I found this treadmill on Craigslist for super cheap, and my wonderful hubby bought it for me. I have been wanting one for a while so I could run during the winter. I have no desire to run in the negative temps like the groups of Concordia College students that I used to watch run past our old house lol! I'll probably be watching NDSU runners this year, and I'll smile as I walk down my steps to the basement to run on my treadmill :) Haha!
I started running in 2014 in memory of Tommy...
Tommy was always my biggest motivator and cheerleader, and I have picked up his love for running. In 2015 I ran my first 10K during the Fargo Marathon weekend in memory of him. The race weekend always falls very close to his birthday, so it's rather fitting. Josh and I ran it together in 2016, and then I had just had Joanna last year, so I was unable to run the race. It was my goal to run a race that weekend each year for him, but without having a way to avoid running outdoors during the winter (ok, I'm a chicken lol), I wasn't sure how I would keep it up. I'm very excited to keep running this winter, and I'm thankful for God's blessing to me in this special way. This Little Sis is pretty happy to be able to do this <3 I miss you so much, Big Bro!
I feel like it has been ages since I posted on here. And in a way it has been. So here's a quick catch up on what has been going on!
When I made my last post on here (There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace), my grandma's health was rapidly declining, and she passed away that evening. In times like these I am so grateful for God's grace. Her funeral was a week later, and Josh, Joanna, and I flew out to NJ for that weekend. It was a quick trip, but I'm so thankful we could be there. <3
We returned Saturday evening, and on Monday Josh started another week of teaching at Master's Baptist College. I spent the week catching up on laundry and cleaning, as well as repacking to return to NJ just one week after our return from the funeral for a trip we had already schedule months in advance to spend time with my extended family. It was a busy week for sure!
We spent October 16th through the 21st with my family in NJ, and we had a wonderful time. It was Josh's first time on the East Coast (yes, we went to Disney for our honeymoon but I don't think that counts lol). It was so much fun to show him around where I grew up and to take him to some of the sights I had been to as a child!
Tuesday evening of our trip, I had the blessing of spending some time with a childhood friend that I haven't seen since I was about 9 or 10. We had so much fun catching up on things! I'm so thankful that we have been able to keep in touch over the years. We did lose contact for a few years during my later teen years, but not long after we moved up here, God opened up the doors for us to keep in touch again. And it has been such a blessing! Being back in her home again brought back so many sweet memories from when we were growing up :)
Thanks, Kaylin, for having me!! <3
Wednesday afternoon we headed to Philadelphia so I could show Josh the Liberty Bell and some of the older part of the city of Philadelphia. It was so neat to actually be there with my hubby and baby!
This big girl graduated to an umbrella stroller!
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
After our brief tour of this part of Philly, we headed to Ikea to eat and stretch our legs, and then we drove up to Lehigh Valley Baptist Church for the evening service. It was like a little reunion as we were able to see and talk with some of the people we went to South Korea with for the Asian Games missions trip. It was a blessing to reconnect with them and some other friends from the church! God is so good :)
Thursday we did some hiking at nearby state park, and it was beautiful. The fall colors were out in full, and we enjoyed a several mile hike during part of the afternoon. Joanna fell asleep in the Ergo not long after we started hiking, and she slept the whole time. We'll just say that hiking between 4-5 miles with a sleeping 20ish lb baby hanging off your front is quite the workout! Lol! But we had a lot of fun, and I'm really glad we could go.
My aunt hosted a family dinner on Thursday night, and we had a lot of fun catching up with most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I'm so thankful for my family! It was so good to see all of them :) Friday we spent catching up on some much needed relaxing, and then we played games for a long time that evening. Sooo many good laughs!
We were up bright and early Saturday morning to head to the airport, and our munchkin turned 8 months old that day! Thus, I missed her monthly picture :) Lol! So I just used a random one that I took on Sunday...
This stinker has such a fun personality! She is learning so many new things - crawling, pulling herself up, feeding herself, and so much more! We are very thankful for our little Joanna, and she definitely brightens up each day for us. God has blessed our family so much :) I pray that He would help us to raise her for Him and that she would desire to serve Him at an early age! Mommy and Daddy love you, precious girl <3