Whoa! I want to start off by apologizing for not blogging these past few months. As you can imagine, life has been nothing short of crazy! Crazy, in a totally, awesome, couldn’t be happier, loving our life, kind of way! I am officially a working mommy and I love it. I think I have reached a new record of getting dressed, brushing my teeth and doing my hair for the most amount of consecutive days since giving birth to the girls almost two years ago. True story. I love staying home with my babies everyday, but I am truly embracing this season of working. I have met so many people and everyday it proves to be just what I am supposed to be doing. BJ is an amazing stay at home daddy and manages to work on building our church, taking care of the girls, clean the house and even has dinner prepared for us! He is rockin’ the whole “Daddy Daycare”! I love walking through the door and hearing those sweet little voices say, “HI MOMMY!!!” It really is the best part of my day.
Bye Bye 2012.
Can you believe it is already the week of Thanksgiving? Where in the world has 2012 gone? Is it just me or does it seem like everyday, time goes by faster and faster? It seems like yesterday that I blogged entitled, ” Cheers to 2012!” Like any other year, I declared my new year’s resolutions. I had every intention of fulfilling these goals/resolutions.
This is what I declared to all of you…
“My new year’s resolutions are to: Trust God more. Pray audacious prayers. Dream big. Believe His promises are true. Love authentically. Run a half marathon. Give more.”
I have accomplished every single one of them! This past Sunday, I checked the “Run a half marathon” box as I participated in the St Jude Rock & Roll Half Marathon here in Miami, Fl. It was so special on so many levels and I can not think of a better city to run it in, than in my new favorite city and the place I call home! The race started on Ocean Blvd in Miami Beach, FL and ended on the sand of the beach! How cool, right?!
Go! Go! Go!
My favorite part about the race was seeing the hundreds and hundreds of strangers cheering on the 2,000 plus runners as they made their way to the finish line! Many of those people were standing on the sidelines waiting for that one special person in their life to run by, but it didn’t keep them from cheering on someone like me, who has never met them before. I had many BLOG moments during my 13 mile run, but mile after mile, I couldn’t get over just how special it was to be encouraged and cheered on by complete strangers.
You Got This!
Life should look more like what I witnessed on Sunday. People cheering people on! I remember turning the corner on mile 7, I was pretty tired at this point. In my mind I thought through all the reasons I had to walk for a second or two. As I was considering it, I locked eyes with this young lady. She looked at me and said, “Don’t you even think about stopping, you got this!” Wow! It was everything I needed to hear at exactly the right time. She didn’t care who I voted for, she didn’t ask if I went to church or not, she didn’t care if I recycled or if I give to charity regularly. In that moment, I was someone who passed her by for a few seconds that needed some encouragement!
Not One Time!
I can proudly say that I didn’t stop, not one time. But I thought about it, mile after mile. Had it not been for those strangers, I don’t think I would have been able to keep going. Whether or not you have accomplished some or all of your 2012 goals/resolutions, I encourage you today, to stop and lock eyes with that someone in your path that needs encouragement! It doesn’t take a lot of effort or time, just a few seconds to remind someone that they can get through whatever they are facing.
If that is you today, if you are that person that needs encouragement
“Don’t you even think about stopping, you got this!”
Here are a few photos we took. This day will forever be in my heart.
I ran mile 11 for him!!!
I ran mile 12 for my girls!
Love my friends… they cheer me on daily!
I especially loved the signs the girls were holding that read ,
“MY MOMMY ROCKS & GO MOMMY GO!”
Every week I highlight a TRUTH about you, your life, or about a situation you may be facing and then I DARE you to believe it.
Here is this week’s TRUTH or DARE.
TRUTH: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:11
DARE: Encourage someone today!!!