31 Days: Taste and See that the Lord is Good

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I have a fridge overflowing with fresh produce. On Saturday, I ran my second 5K race. My body is strong and capable. I had my husband, children and family cheering me on. It’s way too easy to look for things to complain about rather than focusing on all the good things in my life. The Lord is good.

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I went into my 5K with great excitement and confidence. But just a mile in I was feeling the pain and had serious doubts about my ability to finish. But in my mind, stopping wasn’t an option. So I pressed forward. My unofficial running coach talked me through the rough spots and kept the conversation going when I was too out of breath to speak. He encouraged me to make it over the last hill, and when the last straight away left me feeling dead on my feet, he held back and let me cross the finish first.

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We are all on this journey together. We need to run alongside each other more often. Reminding each other to taste and see that the Lord is good. Even when the world leaves a bad flavor in our mouths. When things look dark. When that last hill feels impossible and our legs are done. We want to quit. This is when we need to support each other most.

Just a few more steps. Just a little further. It’s going to be downhill soon and you’ll be able to breathe again. I’m right next to you. You can do this. He is so good. He has held us together in the past, he’s with us right now in the present, he holds our future in his hands and he’ll guide us home.

Psalm 34: 7-8

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

Day 17
Remember the Days

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31 Days: Remember the Days

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I’ve heard it said so many times that the days are long but the years are short. Sometimes I find that encouraging. Other times I kind of want to punch whoever said it.

My children have emptied a cabinet and are taking turns shutting each other in it. It isn’t a good game until it ends with tears.
Bang, Bang, Bang! The door slams repeatedly and I try to discern if the screams are those of fun or pain. The days are very long sometimes. I can’t think as far ahead as years most of the time. Sometimes that makes me more dissatisfied. Why can’t my five year old do more for herself? Why do she and my two year old scream more than talk?

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But if I try to just focus on the day. Sometimes the goal is just to survive and still love each other at the end of the day. Others to treasure the moments. To hug a little longer, hold a littler closer, even if only for a few seconds.
When his hair still smells like a babies. When she crawls into be next to me for a morning snuggle. When they have quiet moments playing happily together. Instead of working I stop and watch. They beg me to join them and I try not to let the long day ahead supplant the moment. These are the days I will remember. The memories of the anger, the mess, the frustration and the noise will fade I’m sure. I already know that it goes by too fast. Their childhood seems to slip through my fingers like sand while I polish the hour glass.

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I don’t need to treasure each moment. That’s a platitude easily spoken by someone whose already escaped from the trenches. The higher view gives a unique perspective, and a blessedly faulty memory. I just need to make sure I stop long enough to experience the best of this. Zero in on the things I want to remember and take those extra moments to make a memory.

I remember a scene from the original Parent Trap with Haley Mills. She was sniffing her grandfather’s jacket and he asked what she was doing. “I’m making a memory,” she said. Yes, that’s what I’m doing.

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Day 18: Taste and See that the Lord is Good

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Day 16
My 500th Blog Post

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Fit2B Running: Week 4

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Yeah! You are half way done. In my experience this is usually the part where I start to feel a bit more confident. You really can do this. You may also find that running is becoming a bit more normal. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit so now you’re on the right track to building a healthy running habit. If you’ve started developing any kind of pain or minor injury, now is the time to address it before it gets worse.  During my training for my first 5K, I had terrible knee pain until I started strengthening my hip flexors. As long as I did those strengthening exercises with my resistance band, I was pain free. If you haven’t gotten properly fitted for running shoes before now, do it. I settled for only OK shoes the first time around and the foot pain was awful once I was several weeks into training. Find a store in your area that specializes in runners and they should be able to get you lined up with the proper shoes. If you are from my area, I highly recommend the Aardvark Sports Shop.

