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Weekly Wrap # 16 ,Road Trip


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Well I had yet another busy week, in a long string of busy weeks.

Monday I swam at the Y and finished in a faster time than ever. I was so happy, with the advice from the lifeguard last week I was able to swim my laps a lot faster. I hope to soon be able to finish them without stopping to rest. With the triathlon rapidly approaching (June 18th) I really need to speed it up.Later that night we ran 4 miles.
Tuesday, I did laundry so my husband wouldn’t need to do it while I was gone. And packed while doing my other duties.
Wednesday I had an appointment that afternoon and I needed to pick up the kids. Once I got home we had a quick dinner and packed in a flash. Than Faith and I kissed and hugged all the dogs and our family goodbye.image

We were off on our way to Florida to visit with some of our family who we don’t see often enough. We traveled for about 2 hours than stopped for COFFEE!


And around 10:20 pm we reached Florida, we got some coupon books for hotels and than traveled about another hour or so and stopped for the night.image

When we got up Thursday we went down for breakfast, it looks like we were still pretty sleepy in the pictures.image

Then we checked out without going for a swim in the heated pool, because we wanted to see our family really awful like. We stopped for lunch at Checkers, Faith wanted some of their awesome fries. IMG_8514 IMG_0109

It was so nice once we got there, the weather was amazing and the pools were awesome. We enjoyed a good swim than a wonderful dinner on the patio. Later we went for a walk and the view was amazing.image

Friday we drove to town ,it was so beautiful. We went to the beach and walked on the boardwalk we saw some dolphins swimming and playing in the water.IMG_2997 But I didn’t have much luck catching a picture of them. Than we went to some stores along the beach and got some cute bracelets.imageWe also went to the local library, this was the nicest library I’ve ever seen, even the elevator was cool.imageOn the way back we stopped at another family members house and had a very pleasant visit, really wish we could see them more than we do.image

Faith loved playing with Sprocket the family dog, they worked together to catch lizards.image They also played hide and seek non-stop, this is an amazing dog. So happy they have him to keep them company. We loved swimming in the pool, it was so refreshing and beautiful.IMG_8155

We later visited more of our wonderful family and went out to eat in a really fancy restaurant, we were really being spoiled by our family. Than we went back to their beautiful house and played dominos and had the best strawberry pie ever with coffee of course. Faith caught some more lizards and tried to catch some frogs, but they were a little to fast for her.image They also had some really fun dogs which we really enjoyed.imageimage

Saturday we stayed around the house and enjoyed another wonderful day with our family. imageFaith and I decided to go for a run but quickly learned we had to run a lot earlier here than back home, so we only ran 1.69 miles than came back and jumped into the pool AWW it was so refreshing.

image Later that night we played a marble game which we just learned the day before, it’s kinda like SORRY. Than we played some Rummikube, loved it! What could be better than playing games with your family?

Sunday we had to say good-bye , it’s so hard to do. We will have to go again, hopefully it wont take us as long to do it next time. imageOn the way home we were able to see some Gators!imageIMG_0324

And get some Florida oranges and grapefruits, they are so good I hope they make it home.image

We finally found some ALE8 for Ken at like the millionth Cracker Barrel we stopped at.IMG_5582 When we stopped for dinner Faith loved her view.image

I had to keep telling her she had to wait until after dinner to see if see could pet it.We of course had to get dessert.imageimage

Faith couldn’t go home to her dog empty handed so we picked this up.image It was so nice to be home we loved our trip but we were happy to be home again. If any of my family is reading this ,Thank you! so much for the wonderful visit, we love you all bunches.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trusting him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


WEEKLY WRAP #10WeeklyWrap

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My week wasn’t full of miles and stairs it was full of crutches and despair.IMG_0660.JPG

I was still in pain from the Spartan more than I thought I should be, I figured it was time to see my doctor. We took the dogs to the vet and then went and got ice-cream for all. I think it made every one feel better. It’s always nice to do something special when things are a little tough.IMG_3780IMG_8419IMG_2079IMG_9930

I went to the doctor, and was told I couldn’t run for a while and under no circumstances can I climb in the “Fight for Air Climb”.This was pretty tough to hear as this is very important to me. After a good cry and a little pity party, I decided to see if one of my children , who aren’t already climbing would want to do it for me and if it will be allowed. I’m also going to volunteer at the climb. So these ideas helped me along with the fact I need to let my body heal so I can hopefully be back to normal soon.

I was much better because I had my first good night of sleep since the spartan. The shot and pills along with the crutches have helped immensely. Faith won’t let me do much of anything now, she has been so sweet.

