Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - 4/27/2011

So I could't decide: sunset or clouds...

...so here is both.



Friday, April 15, 2011

I am honored...

...I have received my very first blog award!

Incredibly Sweet Blog Award
I am especially honored because I received it from a fellow blogger who is also very pink at heart! I love her blog.  I encourage you to check it out as well; if you don't already follow her you should.  Pinkim is an advocate for breast cancer awareness, a fan of my favorite game ~ baseball, and a lover of all things pink!  Thank you PinKim of Truly Simply Pink for the honor of this award.

Now in accepting this award I am to share five things about myself...

...so here goes:

One I am the youngest of six siblings (1 brother who is the oldest, and 4 sisters). Even though we are all now scattered through NYC, PA, VA, and FL, we are a tight-knit group of siblings from beautiful parents who have been married for 70 years (yep, 70!). Our oldest sister passed away in 2009 (I miss her every day), we know she is in heaven smiling down on us, happy that we remain as close as we are.
The six of us with mom ~ March, 2005
Two I married my childhood best friend.  My husband and I have literally known each other since we were in diapers.  He has always been my best friend.  He can tell people for certain that he knew I was the one for him in the third grade.  I on the other hand took a bit longer to come to that conclusion, but when I did, it was truly a slap across the forehead "duh" moment for me.  How did I miss it all those years?  Glad I got with the program, we have now been happily married for six and a half years.
9-19-2004
Three I am a proud momma to a beautiful daughter who is now a young adult.  I raised her as a single mom for nearly 16 years, but thankfully I was surrounded by a "village" of helpers.  Motherhood brought me some of the most fulfilling moments of my life and of course some of the most frustrating ones; but I wouldn't change it for a thing.
Where have the years gone???
Four I am a baseball fan, specifically I am a New York Mets fan, but at the end of the day I am a fan of the game, not just the team.  Back in 2003 I had the opportunity to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY (a must do for all baseball fans).  I was moved to tears looking at all the rich history of the game.  It may sound funny, but I can almost equate it with a religious experience.




Five I am a weekend addict of HGTV!  I turn it in on Saturday mornings and it is usually my channel of choice until Sunday evening.  As we are currently apartment dwellers, I can only dream of the day when I can put all the house hunting, gardening and DIY projects I am watching into practice.

Now I will be sharing the sweetness and bestowing this award on others who I feel are worthy of it as well!  There are a lot of blogs that I read and enjoy, and many who are deserving of this award, but I have to narrow down the field to just a few.

That Pink Girl! I may be partial since she is also a fellow "pink", but read her blog, you know she totally deserves the award!  She is a runner, which is a great inspiration to me (one who wants to be a runner); but her writing is great and entertaining.

EC Writes - The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom I absolutely love this blog! Her writing is thoroughly entertaining and brings a smile to my face each time I read it.

Last, but not least, Fork you! No, fork you! I know Christina deserves this award (even if I am extremely biased since she is my cousin). Her writing is great! She too has provided much of my running inspiration, and her recipes don't only look delicious, they are delicious!

Now pass it on, keep spreading sweetness in the blogging world!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Reminder ~ God is in Control

Today I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that God is in control ~ today, tomorrow and always!  The potential for a government shutdown in the United States is looming.  There is much that can be said on the matter, but suffice to say that I don't want to see this happen.

I am reminded of a Twila Paris song (I know Avalon, and others have done this one too, but I thought of Twila's); this is only part of the lyrics:
This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don't lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

He is in control of all of our sunrises;...
...He is in control of all our sunsets;...
...and He is there to calm all of our storms!
I don't want to worry about what is going on in our government...
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 25-27 (NIV)
...the bible teaches me that worry is not necessary. But I am human and worry is inevitable and very hard to set aside.

So today, tomorrow and always...

...I will remind myself that God is in control!  He knows our needs and the desires of our hearts, and He is our provider always.

I share this reminder with all of you incase you needed to hear it today too!





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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - 4/6/2011

We had some storms roll through yesterday, even causing some tornadoes in parts of the state. This was my view of its approach to West Palm Beach.



Mamma squirrel wants apple

The trees outside our apartment were recently trimmed of dry palm fronds. As a result a mamma squirrel and her babies were displaced. So they have made themselves a comfy nest in the tree. We have been pleasantly entertained by them since; looking forward to seeing them in the afternoons. Hubby has even fed them apples and almonds, which they appear to quite enjoy and even await (as modeled here by mamma waiting for more).

Sometimes we can find great joy in life's simplicity.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

TNT Training Update - Week 4

Well I can't believe we have been through 4 training Saturdays!  There are only 3 Saturdays left before our race day on April 29th. That thought is both comforting and scary!

This morning we were back to our 7am start, but that seemed to come even earlier to my body than last weeks 6:30am start.  I heard the alarm, but I pretended I didn't for way too long.  I had a headache and sleep was just a better option. As a result, yep you guessed it, I was late!

Now since we gather, chat, and then run, I figured I would get there right as they were making their way to the path to start running/walking, but sadly, I was later than that.  I could see them in the distance at the start point, but they started the run before I caught up.  So I decided to start my timer and catch up.

Our group is a mixed group of running and walking levels, so I had hope that I would at least catch up to the walkers (I could never catch up to the runners, even when we start together).  But I didn't want to burn out in the 1st half of the run because I was determined to do better time in the 2nd half of the run (negative split is still the goal); but remember I am a slow runner so it was an effort to catch up to the walkers.  I finally did it, I caught up, at about 10 minutes into my slog...

...even with stopping and snapping this awesome sunrise!

So now I was with the group, and just had to at least keep pace with the walkers.  The rest of the run went well.  I did notice a few new faces on the path wearing TNT training shirts, turned out the 1/2 marathon team was doing their training run this morning as well. 

Hmmm, may just have to think about that as my next goal.


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