- I ran 44 miles last week, and I set two personal records: the longest run so far (19 miles) and the most miles logged in one week. Lynn and I will break both of those records this week since we have 45 total miles this week, and our long run is 20. I have surprised myself during this marathon training. My running pace has slowed down considerably. Before I began my marathon training, I envisioned myself as being able to run a 10 minute pace during my long, long runs. Prior to mid January, I considered that a comfortable, slower pace. Now that I am 8 weeks into the marathon training, I have found myself getting slower and slower every week, even on my shorter runs of 5-6 miles. Running the distance has definitely slowed me down. We average 10:40 or so on our super long runs, and I now run a 10:20 pace on my treadmill for the shorter and medium (8-10 mile) runs. But running at a slower pace is ok for me! It has allowed me to complete the miles without any major injury, and for the most part, all of the runs have been enjoyable. Lynn and I talk the entire time we do our long runs--our therapy sessions! Another surprise I have found during this training is that I am no longer sore after long runs. It's really strange. I may be stiff, and my knees sometimes are sore after I sit for a while, but I rarely have that overall body aching, and my legs don't throb when I get in bed at night. Normally when I ran hard or long, I would be miserable! I guess slowing down the pace and/or my body acclimating to the long miles has prevented the soreness.
- Jimmy and the three older children ran a 5K (the children) and a 10K (Jimmy) last Saturday in Memphis. I took lots of pictures, and I will blog about the day soon. It was a fun race to watch!
- We finally visited Megan and Russ in their new home.
- I helped Julie sew for one hour last week, and since Jimmy has two days off this week, I plan to have two more sewing sessions with her. She is making Olivia's birthday present, and it is going to be so cute!
- I got my hair cut chin length! All of my family and friends and family seem to really like it, and I do too! I am not sure if we made any pictures of me Saturday.....if I find some I will post them when I blog about the race.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
- reading large portions of Scripture is easier than I thought. I get started, and the time just flies.
- making the time to read large portions of Scripture is easier than I thought.
- I find myself thinking about what I have recently read all throughout the day. I compare it to the summer that I read all 14 of Karen Kingsbury's Baxter family books. Whenever I had a spare moment, I was reading those books (this was before I had a blog or even read blogs, so I had time to read more books). I would stay up really late to finish a book, or just one more chapter. And then, all throughout the day when I was doing other things, I would find my thoughts wandering to the fictional Baxter family. Now it's that way with God's Word. I stay up late finish reading or reading ahead. I find my thoughts drifting again and again all throughout the day to God's Word and what I read that day. I think about my life and the constant choices I am making in light of Scripture. I am more deliberate about trying to live my life pleasing to the Lord. He is on my mind more and more.
- I am seeing the flow of the big picture of the Bible. Does that make sense? When I read the Psalms, I could visualize David as he wrote the ones he did, because I had just read about David's actual life. I could remember Saul chasing him....the Psalms came alive to me.
- I am discovering much repetition....like God telling the Israelites over, and over, and over (I highlighted these passages, and I have lost count of how many there are) again to obey His commands--to not turn to the right or left hand from them--that they would be blessed if they obeyed, and cursed if they did not, and the repeated themes in Proverbs. When you read something repeatedly, it sticks with you!
- The more I read, the more I realize how much I don't know! I have all kinds of questions for those whom I think are more knowledgeable about the Bible than me.
- I am already looking forward to reading through the Bible in 90 days again. Yes, I do plan to do this again after taking a 3 month break when I finish it this time.
- And most importantly of all--I have seen a huge change in my priorities. Reading God's Word has taken top priority in my daily life. It was not before. I would like to think that reading my Bible was my top priority each day, but in reality, until 50 or so days ago, it wasn't. I now schedule my day each and every day around my daily Bible reading. My first choice is to complete the reading as soon as I wake up each morning. I am allowing myself one hour for this, and if I sleep a little later than I planned, or I have interruptions from the children, then I will skip something else on my to do list for the morning--including running, in order to make sure that I get my Bible reading done. I then just shift everything else to later in the day. I will admit that previously I would have chosen to get my run in rather than my Bible reading.....I reasoned that I could read the Bible later in the day..and I could, but my priorities have changed. The Bible reading comes first. Some days I have to run in the late afternoons, but that's ok. I make sure that I set my alarm clock early enough to read before running. Even when I have to meet Lynn at 6:00 AM.On days that I don't get finished with the reading, then finishing the reading is my first priority when I get in bed at night or even sometime in the day when I have a little bit of down time. I reach for my iPad to read the rest of the day's reading or even read ahead when I have extra time like waiting for the children to complete piano lessons.
- I find myself seeing the people in the Bible as more real. Of course I know that they were real people, people just like me with hopes and dreams, sorrow and joy, work to do, and people to love...but now, they just seem more real. That may not make sense, but it is something that I have noticed.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
In our homeschool this week...Clay made a play-doh model of the brain, we made edible play-doh for all of the children to enjoy, we started reading aloud two new fabulous books (Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and The Horse and His Boy), and Julie began a research paper.
Places we're going and people we're seeing...my nephew's first baseball game, two outside runs at the city park this week, bowling with our homeschool group.
My favorite thing this week was...making edible play-doh for the children.
What's working/not working for us...working--reading aloud first thing after our Bible lesson. Not working--getting a normal amount of schoolwork done on Mondays before our piano lessons. I don't want to leave anything out, but it's so hard to get it all done before 1:30, and no one (including me) wants to finish school after we get home around 4:00.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...Have any of you tried the new Horizons Pre-Algebra? I am thinking of using that for Clay......
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Friday, February 18, 2011
This week's assignment from Organizing Junkie was to purge till it fits. What a super idea! Except that I must admit that I did not purge anything this week. Not one thing. In fact, I have not done any work on my February list this week, not even one little bitty 15 minute session. Nothing.
Questions to ponder: 1. Let’s talk stuff! What have you tossed out this week? Like I said earlier, nothing--except for the daily trash and junk mail!
2. Have you ever regretted something you’ve gotten rid of? Why? I can't think of anything right off hand.
3. How tempted are you to rush out and pick up pretty organizing containers first? Very tempted! I love containers! But even though I am tempted, as I attack each area of my home for cleaning out and reorganizing I plan to get the space in order first, and then see what containers I need. After that I will look over my stash of containers and see if I have something that will work. If I still need a new container, then I will buy one! As I clean out various drawers and closets (and that secret room) in my home, I am sure that I will purge the contents of some of my existing storage containers, freeing them up to be used again.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Cute, cute! and now our house looks like Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
- spaghetti with homemade sauce, salad
- chicken and dumplings
- 9 bean soup, salad
- pasta with zucchini
- homemade pizzas (I am trying a homemade pizza crust for the first time.) I am also making my own pizza sauce. We will have sauteed onions and bell pepper, cheese, mushrooms and pepperoni for toppings.
- baked fish, roasted sweet and new potatoes, salad
- raviolis (not homemade), salad
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
- deep cleaning (refrigerators, windows, garage)
- small organization tasks (drawers, shelves, pantry clean-out)
- huge undertakings (the secret room--an unfinished storage area off of Olivia's room that needs a major, major clean out and organization)
- seasonal items (kids' closets and drawers as the seasons change)
- outdoor items (flower beds)
- clean out all three refrigerators
- clean out and organize the contents of my freezers
- clean out my nightstand drawers (2)