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Together We Are… FCCLA

The theme of this year’s ND State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America was Together We Are…

For me the last three days renewed my spirit and hope for our future because I spent those days with our future.

I was asked by the Bowman County FCCLA Advisor, Sara Kordovsky, to help her chaperone a group of young ladies (our local chapter does not have male members at this time) at this year’s state convention in Bismarck.

Here they are… dressed in red… I LOVE RED (It’s the Pirate and former FHA state officer in me).

 

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Sometimes… Girls just wanna have fun!

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These two young ladies had an amazing couple of days.  They competed in STAR Events and…
QUALIFIED for the National Convention.  They were the best in the state in their category!

Here they are just moments after crossing the stage!

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I need to insert a note here… A heartbreaking part of this story in my opinion.  These girls and any other students who earn their right to compete at the National Convention in FCCLA do not get to attend.  It is a school policy that was put in place a few years ago.  I could share some of the reasons why with you now, but will save the rant that I want to carry on for another day.  Today, I want to share the news that these kids did a great job and deserve high fives, congratulations and a victory party at the very least for their hard work!

Even I had some red to wear!

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A STAR Event participant earning a Silver.  Great work!

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As this young lady crossed the stage we heard the words yet again… And Qualifying for Nationals From Bowman County Public Schools…

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And another Gold Star!

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And yet another Gold Star!

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A couple super great girls!

Side note… It was FREEZING cold so sweatshirts were allowed and it was DARK so my camera was very confused!

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One of these two is super quiet… I won’t give it away by saying the one in the red shirt :)

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And a few more crazy girls waiting to hear from one of the amazing speakers.  I forget how much I miss being inspired by motivational speakers.  Man, they can make a person laugh and they can bring me to tears.  Both happened to me during many of the sessions.

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And… While we were away…  Mrs. K. and I had to do some childcare re-arranging since both of us have husbands on the local fire department.  Finding someone to take our kids seems like a small matter compared to what the Longland/Slagle family faced.  They lost their home to a fire that our guys could not defeat.  Sometimes it happens.  The guys did all they could but the fire was too much for them by the time they arrived.  So incredibly sad for their loss but grateful no one was injured in the blaze.

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The family has a GoFundMe account set up.  If you happened to have a minute and a few extra dollars to spare, it would be super awesome if you could donate to their family.  They lost everything.  Imagine not having your toothbrush, phone charger, family photos from Christmas last year, baby photos of your grandchildren, and more underwear than the pair you have on.

Here is a link for the GoFundMe account.

http://www.gofundme.com/rx7mf8 

I want to thank each and every one of these young ladies for an incredible weekend.  I tried and tried to talk myself out of going, but am so glad I did.  I forget sometimes that I enjoy young people and sort of miss being around them.  They made being a chaperone super easy!

Thanks also to Mrs. K. for inviting me along and for the great shirt.  Can’t go wrong with red!

 

 

What’s New Welch at the Welch House

Well, some quick pics of what has been going on lately at The Welch House.

First part of March we did something a whole lot of crazy…

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Kat – Our Goldendoodle came to live with us March 4th.  She is a puppy and to be honest, I am not ready for puppy.  Good old Zada was calm and well trained.  Did you know a person forgets how much work a puppy is after 12 years of ‘living the life’ with a great old dog?

 

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Sophia’s new best friend was born.  Baby Audra came into the world and is a blessing to all of us.

 

 

 

 

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Olivia turned 8 on the 8th!

 

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And because it was Make A Wish weekend we had the chance to swim with Reagen.

 

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Olivia had a gymnastics cake for her friend party.

 

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And a slumber party with a bunch of girls… three twin mattresses on the floor.

 

 

 

 

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Tumbling Party…

 

 

 

 

 

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Chad and I took a weekend away to watch the State Class B Basketball tournament.  Great time!

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I had a hair do… It’s a big deal!  My hair is growing like crazy these days.  Ask me why if you dare!

