for air!  We have Thanksgiving holiday, an upcoming music program for our grade (which makes the kids CUH-RAZY at school because they are out of their routine!), Grandparents' Day and then Christmas is just around the corner.  Time seems to be FUH-LING by and there aren't enough hours in the day to get things done!  And this time change?!?!  Ugh!  It's DARK so early!  Boy....I might be complaining a little today, eh?  I don't mean to be, necessarily....this is just the busiest I have been since, uhhhh...let's just say it's been a while I have had this kind of "stress"!!  LOL  and it's kind of throwing this girl for a loop!  I ran only once this week (which is okay....right?).  

I am excited to see my "whole" family during Thanksgiving this year.  My aunt and her family will be in from overseas and I have not seen her in several years (how bad does THAT sound!?!) and my uncle who is HYSTERICAL will be driving over to see all of us too.  I'm expecting a great time catching up with our family over the break.  We have SO.MUCH. to be thankful for!!! 

Well, I hope this "note" finds all of you well and I'm wishing you a peaceful and BLESSED Thanksgiving!!!

Until next time!!



Sunday, November 11, 2012

My, what a year can bring!

I ran my first 5K since all of this began with me.  I initially stopped running in the spring because of the excruciating headaches I was having.  Although it really isn't that long to a lot of people:  I have missed being "me" and my running...

A precious friend told me about the race 2 weeks ago.  She told me it benefitted fallen soldiers.  What a great cause to run for on Veterans Day weekend! 

Another close friend drove a little over an hour to accomplish this milestone with me.  This is HUGE as she doesn't consider herself a "runner"....yeah, well, honey, that has changed!  ;0) 

The opening ceremony was really sweet.  There were a couple of speakers and our Pledge and National Anthem.  Truly beautiful. 

After the quick ceremony they called for the "runners" to line up in the front of the line.  "This is IT!!!",  I thought. And the tears began to flow.  I choked them back really quick because I really wasn't expecting to be emotional about a 3 mile run.  Afterall, this time last year I was pushing 20!!  (But THAT'S a whole different "story"!) 2 friends and I prayed and then we were off and running!  Again....tears.  I broke out into what I thought was a decent stride only to be dismayed around .8th of a mile.  Shin splints.....GRRRRRR!!!  (It's what I get for not stretching beforehand)  Needless to say, I perservered through one of the HARDEST races I have run since I began running races (a little over 7 years ago).  My emotions were a bit all over the place and I cried like a baby when I crossed the finishline, just like I did when I crossed after 26.2 miles....yet another milestone in my marathon training of life. 

God is so good. 

The sweet friend that told me about this race gave me balloons and a sweet card at the end.  She typed the following verse and glued it on the inside:

And He said to me , "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness."  Most gladly, then, I will rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me...for when I am weak, then, I AM STRONG.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
(Yes, tears again (and every time I read the card) ...I can't help myself.  God gave us emotions and my tears are "tears of cleansing" ---according to my precious MAMA!!  Not to mention:  this is an emotional ride, people!!) 

God bless!!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Something exciting is in the air!

Exciting news, people!  I have officially registered for TWO 5ks!  Can I get a whoop whoop!!!  Those of you that know me well, know that I LOOOVE to run in races.  It's not necessarily the running, but the BUZZ in the air at a race that I love!  I love watching people warm up and seeing the comrodary of people of all walks of life coming together.   I also like to bet in my mind who's going to be the fastest!  HA!  (I'm usually surprised by who ends up with a fast time!)   

My first 5k is this weekend.  I'm amped!  I may not have the fastest time but by-golly I will have the MOST determination!  My second 5k is for St. Jude December 1st--and I can't WAIT for it!  THAT's my FAVORITE race to run during the about PEOPLE!  WHEW!!  10s of 1000s and I am NOT exaggerating!!  From the racers to the supporters,  it's incredible.  People of all ages and places come out to support this weekend event.  It's AWESOME!  I tell people all the time if you've never experienced it, you should!  At least once! 

Speaking of 5Ks, I love my sister-in-law!    I got the sweetest text from her this morning.  She told me that I had been on her mind all morning.  She was thinking about my year and the things that I have done and faced.  Ultimately the text told me that she and my brother have registered and will run the 5k with me in December.  She told me that they were going to "cross that finish line" with me this year.  This text sent me into tears.  I choked them back for a good 5 minutes!  You see, my brother and s.i.l are avid runners, so 3 miles is a mere "stroll" for them.  Crossing that finish line is a metaphor for what's going on in our family these days.  It will represent so much to us.  Not a time.  Not a percentage.  Not even a medal.  No, that finish line that we are going to cross represents perserverence to the enth degree and that no one is alone in this family.  I am so VERy thankful for the love and support of my family.  I knew we were a close knit group before all of this started, but let me tell you....there's a bond here that's hard to break, my friends!  I say it all the time and I will say it again:  I am so VERY BLESSED!!! 

Happy Tuesday!! GO VOTE!!!

Until next time,


Saturday, November 3, 2012

WHEW! October was a whirlwind!

I seriously cannot believe it is November already.  October was a mere whirlwind to me!  It's also hard to believe this whole thing that's been going on with me is taking on its 6th month....time flies when you're having "fun", right?  ;0)  You won't hear me complain though.  Although tough at times, God isn't finished with me yet and I can honestly say I am learning SOOO very much from this whole experience.  The thing that has impressed me the most: people need the Lord and just want to know that someone cares.  Even if it's a simple card, email, text, or phone call----so many people are hurting.  We live in such a fast paced, exciting life these days, I think we often think we can't slow down, but we should.  That's why we're love each other. 

I had a BUSY week at school this week.  If you have never experienced Halloween week at a school, you are REALLY "missing out".  HA!  But ESPECIALLY Halloween on a WEDNESDAY!!!??!?!?!?  I was SO. TIRED. by Friday that my body ached!  Seriously....even my assistant asked me : "WHAT have you done to me this WEEK!?  I feel like I have been in a BOXING RING!!"  (hee heee...not me, babe, not me...)  I felt the same way.  All kiddos from kindergarten to seniors in high school are totally excited about dressing up and trick-or-treating that it's exhausting.  THEEEN, you throw in all of the CANDY!?!?  Serious sugar rushes.  Of AAALL ages.  I'm just glad this week is over!  ;0)  A friend of mine said : "I just wish we could change Halloween.  I wish it was a 'set' Saturday in October.  The last Saturday of October!"  ---GIRL.FRIEND!  FABULOUS IDEA!!!  Even we parents are a weary once it's all said and done.  Onto THANKSGIVING!!!  

Speaking of thankfulness:  my next round of chemo will be Dec. 5th.  If you count it up, that's in a whopping 5 weeks....YEEEE HAAAAAAAAA I will  DEFINTLEY  enjoy my Thanksgiving break!!! 

Anywho--things are still going well.  God truly has me under His Divine Protection.  I am so very thankful for the blessings of health, healing, hope, family, and friends.  He is GOOD!!

Until next time, peeps!!