ready when you are

We are ready and fully funded for our trip to Poland!! Thank you for each of you who donated towards our mission trip.  We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us as we start our trip TOMORROW!!! 

Our team is planning on posting blog updates and pictures as often as possible.  Here is where you can keep up with what is going on:

Be checking the blog frequently for updates and pictures.  We’ll be seeing yall in a few weeks.



newspaper fame

A sweet friend of ours called this morning and said,


And sure enough… see for yourself!

Karns Shopper

You can check out the full article here.  He  got his picture taken for claiming “first place in the swimming portion of the [Westside Y Sprint Tri] race with a time of 2:24”.  So exciting!


3rd annual Westside Y Sprint Triathlon

When the Westside Y Sprint Triathlon comes around each year, it brings back sweet memories.  This is our 3rd year competing in this event and it is one of our favorites for sure. 

You can read about our First Year and Second Year by clicking these links.

Well this year, like the years prior, we were pleased with how well we both did.  Here’s a little race recap of the race: 200yard swim; 6.6 mile bike; 2.14 mile run.  While this race is wicked short, it is by no means easy.  The swim is flat, but the bike portion is crazy hilly and very technical (which means it requires some rock star gear shifting) and to finish out strong, you just have to run really fast at the end.   And because the race is sooo short, you are pushing yourself that much harder the entire time.

Mike (they don’t call him magic for nothing) did fantastic – finishing 8th overall out of 212 participants and 3/20 in his age group!  266098_10150907677716854_2049778142_oHe had the fastest overall swim time.

  • Swim: 2:24
  • T1: 1:34
  • Bike: 18:59
  • T2: 0:46
  • Run: 15:50
  • Total time: 39:31


I felt like I did really well too.  I placed 39/212.  My age group placement is a bit funny.  I “won” first place in my age group, sort of.  The race directors go back after the race is finished and make sure all the race times are accurate (did everyone complete 2 laps on the bike… etc.).  A lady who finished top 3 overall was bumped down, which moved someone else us up and moved another lady down to 1st in my age group.  So… I have a trophy for “1st place age group finisher”, but actually ended up taking 2nd in my age group.  Oh well.  I was too stoked with my times not to be excited.  Plus the girl who beat me in my age group only did it by 4 seconds =).

2012-07-07 westside y sprint tri

My race went great.  I had a decent swim position and time.  The bike went well even thought it felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.  The run was dialed in and I finished really strong! That’s me swimming in the pink swim cap and my friend Jamie is in the yellow cap.  Pretty cool picture!

  • 413613_10150907684936854_610890214_oSwim: 2:51
  • T1: 1:44
  • Bike: 21:36
  • T2: 0:44
  • Run: 17:19
  • Total time: 44:12


Here are just a few other fun pictures from the day:

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13 days and counting

We leave in 13 days for the beautiful country of Poland.  I can’t believe  it is almost time to start this phase of our trip.  We’ve been praying, planning, preparing, raising funds and praying for the last 6 months and it’s nearly go time.

Some of you have asked for updates.  Right now most of our students (including us) are around 2/3 of the way funded for their trip.  Currently, we divided our team into smaller groups and are working on games, music sets, skits, dramas, crafts, testimonies and sermons.  It is fun to see the students get excited for this part of the trip because often the games and music and skits and real life stuff is where we connect the best with the kids. 

Thank you for your continued prayer.  Mike and I are excited.  I’m nervous but mostly because I can’t see myself there yet.  I get most excited when I get there and can visualize the place and the people, get a feel for how things operate.  That’s just how I roll.  We’re not nervous about the actual travel – been there, done that…. just maybe not with 18 students in tow!!!  Yikes.  I’m thankful I have Mike to hold my passport and tickets for me =)  It helps ease my mind.

If you are interested in supporting our trip, here is the information you’ll need.

There is no guarantee right now that I will be able to update you while we’re over in Poland.  If we are able to… I’ll be sure to post updates.