Sunday, February 26, 2012

Running plan

Empty me of myself, fill me with YOUR spirit!

Again, this weeks running schedule is as follows~
February 26-March 3
Sunday: 3 miles
Monday: Work
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: Work
Saturday: 6 miles

It has really been laid on me to finish well. I know that God has given me this opportunity to learn more about HIM. I pray that I empty myself of me and fill myself with His Spirit! I am wanting to not only start off well, but to finish well too! I hope you all are doing well! May you all be filled with His Love!

Be Blessed!!

Meal Planning!

Monday: Hamburger Meal...Chip's on for cooking while I'm at work!
Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday: Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Rice
Saturday: Pizza Night for the kids, I'm off to a Girls Day!
Chicken Breast with Creamy Cucumber Salad and Steamed Veggies
Enjoy your week, check out Menu Planning Monday at Organizing Junkie!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Running Schedule~

I thought it would be benificial for me to post my running schedule, not only for accountability but also for prayer. If you would look at me or know my past, running doesn't fit in. I am only making it this far because of God's grace! I just have to focus on HIM and all the babies in Haiti that will be blessed by what is raised! Total currently raised: $380!!!!

February 26-March 3
Sunday: 3 miles
Monday: Work
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: Work
Saturday: 6 miles

(I will post my weekly schedules on Sunday night! Thanks for praying for this upcoming week!)

May 6th RACE DAY!!! 13.1 miles!!!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Planning Monday

Can you believe that we are half way through February? It is going SO quickly. I so frequently look at my schedule and try to find even an extra 30 minutes and find it difficult most days! I can tell you having my menu all planned out, does help with finding extra time to accomplish extra tasks and plan fun filled moments with the kids. It is almost sad that I am racing to fit in fun moments but it seems as if everything is a race anymore, race to get the best deal, race to be the first one to apply for time off, etc. One of these days I won't be racing to things and we can sit and just be!
We have officially decided to list the house this summer, with that being said, I am going to be emptying my pantry to the best ability along with our freezer and planning easy meals so we can accomplish as much in the basement and around our house as well~ With that being said, this week starts operation clear out!

This weeks Meals:
Monday: Meatloaf with Red Potatoes and Carrots
Tuesday: Italian Chicken with Rice and Green Beans
Wednesday: White Chicken Chili with Focaccia Bread
Thursday: Shrimp Stir Fry
Friday: Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Salad
Lunch: Mac and Cheese or Leftovers
Dinner: Cheesy Potatoes and Kielbasa
Lunch: Hamburgers with Pasta Salad and Fruit (summer anyone?!)
Dinner: Grilled Cheese and Broccoli Cheese Soup
I hope you are blessed beyond measure this week!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Donations for Haiti

Okay, so after trying to get a chip-in widgit to work for donations, we now are going to use a PayPal link that will go directly to Heartline. So that being said, it is VERY exciting to begin raising much needed funds for Haiti!! The only downfall is that you won't be able to see our progress. I'll see what I can do about updating how much has been raised etc. Please feel free to use the "Donate" button on the side of my page and tell ALL your friends about it!

Thank you for your support and all your prayers as we run for Haiti!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

13 miles this week!

