Sunday, March 30, 2014

"As Sure as the Sun"

(by Ellie Holcomb) 

Last week was a pretty great week, and I think this one is going to be great, too!

These were on my desk when I arrived on Monday morning:

Kennan left them there for me. She & Marcus had used them in a video, and she thought they'd brighten my day! {She was right!} ü

I was Coco's Woman Crush Wednesday, yo:

My sweet boy did awesome at district!!

But before I tell you about district (though you may have already seen on fb), I have to tell you about the not-so-awesome week before...

God knew that I wouldn't have handled things well that night, because He arranged it to where I was not there to witness it. As you may know, I was in New Mexico last week. {Lest you think I'm a terrible mom, I must explain that my trip had been planned long before Cody was in track...} Christopher was also not there, because he had an elder meeting. Cody was texting me during the meet, as he does even when I'm there ('cuz he's cool like that). After the 800, he texted that he finished but would tell me about it in a little bit. He ended up calling to say that he had not been feeling well at the end of his first race (the 800), and he tripped & fell in the last 100. He ended up sixth place, which is still pretty legit. I felt bad for him, but let's be real: he's my son ~> he was bound to fall at some point! ;)

I didn't hear anything for a couple of hours, when he told me that he finished the mile and was getting ready for the 4x4 (the very next event). But then I didn't hear anything for another 45 minutes, when my phone rang (at 9:30), and it looked like a school phone number. I said before that a mama's heartbeat accelerates when the school calls. I take that back, because my heart actually stopped for a second this time. I knew that something was wrong with Cody. Fortunately, the trainer had him say hi to me before explaining why he was calling. My sweet boy had gotten severely dehydrated, had elevated blood pressure, was hyperventilating, and had fallen two more times (in his last race). Oh ya, and he puked a couple of times (I think it was later, after he drank a bunch of water, maybe too fast). He was OK at the time of the phone call, and the trainer reassured me that he would be fine, but I felt so bad for Cody and couldn't do anything to help him from 13 hours away.

I got more details from him by text the next day and in person once I got home. Despite the dehydration, he finished third in the mile, and his team finished third in the relay. I'll spare you the details of his falling in the relay, but let's just say that my stomach turned as I pictured the scenario. And I can't imagine having been in the stands that night, knowing something was wrong with my boy. I might have jumped the railing and ran out there!

Fast forward to this week, and Cody was sure to hydrate! :) He did so good and was feeling great! He finished second in the 800 and set another PR (2:20). His relay team finished second in the 4x4, and he set yet another PR (61)! The most exciting thing was when he WON the mile, setting another PR (5:23)!! He started out in front, and I was afraid that he was pushing too hard. After rounding the first corner, he stayed about 50 yards ahead for most of the race. In the last lap, a guy from another team started to gain on him a little. I don't know if he pushed too hard too soon, or what, but he never got closer than around 25-30 yards. By the last 100 sprint, I knew that Cody had it! I was so excited for him!! I was that mom screaming in the stands. I got a couple of strange looks from a teenager nearby, but I didn't care. That was my baby boy, and he won district!!

I had spoken with Daniel's parents earlier in the evening, and I turned around to see if they had seen Cody. They were all smiles and seemed legitimately happy for him! :) Daniel finished the same as Cody in the 800 and mile. I think our boys had super great first seasons, huh?

The meet took place in the town where one of my girls lives, so she met me at the track:

{You may recognize her from a couple of birthday photos, 'cuz she's one of my Birthday Buddies!} She hung out at the meet with me the whole time {except for the few minutes when we snuck away between events for Blizzards at Dairy Queen!}

I was able to take some carnations home after a memorial service at the church yesterday. I found a good use for my super cute teapot that had rusted & wasn't useful for tea-making anymore {but was too cute to discard!}

We ate empanadas with Dan & Amanda's family for lunch today! I think I won the prize for longest fry this time:

{In case you missed it, Amanda had an incredibly long fry last time!}

As for today's song, I decided to post it because it's the title track on her latest album from which I received my Kickstarter goodies this week!

{I got a shirt, too, but it's in the hamper. It's really soft!}

I guess that's all for now! I hope y'all have a wonderful week! ♥


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Difference Maker"


And now for Part Two of my trip to India! I began with the travel almost halfway around the world, and now I'll share a bit about my team...

I was blessed to go to India with these amazing people:

And because the above picture isn't so easy to label, here's another picture of the team:

[From left to right (back row): Lance, Scott, John. (front row): Kristin, Nicole, me, Marlene.]

