4.22.2014

Happy Easter

Egg hunts, Easter baskets, egg painting, a 5k, garden planting, skateboard riding, family dinner...yeah, it was a wonderful weekend of celebrating. I'm so thankful that Jesus is alive and I will never die because He conquered even death! What a great miracle. He's alive, now I'm alive!






























Walk Them Home Bethany 5k

This past weekend, I ran my second 5k race. Together with my five other teammates, we raised $950 for our adoption agency. We are so thankful for all of the generous support that came in and excited that we could run this race. Four of us had personal records and it was a beautiful day for a run in the park. Eric finished 5th overall and second in his age bracket. What a great day of celebration and special days for our families as we celebrated with the Bethany community, the miracle of adoption!
















4.16.2014

Big Shoes To Fill

Hadassah loves to put on my sneakers if I leave them laying where she can get to them. Every kid has to do this with their parents' shoes. Kind of puts life into a clearer perspective. It takes awhile to fill those big shoes. We all need a lot of time to grow up. I'm getting a better understanding of life long training for my children. I have 18 years or so before they leave the nest and I have so much I want to teach them. Eric and I are training for a 5k this weekend, so we've been going on family runs several times a week. Eric pushes the double jogger and Malakai rides his bike. It's become something we all look forward to and enjoy doing together. So, my sneakers have been logging quite a few more miles than normal recently. I am believing that all of the training and hard work will pay off and be worth it in the end. So it is with parenting...





4.14.2014

North Carolina Girls

This past weekend, I did something I never did before. Stepped onto an airplane all by myself and sat with total strangers (making friendly connections and realizing the world is not as big as I think it is) and flew down to North Carolina to spend three whole days with my dear friend, Denise. No husbands. No children. No agenda. No plans. Doesn't that sound heavenly? Well, for two moms with young children, it sure did. So I said YES to an adventure and NO to to-do lists, nap schedules, changing diapers, alarm clocks, email, facebook...just unplugged. We did whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted to. Shopping and being silly in the dressing rooms, talking late into the night, eating at Olive Garden at 10pm, praying with our waitress and leaving her a huge tip, hot tub, beach trip, massage, Starbucks, festival in historic downtown Wilmington, fudge, ice cream, continental breakfast, free gym pass...and just hitting the "refresh" button!

I'm so thankful that Eric agreed to take care of the kids for the weekend. He was the one really encouraging me to take this trip. He found out what my days REALLY look like all day, everyday being a mom. It's mostly rewarding, but there are parts that can be really frustrating and draining. He was ready for my return as were the troops. House was cleaned, dishes were washed, laundry was folded and put away. Fresh cut daffodils and a love note on my kitchen counter. Yes, I am blessed! So, I am now having "re-entry" and so far, so good. I might just have to make trips like these a habit...