Tuesday, July 20, 2010


On July 10th I ran in my first 5K. I was motivated by some mommy running friends in Louisville who were about to run in the half-marathon there when we visited in April. And was motivated to just get in shape. So, when I got home, I started the "Couch to 5K" program, which I had started before but only got half-way through, looked up some local 5K's, and set a goal. And, by the grace of God, who gives me the strength and will-power to accomplish anything, was able to run the whole time, which was my goal. :) The training was only torturous for the first few weeks, and then I started to enjoy it and to be able to pray, or think about other things while I ran instead of how I tired I was. :)

I learned a few things running in my first race:

1. It is definitely not cool to wear your race shirt, on race day. You're supposed to have a hip running outfit.
2. Also not cool to wear your race number pinned to your back. Nobody does that - you're supposed to wear it pinned to your front. I went into the porta potty to switch it once I got there and found out my error.
3. Its fun to run in a race. Everybody's really nice and encouraging. And you can beat some people.
4. I got passed by a lot of people, but by the end I was passing the kids.
5. I have the best family in the world. There's nothing like seeing them cheering me on at mile 2 with claps and cheers.
6. They should categorize the winners not by ages, but by leg length. That would be much more fair.
7. I hope running continues to be a life-long hobby, although I have a feeling that the ice and the snow coming in a few months might damage my ambitions.
8. All in all it was a great experience, and it felt really good to meet a goal.

Anna looks in shock that I finished and Hopey's looking for the snacks.

For memory sake: #643

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nap Time

Her days of napping are numbered. Currently, she sleeps in our bed for her nap, so that Anna can have their room for her nap. If I try to put them both in there for a nap it turns into a party. Which is cute, but not the point of nap time. And, Anna is the wild instigator.

She'll still sleep for 2 hours, but it makes it hard for her to fall asleep at night at a normal hour. So we may try every other day napping soon. Everyday I get to cuddle with her at nap time. Over the last month we've been reading an abridged version of "The Secret Garden." One chapter everyday while we cuddle in bed. She loves it and so do I. Then she says "Will you stay and cuddle for a little bit?" And most of the time I stay and cuddle for a little bit, because I love it. And I know she won't always ask me to.

I love my little girl. She'll be 4 in just a few short weeks. I love her little tender heart and love for people. Thanks for being my best friend, Hopey.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Helpful Parenting Article

I found many areas in this article that Mark and I need to work on. It's a good one. I sure love my girls and would do anything for them. I've found #'s 2, 15, 31 and 38 to be very true. I hope it's helpful to you, too!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Staycation #1: Phil and Jill's Visit

Mark's brother Phil, Aunt Jill, Luke and Andrew came for a visit last month. We're having all of Mark's family at different times this summer come to visit, so we are "staycationing" and we are having a lot of fun. Really, this area seems to have so much to offer the opportunities are endless! Of course, you would need and endless supply of money as well :) We had so much fun with them and made lots of good memories.

The cousins checking out the girls' room.

Uncle Phil and Anna.

Mark, Phil, Luke and Hopey went to a Cubs game. They had fun!

I wonder how many times she will got to Wrigley with her Daddy before we leave here?

Cousins holding hands taking a walk: priceless.

Yet another baseball game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This time we all got to go.

This is a picture of the kids at the park across the street.

A day at the beach? No - just a great park about 5 minutes away with a huge sand pit. We always have to strip the girls before we get in the car after playing here.

Playing in the Millenium Park water fountain downtown. Anna threw up in her sleep the night before, so Anna and I stayed home. They took the train and had a great time exploring Chicago.

Some down time.

Having fun in the backseat on the way to the game.

Pictures out of order. Family picture at Miller Park.

The cousins at Miller Park.

They let the kids run the bases after the game. Mark helped Anna out.

Hopey running the bases - can you see her?

We went to the local children's museum which is a favorite during the winter time or on rainy days. Here is Hope shopping in the pretend grocery store. She is so intense. They also let kids paint their own faces there, which is why she has black all on her face.

Another downtown water park picture.

Auntie Jill, Luke and Hopey on a bus downtown.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Helpful Explanation of the Gospel

"The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”

Tim Keller, The Reason For God