Love and sandwiches … 

True love can be shown in many ways. But one sure fire way to know someone loves you … REALLY REALLY LOVES YOU … is if they know what your favorite sandwich is and EXACTLY how you like it. Seriously! Think of the time and effort it takes to remember all that, let alone making it, or acquiring one from one’s favorite sandwich shop. You may think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Of course, I am a HUGE sandwich lover, so maybe I’m a bit skewed on importance here. But still. Receiving a sandwich perfectly made to your liking is pretty darn thoughtful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where the way to your heart is through your stomach!!!

Covered in mud …

Reese has always loved school. She loves learning and playing with all her friends. Most days when I pick her up she is friendly, giggly and smiling. But then there are those days when I am absolutely positive that she had a better day than normal.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are covered in mud!!!

An unbreakable spirit at the beginning … again …

When I first started racing it was very important to me that I accomplish every distance in order. So I ran a 5K. Then I ran a 10K. Then I ran a half marathon. And then I ran a marathon. If someone were to have made me do those out of order the anxiety would have given me a heart attack. No joke. I am THAT person.

Distance running was always my goal. But I have the utmost respect for every distance. I’ll be honest, I think running a 5K is way harder then running a half marathon or marathon. The strategy required and the stress that is packed into those 3 miles is incredible!

Anyway, today I set out with one running goal. To run a 5K. I didn’t care how fast or how slow I finished it. I just wanted to finish. It has been a hellacious 7 weeks since I last ran that far and I really wasn’t sure if I could do it. But I did. And it was really hard. But that’s OK because it’s over with. I got past that distance hurdle, again. It came with a lot of anxiety and quite a few tears, but I got past it.

I am blessed to be able to run again. I definitely wasn’t able to do this 7 weeks out the last time I had meningitis. I’m not sure where all this strength is coming from, amidst all the fatigue I still feel. God really humbles you. His gifts honestly make no sense sometimes. But I am utterly grateful that I am being given another chance to chase my dreams. Dreams that seem so big right now that they appear foolish. But then I remind myself that I had those same feelings of foolishness the mornings that I stood on all those start lines for the very first time. So are these dreams foolish now? Nah. I’d like to believe that they are just proof of an unbreakable spirit.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you know that this is just the beginning … again!!!

She loves me and it was worth the wait …

Reese has never told me she loves me without me saying it to her first. When she says it in response back to being told “I love you”, instead of saying the word “love” she says the word “heart”. “Heart you”, if you want to get technical. It’s adorable.

I have mentioned before that Reese’s biggest delay are her oral motor skills. Don’t get me wrong, she gets her point across, one way or another. She signs, approximates words and uses visual cues to help express herself. But she still doesn’t talk a lot and when she does talk she is very hard to understand. She’s been in speech therapy for years. It’s just all coming together very slowly for her. But thankfully she continues to make progress.

Reese also doesn’t initiate a lot of conversations unless she wants or needs something. She communicates with you if you start the conversation, but again, it’s rare for her to just say something without prompting. Yet, last night she surprised me.

Reese and I were just quietly relaxing on the couch when she looked at me and made a heart shape with both her little hands. Then she pointed at me and said “YOU!”

I was stunned.

It was precious and beautiful. It was something I have wanted for years now. And it came so randomly and without prompting. It was genuine. And it was perfect. Exactly on her time, as I would want it no other way.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it was worth the wait!!!

In the Christmas spirit … 

Holy moly. It’s only December 3rd and we have attended more Christmas events and planned more holiday outings than I can count. I love it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are in the Christmas spirit!!!