Family · Writing

What a Year!

The kids have the same English teacher at our school. All year long they have a weekly contest called “Giggles”. This contest involves writing a sentence and correctly placing all commas. First one done wins for that week. At the end of the year, the student with the most wins becomes a “Comma Master” and… Continue reading What a Year!

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Gratitude, Always

There is tired, and then there’s tired. The kind of tired you feel when you have done way more than there is time for, more than you’d planned, and are sleep deprived on top of it all. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you have to tuck your chin down, keep your feet… Continue reading Gratitude, Always

autism · Family · Writing

Unexpected Magic

We’ve been planning this trip ever since we knew we’d be living this close. As we entered the gates and I saw the spires of the castle, the familiar characters, the Christmas carols playing over the sound system, I was overwhelmed. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been here. Magic Kingdom - Holiday Season There… Continue reading Unexpected Magic

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

The Question

"Do you love running those long miles?" she asked me in an ongoing text conversation. We do swelfies (sweaty selfies = swelfies) with each other as an accountability check for both of us. It's what battle buddies do! It was a question that hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought to myself, "Wow. I hadn't… Continue reading The Question

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Food · Health and Fitness

Challenges, Accountability, and Finding Balance

As a member of various fitness groups and pages on social media, there always seems to be some kind of challenge, contest or accountability thing going on. For example, one group is streaking (repeating running or exercising consecutive days in a row), another is recording minutes per week engaged in physical exercise, and another offered up… Continue reading Challenges, Accountability, and Finding Balance

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Eeyore by Nature?

Hiking Kokohead while living in Hawaii was a wonderful experience, but not for the obvious reasons.   The view was beyond beautiful overlooking Hanauma Bay. Being able to lookout over the marathon course from that perspective was mind-blowing. Hiking it with a dear friend makes it a forever treasured memory. The encounter we had with… Continue reading Eeyore by Nature?

Family · Health and Fitness

V-8 Running

With a 5 mile training run to do today, I had to make the decision to either trudge along on the treadmill again (I've been doing that all week and I really don't like it, but it's a necessary evil at times) or brave the weather and do an outside run. Let's just say that… Continue reading V-8 Running

Faith and Personal Growth

Goin’ Out on a Limb….

Yeah. So I'm gonna go out on a limb for a minute and rant. This morning I got up, fed the kids and checked messages and came across a Facebook post about Miley Cyrus. Wondering what all the hubbub was about, I checked the YouTube video of her "performance" on the VMAs.  The look on… Continue reading Goin’ Out on a Limb….

Family

Should I Marry Military?

I get asked this question from time to time. It's also phrased by non-military friends as statements: "I just don't know how you do it. How do you go for months and months (and years!) without being together? Isn't it hard?" Well, yes. (Duh.) It's extremely hard. Could you do it? Sure. You can do… Continue reading Should I Marry Military?

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Dash Recap: A Day in the Life of a Warrior

Ahh, Warrior Dash day! I love the energy of race day! It's just fun getting out there with other folks to play! On the way down to the "battleground", I stopped at a Starbucks to get some coffee and one of those spinach feta egg white wraps. (I love them!) I then had to stop… Continue reading Dash Recap: A Day in the Life of a Warrior