 

Day 1

Running Day

Core Wake Up

Run 5 min, Walk 3 min; Repeat 4 times

 

Day 2

Weight Training Day

Ultimate Upper Body

Totally Transverse

 

Day 3

Running Day

Mula Banda

Run 5 min, Walk 2 min; Repeat 3 times

 

Day 4

Weight Training Day

Balanced

Totally Transverse II

 

Day 5

Running Day

Vertical Core Training

Run 5 min, Walk 2 min; Repeat 5 times

 

Day 6

Long Cardio Day

Kelly Dean Total Body Toning

Align It Flat

 

Day 7

Stretching Day

Basic Transverse & Mula Banda

Yoga for Runners

 

A brief word of warning. don’t neglect your core work. It’s easy to skip it to save time, especially on running days. But I’ve found that it makes all the difference in preventing various kinds of compensation pain when running. It’s really not that much of a time investment, and it makes it easier to run just a little further. Keep going, you’re halfway there!

 

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 Fit2B Running: Week 1

Fit2B Running: Week 2 

Fit2B Running: Week 3

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31 Days: My 500th Blog Post!

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My whole life has been an exercise in adjusting my expectations. I touched on that a bit yesterday.  Very little in my life has gone according to plan. Sometimes that was a good thing. Other times I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

Today is my 500th blog post. More than four years ago I began blogging, just to get my thoughts out. That’s still really the primary reason why I write. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the competitive bent of blogging. How many views did I get today? Am I drawing enough traffic? Can I be making money through ads or affiliates? All these questions often distract me from the reasons I began blogging.

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But this 31 day challenge has been a return to the love of writing. It has been difficult to write almost every day. Except for one, I’ve put all my series on hold to devote this month to the discipline of Five Minute Free Writes. I’m just past the halfway point of this challenge and much of the initial excitement and adrenaline have worn off. But I’m still determined to complete it.

This process if forcing me to reevaluate why I want to keep blogging. I’d be lying if I said the affiliate payments don’t matter. They do. They help fill the ever widening gaps of our budget and justify all the time I spend pouring myself into this when I could be doing other things to make our family’s life better. But I need to make sure that I have things to say that I really care about.

Because I really do care. I write posts about fitness that I wish had been available to me. I put together how-to posts about cloth diapers because I remember what it was like to be a newbie. I really want to get back to the marriage series my husband and I were writing, because I believe strongly in the importance of successful marriages. So yes, I do have something worth saying and Lord willing, I’ll still be here writing it for a long time to come.

Maybe my posts won’t go viral. Maybe I won’t be able to replace my husband’s income and payoff our mortgage. But I won’t let that stop me.

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Day 17: Remember the Days

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

 

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31 Days: Real Life

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I wasn’t ready for real life. I had this idea in my head of what being a stay at home mom would be like. I imagined playing with my kids. The house being relatively tidy. Having more time and energy to spend with my husband in the evenings because all the chores and errands were finished during the day.

But here I am. Two children, a toddler and a kindergartener. We do some light homeschooling, but mostly my life is spend doing damage control. Cleaning up messes, making repairs, breaking up fights. The work is rarely, if ever done by the time my husband gets home. Evenings are spent catching up on laundry, vacuuming and dishes.  My husband and I constantly lament all the things we used to enjoy doing that we just don’t have time for anymore. Fun but mindless activities like PC Gaming. (I’ve been seriously craving The Sims and Civilization this week). Reading. I have been reading again, but mostly I have a stack of books to read that never seems to shrink. I do still knit, but not as much as I’d like. I’m trying to slowly teach myself to sew. It’s been a multi-year process that is still going at a snail’s pace. Then there are the creative activities. I miss collaging. It found it soothing and very fun. But I haven’t done it since we lived in this house, so seven years or more. I don’t have the space to lay out large projects because my kids will get into them.

My husband’s 31 Day series is covering all of the activities that he loves and misses. I can’t even quite begin to list mine. It’s hard to let go of things that I used to enjoy. If I haven’t done something in 10+ years is it still part of who I am?

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Day 16: My 500th Blog Post

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Day 1
Let’s Move

Day 2
View: My Life as a Landscape

Day 3
He Makes All Things New

Day 4
Learning to Fly

Day 5
Not Stuck

Day 6
He Knows Me

Day 7
Go, But Stay

Day 8
Say Mama

Day 9
Join Me

Day 10
Grandmama

Day 11
Teach Me Your Ways

Day 12
Rest

Day 13
Holy Work

Day 14
Away

Day 15
Real Life

Categories: 31 Days of Candids, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, Writing | 7 Comments

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