Archive | April, 2010

Chopping Block

28 Apr

If you like to cook, or know someone that does – you NEED this custom, handmade chopping block! I have one and LOVE it. My talented Dad builds these. And if you know my Dad – you know how much time, effort & thought he puts into things! These beautiful cutting boards are heavy duty and a great size. The legs help keep it sturdy for chopping.

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing one or have questions. You can comment me, or email me at The cost is $60 plus shipping (if necessary). This would make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Running Update

28 Apr

Ok, I have to admit running has taken a backseat over the past few weeks. Since the Capitol 10K in Austin, there has not been any kind of “routine” going on. One week, it seemed like we had something going on every night of the week…you know how it goes, life gets crazy!  Then, I was sick for 6 days and running was completely out of the question. Then, I had to recover from being sick.

But, now things are about to change. Over the past few months, we’ve been running in the evenings or on lunch breaks, which sometimes gets difficult when schedules won’t allow enough time. Now that its not pitch black at 6:15 a.m., I can start back to running in the mornings – which is so much better. Knock it out first thing. Plus, before we know it, it will be sweltering summer heat & mornings are really the only option if you want to survive.

I actually started up the morning routine again yesterday. Ran 2 miles at a slow pace…trying to get back into the swing of things & not wanting to over do it since having had bronchitis. Honestly, it was pretty hard & I struggled through it. Hoping my next run will be a little easier and not make me feel like I’m starting over from scratch! Good grief, I’ve been running for about 5 years now – you would think a girl could take a few weeks off & not struggle to do 2 miles!

I’m excited to get back on a legit schedule & start adding in some long runs on the weekends. I read through my latest copy of Runner’s World while I was out sick last week & got all pumped up. As far as upcoming races…Komen Race for the Cure 5K is next weekend here in Tyler. Then, we’re talking about doing Too Hot To Handle in Dallas again in July, which is a 9 miler. I’d love to find another 10K to do – that is such a fun distance for a race! Also, I’m looking at the Chosen: Half Marathon for Adoption in October in New Braunfels. And of course the White Rock Half in Dallas in December.

For those of you runners that read this blog–I’d love to hear how its going for you, what you’re training for, what schedule you try to stick to, etc. Comment me!

I feel human again!

25 Apr

Wow, last week was rough. Seems like a blur. I was sick  from Saturday until Friday. Stayed home from work for about 3 days. It was awful. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever been that sick…or at least not for many years. I didn’t eat hardly anything all week, losing about 7 pounds. I felt weak and my back was hurt from all the coughing. I went through boxes of tissue, bottles of Nyquil, and lots of Sprite. It was miserable! Gosh, I am so thankful for my loving husband who basically took care of EVERYTHING last week. I sure missed the “norm” of playing with my girls and kissing all over their faces. I hated missing out on life while I was cooped on on the couch for 6 days! I finally started feeling better late last week, but didn’t really feel back to human until, well today really. Thank you Lord!!! Health is such a blessing.

And I’m sure glad I felt good today because we had plans for a while now to go to a Texas Ranger’s game with my family. It was a lot of fun. We all went last year too. Its become an annual deal now and Addi & Kam LOVE it. From getting the tickets, to ice cream & cotton candy, to seeing the “dots” on the field (big colorful Ozarka circles that run around crazy on the field  – not really sure the point of this) – they have a blast! We always enjoy hanging with the fam and spending time outdoors.


20 Apr

I have been sick. Real sick for about 4 days now. I went to the doctor yesterday to find out I have bronchitis – BOO! I hate to be sick. I am a fairly healthy person, don’t get sick that often. I don’t think I have been this ill in years…in fact, I don’t remember the last time I felt this bad. Totally sucks! I’ve missed two days of work now – which is also rare. I’m sure I’ll be swamped when I get back. Anyways, there really is no point to this post other than to say – I’m sick. Maybe I just need your sympathy! 🙂


15 Apr

“Gratitude. More aware of what you have than what you don’t. Recognizing the treasure in the simple – a child’s hug, fertile soil, a golden sunset. Relishing in the comfort of the common – a warm bed, a hot meal, a clean shirt.” –Max Lucado

My coworker has a desk calendar with quotes like this printed on each day and she reads them to me almost every morning as we warm up & ease in to our day at the office, which I love. This one is the one from yesterday. Some days the quote will go in one ear and out the other…depending on how sleepy I still am, if I’ve had enough coffee, what’s bustling around the office, etc. But not this one. It touched me and has stuck with me since she read it. “More aware of what you have than what you don’t.” Wow. This is a challenge isn’t it? How often do we sit and think about everything that God has blessed us with as opposed to sit and thinking about everything we think we need, want, can’t change, or lack?

