Gentleness Is Strength

Gentleness is Strength Opposite of Gentle is Brutal Gentleness Calms the Giver and Receiver Gentleness in Fitness   GENTLENESS IS STRENGTH Think about it.  Does it take strength to be gentle when you are angry, stressed, rushed?  In my opinion it does.  When we are angry with our spouse, our children or any other relationship in our lives and our emotions are dictating our speech and actions, we are generally anything but gentle.  I would also say this is pretty normal.  What if we pause and intentionally calm down and treat the situation with gentleness.  Gentleness does not mean we are…

5 Tips for A Peaceful Heart

  I am a very calm person and many times friends ask why.  The number one reason is my trust and faith in God.  We all have choices of how we handle stress and the following tips are a few that help me. Early to Rise – I learned a long time ago when my girls were small that I need quiet time each morning.  This habit started many years ago with a New Year’s resolution and a daily devotional I received as a gift for Christmas.  Even if you can start by setting the alarm just 15…

Together Strong

Met by Chance or Match Made in Heaven Forming our Roots Love More Than Yesterday and Less Than Tomorrow Met by Chance or Match Made in Heaven It was the 4th of July, 1984 in Hot Springs, AR.  I was 18 years old and my mom made my sister and I go to a family reunion.  We got away as fast as we could, stopped off at the store, bought matching swim suits; mine baby blue and hers leopard print.  We headed out to the dock on Lake Hamilton to get some sun and see if any of our friends…

The Power of One

The Power of One Making a Difference With Wisdom From Above Living Within Our Means THE POWER OF ONE This past weekend we ran in the Matt Karns Memorial 5k in Schertz, TX to benefit the Baptist Medical System Crisis Fund.  This annual event started 10 years ago after 27 year old, Matt, a passionate Physical Therapist died tragically in a cycle accident.  During his short time on earth, he made a huge difference.  He alone raised 40k for the Baptist Health System Crisis Fund by running a marathon and inspired all those that knew him to get healthy and…

Egg, Potato, or Coffee Bean?

The Analogy Which one are you? Let yourself feel. THE ANALOGY This is an analogy I came across this week.  Take potatoes, eggs, and crushed coffee beans and place in three separate pots of boiling water.  The potato starts out firm, the egg starts out with a fragile shell and soft inside, and the coffee bean is crushed.  Place all three in boiling water; symbolizing adversity in this picture we are painting.  The potato was firm outside of pain, but is now soft, weak, falling apart.  The egg that was fragile and soft on the inside is now hardened.  The…

Calm During Chaos

So….I love to run for fun and when I am visiting the grandkids, that is just what I do! We made it back to South Texas this afternoon and finally sitting down at 8 PM to look through the pics I took and reflect on the precious memories.  We take turns staying with each one of our daughters during visits and this time it was Molly’s house.  This is where she, my son-in-law, Tyler, and four granddaughters live in the small town of Valley View in North Texas.  This visit was to celebrate Audree…

Ready, Set, Stop

Friday, March 31st, I worked from home and was in deep thought all day about my upcoming Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was my top training speed I have ever had…until I pulled my glute muscle and then I got sick.  The last two weeks were spent barely making it through each day and squeezing in a few work outs.  I had worked up to 10 miles and decided that I was just going to do the best I could do.  The last couple weeks, I treated my body as a I should all the time.  Stretching throughout…

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

We had back to back weekends with our precious granddaughters, but caught a bug along the way and kept pushing and trying to ignore the illness.  I am stubborn when it comes to being sick and do not like to admit when I do not feel good.  I double up on Vitamin C and just keep trucking along.  This did not work this time.  Here it is so close to my race, I thought this can not be happening.  Then on top of this, I pulled my glute and had a lot of pain from it.  I started using my…

Nana’sLife March Visits – Part 2

This weekend was a back to back visit with our granddaughters.  Our oldest daughter and Ruthie came to spend the weekend while my son-in-law was out of town and we were so happy to have them. We started the weekend back at Tiago’s enjoying our Mexican Food meal…again, but you just can’t beat the food and service.  Next day we took Ruth to see Beauty in the Beast. Ruth is 3 years old and loves movies.  It was a little long for her, but she liked and just the hype of going…

Nana’s Life March Visits – Part 1

The visits with our daughters and granddaughters are the most treasured days.  We moved away from North Texas in 2012 when our first granddaughter was 9 months old.  Now we have five that are ages 5, 4, 3, 2, and 8 months.  We go from one visit to the next gathering nuggets of making memories.  We go there or they come here to see us in the Hill Country.  This weekend our youngest, Molly, her husband Tyler, and Audree (5), Hallee (4), Ivy (2), and Hazel (8months) came to stay the weekend.  I get so excited for these visits and…