Much of the same trying to take it easy so I can heal and start slowly getting back to normal. I’m hoping that I may be able to start swimming next week as the doctor said I should be able to as long as the pain isn’t to awful.

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I rested and spent time with family, it is really hard not being able to run. When Ken and Faith went for a run i was a little sad, and it’s just my luck once it gets warm I cant run. But If all goes well I should be running again in a few weeks. I just have to slowly add on the miles so I continue to heal. I hope this doesn’t put me to far behind in my 1,000 mile challenge for the year, but I do have a good buffer, so I’m not to worried.
I didn’t go to church again this week as it hard to walk and sit comfortably.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Friday Five-How I energy up for a long run

I am linking up with Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday five.image

This is a previous post that I thought would be good for this link-up. I edited it some for this link up, hope you enjoy reading about how I energy up for a long run. It makes we wish for warmer days to come.

I thought it may interest some of you, how I power up for my long runs. It’s important because if you don’t have what you need your body would start to turn fat into energy, that is good but it also starts to break down muscle too. I don’t know about you but I would like to keep my muscles, after all the work that went into building them.

The first thing is you need to have a good breakfast.IMG_20150711_065904

This is what I did this past Saturday for our 12.4 mile run. Well I always have my cup of coffee every day without fail, or I’ll be a very cranky and sluggish Momma indeed. I’ll eat a hard-boiled egg or yogurt, sometimes I have chai seeds and almond milk I make like a pudding out of it, you should try it, it’s delicious.

The second is to ensure that I’ll have the needed energy to make it through my run still up right.

In the car when we are about fifteen minutes away or so, we drink a V-8 energy juice which has green tea for energy and has only fifty delicious calories.IMG_20150711_075826

Than once we are there we will eat a banana when we start to warm up and stretch. A banana has vitamin B-6, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium and has low glycemic carobs that keep me going. They also help keep away muscle cramps.IMG_20150711_081113

Third we need to stay hydrated.

We always have our water which is always important for a long run, but even more because now we’re in the middle of the summer heat. I also carry some raisins or something like that in my hydration belt in case my energy starts to vanish.

On our run we have a Taco Bell we always pass by (at mile 3) and sometimes stop to use the facilities. Well Saturday I can’t tell you how happy I was to see it.


It was so hot and humid this Saturday we stopped a few times to drink our water and catch our breath. Which you have to do at times like that, we don’t want to have to see our doctor because we didn’t take it easy when needed. We would always stop where we would be in the shade. And to our dog’s dismay we left them home, it is currently too hot for them to join us on our long runs.

On this run I was doing OK, not my best or worst, so I was happy with it. Even though I got stung on my forehead and ran into a big spider web with the spider still on it, yuck! Did I have the creepy crawlies after that for miles? I really didn’t like bugs that day at all; wait I never do like bugs.

I was even happier about 6 miles later when we got back by Taco Bell, lol sometimes I need to stop more than once.


Fourth and fifth get the protein that’s needed to rebuild your muscles.IMG_20150711_111720

When we are done and back at the car we have more water, some muscle milk (has no milk) and a cliff bar that is awesome. Together they have 40 g protein which our muscles need, as you age you need more protein to keep your muscles strong, we need to help are bodies build muscles that we just worked hard. Sometimes we are really looking forward to them after the run, which was the case this weekend last summer.

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

How do you power up for your runs?

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I love this soup. It’s sure to warm you up on cold days.

You will need

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 head cauliflower separated into floweretsimage
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 onion choppedimg_0123.jpeg
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Dash pepper, nutmeg
  • Salt to taste

Bring the broth to a boil add the cauliflower, celery, onion and lemon.img_0125.jpeg

Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is done.

Take your potato masher and mash it till it’s pretty smooth.img_0128.jpeg

Now put the milk and flour into your shaker and shake till its mixed well.img_0131.jpeg

Slowly add to your soup while stirring.img_0138.jpeg Cook till thickened.img_0139.jpeg Add your pepper, nutmeg and salt than cook for a few more minutes and serve with a salad or sandwich or alone.img_0140.jpeg I’m sure you’ll love this soup, if you like cheese you can also add in some cheese with the pepper and nutmeg as well. Hope you enjoy this wonderful soup.img_0146.jpeg

Nutrition facts for one serving.

  • Calories                                      202
    • Fat (g)                                     1.7
    • Saturated (g)                      0.8
    • Polyunsaturated (g)        0.2
    • Monounsaturated ( g)    0.4
    • Trans(g)                                  0
    • Cholesterol (mg)               4.9
    • Sodium (mg)                         636.1
    • Potassium (mg)                   191.9
    • Carbs (g)                                  39.1
    • Fiber (g)                                    4.9
    • Sugars (g)                                 9.1
    • Protein (g)                               8.4
    • Vitamin A (%)                        10.3
    • Vitamin C (%)                        114.1
    • Calcium                                     11.6
    • Iron                                              12.6

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1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


Fight For Air Climb 2016, Why We Climb

It’s a little frightening to look up at 191 Peachtree Towers and know I’ll be climbing to the top soon.

