I listen to A LOT of podcasts, and lately I have been watching more video podcasts, too. While I enjoy music, when I exercise or do chores, or drive by myself I like to hear someone talking. Especially someone talking about knitting, sewing, books, or running. I like stories and I like information. When I get caught up on all my regular podcasts, I search for new ones. It seems like there are always new offerings in the iTunes store or on YouTube.
The latest audio podcast that I am enjoying is Knit, Read, Pray hosted by Lauren. She is a teacher, a reader, a knitter, and a Christian who talks about most of these things each episode. She only has a few episodes out right now, but she is worth a listen if you are looking for a new podcast.
Don’t forget about the Oxeyedaisey giveaway, going until April 30th. Pick your favorite pattern in the shop and let me know in comments to be entered to win one of Daisey’s cute patterns. Good luck!
Today I am thankful for a good report from my doctor. I have been having some issues that concerned me and caused me to drop out of the Nashville Half Marathon this weekend. However, they are minor and easily fixed and I hope to be back to running (and blogging) soon.
“My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:10b
The Lion’s Club has a memorial run each year for a young lady who was a former counselor at Lion’s Club camps. The group that I am lucky enough to be a part of ran this 10K as a tune-up for our Nashville Half. This is the most family friendly, well planned race that I have ever seen. The prizes were printed canvases designed by, I assume, a camper, and the finishers’ medals were dog tags printed with the same design. They read, “Because God made you, that’s why I love you.”
My time was 1:09, which is an 11:06 pace per mile. This is not a great time, and certainly not a pace that will get a PR in Nashville, but I was happy with it anyway. Coming back from minor injuries and illnesses, I am thrilled with anything faster than 12 minute miles. But, I would like to clock a 2:20 or less in Nashville, so I will be doing some speedwork in the coming weeks. And strength training to prevent future injuries.
A few years ago, when I ran by myself I was much more focused on my performance. Now that I run with some of my best friends, I just feel blessed to be surrounded by a group of positive, Godly women who love me despite my faults.
I am messy. I aspire to be neat, I love organizational supplies, but I also like to be able to see my stuff until I am done working on it. This means that I have lots of stuff out at any given time. Thankfully, my husband is an artist and likes to have his stuff out, too. We do tidy up and keep things clean, but as a family we have a tendency towards clutter. Today I am thankful that we don’t get on each others nerves with our resective “stuff.”
Today I am thankful for the human ability to look back and reflect. This gives me the chance to become a better follower of Jesus, a better teacher, a better wife and mother. I took some video of my teaching today and while it is painful to listen to my deep southern accent, watching it gives me a chance to objectively assess my weaknesses as a teacher and to listen in on some of my kids’ conversations that I missed when working with other groups. With the busy pace of modern life, there is not as much time for reflection as I would like, but I am grateful for the opportunities that do come my way.
Today, the day after Christmas, we are so thankful for all our blessings. As a way to show our thankfulness, we will be sending hand knit hats to Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, TN and gathering up donation items for our local Goodwill store. We thank God for the gift of his Son and the love that we all can share.
After a slow couple of weeks dealing with severe allergies which made computer work, knitting, and reading very uncomfortable, I am feeling better. I am very thankful for my vision and health, and will never take either for granted. The cowl was finished before my eye troubles began and I have already worn it once. Hopefully I can get caught up on all my blog reading this week, as I have the week off.