Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adventures: Mother Neff

Earlier this spring, Kahler planned us a little woodland getaway.  
(Funny side note: His female co-workers questioned his idea of "romance" when he told them that he was taking me away to sleep in a tent, on the groung... they obviously don't know me too well.) 

We love the unknown.  This most recent move brought us to a new area of Texas, leaving lots to explore.  We spent the weekend at Mother Neff State Park, less than an hour from Waco.

We spent the weekend out of cell phone range, with nothing but the pup and each other.  (The pup, despite looking terrified in this picture, LOVED it.)

We stayed up late by the campfire, dreaming, scheming, and reminiscing.   Where we've been, where we're going.

Mother Neff is a great park for camping in the late fall/early spring.  Lots of trails for hiking and exploring, but nowhere to go swimming if that's what you're looking for.  (And in February, we weren't!)

Love this pup.
Love the outside
Love adventuring with my boy.
{Joy, joy, joy is what you see right here, kids.}

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beauty from ashes

This past year has been one of the best.
The year before was one of the hardest.

While I was in Africa last summer, I prayed that the Lord would heal my broken spirit and completely free me from some things that were holding me back- bitterness, comparison, jealousy...  You know, those things that are WAY too easy to hold on to, even though He tells us (over and over again) to let them go.  (cue Frozen...)

God did some big things in my heart on that trip, but it's taken me the entire past year to fully embrace this freedom.  (Although I think this state of "freedom" is something that we all have to constantly be re-evaluating because there is SO much in this world that we so easily allow to hold us back.)

I'm so fascinated by the idea that life is a journey.  Where you are today is a result of where you were in the past and the decisions you made there.  Likewise, the decisions you are making today are going to determine where you go in the future.

I've learned that it's the not-so-fun seasons of life that make the sweet things in life even sweeter.  You learn not to take the good things, no matter how simple, for granted.  Those not-so-fun seasons can change you.  Let them soften your heart, open your eyes.

Here's my encouragement to you (and I speak to myself): embrace your season.  I realize that some things about it may be less than ideal, but if you let it, this season will make you a better person, better prepared for whatever it is that lies ahead.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

once upon a time...

there was a girl.
and she had a blog.
and it was oh, so neglected.

if you haven't guessed it yet,
that girl is me and that blog is here.

I kind of doubt anyone stumbles across this little URL anymore, but I'm here tonight.  I'm not committing to anything, but I do miss having a place to put down my thoughts... maybe I'll pop in a little more often.

My father-in-law is back in Rwanda right now and it's got me so homesick.  I'm updating some social media for him and it's just about to pull my heart right out of my chest.

Honestly, I have never been more content- in my job, my marriage, our life circumstances.  And yet there's this lingering discontent- an urge for adventure and culture, a longing to be uncomfortable.

I suppose that's normal.  We're all longing for more in some area or another, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I think it goes back to the surviving or thriving thing.  God calls us to contentment, but not to complacency.  We were created for big things- both in our contentment and our discontent.

The beauty is that He works in both.  He never stops giving us opportunities to follow Him, serve Him, glorify Him.  It's about taking life one day at a time, season by season, and embracing what He is doing in the now.

It's been a while since I've put my thoughts into words and I don't know where all this rambling is going.  Maybe it's a good thing that this blog is so neglected b/c I don't know if anyone could (or would want to) follow this string of thoughts.

It's a crazy thing, this life.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 2014 goals

2014... holymoly, how did that happen?

Kahler and I set some "resolutions" for the year (I'll share those later), but some of them are broad and I honestly know those are the ones that fizzle out.  So, personally I'm going to work on setting more specific goals here on a monthly basis.  (Thanks, Ashley for this idea!)

So, January...

*Take down Christmas- So I started with an easy one, I BETTER be able to cross this one off by the end of the month!

*No sodas- Shouldn't be hard because I've mostly cut them out, but I still splurge from time to time.

*Start going to church again regularly- After the past year of moving and church shopping and then a busy holiday season, church became lower and lower on the priority list.  That needs to change.

*Re-claim the office- It's currently the graveyard of unfinished projects.  If I'm going to finish it, I need to finish it.  If not, I need to find it a new home.

*Be intentional- Make the phone call, send the letter, heck, even send the text.

*Use my camera more- If I take one picture with my camera, that will be more than last month.  These days, it's alllll on the iPhone.

*Work out 6 days/week- The hubs and I are starting p90x3 next week... wish me luck.

*Meal plan weekly- I do this pretty well, but need to be more intentional with it

*Walk Sam at least once daily, twice is better- We're learning that she can be a little brat (ie- digging out of the yard) if she doesn't spend a little energy in the morning.

*Start a new job- HEYO!  Shouldn't be hard b/c I accepted it last week.  Start date: Jan. 27.  WHOOP!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

another 13.1 in the books

We have trained and run the BCS Half Marathon in Bryan/College Station the past two years (this year marked our 3rd).

Having lived with (sometimes debilitating) chronic back pain since I was 14, this is a big accomplishment for me.  Even though this was my 3rd half, the shock never wears off that my body can support me in this.  I fight tears every time I step up to the starting line. 

This is my not-by-blood-big-brother Eddie.  I had told Kahler to run without me, to see how fast he could finish (I'm no Speedy Gonzales). I honestly had a hard time telling him that. 13.1 miles is a LONG way to run, let alone by yourself!  Around mile 4, this guy showed up and oh, what a blessing that was!  We ended up running the next 6 or 7 miles together, catching up on life over the past 4 years.

Eddie pushed me harder than I probably would have pushed myself, resulting in my own PR- whoop!

Love this dude and that he has joined me in this little running adventure of ours.  I can't wait to see where this takes us next!


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