 

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My feet have been a total pain in the ass lately.  Plantar fasciitis is in full effect.  Hate it… life long problems!

 

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And… Watched my dad do what he loves.  End of March marks the Lund’s B-Bar Angus Bull Sale.  This is his biggest day of the year and we love to watch him each and every year if we can.

 

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2015 Team Gleason Virtual Challenge (ALS Awareness and Support)

Once upon a time, I knew a girl named Keri only as an online acquaintance… Now, Keri is my friend, and her brother is my hero.

I met Keri Doolittle as part of an online photography group gathering when Sophia was just a baby.  It was September (my birthday weekend) and an amazing weekend is an understatement to say the least.  While I learned much and met new friends, the most important thing that happened to me that weekend was learning about a guy named Steve.  Keri’s step-brother is Steve Gleason, #37 for the Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints in 2009.  While that may be just a small factoid in the sports world to some, what is more important is Steve Gleason is fighting against a relentless disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and doing all he can to make sure others who are touched by this terrible disease can do it with the technological advances they need, seeking a cure, spreading awareness and the coolest of all things… raising his son, Rivers and living out his life with his wife, Michel.

Great story Robin… get to the point…

Each year since meeting Keri, I have participated in at least one event to raise awareness and funds to help Team Gleason. One year I went to a golf tournament, and years following I have participated in an event called the Team Gleason Virtual Race.  This year, the race name has changed to Team Gleason Virtual CHALLENGE.  What does that mean?  Well, not everyone is a runner or walker.  The main idea is to get people out MOVING… DOING… ACTIVE… because one thing  ALS takes from so many is the ability to MOVE, DO, and be ACTIVE without the assistance of others.

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How can you be involved?  Well… there will be a LOCAL gathering in Bowman, ND at James’ Field around the walking path and at the baseball field so people can do whatever activity they wish!

Below is a screenshot of the website telling about the event.  And… showing Jodi, Amanda, and Aunt Tonya from a previous year.  They have supported Team Gleason each year and I love them all for it!

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I have decided to be a local volunteer and am putting the local event together for Southwest ND area.  I am super excited and hope everyone spreads the word and decides to come hang out and have some fun as a community in support of Team Gleason.

Even I made the website… here I am!

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Here is more information about the event.  I am so excited to be able to add other activities!

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I will be posting and sharing more about the event here on my blog and on Facebook.

Go to www.teamgleasonvirtualrace.com for more information and to REGISTER!!!

 

 

Where have I been… and a great video to share…

It has been 285 days since my last post.  Really???  285 day…
That is crazy insane and I have no real reason for letting my blog slip through my fingers.

It’s just life… my life.  The way I live… Get it.  Domain name… and my basic motto for life.  It’s just the way I live.

So, why today.  Why am I posting here today of all days and what is this all about.

Well, I was getting my hair all schnazzy and one of the stylists asked why I don’t blog anymore.  I really didn’t have an answer.  In fact, I didn’t answer her and changed the subject.  The conversation sparked because of an IG post I had made.  One of my favorites.

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So, the blog has been on my mind and I have been trying to figure out if it is important to me and if I should be doing it.  Blah blah blah… So… I click on a link today to see some great info from an incredible team leader in the world of essential oils and realized I needed to get my blog moving again.  I needed to share my family’s stories.  I needed to document our life.  I needed to share my lack of enthusiasm towards life lately and make sure the world full of people who are down in the dumps also know they are not alone.

How did I happen to find this link and team leader I speak of… Well, I happened along this new team concept through my friend, Brianne Brose (check out her blog here… www.littledropsoflove.com).  She was talking and sharing her love of oils and even though I had been introduced and an oiler kind of girl before, I had fallen off the ‘train’ so to speak and lost my passion and desire to learn more regarding the use and benefits of oils.  So… watching and hearing what a difference they made for Brianne’s family I started asking questions again and was pointed in the Lemondrop direction.  The more Brianne and I chatted, the more I realized I wanted back into the world of oils and wanted to make a difference in my home and my family with the oils.

