Avon Walk · breast cancer · Breast cancer awareness · cancer · exercise · faith walk · family · fasting · Progress · waiting for something

Progress, But Not Much!

This week has been jammed pack with family time.  I knew we would have more family time this week because we are fasting from television.  What I didn’t plan for was the winter weather that kept our cubs out of school for three out of five days.  Snow days usually include lots of video games and movies, however this time things had to be different.  The first snow day  (Monday) was the hardest.  Cubs 1 and 2 complained the most.  However, by our third snow day (Friday), the cubs were getting creative and getting along better than we could’ve imagined!  They built things out of cardboard boxes on Day 2 of snow.  One box was used to make a puppet theater.  Then, on Day 3 they put on a puppet show (The Gingerbread Man) for PB and me.  

While they worked on making their puppets and story line, PB and I worked on our puzzle.  The puzzle was one of my Valentine’s Day gifts from PB.  It’s a puzzle that came with no picture as a guideline.  We are working together to figure out what it will be.  The first night that we worked on it, we managed to get the entire frame completed.  We concluded that it was going to be a map.

When we sat down together to tackle the puzzle some more while the cubs were getting their show together, I discovered that it is indeed a map that appears to be of PB’s hometown area. There are familiar names that we were able to put together like Rappahannock River, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg.  Hmmm.  Now I’m starting to believe that PB knows a little more about this puzzle than what he has led on.  Since, it’s a Valentine’s Day gift, I think it may turn out to be related to where we first met at Mary Washington College!  So, I’m so excited about finishing this puzzle now, but man is it difficult!  Trying to find pieces of a map with all kinds of squiggly geographical-looking lines is torture!  We spent about an hour working on it and barely made any progress.

This puzzle is how I’m feeling about my week of training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  My team captain put out a challenge to us to walk at least 10 miles this week which really is a piece of cake usually.  However, it was difficult to get motivated to exercise with no television to watch while I walked on the treadmill, and no outlet to get to the gym due to the snow and ice.  So, I’m feeling like my progress this week was pitiful and frustrating just like our puzzle.  Next week, though, is a new week with warmer weather in the forecast and I’ll be able to turn on the tv to watch “Live with Kelly and Michael” while on the treadmill!  Maybe the next time PB and I sit down together to work on our puzzle, we’ll make some progress, too!  I’m looking forward to showing you the finished puzzle one day!

If you would like to make a donation towards my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, you can do so HERE.  If you’d rather write a check, just let me know in the comments, and I’ll let you know how to that. Thank you to those who have committed to giving or have already given!  The Faith Walkers appreciate your support!

Living for Him!

anticipation · family · school · trusting God · waiting for something

Great Might Be Greater

It is eerily quiet in the den right now.  Almost too quiet.  We had to get up early this morning like a regular school day, so I guess everyone is trying to recover before having to go back out again this evening.

Back in November, Cub 2’s homeroom teacher called to talk about his school progress so far, and she asked if we had considered sending him to a magnet school next year.  He hadn’t really talked much about it, but she felt that he should apply and would like the programs that were offered.  After discussing it with Cub 2, we decided that it would be worth a try.  Cub 2 applied for three different programs – a (PVA) performance visual arts program, an (IB) international baccalaureate program, and a STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) program.  This morning, he had an audition for the PVA program which involved playing prepared pieces of music, as well as doing some sight-reading on the snare drum and xylophone.  The second part of his morning was spent in an interview setting in which he had to talk about an artifact of his choosing and how the programs (IB and STEM) would be helpful to him in developing the artifact that he had chosen to bring.  Yesterday, he also had the opportunity to shadow a current 6th grade student at the IB school for the day.  Needless to say, he fell in love with that school after visiting and it is now his first preference.  Here is the issue:  the IB school has 70 seats available, the PVA school has 4 seats available in percussion, and the STEM school has 100 seats available…and thousands of 5th graders who want one of them!  Due to the high number of applicants, there will be a computerized lottery system used to fill the seats.  GAH!!!




So now we wait.

Cub 2 could get invitations to all three schools, or he could not get an invitation to any of the schools.  Either way, we will trust that God wants what is best for Cub 2, and if it isn’t a magnet school program for the next three years, then there is something even better in store!  Acceptance into a magnet program would be great – unless God has something even greater planned!

Whether you are waiting for a door to open, or wondering why an open door was shut BELIEVE God is preparing greater for you!

Living for Him!

anticipation · champions · discipline · motivation · parenting · waiting for something


It’s my day off!  Thursdays have become the day that PB handles pretty much everything, including keeping Cub 4, so that I can have uninterrupted time to do whatever I want to do.  I did prepare breakfast this morning and see everyone off to school, but I’m crawling back in bed as soon as I finish typing my Optimistic October post for the day.


This is Cub 2 playing around (not practicing) on his drum pad. Just in case you were wondering, the drum pad is just as annoying as the real thing. Cub 2 hasn’t really enjoyed band class yet because they have spent the first few weeks learning how to take care of their instruments. He’s learned how to take out and put away his equipment.  He’s learned how to put up and take down the snare drum stand. They spent a whole class session just practicing that!  He’s also learned how to correctly hold his sticks. He wanted to jump right into tapping out cadences that you’d hear from Nick Cannon in the movie, Drumline.  We have to remind him that eventually, he will play like Devon, the main character in Drumline, but later.  In the movie, Devon makes it all the way to college on a music scholarship, but it was soon discovered that he couldn’t read music and he was kicked out of the band.  Finally (because there has to be a happy ending), Devon takes the necessary classes to perfect his craft and leads the band to victory in a band competition.

It happens all of the time. We want to sprint through life instead of treating it like the marathon that it is. We want whatever we want NOW and if NOW takes too long to get here, we may look for another route to get to what we want.  If I’m going to run a marathon, I’m not going to make it very far if I bust out into a full sprint from the start! However, if I pace myself – not just on the day of the race – I’ll do much better! It begins with training and conditioning and learning how to keep at it even when there are setbacks.  Then, when the day of the race comes I’ll be ready and well-prepared!

My point is this:  there are some things we must do at a turtle’s pace because there are lessons we need to learn along the way. You may not become the CEO after a month of working for a company.  If you’re running a race today, know that you are going to finish it! Keep at it!  Observe, listen, and learn while you’re headed to the finish line.

Off and Running (back to bed)!