Friday, June 26, 2009

Free Quart of Paint

A friend sent me a link to receive a free quart of paint from Glidden.
It's super simple and you get free paint. Yippee!

Follow the link and pick a color. You should receive your free quart of eggshell finish paint in 3-4 weeks, while supplies last.

Glidden Paint Giveaway

Happy color picking! (I chose Red Apple...for Asa's room.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Today we celebrate dads. I like this holiday. It's a great day of reflection.
I think about my dad.
I think about Joel as a dad.

I think about my heavenly Father.

I think of the men who have taught me and helped raise me in my faith.

I am so grateful for their care and leadership. I am the woman I am today because of their influence, guidance, and love.

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 13, 2009


If you receive our newsletter updates, then you know by now that I've been running.

I've never been a runner.

I've always admired runners.

I've tried running in the past and I never get far. (pun intended) I never go very far distance-wise and I never stick with it.

For the last two years I've read a blog pretty regularly. Heather writes about life and lots of things she writes really challenge me. Last spring she started running. I was going to the gym at the time and tried a little running. Not for me. I ended my membership with the gym as summer started.

Fast forward to this spring. Heather started writing about running more. She suggested that people put on something for Lent, as opposed to giving up something. (Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter. Many Christians observe Lent, but most people only connect Lent with Catholics. You can learn more about Lent by reading this.) Heather suggested that people start running. In particular, she wanted people to register for a race that was to be held right after Easter to raise money for Compassion. And, Lent provided a great time to start running in preparation for the race. (you can read her posts about running by clicking here)

I was challenged. I ran some. Then, life got busy. I wasn't really following a program so stopping due to inconvenience was easy.

Then, I remembered her challenge. Something in me was sparked.

I've always wanted to be a runner.

My friend Kara runs. Her husband runs. My friend Ginger runs. My friend Jim runs. I wanted to be a runner.

On Easter we had some friends over for dinner to celebrate. One friend, Bonnie, has been doing a Boot Camp exercise program. As we were talking about diets and exercise, she mentioned the program "Couch 2 5K". I was intrigued.

I checked out the website. I really liked that they had free MP3s you can download and they have prompts telling you when to walk/run. How much easier can it get?

Thus began my adventures in running.

I began running Sunday afternoon, April 26. We received a rebate check and Joel said I could buy a pair of new running shoes. I went and picked out a pair, came home and changed, and went for my first run.

Couch 2 5K is designed to take you from no running to being about to complete a 5K in about 30 minutes. It's an interval training program. You walk and run in intervals and build up endurance. It's a 9 week program. I've just finished week 8 as far as how long I've been running, but I am in the middle of week 6 of the 9.

I've had trouble doing 3 workouts each week. Sounds easy, but there always seems to be a problem. (One week I got sick and that took me out almost an entire 7 days. Another week we had plans every single night of the week, making it hard to get in a run. Other weeks we have been out of town for the weekend and I was too tired to run.) So, it hasn't been "perfect", but I've been running/walking for almost 2 months now.

This past Monday I ran for 20 minutes straight. I couldn't believe it! Two months ago I thought that was impossible. It's been awesome to see myself grow in endurance.

I'm confident I will be able to run the 5 K. I might not be fast, but I think I can do it.

These next few weeks will be tough. Weeks 7-9 have only warm-up walking and 25-30 minutes of running for every workout. But, I'm looking forward to the challenge.

I would appreciate your prayers, if you think of me. You can pray for safety (so far I've had no injuries, but I've had to overcome various "issues"). You can pray for endurance. You can pray I will learn spiritual lessons as the Lord teaches me through running. You can pray for me to go beyond the 5K.

If you'd like to read about Couch 2 5K or visit the website where I found the music, go here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Camera

Ellie took some nice photos of my kiddos with my new digital SLR. You can find them on her blog.
I've included a few here (and some I took).
One of the students we took to India in January had a digital SLR (Canon). I enjoyed shooting some photos with it. Upon our return home, I asked Joel if I could buy one if I sold enough stuff to pay for it. He said yes. He wanted one too.
Immediately, I was thinking of my old Mac laptop, which was sitting in a closet and had been used only a handful of times in the last year. Though it was 7 1/2 years old and had just a 10GB hard drive, I got $260 for it using craigslist. The person who bought it also got a good deal on a nice running machine. Since that sale, I've sold lots of other things...ranging from childrens shoes (I had over 50 pair that my kids have outgrown) to Mary Kay consultant items to my double nursing pillow (can't really see why I'll need it we pray!) to my old printer (doesn't work with the latest Mac OS).
I sold enough to buy my new digital SLR...a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm VR zoom lens. I got a sweet deal that also included a free Nikon camera bag, an awesome color photo printer, a free photo book, photo classes, a digital photo frame, and Nikon lesson DVDs. Not bad! I just LOVE the feel of an SLR. I can take great action photos and the zoom is amazing. I feel like I'm an even better photographer with my point and shoot now that I'm playing with the SLR. Funny how that works.
Enjoy the pictures. I'm sure there will be lots more cool shots in the future.
The tomatoes we're growing on our patio. One is turning red this week....can't wait to taste it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Good message

I saw this music video on a friend's photography blog.

I find the song to be challenging and encouraging.

I hope you will be stirred, as well.

A few of my favorite lyrics:
"We still debate the second coming of Christ while half of the world hasn't heard of the first."
"The heart of God is with the poor and depressed while we sit here rich and fat and call ourselves blessed."

My life needs to change.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Adventures in Water

We went on another little weekend trip.

We previewed a timeshare presentation.

We were wary, but it turned out to be fine. It was a nice little getaway for our family.

We stayed in a nice hotel for 2 nights. It had free breakfast...and not just coffee and donuts. It was a filling one! For our family, that bonus alone was worth our time listening to the timeshare schpeal.

We also got free passes to an indoor waterpark. I didn't take my camera in. Asa and Rylee loved the slides. Jenna wasn't so keen on them. But, they all liked the lazy river. Rylee finally took the plunge and went underwater.

Back at the hotel pool, she couldn't resist doing it over and over again. I finally caught it on camera! (Along with Asa's best water trick.)

We are ready for summer! Swim lessons for all three kiddos starts tomorrow morning. I think we're all very excited!