Success

Man, I’ve done a super crappy job of writing lately, but I’m okay with a little failure here because I’ve had really good success in other places in my life.

Jamin and I have never been great at reading the Bible and praying together consistently, so last June we decided we were going to try to get into the habit of it. We read one chapter every night and made a list of 11 things that we would pray for and, as one was answered, we would add another to the list. Because we have always struggled to get into a routine, one of the first things we prayed was that we would be able to stick with it for one month. Here we are a year later, and we’ve kept up with it with the exception of one night. There have definitely been nights where it would have been easier to just skip it and go to bed, but we haven’t done that. I’m most proud of us because we’ve done quite a bit of traveling in the last year and those were the times that we would fall off the wagon in the past, but we managed to carve out the time.

And I’ve been working out more regularly. I’ve struggled to work out consistently for a few years, and it’s been frustrating. We live in a small town and always had to drive at least 20 minutes to get to a gym, so it was easy for me to make an excuse at the end of the day to not make that drive. But I have access to a gym now, and it’s only a 3 minute drive! I’ve been waking up at 5 in the morning, which is really horrible, but also really effective. I get my workout done, so I don’t have to worry about evening plans interfering, and I am way more productive with my mornings. I go to the gym and take my dog for a walk all before work, so any activity in the evening is just a bonus. I’ve been feeling better and have been way more confident.

Maybe now I’ll get some consistency back with writing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Trail Ride

There is a bike trail near our house that I really like. It’s about 10 miles one way and goes between our town and another.

The trail is surrounded by farms and natural beauty and has a couple bridges, but it’s the canopy of trees that makes me love it so much. For most of the 10 miles, there are beautiful shade-providing trees with branches hanging out over the trail.

It reminds me of Tennessee. Specifically, the part of Tennessee where my dad lives. I can picture it now.  When I was little, we would drive from the airport in Nashville or Huntsville, and the trees hanging over would be the first sign to let me know we were getting close to home. When I got older, I recognized other markers, but any time I see trees hanging over a road or a trail, I think back to when I was little, I think about Tennessee, and I think of my dad. 🙂

A few days ago, Jamin and I did a thing that we like to do every now and then. We rode the 10 miles, had supper in the other town, and rode back home. It was so fun. I love being married to my best friend!

 

 

 

Running Again

I’ve said it before, but I am just so thankful for my husband.

I used to be a runner. I ran track and cross country all through junior high and high school. I loved being a distance runner, but I was really injury prone. I had shin splints every season, all season of each sport, from 7th grade until my senior year with the exception of cross country my junior year. I don’t know what happened; that year was a miracle.

Anyway, here I am 25 years old, and I haven’t run in a few years. The reason is because every time I try to run I get shin splints, and I hate it! Needless to say, I’m a bit out of shape, and my endurance sucks. But I have decided, nonetheless, to pick up running because it is such a good workout. Continue reading “Running Again”