Progress, But Not Much!

This week has been jammed pack with family time.  I knew we would have more family time this week because we are fasting from television.  What I didn’t plan for was the winter weather that kept our cubs out of school for three out of five days.  Snow days usually include lots of video games and movies, however this time things had to be different.  The first snow day  (Monday) was the hardest.  Cubs 1 and 2 complained the most.  However, by our third snow day (Friday), the cubs were getting creative and getting along better than we could’ve imagined!  They built things out of cardboard boxes on Day 2 of snow.  One box was used to make a puppet theater.  Then, on Day 3 they put on a puppet show (The Gingerbread Man) for PB and me.  





While they worked on making their puppets and story line, PB and I worked on our puzzle.  The puzzle was one of my Valentine’s Day gifts from PB.  It’s a puzzle that came with no picture as a guideline.  We are working together to figure out what it will be.  The first night that we worked on it, we managed to get the entire frame completed.  We concluded that it was going to be a map.



When we sat down together to tackle the puzzle some more while the cubs were getting their show together, I discovered that it is indeed a map that appears to be of PB’s hometown area. There are familiar names that we were able to put together like Rappahannock River, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg.  Hmmm.  Now I’m starting to believe that PB knows a little more about this puzzle than what he has led on.  Since, it’s a Valentine’s Day gift, I think it may turn out to be related to where we first met at Mary Washington College!  So, I’m so excited about finishing this puzzle now, but man is it difficult!  Trying to find pieces of a map with all kinds of squiggly geographical-looking lines is torture!  We spent about an hour working on it and barely made any progress.



This puzzle is how I’m feeling about my week of training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  My team captain put out a challenge to us to walk at least 10 miles this week which really is a piece of cake usually.  However, it was difficult to get motivated to exercise with no television to watch while I walked on the treadmill, and no outlet to get to the gym due to the snow and ice.  So, I’m feeling like my progress this week was pitiful and frustrating just like our puzzle.  Next week, though, is a new week with warmer weather in the forecast and I’ll be able to turn on the tv to watch “Live with Kelly and Michael” while on the treadmill!  Maybe the next time PB and I sit down together to work on our puzzle, we’ll make some progress, too!  I’m looking forward to showing you the finished puzzle one day!

If you would like to make a donation towards my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, you can do so HERE.  If you’d rather write a check, just let me know in the comments, and I’ll let you know how to that. Thank you to those who have committed to giving or have already given!  The Faith Walkers appreciate your support!

Living for Him!

Faith Walker Training

We are still working toward raising funds and training for the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.  You can donate to our goal by donating online HERE.  If you’d rather send a check, just send me a message and I’ll share instructions for that option.  Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped us during our effort to reach our goal!

The weather in my neck of the woods hasn’t been the most accommodating for outdoor training. Actually, it has caused my indoor training to be off a bit as well! My schedule for getting to the gym works around the morning school schedule. Therefore, when school is delayed or cancelled, my workout routine is delayed or cancelled. I’ve done more treadmill walking in the past few weeks than anything else.

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It’s not even close to being as up-to-date as the equipment at the gym, but I have to keep track of my miles! This week’s team goal is to walk a minimum of 10 miles by next Sunday.

Cub 4 has been battling a cold for some days now. If you have or know someone who has issues with asthma, usually a harmless cold can turn into breathing problems. For Cub 4, that is almost always the case. So, on top of her runny nose, she has been wheezing and coughing.  During these times, we travel with the nebulizer and yesterday morning was no exception. I had to give her a treatment before going into our morning worship experience. Although she was a snotty-nosed mess with tissues all around, her sweet friends came back into the office and hung out with her anyway until she was done and able to walk out into the sanctuary with them.

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How sweet of them to look past her germs and loud breathing machine to talk and hangout with her for thirty minutes!  Isn’t that just like a good friend? When we are struggling or just plain messed up, our friends don’t see any of that. They look past our stuff as if to say, “So what? I’m here and I’m not going to leave you to get through this thing by yourself.”

Our team, Faith Walkers, hasn’t been able to train together yet physically, but we are all training individually or in pairs for now, and it makes preparing for this walk a little easier.  Just knowing that there are others tracking their mileage motivates me to keep going, and our fundraising efforts will let breast cancer patients know that they are not in this fight alone.  We are all working hard to crush breast cancer!

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A Faith Walker Birthday!

I just couldn’t let today end without sending out birthday love to our Faith Walkers team captain, Vonetta!

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She is one of the most hilarious, hard-working, Christian women I know!

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When V shared her diagnosis with us, I prepared myself to be supportive, inspiring, and encouraging in any way that I could.  Never did I expect to be the person who would be supported, inspired, and encouraged by the way she crushed breast cancer.

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Vonetta finds enjoyment in running long distances (she’s a little crazy), and I don’t anticipate ever running a half marathon with her at anytime in the near future.  However, I am overjoyed and excited about walking 39.3 miles with her in a few months!  She is my sister and I’m glad God crossed our paths when He did!  Sometimes the struggles and storms we go through are for the benefit of others. I know that Vonetta would never have chosen to be used by God in the way that she been, but I know that there are many of us who have been blessed by being able to witness her faith walk.  Hmmm…how appropriate that she named our team the Faith Walkers!

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Happy Birthday, Vonetta!!

We are still working toward raising funds for the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.  You can donate to our goal by donating online HERE.  If you’d rather send a check, just send me a message and I’ll share instructions for that option.  Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped us reach our goal!

Living for Him!