Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obstacles in the race!

After sorting through almost 700 pictures I tried to pick out a few from each part of the race to post. Brylee dropped (and shattered) my nice camera so I am without that for the next week so it looks like I will be blogging about the race the next few days! I have three different posts from the race so here we go with the first one.

I think the best part of the Jailbreak was getting to each obstacle and making sure that everyone could find a way to complete it, or at least try their best to do what they could. Even when things got hard at times, I feel like everyone tried their best and worked their hardest!

Here are LOTS of pictures of the different obstacles that we faced!

These next four pictures made me laugh. They are in order of how it went down. 

I was splashing and throwing mud so two of my girls jumped on me and took me underwater to get back! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jailbreak Race 2014

I am so proud of the boot camp girls. On Saturday we all ran the Jailbreak mud race together and it was such a neat experience.

16 girls. All running together. Picking each other up along the way. It was a beautiful sight for me to watch them work hard and constantly help someone else out through the race.

When I look at them I am so proud of how far they have come. There has been such a big number of pounds lost along the way but more importantly I got to watch their hearts love each other deeply because of the common bond that they all share.

I love each of these girls so much and I am blessed for the chance to experience this with them!

We have 675 pictures from the race that were taken for us, which I have to sit down and sort through, but I wanted to share a few that were on my camera. I look forward to sharing more pictures soon through the journey of the Jailbreak race!

Isaiah 40:31

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

I truly believe that exercise knits hearts together like nothing else. Learning to allow ourselves to be completely vulnerable with others is not easy to do but in these moments it's inevitable.

Friends that pray together....definitely succeed together!!!

 I loved this next one. We could see the finish line so we linked arms and ran together....that was exactly how I pictured us finishing!

What a fun day!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Special weekend

I had such a special weekend because we had some sweet visitors that stayed with us. Twelve years ago, my first year of teaching, I had the privilege to teach this precious girl. I was only 22 at the time, and just beginning my journey of teaching, and I was so lucky to have Hannah in my class. 

I couldn't have asked for a better student that first year, she was one of the ones that kept me going back each day! She was always so kind and she always did what I asked her to do. I fell in love with her back then and I still love her now. She 24 now and I am so proud of her. 

Her and her sister drove 8 hours to visit us and I am so thankful that they did. My girls fell in love with them instantly and it was a treat to get to see them! 

Cerly loved playing doctor. Hannah is a nurse now so she played right along and Cerly was loving every minute of it.

I love all these girls so much :)

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The week

Just some random pictures from the last week or so.

Brylee doing her homework. Sometimes this goes well and sometimes it doesn't. I love watching her learn but it is not always easy :)

Last weekend I was able to escape some for girl time--here we are getting ready to go to the Women of Faith conference. I love these ladies, their hearts and their love for God. I am so blessed to get to spend my time growing with them. 

Kerri and I had our first real friend date without children ha! Lunch and pedicures was the perfect idea she had, we enjoyed every minute of it. 

And finally, my running buddies. I have been spending a lot of time running lately. I set a goal to run 20-30 miles a week and I think this week I will finally hit my goal which is neat. I am NOT a runner so every day is challenge but we are getting there....together! Getting up super early is a challenge as well so this has all been a new experience but I am enjoying the "me" time to get healthier in more ways than one.