So, I am minding my own business getting my hair done and someone asks… “Why aren’t you blogging?”

I am minding my own business and keeping to myself when I watch a video and hear of a challenge by Lindsay the leader and co-creater of The Lemondroppers… And she says, Share share share this video on some social media or a blog.  Let the world know what it is all about.  Watch it and realize and know you are a part of something amazing.

So… (That’s my word for the day… and I love incorrectly using eclipses).

So… That is what I am doing.  Sharing this amazing video.

https://vimeo.com/lindsaymoreno/lemondroppers

And telling you why I am a Lemondropper.  I am a Lemondropper because I don’t want to sell another product, but I want to share something that can change the way your family lives.  I am a Lemondropper because it fits me.  I am a Lemondropper because someone asked me to join them and be a part of something quite amazing.

And… because it was National Puppy Day earlier this week…

Here is #ourdognamedKat who will need some of my recently acquired T-Away from the Animal Scents collection.  She was rushed to the vet today because a door fell on her.  Poor girl cried and cried.  She is fine and all is well for her.  Thank goodness.

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Look at Me Go… Three Posts in a Row… |June 12, 2014|

This one… will be very little jibberish and just focus on what’s up with my kids…

The Light of my World…

 

This boy turned 21…. FINALLY!!!  It was a long road but he finally hit the magic 21 years.  This was taken as he was departing for Las Vegas to be part of a celebration with his buddies.  Two for one weekend.  He turned 21 in Vegas and Dusty had his bachelor party.  Talk about a Hang Over movie sequel waiting to happen.  8 North Dakota boys in Vegas.

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The girls during Homecoming week back in October.  I know it is an older one, but I just love it.

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Zada and Sophia… another old one and HORRIBLE color… but I just love when they hang out together.  Zader-Beans is getting old on us.  We had to build her a ramp to get up the two (yes 2) steps on the deck.  She is quite the girl  We love her and I worry about her so very much.

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This girl turned 9.  Here she is the last night at age 8.  Being a bit silly for the camera.

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This lovely lady melts my heart.  Here she is at the spring concert.  We decided to cut her hair a few days after this.  Now I see how pretty it was that night and maybe regret it a bit… but her hair grows super fast so we should be okay.

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My SOUL daughter is getting married.  Her she is (on the left) with her Aunty Tonya and her mom, Jodi.  She had a beautiful bridal shower and is finding out quickly how many people love her and how much… and it is making this special young lady a bit teary eyed.

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And… it rained the other day (and many other days)… But it was super nice and warm out so the girls went out and played in the water.  This little peanut makes my family with “too many kids” complete.  Chad and I joke often about having “too many kids” because quite frankly… they make us tired sometimes.  And while I may have been a bit moody before she arrived… I wouldn’t trade her in for anything in the world.  Love this little girl.  She is my Snuggle Bear.

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And here they are… playing in the rain.  Seriously, it was so warm, Emma could sit in the “Pooh Stick Stream” and not freeze.  Olivia quickly learned that there wasn’t enough water for the floater.

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So… there you have it.  A bit of fun and no major ‘life lessons’ or reasons for the post.  Just me sharing my kids with you.

As I type, Little Miss Sophia has decided to wake up at 4:30AM and said she wants to come ‘snuggle’ with me.

Gotta go.  No way I am saying no to that request.

Take Care of You!

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Reasons… |June 11, 2014|

Reasons vs. Excuses

This post is a collection of thoughts that have come to me lately and I wanted to share them to see what others think on the topic of

Reasons vs. Excuses

First of all, are they the same thing?  I am going to argue absolutely… NOT.

I have come up against a few people in my life who feel every answer you give them when  asked how or why something was completed in a certain way (generally in unsatisfactory ways)… that the answer is an excuse.