This weeks running schedule has me running a total 13 miles, not all at once mind you but crazy to think that in just 14 weeks I will be running a half marathon for Haiti! I am hoping to have the donations button working on my sidebar this week. I am also hoping that some of you were able to check out some information about Heartline!
This snipit is from Heartline's Blog:
We’ve had a lot of babies born in our program since the start of 2012. Nurse/midwives like Melissa and Sarah, volunteer midwives, and Jen our pediatrician give their abilities and time to be the guardians of safe birth. Why? Why would professionals split their time and energy to spend months at a time here? Because they know it makes a difference. Birth can change everything.
We don’t just birth babies. We birth women. Women who spend over a year in our program and receive the gospel, learn how to exclusively breast feed and keep their babies close, women who learn to child space so they are not giving away babies that they can’t afford. Women who will hopefully have a skill, make money, send their kids to school.
Our maternity program is thug prevention. Agathe, our Haitian co-worker, teaches moms on how to raise their sons! She teaches them how to promote respect for women, respect for others, she teaches them how to model these qualities for their children. She does it by word and example. Always with a baby at her breast Agathe promotes mother/baby bonding and security.
A bonded child who is well loved and knows how to give love back is less likely to shoot others. A child who is not raised in an overcrowded house with not enough to eat is less likely to steal. A child going to school will be doing homework rather than robbery.
That’s why we stay up for a few days at a time helping women through birth. Birth is a tiny fraction of what our program is all about. It’s the prenatal care, the child development classes and the teaching that make the difference. Safe birth is only a day, albeit an important one, in that journey.
We’ve had a lot of boys this month. Boys who have a better chance at being well bonded, secure, well fed, educated and be successful contributors to their country. As I look at Harbor House and see successful teen moms I see that most times providing a map is all a woman needs. She can make the journey, she will take the right routes, all she needed was a guide.
A relationship with Christ, an empowered education on life skills, a chance to make a living can result in a healthy family. We teach women to choose men who will love and stay with their family. They can teach their boys to be those men someday. Save the families, save the country.
Beth McHoul Heartline
(*If you check out their blog you can see a picture of the women with their babies)
The passion that they have for the women and children of Haiti is driving me to run this marathon! Thank you Lord for transforming me and teaching me to be more like YOU!
As average as I am I am trying to grow and have faith in what I am called to do!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Here is my two cents today! I need to treat running like a job, keep going and
Enough said right there in the sign, right?! Today not only am I running, but I am supposed to go to a Tone Zone class tonight. I am not feeling the best today, but trying not to complain and stay motivated~
Pain will pass, maybe running will get easier and my quads will stop randomly twitching! lol! All in good timing, praying today ends well~
Have a wonderful day and Be Blessed!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Beginnings and a Half Marathon

I have been working out and trying to get in shape, it is not as easy as some make it look! I am not wanting to get in shape for anyone but myself and then for my family. I want to feel better about myself and I want the message my kids see is me taking care of myself. I am finding it increasingly difficult when I tell people about my plan, I am becoming more self-conscious. So if I confess my plans here I can be transparent and kick these voices I hear from time to time. I have the opportunity to be training for something specific, not just getting fit myself. I being the non-runner I am, have signed up to run a half marathon for Haiti. I have to tell you if you asked me a few months ago if I would be training for a half marathon, the answer would be not right now! Maybe when I am in shape, guess who just signed up for their first one? Yep that is right, it's me~
I am running for Heartline, they are in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They provide a safe and clean place for women to come and have their babies naturally and by c-section. It is also a place that the women and children in community can come to that is a safe place to learn about Jesus and to adopt life-skills. Check out their blog! It typically costs $800-$1000 for a safe and clean c-section. I am praying that God will be able to use this run to bless Heartline and their ministry serving the women and children of Haiti!

So I am praying not only that training will go well but that I can kick this negative self-talk and specifically address it. What am I allowing the devil to take control of? Am I afraid of not finishing? Well, yes, but I am putting in miles during the week and following a plan so if I continue to do the distance in training, I should make it all 13.1 miles.

Today, I went to the gym and ran inside for 2.66 miles on the treadmill and then I went outside because it is really nice weather for January, anyway I ran 1 mile in a little over 10 min. and I came home huffing and feeling like I could get sick. I didn't but I am praying I get past this 4 miles feeling stronger and like I can breathe and not vomit at the end of my run! I have 279 more miles to log before the race. The marathon is scheduled for May 6th, pray for me if you have a moment! Thanks so much!
Many of you know after I went to Haiti, my love has grown and I have tried to find ways to get back and ways to impact them, well here is my next venture for Haiti! Please pray about supporting them while supporting me in this run. You can donate directly through Heartline. I will have an application on the side of my blog for donations for Heartline! I'll post when it is up and working! Allison from Heartline is getting it ready for us to use to start raising money!
(*Me feeding one of the babies when I was in Haiti in April)
Here's to getting in shape and saving lives!