And so, at 4:00 on Thursday afternoon we hit the NY thruway for our trip west–my parents’ house. They graciously opened their home to us, took us out to eat, spoiled us with special goodies, let us sleep in. Sheryl and I were not only able to visit with my parents and both of my grandparents (including a few rousing games of Farkle!), but we laid on the beach of Lake Erie for almost 3 hours, slumber-partied-it-up in our shared double bed late into the evening, giggled like school girls when the exhaustion got to us, shopped in Erie and had a nice lunch together at Hoss’s. And for all those days our well of conversation never seemed to run dry.
Thankful for sweet friendship, appreciative of the gift of time together, and wishing Sheryl a happy birthday (on Monday.)
Come, as you are, into my house, as it is, and eat my food, whatever it may be.
It’s a newer venture for me as I am training for the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon (for hospice) on September 22nd. Eight years ago when I began this running thing, I never imagined I would ever in a million years be able to run 13.1 miles straight–let alone in a race. But after today, I see the destination and it’s just a short mile away.
Running seems to be almost entirely a mental sport.
If you think you should be out of breath, you will be.
If you think you can’t keep going, you won’t.
If you think, the pain is too bad, you’ll give up.
If you think the distance is overwhelming, it is.
But the great part is, the reverse is true as well.
If want to keep going, you will.
If you decide to settle in for the long haul, you’ll do it.
If you don’t think about how many miles are ahead of you, you won’t get psyched out.
Running is a beautiful metaphor for the Christian faith. All of those mental games cross over into the faith arena as well, especially for these long runs. If you prepare your mind, your heart and your body for a long journey, you will most certainly overcome the obstacles–be they physical or spiritual–that are thrown in your way. In those moments when you recognize the throbbing knees, the tired heart, the sore muscles, the labored breathing, you might be tempted to give up and collapse, but if you embrace the pain as part of the journey you might even come to consider them joy, because you know this testing develops perseverance, which leads to maturity and completion. Victory in crossing the finish line.
And most importantly, if you run the race marked out for you NOT ON YOUR OWN but with Christ alongside you, the journey is much more peaceful.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
|Three Generations–Each the Oldest Child. Dangerous, eh?
(We don’t look related, do we?)
|Erin and Melanie: cousins and classmates|
Another person I was happy to see was my cousin, Erin. She and I graduated from high school together and shared many classes and experiences during our 4 years at ESHS–and we hadn’t seen each other since graduation in 2004!! We didn’t realize until 11th grade that we were related, even though we had both been at many family reunions as young kids. I’m not sure how to put this in technical genealogy terms (can someone help?), but her great grandpa and my great grandma were siblings.
The House Tour: One Year Later
(Note the new green love seat and the newly-placed recliner)
|Living Room: View 2
(Note the lovely shelf by the front door with hooks to hang your coat.
Thanks to Dad E for anchoring it. ;))
|The Piano Studio/Melanie’s Office
(The door to this room is located right by the coat hooks/front door)
|My newly arranged office in the Piano Studio|
|The teaching portion of the Studio|
(Love having my grandma’s table and chairs and buffet)
(Note the shelving unit –from Aldi–on the right filled with pantry items)
|He’s got a little tv in there and a beautiful fish tank, not shown
(which is great for me when I want to watch a tv and hang out in his space)
|The Library portion of his office|
|Our kitty loves the office chair|
|From the Top of the Stairs|
|Top of the Stairs
(bookcase, spare bedroom/Mel’s closet room, and bathroom)
|The dresser on the left is our “linen closet”|
And that, my friends, is our home–cat hair, dust mites, love and all!