Some days, let’s be honest, I just don’t want to run. No good reasons and no reasonable excuses. I think that more often than not, I’m just so focused on all of the other things I need to get done – craft projects, writing projects, general house tasks, etc. – that running seems like too much of an luxury, albeit a time-consuming and exhausting one at that, to be a valid use of my time. For example, yesterday I didn’t want to run, but once I laced up my shoes and hit the roads/trails, I was soaking in every moment of my freedom. Five miles of pure bliss makes my day ten times better, and that’s something I need to remember whenever I want to skip a run.
The half marathon is a little less than three weeks away. What?! So crazy…and so amazing. At the beginning of this spring I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to run 13 miles, considering all the knee and shin issues I’ve had in the past. The way God has brought me through the past several months of training and the way He has taught me how to fix many of the injury-causing issues is absolutely astounding. I am so blessed to be able to run for Christ, through Christ, and by Christ every time I put on my running shoes.
It’s been a year … one crazy beautiful year of married life. Alexander says it feels like a year has passed; I say it feels like a much shorter time period than that! But, yes, we are still very much in love and still oh-so-happy together. Plus, not having to say “good-byes” each night or drive 6-8 hours just to visit one another has been a gift for which we keep remembering to praise God.
I really didn’t know what to ask for in a husband. Sure, he needed to be a Christian, a leader, a hard worker, a man of good character…but I never would have known how to ask God for the man He gave me. Alexander is everything I had hoped for in a husband, and so much more. I am truly blessed and humbled by God’s gift. And for all of you unmarried ladies out there…pray for God’s best for you. You might not know what that looks like, but God does. Pray for your future husband to be a man after God’s own heart. And never become so desperate for a man that you continue in a mediocre relationship; instead, be patient, accept the opportunity of being single, serve God where you are now, and prayerfully wait for His best for you (which, just for the record, might NOT be marriage…).
I need to write more. Period. Writing has, unfortunately taken a back-seat in my priority list recently, simply because so many other tasks have been more pressing. At least blogging is a step in the right direction!
Also, I do have some article/story ideas. All having to do with horses, of course. For one I need to make the time to go interview a couple and see their team of drafts. I’m sooo excited for that (I miss working with drafts!), but finding the time to squeeze in that trip, let alone write up an article, is a little challenging.
I am so excited for the Jackson Hole Half Marathon – my body feels ready, the view is going to be gorgeous, I get to hang out with two of my best friends, this will be my first race ever…. Plus, hubby and I are looking forward to a weekend of camping out in the Tetons; it’s one of our favorite ways to explore and relax. If you’ve never been to the Tetons, do it. God’s grandeur in that place is extraordinary.
Alexander and I believe that God has laid it on our hearts for Alexander to pursue an electrician apprenticeship. The initial aptitude test for joining the program requires some highschool algebra skills, so we’re refreshing our memories on that topic. However, math has never been my strong point and Alexander has been out of high school for about 15 years, so this new endeavor is definitely a challenge and we are going to have to fully rely on God to get us through it. That being said, we truly believe that if God wants us to go down this route, then He will give us all we need to understand and apply what we’re studying. Our current goal is to be ready for Alexander to submit an application and take the aptitude test by early fall.
Our big project for the summer is tackling the basement family room/workout room area. We went to Menards the other night and found flooring and paint samples which will work well down there; our plans are to gut out the ancient shag carpet, carpet one half of the room for a movie/couch/office/game area, put laminate flooring on the other half for our workout area, paint the upper portion of the panel walls with a lighter color, and add much better lighting. We’ll probably have to do all of the flooring in one day or weekend because the padding under the old carpet is just crumbly and will easily track all over the rest of the house if left exposed….