Showing posts from September, 2011

Random Friday

* During the six months I trained to run a marathon, the only illness I ever had was a tiny bit of a cold that lasted for one day. Running is a huge boost to the immune system. I haven't been running (tried a couple times but my knee wasn't healed, so I'm giving it some time) much since the marathon, though I'm still exercising. And last weekend, I got a cold that completely knocked me flat. It's been a week and it's still hanging around. I could do with some immunity boosters now!

* What are the chances that I get sick the same week I have seven dentist appointments, playgroup at my house (canceled it), an ultrasound, five parent-teacher conferences, early-out days at school, and my husband's gone for four days? When I went to get pizza last night for dinner (it's called coping!) the lady asked, "Are you having a party?" Nope, just eight kids and (almost) enough pizza to last for two meals!

* I'm really, really, really excited to hav…

It's a . . .

We had an ultrasound tonight!

Before I make any announcements, let me give you a hint
(or in other words, an excuse to show off some cute pictures).

I can't believe Katie was ever that little:

I love watching my little girls grow up together and I'm so excited to add to their number. When this one's born, that will make six girls born in a span of 7.5 years! Can't you just imagine the fun when they're teenagers?

Thirty Minutes to a More Balanced Life (Friday Favorites)

I loved listening to this question and answer program with Julie B. Beck on the subject of Finding Balance. It's only about thirty minutes long, and I guarantee you'll learn something that applies in your life!

If you're interested in learning more on my thoughts about balance, see my three-part post on the subject here, here and here.

Perfection pending: the message of the marathon

Two days before I ran my marathon, I was feeling very low. I was filled with anxiety about managing 26.2 miles on a injured knee, overwhelmed with some private struggles, and discouraged by the workload of raising a large family and caring for my other responsibilities. I woke up in the early hours of the morning and couldn't go back to sleep. After a few hours of tears and prayers and seeking peace, I went out for a run to see how my knee was doing.

It wasn't good. I hobbled through a couple of miles, and then headed home feeling worse than ever. "Why can't anything be easy for me?" I wondered. "I've done everything I can do. I've pushed through the training when all I wanted to do was curl up and feel sorry for myself and let the morning sickness take over. I've slowed down at the very time I wanted most to speed up. Why can't I just have a normal marathon experience? Why does it have to be THIS way -- what can I possibly learn abo…

Finding Joy in Mothering (Nearly Wordless Wednesday)

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After spending a few weeks feeling overwhelmed and as if I was drowning in the work around here, I've been determined to find more joy in my life, even if it means ignoring some of the messes. (It helps that I have made some progress in cleaning out and organizing lately).

* We had a campfire in our backyard for family home evening on Monday.

* I've been walking several times with a friend -- it's amazing how a good conversation uplifts and helps put things in perspective.

* I've been doing a few photoshoots and enjoying the chance to develop those talents further.

* I cleaned out a few hot spots in my house that were really bothering me -- and yes, having order does help me find joy. A few things rearranged in the kitchen make it much easier to bake cookies (I did that too), find bowls, and …

Q&A Thursday: Mother's Guild Meetings

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Now, today's question is about my mother's group:
I know that you host a mother's group. I'd like to do one here. Can you tell me more about how you make it work?I've been hosting The Amazing Mother's Guild for going on three years now. Once a month, we have a discussion on a Friday morning at my house (You can read through the notes from some of the meetings we'd have in the past here). I'm blessed with a large home that's built to handle lots of kids, so it works out well. Usually, we have between 6 and 10 moms come, and my house is filled with the noise of between 15 and 30 kids happily playing while we visit. Last year, we had a nearby home-schooled teenager come a few times to help play with the kids, but usually, the kids get along amazingly well. I've tried at times to get out things like playdough or coloring for the kids, but I find they mostly a…

Growing into a Toddler (Wordless Wednesday)

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Katie's 16 months now, and so much fun!

We think she's a little goofy-looking -- cute & adorable, sure, but also goofy-looking! But we've got confidence she'll grow into her looks and end up a beauty. After all, we had one other goofy-looking child in Eliza:
And she's one of our prettiest little girls now!

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Ten Years Ago

Yesterday, the world was in turmoil and commotion. The evil wrought by a few destroyed many innocent lives and shattered others. It was hard to feel peace on that day.

Ten Years Ago Today, this crazy little guy, my first son, took his first steps.
And I felt peace again. They were more than first steps to me; they were the promise of good things to come, the reassurance that life's most important values continued on. They were the proof that God was still in His Heaven, watching over His children.

* * *

The leader of our Church, President Thomas S. Monson, wrote a piece about 9/11 for the Washington Post On Faith blog. I found it moving and am posting it in its entirety here, bolding the parts that I loved the most:

The calamity of September 11th, 2001 has cast a long shadow. Ten years later, many of us are still haunted by its terrible tragedy of lost lives and broken hearts. It is an episode of anguish that has become a defining moment in the history of the American nation a…

Two Preschool Girls (Wordless Wednesday)


I RAN A MARATHON! (The long version)

I'm getting such a thrill saying that to myself: "I ran a marathon." I get even more thrilled to add, "and I loved it!" And the little braggart in me wants to go on with, "And I did it 15 weeks pregnant and with a knee injury!" Maybe I'll be more humble later on, but right now, I'm really proud of myself.

A Little Running Background:
A little over two years ago, I had never run a mile in my life. I'd exercised in other ways, but running? That was for someone else. Then I gradually started to run and built up some stamina, culminating in running my first 5K when I was 12 weeks pregnant with my 8th child. I continued to run until I was about 6 months along, then just walked the last few months of pregnancy. After Katie was born in May of 2010, I did a bit of running, including another 5K when she was two months old, but nothing really serious.

In January I decided this was the year I was finally going to tackle my fitness in a big w…