This thought, along with others revolved around servant-hood & helping those in need, is something Ryan & I have talked a lot about lately & are working on together. In fact, its been a recurring theme in our lives over the past several months. At church, at community group, in books we are reading, etc. Ryan even posted a string of posts on his blog about it too.

Being thankful & content in the simple. To be honest, this used to not be the case for us. When we were first married, all we wanted to do was to buy and own the latest & greatest, even though we didn’t have money for it. Keeping up with the Jones’, as they say. And because of that, we are STILL paying off credit cards from years back. And I’m certain paying ten times more for whatever it was we bought thanks to high card interest rates! Dave Ramsey would shudder at some of the stuff we charged.

But over the past few years (probably since we had our first child), God has been working on us – molding us in this area. Showing us that its not about what all you own in THIS life and its not about “living your best life now” in the world’s view. In fact – this life is not about ME at all! Its about God & the work he is doing through me. Its about loving Him & loving others. Putting others ahead of myself. Gosh, I still have a lot of work to do in this area – but I’m trying! And I’m thankful for a husband that is striving to do this as well. As Frances Chan so amazingly explains in the book Crazy Love- as Christians, our best life will come later. For that reason, we press toward the goal!

So I challenge you to “recognize the treasure in the simple” – bask in those moments & praise God for them. Each day is a gift and if we take time to count each blessing, we won’t have quite as much time to dwell in the negative. The next time your child hugs you – soak it up. When you kiss your spouse – relish it. When you lay down at night and cover up, snuggle in and say thank you. When you go out for your morning run, take in the fresh air and smile. And continuously seek out ways to help someone in need – believe me, you won’t have to look far.

Much love & gratitude for all my family & friends!


Capitol 10K

13 Apr

We had a great weekend in Austin! Ryan wrote a post all about it – you can read it here.

The Capitol 10k was a complete blast! Wow, this was such a fun race. Awesome city. Great route. About 20,000 runners. Cool weather. Plus (the best part), Addi & Kam were anxiously waiting for us at the finish line along w/my Dad & Jeff. You should have seen the smiles on their little faces – it made crossing the finish line even more special to this Mommy! We finished right at 9 minute miles…Ryan slowed his roll so he could run with me.

So so glad we were able to do this…its definitely one I’d like to do year after year. Next race on the calendar? The Tyler Komen Race for the Cure 5K in May!




Headed to ATX

8 Apr

I’m so excited about this weekend! Tomorrow, we will take a road trip to Austin. Looking forward to seeing my brother & his family, catching up with the Ivey’s, eating Amy’s icecream, running in the Capitol 10k, attending The Stone & TXT3, and hopefully squeezing in a dinner at Chuy’s!

I’m personally pretty pumped about this 10k. This is one of the races I’ve always wanted to participate in, but for one reason or another, it just hasn’t worked out in the past. But this year…it. is. on. Check out this route! The race begins running up Congress Avenue straight towards the State Capital & ends running along side Lady Bird Lake. Awesome. Plus, this will be the first race that our kids will get to be there waiting for us at the finish line – yippee! My dad, a.k.a. Poppy, and my little brother are watching the girls while we run. Fun!

Are you excited about me?

6 Apr

Yesterday, when I arrived home from work, I walked into the house awaiting the smiling faces & sweet hellos from two precious girls. I love this part of my day! It doesn’t matter what happens throughout my day at work, I always look forward to walking through the doors of our house. Handsome hubby & two adorable baby girls waiting for my arrival. I hugged each of them real tight, kissed them all over their precious little faces, and asked them how their day was…just like I do every day.  And Addi says to me, “Mommy are you excited about me?” I grinned from ear to ear, “YES baby, I’m always excited about you!” This comment made my heart melt. I always want my children to know how excited their Mommy is about them. And I always want them to know, and never ever doubt, my unconditional love for them. They bring so much joy to our lives! I’m honored & so incredibly blessed to be their Mommy.


1 Apr

oh. my. word. the switchfoot concert tonight was AMAZING!!!

first of all, the tickets were free. can’t get any cheaper than that! second, it was at the college where ryan works in the auditorium…so we drove 1 mile to get to it. third, it felt like a private concert because it was in a small auditorium – not a huge arena, and there really wasn’t a ton of people there because of the holiday from school tomorrow. fourth, they played a good blend of old songs + some new songs…ending with “dare you to move” – awesome. fifth, i got to go with my love & my little brother & we had a blast together! great night.