Projects…Projects..if I Only Had the Time!

I have so many projects going its ridiculous!

A couple week ago I was really missing quilting so I started saying “yes” to any project that my boss or my mom threw at me. So I have a stack of projects just calling my name but I don’t have time!!! I have a couple days off this week so I am taking a quick couple minutes to post some pics of some of my projects (remember this is only a few!) and then I am heading to my room to sew like crazy!!!! Wish me luck!

I was helping vend at the MN Quilt show this past weekend and after the first day I found it was very hard for me to just to stand and talk to customers. I needed something to do! So I brought my embroidery and got a lot done! That’s the nice thing about hand work. You can take it where ever you want!

I was able to take a couple minutes during the weekend to walk around the show. I didn’t get to the quilts though I couldn’t get away from the vendors!…..unfortunately I fell in love with fabric!!! :/…so I had to take some home with me! I have a plan for the top two fabrics …..but I have no idea when I will be able to put that plan into effect!!! Ah well such is life!

Well, I had better go and bury myself into my projects! I will post pictures as they are completed!

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Running a marathon

The Sunday after I graduated from high school, I ran a marathon.

Now my running background is rather slim. I never participated on a track team during high school, I just ran. Often I ran for fitness but there was something else that kept me getting me out on that road with my running shoes on my feet. I loved the sense of accomplishment after a challenging run..and the freedom to eat a lot more. 🙂

I don’t know exactly why I decided to run a marathon, I just remember that I was running up the long pot hole filled drive way at camp last summer and I was running particularly faster than usual. Suddenly I made up my mind that I was going to run a marathon. I had no idea how much training it would take or how long 26.2 miles can take to run. I just knew that I wanted to run one. So right then and there as I passed the Cabin David, I decided that a marathon was my goal.

Over the next year I began training, researching and more training. I decided that I was going to run the Minneapolis marathon and to help train for that race I was also going to run the Earth Day Half Marathon in St. Cloud.

The year was filled with highs and lows. I learned to love my pace runs. (runs that include intervals where you run fast for a certain distance then recover for a bit just to run fast all over again) and to manage my time. I was working almost full time by May and often I had to run in the morning before work.

All that training paid off. On June 5th 2011, I woke up at 5 am and my friend and I drove to the start line. She dropped me off and I nervously waited with a couple thousand other runners for the signal to start. At 7 am it went off and we started moving. I was running my first marathon!!!!!!

The first half was relatively easy. I have read somewhere that you run the first half of a race with your body and the second half with your mind. I had to do just that.

Here I am about mile 11, and I’m smiling. (I apologize for the blurry photos)

Oh and if you can’t tell..I am the runner in teal 🙂

After mile 11 things started to get tough. The course took us a long trails and we had this huge hill at mile 17. In chalk on the trail it told us that we were climbing Mcnasty…the bad thing was that I saw that hill around mile 14 and I knew I was going to have climb it at mile 17…not a good thing to look forward to when you are over half way into a marathon.

Here I am around mile 20. As you can see I am not smiling. Actually I only started running then cause I saw my family cheering for me and i wanted to push it for them. The bad thing was that I went off course a bit after passing them and that made my mom a little worried. (apparently watching a marathon can be very nerve racking) She told me after ward that she thought that I wasn’t in my right mind. Well maybe I wasn’t. All I know was that I was awfully tired and it was all I could do to make it from water stop to water stop. (they were my salvation by the way)

Right after I passed my family God came to me in human running form. Her name was Kate and it all started when she asked me if I had a pacer on my watch…(wow I wish I could have all that on my $10 watch from Walmart). We started running together and talking. Well as much as we could with what little breath we had. But during that time I found out that she was a believer!!! Thank You God!!

She had to walk at times and she told me to keep going and that I shouldn’t let her hold me back. There was no way I was going to leave her. Normally I am used to running by myself and relying on my own strength to get me through but I knew that she was sent for a reason and by golly I was not going to lose her!!!!!!

The last 6 miles were the hardest. I am so thankful Kate was there she helped so much, from telling me to pour water on myself to rubbing my calf when it cramped up. By God’s grace we made it to the finish line.

When I saw that blessed finish line I gathered all my strength and the confidence that all those pace runs have given me and ran as fast as I could toward that finish line.

Kate is the runner right behind me.

I finished with a respectable time of 4:37. God was so good to me that day!!! I felt so awful after the marathon..I was disappointed with my time and I just wanted to lay down and cry…but as the day went on I began to realize what a great accomplishment it was!

I ran a marathon!!! And…for your information I am so crazy that this week I signed up for another one in October!!

 

 

Graduated!!!

Even though it is over a week after the fact I thought I should mention that I am officially graduated from High School!!! 🙂

I had a small graduation party with my favorite people, and I got to display my quilts!! 😀

Many of my friends had no idea that I had so many…..ha…yeah..I am a secret quilter. JK.

It was such a special party. We had dinner, and many of my friends stood up and blessed me with their testimonies about my life.

God was so good to me that night!!!

Hectic…..

This past week has been a whirlwind. Wait….lets do that over. The past two weeks have been a hectic whirlwind.

It all started out with a graduation. My graduation. Right around the middle of the week before my party the people started pouring in. First it was my grandparents, then it was my best friend…and when those kind of people are around, who wants or has the time to do a blog post?????

The whole weekend was dedicated to me. That sounds kind of selfish but it was. All the people came because of what God has done in my life and we PARTIED! 😀

God was so gracious to me and showed me his love in so many ways! Through laughter and tears He showed me how much He loves me and how much the people in my life love me!

I didn’t get many gifts for my graduation…it was the typical card and cash thing for the most of it, but the night before I opened a couple of the few gifts I got.

Like most gifts they were surprises but there was one that was a huge surprise!!

I got a life time supply of post it notes!!! Now this doesn’t seem like a very big gift..and it isn’t money wise..but it made me laugh! I know this might not be what you wanted to read after a week of silence from me…but there is so much to tell that I can’t fit it all in one post! You will have to wait till next time to hear all about my graduation party 🙂