Truth be told there are sometimes reasons and sometimes excuses.  Reasons I can handle… Excuses (and sometimes blaming) makes me wonder or something.  I am not sure what it does… but I am learning that I use both and it is my intention to use excuses less and hopefully reasons less as well.

Let me give you some examples of MY ideas when it comes to reasons vs. excuses.

Why didn’t you work out this morning?
Reason: My daughter was throwing up and had a fever of 102 degrees.
Excuse: I only had two hours of sleep and couldn’t make myself get up to go.

Why is your homework not done?
Reason: I came home from school and threw up.
Excuse: I didn’t have time.

Why didn’t you call your Mom on her birthday?
Reason: I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean with no cell service.
Excuse: My cell phone was not charged.

As I make my way through many changes in my life over the coming year (or two) I am hoping to deal with fewer reasons and make fewer excuses because I just want to do and be the best I can.  I want to get it right as often as I can.  Will I falter?  Of course, but when asked, why didn’t you succeed at making your home a better place to live and take better care of your heart, mind, body and soul… the answer won’t be a reason or an excuse… but will rather be I’m still working on it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and change takes time.

And because I try not to leave you without a visual stimulus of some sort…

A picture of me (age 40) and my soul daughter (age 25) at our joint birthday celebration last fall.

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When a Break Lasts too Long… |June 9 – 2014|

When a Break Lasts too Long…

People don’t continue to follow you.  I am sure there are a few people who may wonder what I am upto and that’s great.  Blogging today for me so I can get back on track.  I enjoy sharing my story.  Why… who the hell knows.  I just do.

(Uffda… this computer is frustrating me.)  My PC is needing a trip to the hospital so it is in the back of my van.  I think I will give it a ride to Dickinson tomorrow and hope they can take a look at it.  Using my Mom’s laptop and some functions are super slow.  I may take this in for a visit to the computer fixers as well.

Anyway, my last post was FOREVER and a day ago.  It was about this girl who was signed up to run a half-marathon and why she wanted to do it.  She wrote an amazing list and she almost believed the story herself… then she didn’t and things went to hell in her plan and she didn’t fight to stay with it… she let it go… again.

That was me… in case you didn’t know.  Two years in a row I signed up for the half-marathon in Fargo.  Two years in a row I completed the 10K.  Today I am not going to write about the Fargo 10K but will post just one pic from the day.  I did finish it.  And here I am with my “participation” medal as my brother, son, and husband like to call it.

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Fargo was fun and I will blog about it, but I just wanted to let everyone… ha ha.  Let my three fans who read this blog know I am still here and I am still thinking about the blog and the writing and all of it.  Just lots going on and I don’t make myself sit down and put the words down.  I was watching Flicka with my girls and the girl, Katy, is supposed to write an essay during finals for 2 hours.  She didn’t write one word in the Blue Book.  She told her dad, “I wrote it in my head.  I just didn’t put it on the paper.”  That’s how many of my posts are these days.  I write them in my head, but don’t get much further.

Which leads me to a topic for a post on another day… Reasons… that is the title.  And I am excited to write it.

The list of things I dream of writing or want to write and tell everyone is long.

1. Reasons
2. Making Changes
3. Finding that Special Someone
4. I Still Use My Real Camera (but don’t print a darn thing)

There are four just to get your curiousity peaked.  This post has taken me three attempts at the computer and is so disjointed I am not even sure on posting it.  It is 24 hours (at least) since I started this post.  Things are chaotic in my head and in my words that are here…

But what I want to get posted and let you know I will be back again this week with more.  Likely some pics of my girls and maybe Trevor too…

Thanks for sticking with me… I appreciate it.

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As a blogger… can I call myself that if I don’t have my poop in a row and blog on a regular basis?  Well, I have a blog and I write for it… so… a blogger I shall be.