Why we climb in the” Fight for Air Climb.”

I guess I should start by telling how I found out about the climbs. My husband brought home an article that he thought I would be impressed with. It was about Suzy Walsham, a woman who won the Empire State building climb in New York. She climbed 86 floors in 12:05, isn’t that impressive. To say the least, I thought it was amazing that people could climb that many floors so quickly. I told him” we should try it, you know just to say we did it.” I also lost my aunt due to lung issues a few years earlier. So I was like let’s do this thing.

At this time my mother was fighting pancreatic cancer for a second time, for about 4 years this time. She lived in Michigan so we talked almost every day, except for when her pain was too great to talk. While on the phone with her one day I told her about the climb and that Ken was going to be signing us up to do it; her first words were your crazy. And that is where we got are team name “Mary Jo’s Crazy Climbers.”

I went to visit my Mom in February 2014. I will always treasure the memories of that trip. We had time to spend together; we played cards one of her favorite things. She wouldn’t let anyone win no matter your age or how many times you have played, so if you won you felt like you accomplished something. If you were one who wanted to quit when you’re losing, she would explain why you never quit, what you start you always finish. This is a trait she has successfully passed on to the next generation.

While I was there she went into the hospital with an infection in her leg. She was improving, we thought she would be coming home soon, she was having trouble keeping her oxygen levels up, but we thought it was due to the pain she was in. And once they stabilized the pain we all thought it would improve.

The day I was to go back home to my family, we went back and see my Mom once more before I left. When we were visiting with her, several doctors came in to see her and then they asked us to come out into the hall to speak with us. I wasn’t worried because this happened a lot. We were not prepared for the news they shared with us. Her lungs weren’t working and due to her age and health she couldn’t get a transplant. They told us they were surprised that she wasn’t having trouble before now with how bad it was. They showed us the x-rays and also told us that she only had hours to days to live. I wasn’t ready to lose her, none of us were, I needed her, we all still needed her.

3-10-1947 to 2-24-2014

We lost our Grandma, Wife and Mother that very same day. We miss her every day; she always brought smiles wherever she was. Her life was cut short, she had so much to still give; she is missed every single day. But we know that she in the arms of her savior in peace and in no more pain.

Here is a poem she wrote

I’m Already There

Close your eyes, say a prayer.

And feel my love around

You, as I’m already there.


I’m the sun shining down

And the warm breezy air

The smile on a stranger’s

Face, yes I’m already there.


I’ll always be a part of the

Good things that you share

I’ll smile and pray to the

Lord, for your continued care.


So even when I can’t be

Right there beside you, my love;

Feel my prayers falling down

With the moonlight from above


Know that I cheer your success

And send comfort for your pain.

Cherish our good memories

And in heaven we’ll meet again.

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We did the climb that first year, 4-19-2014 at 191 Peachtree Tower Atlanta, but it was so hard to do since it was so soon after we lost her. We worked really hard to do are best in honor of her, I was a little upset that I didn’t medal but I did do pretty well, I finished right! My time for the 51 floors was 12:07:53 and Ken’s time was 11:08:91, Wow!

We also climb for my Father in law who is currently on 24 hour oxygen with COPD. Also for Mary Fetherson and a few other friends, hope and pray that some new treatments will come along that will help them with these awful diseases. That’s why we climb, in hope for healing and prolonging the lives of those who struggle for each and every breath they take.

We also climbed the next year, on April 18, 2015, in her memory. Faith, our daughter also joined us and all three of us medaled last year. Faith climbed 51 floors in 12:01, Ken climbed 51 floors in 10:36, and I was able to do the 51 floors in 11:30. This is what happens when you never give up, you keep improving.

We are also proud that Mary our 15 year old daughter, who will also be joining us this year.

We were so happy to do this climb in her memory and know that it will help save lives, so others may not have to go through the same pain we did.

So what do you think, do you want to do this?

Do you want to help in finding cures and new treatments for those who struggle?

You will be helping others and you will have bragging rights, you can say that you did this tough building climb. So think about it, don’t push it off and say you can’t, I bet you can. I hope to see you there.

My Personal Fight for Air Climb Page

From here you can donate, join our team, or check out our Team’s progress.

American Lung Association – Fight for Air

From here you can learn more about the American Lung Association, learn about Lung diseases and conditions, or find a Fight for Air Climb Event in your area!

I Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.