current events

(taking a cue from one of my sweet sister in laws… and due to a strong lack of inspiration… and due to aches and pains from training affecting my creativity… I’m going to do another photo montage of recent events… enjoy)

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The closet has officially switched over from summer to winter clothes.

But this does mean scarf season!

I am currently driving a loaner car from the shop.  We sent the car in for some routine maintenance and they are letting me drive “Bruiser.”  He’s a bmw that’s been around the block a time or two, to the sum total of 328,000 miles!  Still drives like a champ.

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Christmas shopping is well under way.

A family picture from last month.  Or two.

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Winter running is well under way – complete with tights, gloves, head coverings and warm socks.

Which also means a few aches and pains and ice baths.  Don’t be fooled.  Ice baths aren’t as fun as this lady makes them look.

We cleaned out the flower beds for the season and scrubbed the siding on the house.  I found three gerbera daises and have enjoyed them on my kitchen window sill for the last three weeks.

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I believe that is all.

photo diary of recent events

It has been over a month since my last post! Yikes!  I guess that means life has been busy. Here is the last month in review – photo diary style.

We’ve attended some football games

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We ordered and had new carpet installed.  We had to fix the steps in the meantime since a few were broken.  I guess I should take a finished picture, but it’s hard to get a before and after for carpet that is nearly the same color.  Avi got to come with me to work for a whole week!!

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My family came into town for the weekend to enjoy fall break!  We enjoyed moving furniture (post carpet install), high school football game (and catching a t-shirt!), sharing meals together, touring our offices and hiking at the Ijams Nature Center!  Super fun weekend.

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My grandparents are moving out of their home, so my mom and Henry brought with them a new-to-us bunk bed set and a new-to-us kitchen table from my grandparents!  But Mike had to say good-bye to his favorite kitchen table.  It now has a wonderful new home with some college students.  I’ll take pictures of the new stuff when we have everything moved back from the carpet install.  This weekend is our self-imposed deadline.

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We started a new Bible Study with young marrieds and we had to creatively present a few minutes on “All About Us.”  So in true TDot style… we went all out =)

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We hosted a Pumpkin Party to kick start the fall festivities.  Mike used a drill to help with his carving and it turned out rather nicely.

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We also attended the fall retreat with our students.  Woodlands post to come!  Someone was happy when we arrived home, although we know Uncle Jason spoils her when we’re gone.

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And we started Christmas shopping!  We both get too excited most of the time to wait to open gifts so we usually get a few things early.  With all of our boating and training, we are always hauling around a change of clothes, gear, you name it… so I bought Mike a new Osprey Pack!  He wore it around the house from the time he opened it until we sat down for dinner =)  Seriously Osprey Packs are the best and they come with an all mighty lifetime guarantee!

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And that’s that!  Work has been busy for both of us.  (Hence the reason for lack of posting on my part).  But I’m thankful for work to do.  I might have to start posting from my phone to keep the blogs coming a little more frequently!

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While the temps may have cooled slightly, we’re still summerin’ here!

The Harmony Adoption group hosted another wonderful race this past weekend.  We loved their Mudders Day Mud Run in the spring and couldn’t wait to further our support of their cause with the Flying Color Run.

Now… neither of us have run since our last race.  For me, that’s 3 weeks (yikes!), for Mike that was 5 weeks!  It hurt just a little but was totally fun.  We sure got color bombed.

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We’re still finding color =)

Then we enjoyed the afternoon on the lake with some friends!  They were awesome and totally rocked at surfing!

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This little one is in training for next summer.

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have we learned anything?

Thank you family and friends for the sacrifices you made for our country before and after September 11, 2001.  Without you we would not be where (or who) we are today and I hope that we never stay who we are today.

I keep coming back to the same thought this today as I ponder the anniversary of 9/11…

HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING??

Twelve years ago today our country faced one of the greatest tragedies it had seen in over 50 years.  We lost service men and women, civilian men, women and children and so much more.

Has our loss been worth the price?  I fear that today “we remember” but we have not learned.  I took a picture of a sign a few summers back when I visited a concentration camp in Germany.  May it never be so.

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If all we learned was hatred for other nations and peoples, then no it was not.   If all we learned was to look out for ourselves, then no it was not.  If all we learned was to live safely, without any risks, then it was not.

But, if we have learned to cherish those we love, then maybe.  If we have learned to forgive greater, then maybe.  If we have learned the meaning of sacrifice, then maybe.  If we have learned what it means to be a true hero, then maybe.  If we have learned respect for life, then maybe.  If we have learned to stand up for what is right, then maybe.  If we learned more about who our God is, then maybe.  If we haven’t changed at all from that day, then do we really remember what happened?

I pray that out of all tragedies, heartaches, losses and pain we learn something.  We grow and develop into who Christ wants to be.  I pray that today we strive to become more forgiving, more loving, more compassionate, more like Christ.  I pray that our learning never stops.