As a blogger… Something that excites me is seeing people leave comments for me.  Just a small little blip that says, “Hey, we are out here reading what you have to write… and we like it (or we don’t)”  I don’t mind hearing someone disagree with me.  I don’t write for the accolades, I don’t write for people to gush over me… I write because it does something for me and I hope it raises thoughts in my ‘readers’.

Anyway, I posted a few weeks ago and it was a Friday.  I found a cool place to read and follow called “Lisa-Jo Baker” (www.lisajobaker.com).  On Friday, she posts a prompt and people are supposed to blog from the hip on the topic for 5 minutes.  No thinking, no editing… just let the fingers fly.

Well, I did just that a couple of weeks ago and found that someone read my post.  My half-marathon coach Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com happened along my post and decided on my prompt for this Friday.  It is Thursday today, and I only have a few minutes (the lunch whistle is about to blow), but I am going to try and get started on this week’s prompt.

Amanda suggested I write… Why I am excited to train for a half-marathon?

Quite often, people probably don’t think of the word excited and half-marathon to be in the same sentence.  Just a few short weeks ago, I am not sure I was thinking that I would be one of the people that would put those words together.  But… here I am, and oddly… I am excited.

I have only just begun the journey this time around.  As you may or may not know I was registered for the Fargo Half last May (2013) and didn’t get the training in so opted to do the 10K – which was a great experience for sure.(read about that incredible journey here).

So… Why am I excited to train for a half-marathon.

Maybe I should make a list of the reasons…

  1. My support team is seriously SERIOUS this time around. Jodi and Amanda McLatchie are not letting me give up on myself just because I am a busy mom.
  2. I love my running shoes (Brooks Ghost 6)… bought an extra pair to wear just for running, and a pair with a gore-tex upper since the roads/paths are so darn wet.
  3. I need to use my Garmin so my friends don’t feel like they bought me a gift that is sitting on a shelf.
  4. I can feel a difference in my body and how much more prepared I am physically already.
  5. My knees and feet are doing well so far.  Usually, they hurt by now and I am ready to give up.
  6. Hairball is playing at the post race party.  I haven’t seen them but hear they are amazing.
  7. It is the 10 year reunion of the Fargo Marathon and the course will be a special one this year.
  8. I can’t have a cupcake at the cupcake place if I don’t attempt the half… and if I don’t train… I won’t make it… so for the love of a cupcake… I am excited to train for a half-marathon.
  9. I have people cheering me on near and far because of social media sites and it sure feels good to have people on your side.
  10. I want to finish something I started yet again… and for the learning to love myself journey I am on… this is an important goal to reach.

Thanks to Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com for being my coach and encouraging me to get this done.

Trying to find a clever way to end this post… you know as a ‘blogger’ it really should have some sort of amazing message or something… but it doesn’t.  Just me… telling about a journey I am on and putting it out there that I will be running a half-marathon in May of 2014.  THIRTEEN POINT ONE miles…

And here are three reasons I am excited as well… My three cheer leaders (and challenges to the training)… I want to show them I can decide to do something and get it done.  I have 5 miles to get in today (Sunday)… we will see how they cooperate with me needing an hour and 30 minutes to myself.

 

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As a blogger… can I call myself that if I don’t have my poop in a row and blog on a regular basis?  Well, I have a blog and I write for it… so… a blogger I shall be.

As a blogger… Something that excites me is seeing people leave comments for me.  Just a small little blip that says, “Hey, we are out here reading what you have to write… and we like it (or we don’t)”  I don’t mind hearing someone disagree with me.  I don’t write for the accolades, I don’t write for people to gush over me… I write because it does something for me and I hope it raises thoughts in my ‘readers’.

Anyway, I posted a few weeks ago and it was a Friday.  I found a cool place to read and follow called “Lisa-Jo Baker” (www.lisajobaker.com).  On Friday, she posts a prompt and people are supposed to blog from the hip on the topic for 5 minutes.  No thinking, no editing… just let the fingers fly.

