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Thursday, September 20, 2012



Sunday, September 16, 2012

But I am like an olive tree growing in Godís house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. Psalm 52:8

Had an incredible fruitful day. I spent some time worshiping the Lord. It felt wonderful to be back in church. I felt God's loving arms surround me as I walked in, welcoming me back, sinful, imperfections and all. He truly loves me.

After church I went to the store to get some small items and than off to the gym. I did 45 minutes on the recumbent bike and 15 minutes in the pool with the kickboard.

When I got home, I had a basket of tomatoes waiting for me. Oh, what to do with those tomatoes? After 20 quarts of tomato juice and 18 pints of pasta sauce; I'm just about done with tomatoes. Well, 2 1/2 hours later I have 6 pints of plain tomato sauce cooling on my counter. I hate to waste produce so, with more tomatoes just waiting to be picked, I have a feeling my co-workers will be on the receiving end of the rest of my tomatoes.

In between the canning of tomatoes, I got supper in the crockpot (chicken taco soup, yum!) and whipped up a batch of snickerdoodle cookies for the week.

One more load of laundry to do and I'm putting my feet up for the day.



Friday, September 14, 2012

If you let fear of consequences prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin. - Katharine Butler Hathaway

DISCLAIMER: If you are anti-gun and/or anti-hunting please do not read any further as I'll be talking about both. Thank you!

Wisconsin has rich history in hunting. My great grandfather, grandfather and even my dad have hunted to supply meat for the family. My husband has been a hunter since his early twenty's. He hunts deer, turkey and the occasional rabbit. Keeping in mind that we eat the meat that is shot, that's why we hunt. The extra meat has really helped the grocery budget. So anywho....I wanted to join him. We thought it best if we both took a hunter safety class. For me to become familiar with guns and safety that is so important and for him as well. Many states now require non-resident hunters to have a hunter safety certificate prior to hunting in their state. We took the class and we both learned a lot. I don't think I'll be hunting deer in the future but, I thought I'd start by doing some turkey hunting. What's holding me back. The only thing between me and that turkey is a 20 gauge shotgun. It's a big gun, with a good kickback on it. I'm afraid of the gun. I take that back; I'm not afraid of the gun, I'm afraid of that dang kickback. My fear is so great that I can't shoot the gun, confidently! I've shot the gun just two times so far and both times I was shaking so bad. I know that I'm capable of shooting the gun, I know that I'd be able to shoot a turkey with it. But, my mind is telling me otherwise. I'm amazed (and I shouldn't be) on how one's mind can control what we do. The fear of the unknown consequences is so great that I'm afraid of taking that first step. There is a little voice that is telling me that I'm capable of shooting, I've had the proper training, don't be afraid. Unfortunately, at this time the louder voice is telling me that I'm incapable, I'm going to get hurt, what the heck are you doing? I need to 'shush' that voice and listen to my confident, courageous voice.

I know when I started running, I had some reservations and maybe a little fear. What was I thinking embarking on this new fitness adventure. Would I fail? Make a fool of myself? But, you know what? I didn't do any of those things. In fact, I surpassed my expectations. I ran a half-marathon last year and I finished in a great time. And than I ran another one this year and shaved 15 minutes off of my time. I've overcome my fear and uncertainty with running and have excelled. I just need to take that same experience and apply it towards my hunting adventure.

Live fearlessly!



Thursday, September 13, 2012

I've been struggling with my faith for a few months now. I believe in Jesus the only Son of God. What I struggle with is how he could possibly love little ol' me? Me with my sins and imperfections. I'm working on my trust in Him and that he does care for me and the struggles that I go through daily. I know that the Devil is speaking to me and causing these doubts. I'm going to start setting my alarm just 10 minutes earlier so that I can do some bible meditations. I will win this battle with the Lord by my side.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/13/2012 7:56AM

  Christ died on the cross to save us all that is how much he loves me and everyone else

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AJB121299 9/13/2012 7:53AM

    just know that he does

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Smiles From Lacey 5K

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Today, I walked with a dear friend in a 5K that was held in my hometown. The event "Smiles From Lacey" is a three-day affair that starts Friday night and goes through-out the weekend. One of the events held during this time is a half-marathon and a 5K run/walk. "Smiles from Lacey" was started 3 years ago to honor a bright and wonderful person that cancer took way too soon from this life. Lacey's family wanted to give back to the community after all the community had done for Lacey during her time here on earth. This is a small town event and the friendship and love that is felt during these 3 days is overwhelming.

Today my close friend (who has been in remission from breast cancer herself for 15 years) and I did the 5K portion. I'm a runner, it's really hard for me to be at a running event and not run. But, my friend called me up and asked if I would like to join her today and walk the 5K. I hesitated for just a fraction of a second and said, sure! I'm so glad I took the time to be with her. We had a chance to talk and catch up with each other. The three miles went rather quickly. It actually was nice to not have the self-imposed pressure to have a running PR.

Maybe in my own way, I did PR; just in a different way.

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DDHEART 9/10/2012 8:24AM

    You sure did PR! and friendship especially like this is a Personal Best!

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LDRICHEL 9/9/2012 5:53PM

    So so so so beautiful!!!! Today seems to be the day for kicking breast cancer's as*s!!! My buddy is a breast cancer survivor and, as we speak, she's on the marathon course of Ironman Wisconsin (after her 2.4 miles swim and 112-mile bike ride) and she will soon claim her THIRD Ironman finish!!!! She had to bow out of last year's race because of radiation. SO PROUD OF HER.

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