Lance is one of the guys that I work with/for {don't tell anyone, but sometimes he's my favorite}

Scott is my fellow aggressive defensive driver, a protector, & a super fun guy:

John is my "twinning" friend who got punched in the gut for saying that I looked pretty saree >:P

Kristin (aka Sister Christian) used to be one of my girls in the youth group, & now she's all grown up!

Nicole (aka Coco) isn't embarrassed to dance in airports, finds ♥s in everything, & takes beautiful photographs {she took most of the good pictures in these posts, as in the ones not taken on cell phones...}

Marlene is hospitable and knowledgeable, & she'd give you the shirt off her back:

It was so great getting to know this crazy, beautiful team better & sharing such an amazing experience with them!

(to be continued...)

Photo credit: basically all of the good pictures were taken by Nicole (&/or with her camera and expertise), and the others are from various team members' phones and cameras...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"The State I'm In"


I'm on my phone at an airport and can't figure out a way to embed today's video, so you'll have to go here:

Sorry, y'all!

I'm afraid I'm about to disappoint you further because I don't have much to say or any pictures to post! Nothing blog worthy occurred this week before I left for New Mexico with Laurien on Wednesday morning, and I plan on posting about the trip later {surprise, surprise!}

Well...I guess I won't leave you completely picture-less. Here's one taken on the plane before we left Houston:

I hope y'all have a great week!! ♥


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Are We There Yet?"

(by Moose A. Moose)

It has only been three months since I've returned... but now for the post where I begin to tell y'all about India!!! I have so much to say about this trip, and it's hard to condense it all. Even condensed, it'll take several posts. So I decided to break it into categories. First, the travel there...

Scott, Marlene, Kristin & I met up at the church, where a goodie bag from Magaly was awaiting me! There was a cute tunic, snack baggies, chocolate, & a note specifying that the snacks were for everyone, but the chocolate was for the girls! ü {We munched on that food the entire trip!} We met Lance, John, & Nicole at the airport, and we began our two and 1/2 day journey to a remote part of India. Nicole took this photo of the team (minus John & Marlene) on the plane as we were leaving Houston:

Three flights totaling 18 hours or so, plus at least 14 layover hours, later...

...we arrived in the big city where we stayed the night!

After a good night's rest and hearty breakfast, we were driven 8 more hours from the big city to the place where we stayed. The roads are nothing like our roads, and the vehicles are nothing like our vehicles...

And there are cows. Everywhere.

To explain a bit of our first impressions of India, read this excerpt from a letter that Lance sent to our church:

Greetings from 11.5 hours into the future!  The peculiarity of India can probably be summed up in that one little fact:  it is 11.5 hours ahead...Not eleven and not twelve but eleven and a half. Being here again reminds me that although they are ahead in time, they are behind in revelation. What I mean by that is that the people of India seemingly worship anything, but not Jesus. There are gods with elephant heads, multiple arms, and giraffe-like necks...but none that are wholly human and wholly God. There are some that created and others that sustain, but none that is Lord of it all. There are some that bring life and end it, but none that are the Author of both. Let's pray that the people of India start to see Jesus for who He is: Creator, Sustainer, and the Path to Life.
And in case you thought I was exaggerating with my use of the word remote earlier, we stopped to relieve ourselves in a forest along the way. It was slightly awkward to take care of business outside with the sound of our men’s voices not too far away. We did it, though, and Nicole congratulated me! {Ha! I don’t think I’ve been congratulated for going potty in over 35 years!} And that was the first of many times we would do that sort of thing on this trip...

(to be continued...)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Say Something"

(cover by Pentatonix) 

This past week was Spring Break for my kiddos! They went on a trip with the youth group, but I didn't go this year. I'm heading out of town this week and knew it wasn't best for me to be gone several days for two weeks in a row! I did a few fun things, though, like...

...checked out a coffee place with Christopher one night:

...met my friend Christen for coffee {because we're real friends but have never hung out & decided we should change that! <~ the not hanging out part, that is. We should totally not change the friend part!}

...did a little shopping {have I told y'all that I'm a little addicted to LOFT? They actually have grownup clothes that fit me! As in, their petite clothes in my size are actually made for women who are still waiting for certain body parts to arrive! Tmi...? Just keepin' it real!}

...met up with my brother's family for an afternoon at Mom's

...celebrated Pepper's 7th birthday! She got her usual fancy birthday meal & a new rope toy:

...spent an evening with our Community Group tonight!