Well, I did just that a couple of weeks ago and found that someone read my post.  My half-marathon coach Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com happened along my post and decided on my prompt for this Friday.  It is Thursday today, and I only have a few minutes (the lunch whistle is about to blow), but I am going to try and get started on this week’s prompt.

Amanda suggested I write… Why I am excited to train for a half-marathon?

Quite often, people probably don’t think of the word excited and half-marathon to be in the same sentence.  Just a few short weeks ago, I am not sure I was thinking that I would be one of the people that would put those words together.  But… here I am, and oddly… I am excited.

I have only just begun the journey this time around.  As you may or may not know I was registered for the Fargo Half last May (2013) and didn’t get the training in so opted to do the 10K – which was a great experience for sure.(read about that incredible journey here).

So… Why am I excited to train for a half-marathon.

Maybe I should make a list of the reasons…

  1. My support team is seriously SERIOUS this time around. Jodi and Amanda McLatchie are not letting me give up on myself just because I am a busy mom.
  2. I love my running shoes (Brooks Ghost 6)… bought an extra pair to wear just for running, and a pair with a gore-tex upper since the roads/paths are so darn wet.
  3. I need to use my Garmin so my friends don’t feel like they bought me a gift that is sitting on a shelf.
  4. I can feel a difference in my body and how much more prepared I am physically already.
  5. My knees and feet are doing well so far.  Usually, they hurt by now and I am ready to give up.
  6. Hairball is playing at the post race party.  I haven’t seen them but hear they are amazing.
  7. It is the 10 year reunion of the Fargo Marathon and the course will be a special one this year.
  8. I can’t have a cupcake at the cupcake place if I don’t attempt the half… and if I don’t train… I won’t make it… so for the love of a cupcake… I am excited to train for a half-marathon.
  9. I have people cheering me on near and far because of social media sites and it sure feels good to have people on your side.
  10. I want to finish something I started yet again… and for the learning to love myself journey I am on… this is an important goal to reach.

Thanks to Amanda at www.runtothefinish.com for being my coach and encouraging me to get this done.

Trying to find a clever way to end this post… you know as a ‘blogger’ it really should have some sort of amazing message or something… but it doesn’t.  Just me… telling about a journey I am on and putting it out there that I will be running a half-marathon in May of 2014.  THIRTEEN POINT ONE miles…

And here are three reasons I am excited as well… My three cheer leaders (and challenges to the training)… I want to show them I can decide to do something and get it done.  I have 5 miles to get in today (Sunday)… we will see how they cooperate with me needing an hour and 30 minutes to myself.

 

Robin always has something to say…

Well, I have been thinking a great deal about blogging lately.  So many things going on in my mind, but where do I start?  I have a few minutes to share some thoughts and I will jot a few notes so I don’t forget some of my other ideas to share.  And, why am I doing this today?

Because my friend, JoAnn missed me.  Yep, I have a reader who has been looking for my new posts and she told me she missed me. 

Since she and I spoke I have had a friend of mine from my childhood on my mind, in my heart, and for sure in my prayers.  I think of him often, and pray for him more than he will ever know, but right now… my bath taking, baby strolling, drummer boy buddy needs prayers.  If you can find a moment to say a quick one for him… please do. 

For years he has struggled with addiction problems.  The first time he went to rehab I was a freshmen in college and his girlfriend and I were both pregnant at the time.  I remember it being around Mother’s Day.  What an amazing gift for him to get his addictions under control before his baby was born and as a way of saying I got this world… I am going to make a great dad.

Many years have passed, our boys are both grown and adults now.  He has been sober off and on throughout the years.  And I pray… harder than I ever have for this trip to rehab to be the one that sticks.

I was looking for a nice quote to share… but addiction isn’t nice and pretty and rehab and recovery are hard work… I found this small tidbit and wanted to share it with everyone to see into the disease just a little bit.  craig richard

Love to my friend and his family!

Take Care of You
-robin