Tuesday, January 20, 2009


#1 Wow, very historical day - even if you didn't vote for Barack Obama, the historical impact of this should have moved you just a little. I had tears, felt chills, and really felt proud to be an American when they discussed the shift of powers being peaceful - we are so fortunate that we have a voice in our leadership and that no blood was shed as the former president sat and watched the new president take on the role of leader and laid out a plan for our future.

#2 I am right on target for my marathon training.....I ran 6 miles on Saturday and didn't die - so that's a plus! ha! I am consistently at a 13 minute mile, which isn't that bad I don't think. For not being an avid runner - I think I'm doing well. I ran 3 miles yesterday morning without any issues and am only allowing myself to take it one mile at a time.....I don't want to think about the magnitude of 26.2 miles or else I might run the other way! ha! Tonight is a challenge - there is an Illini game at 6:00 p.m. and I won't get home until 8:30 p.m. or so and need to get 5 miles in.....not a problem - my treadmill and shoes are waiting for me and I will get my run and a shower in and be in bed by 9:45 p.m.

#3 Motherhood is tough and my oldest son challenges me so often......often times he and I are both brought to tears before he gives in and sees that I am doing things for his own good and not because I'm an evil mother. I continue to pray for patience in both he and I and while I do have my breaking points - I know that while his actions are challenging - they aren't anything that I can't handle and I have to remember the mothers around me that pray even for one more day with their child - even the worst day - they just want one more chance to see, hold, touch, talk to, etc. I am blessed.

#4 We adopted a new soldier! I have been volunteering with the organization Adopt-A-Platoon for a little over a year now and you have the option of sending a letter a week to a soldier or you can also send a monthly package. We had a soldier for about 8 months and then he was able to go home - which made us very happy, but we missed staying in contact with him and sending packages to him. Yesterday they sent us our new soldier and included a few items that he would like - which are very modest - toothbrush, razor, toothpaste, nail clippers, etc. - so I filled his list and then some.......I will be excited to buy some movies and video games tomorrow and then send it out to him and I pray that he is as excited about opening it as I have been about buying each item. If you have time, this is a great family activity - my boys colored him pictures yesterday and we have been talking about him and the things he wanted on his list.

I hope you have a great day!


1 comment:

illinigirl said...

I have your blog in my google reader now so I will keep up with you better!

My soldier is also finished. . . but I struggle with the thought of adopting a new one because I didn't write as often as I was supposed to. . . and I need to make sure I can keep the commitment this time! I still need to think about it. I'm so sad because I emailed my soldier a few weeks ago, and I never heard back from him. I hope that when he gets back to the States and gets settled that he'll drop me an email so I know he's okay!