Pieces of Me

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Body is a Temple

Reflections from 5 years ago:

I am God's creation.  I am His child. 

I want to glorify Him in all I do.  That's why I am determined to use my weight loss to inspire others.  My body is a temple from the Lord.  I did not lose the weight the first time because of how others saw me.  I was very unhappy with myself.  And my being unhappy with myself caused my relationship with Him to suffer.  So I turned to the Lord and asked for His guidance,  and then I joined Weight Watchers.

I am blessed to be His child.  And I am thankful for the success He has given and will give me.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

For those of you who don't know, I've been training all summer for the Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure.  If you're inspired by my story, please click here to support me and help raise money to find a cure for Breast Cancer.  Two women in my family have had breast cancer.  One lost her battle - my great Aunt Mary.  My Aunt Joanne is a survivor.  Several women in Stephen's family have had breast cancer.  His Grandma Reba lost her life.  Aunt Debbie and Aunt Janet are both survivors.  I'm sure there are more in the family as well as many around me - Molly, my dear friend, is a survivor.  I am running in honor of them.  I am running for my health.  I am running for Him.

Just today I was thinking about how "unfun" it is to run alone.  I doubt it would be "fun" at all to run with anyone, but if I had someone to pant to throughout the run, it might be easier???

And then I got to thinking, I'm NOT running alone.  I'm running with Him.  My heavenly father is with me the entire time.  And I like to think that He's cheering me on.  When I think about it, I recall several moments when I'm running and I hear that voice in my head, "You can do it. . . don't quit," and I have decided that it's not me talking. . it's Him.  And that makes me want to do this even more.

He gave me this life.  He did not make me overweight.  And even with all the excuses I can give for who I have become physically, I realize this has also been a spiritual battle.  And one that I'm not going to "win" on my own.  I have to rely on Him. 

And that's what I'm going to do.

So. . . I'm about to run the race. . . . but I will not run it alone.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New School Year

Summer is officially over around here.  Hannah headed back to school on August 24 with Cayden and me following on September 8.  Unlike me, I didn't think to take pictures of Hannah on her first day.  I got the traditional "photo with the teacher" at Meet the Teacher so I just left my camera at home. 

Then everyone started posting photos of their kiddos on their first day.  Crazy, I thought.  Do people really take photos of their kids EVERY year?  Apparently, everyone does.  I didn't get any photos of Hannah on her first day, but how many people out there got THIRD day photos?  And isn't she darling??   LOL

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Now Cayden, I remembered to take the camera and take his picture.  Of course I now look like I favor the boy, but that's okay, some days, I do.  Cayden's first day of school this year was completely different than last year.  Although I got an adorable photo of him proudly standing with his lunchbox and one of him happily standing with his teacher, getting away from him last year was torture.  They had to peel him away from me as he kicked and screamed.  And then I just had to walk away from it all because I had my own class to tend to. 

This year was completely different, my sweet boy would not let me take his photo outside the school.  In fact, he walked away from me, nap mat in hand, and headed to the school building.  Once inside, he proceeded to find the trains and play on his own, barely stopping for the traditional "photo with the teacher."  And in fact, we only got a photo with the Assistant Teacher.  A photo with his lead teacher had to wait until the 2nd day of school, and even THAT took an act from above.  But I got it.  Along with a few photos of him with his little friends, although not his GIRLFRIEND.  Sadly, she has moved to a different school.  But Cayden has not forgotten her, nor will he "replace" her.  I've asked him to give both these little girls kisses and he says, "But I can't. . . R is my girlfriend."  Sigh

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So the school year has begun.  And it's off to a great start.  A bit more homework.  Two children who are exhausted at the end of the day.  Perhaps an earlier bedtime coming soon.  Regardless, a great start!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just a Little Moody

The weekend after I returned from Pennsylvania, we decided to take a whirlwind trip to Galveston.  The kids really wanted to go to the beach, I really wanted to spend some time with them away from home, and one of my best friends needed a vacation, so we loaded up in the van and headed to Moody Gardens for 2 nights and 1 1/2 days the weekend before school started.  I don't know what we were thinking.  I do know that we just wanted to have some last minute summer fun before settling in to a new routine involving waking up super early and sending our children off to school.  It was worth it!

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