Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Put Me in My Place

There should be no question in your mind as to whether or not I am competitive.

If there is...I AM!!!

Paul and I took vacation time this week to spend time together before the kids head back to school. We are laying low and having much needed R and R. We have some day trips planned and a few over night adventures scheduled.

Having no schedule or lists has been the best part.

Yesterday, we spent the entire day at the pool. The weather was great. The rec center we selected has both an indoor and an outdoor pool. This allowed us a break from the UV for awhile.
The indoor pool has a several options for entertainment. It's great.

One of the options is a "fitness pool." It's not anywhere near the distance of a lap pool.

Maddy challenged me to an IM. An IM requires the swimmer to swim all four strokes-butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and freestyle-in that order, one at a time.

Maddy, having pity on me, said I could do freestyle twice and avoid the butterfly.

Well, given my competitive nature, this set me off a bit. I didn't let on, but I did take her up on the offer to avoid the fly.

I'm competitive, but I'm not an idiot!

How hard could it be? It's a "fitness pool." I have been running almost everyday. I knew I could take her.

Yeah not so much. She kicked my butt...She finished a full lap ahead of me...a lap and a half if you count the fact that I cheated and didn't swim to the end of the pool on any of my laps.

That girl can move!

1 comment:

Holly said...

that's what overconfidence will get cha!!! I wondered where you've been! I have a brownie with your name on it! Enjoy your time off!

Walking in the Light

Wow! This year year has been a whirlwind to say the least. I am shocked we are near the half way point in February. Part of me wants to dance. If the start of the year is any indication of how it is going to go, I am happy it's flying by. I will usher in 2009 with bells and whistles.

Yet, I am humbly reminded that every day is a gift, and I need to walk in the Light. I need to let Him guide me through each day. I need to listen to His still, quiet voice...Yeah I know for me that's a stretch. I'm never still long enough to catch my breath.

As I write this, our dear neighbor of ten years is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I am awed by the faith she has in God. I am humbled by the fight she has within her to beat the demon we know as cancer. Hunter, in his six year old wisdom said to me, "Mommy, why are you sad? We are just going to pray and Jesus is going to make her better." The faith of a child and the living testimony of one who is dwelling in God's amazing grace reminds me to walk daily in the His unfailing light.