April 14, 2014

Work Hard

April 14, 2014
Chris and I love to to listen to James MacDonald.  In one of his sermons he talks about the importance of family values.  He tells about his middle name “Sherwood” which was his grandmother’s maiden name.  He says that his grandmother, an apparent wise woman, use to say to him “James, you’re a Sherwood and Sherwood’s work hard”.

How could you as a parent not love that!?  Since then we developed our own set of “family values” and have them posted on the front of our refrigerator.  As you may guess “work hard” is one of them.  My husband has an AMAZING work ethic.  He works hard, he never complains, he has never had entitlement issues and he loves the Lord.  His parents would not allow him to start a task without finishing it.  This is what I want of my children… no matter what they’re doing in life – do it for The Lord!


This guy is working hard to be the best little T-ball player he can be!  Saturday at his first game of the season he hit his first “coach pitched” ball… this momma was beyond proud!

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April 12, 2014


April 12, 2014

If it is not obvious from my blog, having a third child has left me a little distracted.  My blog – which I LOVE has been the most neglected over the past year.  Something has to give – right?

My days run like a well oiled machine, if not someone is going to be miserable… and usually that someone is me.  I live on a calendar and by a strict schedule during the day.  I feel like I have to schedule not only when we will eat, but when I will do laundry, play with the kids, take my shower, brush my teeth… you get the idea.

Since Beckham was born I feel discombobulated.  Scatter brained.  Its frustrating.  I use to REALLY have it together.  No, really… I did!  I use to be more organized, put together and on my toes.  Now… now I am lucky if I remember to put the kids lunches in the right backpacks or pay a bill on time.  For example, Claire’s ballet school sent me home with a packet of info including instructions on when/where to purchase recital tickets and how to enroll her for next year.  I read all the info while in the car, but  I have NO clue where that packet is now!  It throws me in a panic inside not knowing where something is. 

Last week the Kindergarten director at our school met me at the door when I picked up Colton.  Apparently, I had not sent in their registration info for next year.  They had opened it up to the public and she was concerned about the classes filling up.  I was SO embarrassed!  I mean really… filling out paperwork and sending it back to school with the children should not be a hard task.  Then when I do go to re-enroll them I realize I am OUT of checks!  Not just out in my checkbook, but COMPLETELY OUT!!!  How does this happen?  I know this may not sound that bad to some, but when stuff like this happens over and over – I am so embarrassed.

During the day I am so bad about attempting to multi-task with household chores.  Need proof?  I walked back into the kitchen to this the other day.  This is why you should not try to do dishes and laundry at the same time.  Stick to one task!


Just a few seconds from a complete mess.  Oh yeah, and just a month ago I backed into my mothers car – in – my – driveway!  ugh!  Hello insurance deductible!


Distractions arise and stuff like this happens…


He is always into mischief … just like his little sister.

Oh, but the best is this…. and the thing is – this happens ALL THE TIME!


So what do you do?  I have chosen to laugh… laugh at myself and of course snap photos of the mayhem. 

One day I will have it all together again, right?

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April 11, 2014

My Favorite

April 11, 2014
The past four years I have had several different running partners.  Old friends, new friends, mom friends, and young friends.  Nothing like running with a seventeen year old to make your youth go rushing through your mind like a jet plane!

  Last year Chris helped me train for a Summer Solstice half where I PR’d (2:10)… he did such a good job helping me that I all but begged him to join for the Knoxville Half this year.  Once he agreed to it I signed him up so there would be no backing out!

Chris did the treadmill for his weekday short runs and then on Saturday joined me outside for our long runs.  Every week I looked forward to Saturday morning – it was honestly like a “date night” for us.  We rarely get alone time.  Chris and I together sharing one of my favorite places in the world – the pavement.  The perfect “date”. 

I love to run.  It makes me happy.  I forget about the stresses of the day – the messy house, piles of laundry, my busy schedule.  I just let go and I run.  Sharing it with my favorite person in the world made it all the better.

He even kept me on my toes when I missed my early morning runs due to snow or rain.
I managed to snap a few photos from some of our long runs… I think on this day we were super COLD during our run.
Chris did not enjoy the long runs like I did … I was seriously giddy at times watching him run next to me.  For Chris I think it was more a labor of love.  He ran with me, trained for that half because I wanted him too.  His loving “act of service”.
Race day came… it was so cold!  The week before the race we were expecting 47 degrees at the start of the race.  It was actually in the low 30’s and windy when we started Sunday morning.  So cold!
Not only did we start… but we FINSIHED in record time!  It was an amazing day… and what made it all the best was sharing it with this guy!
Seriously … is there a better finish line than this!?
We did it… hopefully I can convince him to do it again!IMG_1263
Hopefully I can manage to post my full race review soon!!

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