Friday, September 25, 2009
"...running reduces the rate of heart disease. By pumping oxygen and antioxidants, it combats carcinogenic free radicals, and so reduces the incidence of many forms of cancer. By evacuating body waste promptly, it diminishes lingering toxins. By raising body temperature to fever level on a daily basis, it burns out infection. By stimulating sweating and increasing breath exchange, it eliminates toxins via the skin and expelled air. By releasing adrenaline, it flushes the system with disease fighting white blood cells and immune substances. By reducing body weight, it counters the effects of obesity - stress on the heart, joints, lungs and muscles, and non-insulin dependent diabetes. By stimulating endorphins, it alleviates stress, counters depression, and enhances creativity and problem-solving. By strengthening bones, it radically reduces the incidence of osteoporosis. By maintaining strong blood flow and creating a positive self-image, it improves sexuality. Finally, by leaving the body fulfilled and tired, running helps maintain healthy sleep patterns." (26.2 Marathon Stories, Swithzer & Robinson)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Happy Birthday Mao!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Once there was a girl named Tally
that lived in a beautiful grand valley.
She had a marvelous smile
that seemed to stretch for a mile.
She was always happy, without any doubts
You could always hear her cheer and shout
As she praised God for the wonderful life
that He had given her, were she always felt so alive.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
After eating until we were about to bust the girls then got to see one of his sons catch a catfish out of their pond and clean it for us…they weren’t real impressed by this!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
WOW – he did it!! That makes me old :-/ Seriously…Trevor graduated with honors and all! We are so proud of him!! And any excuse for a new summer dress and a fabulous pair of shoes is awesome :-D Christina was positively glowing with excitement – or was that just because she got to wear her pink dress!! His ceremony was held at the LSU PMAC and then we went to eat at Las Palmas, his favorite restaurant.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Mao wasn’t familiar with our Easter traditions, so Christina wanted to show her all about it. They started with eggs; they boiled about 2 dozen eggs and then dyed them for the Easter bunny to hide the next day.
The next morning the girls woke up early to see what the Easter bunny had left for them: a basket full of goodies for each young lady including books, stuffed animals, candy, and toys. Then they searched for the eggs that were hidden by that rascle, the Easter Bunny!
We were joined by friends and family for an outstanding church service that was overflowing from the building! Afterwards, we went home where we were joined by even more family and enjoyed the combined bounty of all the family cooks for a fabulous lunch. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection!
I also loved all the scenery! We saw the curviest road in the world, and the biggest tree! It was tons of fun! I also got to know Mao a little more, which was great!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
SPARKLES...I love sparkles!!
Overall, the trip was phenomenal! 15 days, 5 states, 4 people, two dogs, and one truck driven approximately 5,000 miles, with 26.2 miles ran, 16 miles biked, 5 miles hiked, and several more miles walked – we saw the United States in a way most people never get to experience it and we are very grateful for the opportunity.