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Excited for Olivia

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our youngest daughter celebrated her eighth birthday yesterday. While that in and of itself is a great enough reason to celebrate, it also marked another milestone that brought a great smile to her face. In our state, children are to remain in booster seats until they either reach a certain height or weight, or a certain age. Since she is not blessed with the "tall gene" of her older sister, she has had to wait for that magic age of eight.

She was all smiles as she situated herself in the back seat and put on her seat belt. She wanted to destroy the booster seat, but we chose to simply set it in a corner in the garage and wait and see if it might be of use to someone else someday.

  
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WHOVIANPRINCESS 7/30/2010 1:02PM

    That's adorable, I can imagine her hitting it with a bat such as on Office Space. haha.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2010 12:54PM

    I remember that day as well. It was much better the second time around.

My youngest had gotten out of the booster seat and we had passed it on. She had been out of it for almost a year when they updated the law and we had to get one again.

She was really mad that 4 months.

Pass my congrats on to your daughter.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/29/2010 12:11PM

    My boy turned 12 this spring. That's the magic age in Illinois to sit in the front seat. It's fun to watch he and his mother yelling "SHOTGUN" when I'm driving the family somewhere! :)

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NAENAE1213 7/28/2010 2:57PM

    Awwww, how sweet. Congrats to your Olivia! What a big girl!!

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PARKERB2 7/28/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon on the birthday girl. Glad she is happy with her new found independence.

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Trying to get home

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Today is a long day of waiting in airports and then a two hour drive home.
I'll be glad when I pull into the driveway.

  
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NAENAE1213 7/28/2010 2:59PM

    Bet your family was just as happy to see you pull in too!!
Glad you're back home!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/27/2010 2:53PM

    Be strong brother and travel safely.

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On the road again

Monday, July 26, 2010

After a long day of travel it was nice to get out for a run this morning. The weather is much more pleasant here in North Carolina than it is back home.

Hope your day is going well.

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/26/2010 3:11PM

    Enjoy the cooler weather. I'm sure we'll have plenty of hot waiting on you when you get back.

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Lovely Feet

Sunday, July 25, 2010

As I was reading in the book of Isaiah this morning, I was reminded of an important truth. It is my role to take the message of the love of God with me wherever I go. It is not about changing the message to fit the lives of those whom I meet, rather it is about sharing of His amazing love in a way that people can understand regardless of where I find myself.

In essence, I am simply an emmisary of the One Who has saved me. The imagery that Isaiah uses to describe those who carry forth God's message to people is that of lovely feet. "How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news".

As a runner, I am well aware of how important the health of my feet are to enabling me to accomplish the distances and challenges that are set before me. How much more important is it that I allow God to do whatever He needs to with my life so that I am not disqualified in proclaiming this message of love, by not taking care of the feet that He has given me?

Just something for those of us who claim His name to think about this morning.

  
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NAENAE1213 7/28/2010 2:58PM

    Awesome analogy!!!
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/25/2010 10:27AM

    All too often, we look at how to make God fit our image of him, when we should be trying to fit ourselves to God's image of us.



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Thankful for the water

Saturday, July 24, 2010

This mornings run was supposed to be the long one for the week. Of course, I slept in a little later than planned, so by the time I got out on the road the heat was already builing. 85 degrees with our usually high humidity here in mid-Mo made the run challenging. After i was done it was hard to believe that i put in over ten miles. Of course, this would not have been possible without a gracious spot along the way where i was able to fill up my water bottle and get some more hydration for the remainder of my run.

Running with a bottle of water can seem like a pain, but the benefits far outweigh any irritation that it might cause.

Hope your Saturday is beyond amazing.

  
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BREWHAHA 7/25/2010 12:57AM

    Way to not let excuses get in your way. It's very easy for me to find reasons not to do something so you've inspired me to do better.

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SANDYSLAND 7/24/2010 2:19PM

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BALLOUZOO 7/24/2010 12:49PM

    That is a warm run. Good for you!

Best wishes on your wellness journey!

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