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Luck o’ the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

First, this:


The cutest little Irish woman. At just barely 5 feet, this shirt is more than appropriate. 

Seriously, how cute is my mom? I think she is the cutest thing in this world! She was going to a 50’s Themed party at church- but also incorporated her Irish heritage into her outfit.




Love her.

So, I ran yesterday.  12 miles total.  

It was actually really nice. I decided to just go slow and circled around my neighborhood so that I could cut it short if I didn’t feel well.  In a weird way, I think running actually helped my sinus infection. The air was really cool and crisp, and I felt like I could breathe for the first time since Wednesday! Midway through my run it started to snow.  I love running in the snow- so beautiful!  It snowed all day long; by the afternoon, my view out my back window looked like this:


A winter wonderland- on March 16th!

I completed my run just before it started to really snow hard- thank God.  I finished 12 {hilly} miles in 1:55:34.  Definitely not my fastest times, but I wanted to make sure that I went easy and didn’t push myself.  I would say that the first 11.5 miles were really great and strong.  The last .5 mile was a beast. I wanted to stop. I hated it.  But, I pushed through. I was NOT going to quit on the last half mile. What is it with the last part of a run? I know it is all mental….

After, I showered and then refueled with eggs, ham, strawberries, and toast.


Protein & carbs = perfect after a long run.

The breakfast ham that I had was only 50 calories for 2 pieces. Score.

I had a serious date with my couch for the rest of the afternoon.  My mom, who is a fairytale, surprised me with a hot pretzel from the Philly Soft Pretzel factory in the afternoon.  She is the best.  For dinner, Brian made bruschetta chicken, green beans, garlic toast, and sweet potato “pods”.


Aren’t those sweet potato “pods” so cute?  We just found them in the freezer section and they are seriously delicious. 

Beeker and I had a major movie fail last night.  We decided to rent a movie online- “Taken 2”.  I was super excited and got all ready on the couch with a blanket, cup of hot chocolate, and my hunny.  After we paid, we realized that the movie was going to take 5 hours (!!) to download.  Yes, we have the internet speed of 2006.  Womp womp.  So, we had to settle by watching a cheesy movie on TV- “Licensed to Wed”. Definitely different from what I had prepared to see in “Taken 2.”  Now it’s downloaded, but we only have 24 hours to watch it. Boo!

Oh well, it was a great night nonetheless. 

We are celebrating St. Patricks Day today with church, a parade (that our niece Haley is marching in), and dinner at my sister’s house.  Of course, the best part will be our family’s annual tradition of going to McDonalds for SHAMROCK SHAKES! 

YESSSSS. So lucky.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you! 🙂


Fitness for the Week: Becoming Strong

This week will look like this:

Sunday: 1 mile run & 3 mile walk with Bertha 

Monday: 1 mile + Jillian yoga

Tuesday: 3 miles + push-ups/abs strength

Wednesday: 6 miles at marathon pace

Thursday: 3 miles + pus-ups/abs strength

Friday: 1 mile / off

Saturday: 12 miles!

I think the thing that I love the most about training for a race is the structure. I love having a schedule and being able to cross workouts off my list. Love the feeling of accomplishment I get after a week of strong workouts. I love building strength.

I love that I am a strong mom- I think this will be one of the greatest gifts that I give my babies. Throughout our journey I have been working on my strength- physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

Our journey to our babies is SO hard, but SO blessed. This experience has allowed me to grow in ways that I never thought possible and has helped me to become closer to the Lord. We are in such a vulnerable, scary place as we wait for our referral. There is nothing that we, nor anyone else, can do it make it happen (unfortunately). Only God can make it happen.  Going through times like this in life- when you have no choice but to trust in the Lord-is both extremely humbling and extremely exhilarating. It allows you to trust in God in ways that you never knew possible- because there is no other choice. Even when I am weak, HE is strong.  One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest in me.

I have many weaknesses- and these weaknesses are just an opportunity for the Lord to do His thing! I choose to trust in the Lord.  I choose to cling to His promises.  I choose to glorify Him through it ALL.  I pray that our journey has allowed God’s glory to shine and that He has been honored and praised through our adoption. I pray that other people can see the Lord working through our story.  I pray that this is the week that we {finally} get to see our sweet babies’ faces.



The spaghetti dinner was so great last night. I was so proud of the kids- they worked so hard and were excellent servers! How wonderful to have 100+ members all join together to bless and support students desiring to serve the Lord through mission trips! The food was delicious- I dreamt about pasta last night! haha!

I woke up this morning extremely thirsty and so hungry.  I am determined to not overeat today!

For breakfast, made veggie and egg white scramble with sauteed baby potatoes. It was delicious and filling.


I wish I had time to make a breakfast like this during the week

Church was great- our pastor prayed with us at the alter- such a powerful prayer.  Of course, the tears were streaming. So many people are praying for us, with us, petitioning the Lord on behalf of our family. We are confident that God hears our prayers and is working in a mighty way right now.

After church, I came home and sauteed vegetables and ham for lunch. In the mix was red pepper, tomato, mushrooms, and spinach. I ate it with greek yogurt.  Very delicious.


























Tonight my mom is making stuffed steak for dinner- yum! Now she and I are headed out for our walk! 🙂 Dreaming of spring and warmer weather….



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