I guess that's all for now. I hope y'all have a super wonderful week! ♥


Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Great Are You Lord"

(by All Sons & Daughters) 

I began this post on a turbulent flight from El Paso to Los Angeles last Friday in hopes of actually posting something over the weekend. I knew that if I didn't start it would never happen...yet it still didn’t happen! We were in LA for the CURE OM conference. Y'all may recall the one we attended last year in Houston. While that one was certainly more convenient, it was nice to revisit LA. I had anticipated crossing something off my list (see #4), but I didn’t really get to visit LA. The conference was in the same hotel where we stayed, and we only ventured about 8 blocks away for The Coffee Bean. So I don’t think it really counts. I’ll tell y’all more about the conference later, but for now I have two weeks to fill you in on...

Baby girl got her official permit in the mail!

Our new neighbors were outside when we took the above picture, and Lauren offered to take one of the two of us together :)

Y'all may have seen the picture I posted of my sweet boy's giant shoes:

My feet are actually quite large (size 9) for my height (5'3"), so that picture doesn't even show a good perspective for what would be considered normal. My baby boy is now in a size 12!!

Anyways, Cody had outgrown the running shoes that he had been using and needed new ones before his first track meet last Thursday night! I ran into Debi on my way into the meet, so we ended up sitting together. {She's my friend & track carpool buddy, who I also used to pray with on Mondays before I started working more. She’s a cute little friend with a bit of sass that I’ll tell you about later...!} We found Wade and sat down with him in time to see Alex run the 2400. Amy had a prior obligation and was so disappointed to not be there, so I texted her a play-by-play! :)

I discovered the boys together a little later and thought it was a good photo op!

I love that they're doing sports together even though they're at different schools! :)

Cody came in 3rd in both of his races (the 800 and 1600), though he almost pulled ahead of the 2nd place guy at the end of the mile. He probably finished half a second behind him, if that. His time for the 800 was a PR, and he was one second off his PR for the mile. I was proud of him for keeping a steady pace and pushing hard at the end. He was sore the next morning!

We had made friends with a man behind us whose son Daniel was in the same races as Cody. When we discovered that he was in a different grade (therefore not competing against Cody), Debi said, "So your son has a chance." {Ha ha! I told you she was a little sassy!} It turned out that his son was amazing! He started out in the lead but fell back to 4th at one point. He was staying on pace with a couple of our guys who I knew from cross country, so I knew that he was pacing with good runners. We were rooting for him, just as his dad had rooted for Cody. In the last 200, he moved into 2nd place and was able to take the lead at the very end! We were all cheering him on and were so excited when he won. It was his first track meet ever, and his parents were so proud. I actually had tears in my eyes. It was beautiful! He came to see his parents in the stands a little while later, and our little group clapped! He looked at us all confused because we were strangers. It was funny! :)

It was so cold that by the midpoint of the night, we already couldn't feel our toes! It was awful!! Her husband Mark had been in line to buy us some hot cocoa, but Tate's race was about to start just as Mark got to the front of the line! When he went back afterward, they had run out! He had a jacket in his truck that he brought for us to share, though! :)

{P.S. That's Daniel's dad behind us! Ha! I didn't know he had ended up in our picture until now!}

Cody had another meet this Thursday night, and he did even better than the week before! He finished 2nd and set new PRs in both races. Plus he nearly caught up to #1 in the mile and finished less than a second behind him. It was a teammate of his who paces pretty well and usually finishes very strong (sometimes passing several runners). This time, he held the lead most of the time. For Cody to nearly catch up to him is great! :) I've been talking to my amazing cousin Kirby about his times, which are Cody's goals! {He's aiming high!!} He only needs to shave 37 seconds off his 800 and 1:27 off his mile! ;) To be on track with Kirby, though, he needs to shave off around 10 and 22 seconds, respectively, by next year's track season. I think those are reasonable goals, though I'm proud of him regardless of what he achieves. {& in case you're wondering, Daniel won his 800 and finished 2nd in the mile!}

So I took up arm knitting this week! :) I made an infinity scarf for myself so I could learn the technique:

Then I managed to make one for Kristin (who stayed with my kids while we were in LA), & it only took around 30 minutes! :)

Did y'all see my super cute hiking backpack?!

I borrowed one for my trip to India, and I could probably borrow one every time I go again. But I got a great deal on this one. Plus it's pink!

I worked on my India trip post while I was on one of the flights, so I hope to condense it for y'all sometime soon. And I want to tell y'all about LA as well. I also hope to catch up on your blog posts in the near future. I really do care about each of my bloggy friends & want to know what's going on in your lives. I am just a bit overwhelmed right now. I go from work to the chiropractor &/or track &/or church most days, and I barely have time to make meals for my family. I'm not trying to complain. I'm just still adjusting to all of this, and it's easier said than done!

Alrighty...I suppose that's all for now. I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend {despite losing an hour of sleep!} & a super great week ahead! ♥