Saturday, January 28, 2006

Absent for awhile

I just posted a few pictures and comments today after months of not writing. This fall our family experienced a trial by fire. Our 17 year old son had become more rebellious and destructive in his behavior. He had been on probation since 12-04 and spent a month in Juvenile detention in summer 2005 for probation violations. Within a few days of being released from probation on 10-31, he was present when a felony was committed and spent a week in adult jail. They dropped the charges and released him, but his school expelled him for a year. Through God's perfect timing and intervention, we were led to a special group home nearby for troubled teenage boys. We admitted him on 12-15-05 and have watched our Lord begin to reach his hard heart and begin a long transformation back to Him.
I haven't wanted to write about running during the worst of our ordeal. In fact, I wasn't able to run. The emotional weight was simply too great. I am still not running consistently now, but am getting back to the gym more regularly. A weird hip pain has surfaced, so taking it easy for a while may be the best action for the long term. I am filled with hope for my son because he is hearing Jesus and He has the power of life eternal. Everything is going to be alright, My God is making a way for me.

Won my age group (50-54) at 2004 Dennis McCormick 5K

This may have been the epitome of my running accomplishments. I've run much farther and put forth much more effort and was never noticed because I was in the company of greatness and finished in mid pack or worse. Running isn't about the accolades received but the rewards of knowing how hard you worked to simply finish the race. I accepted this award remembering it only reinforces that old saying, "If you can't outrun them, outlive them." Many people ran faster than me, even a 60 year old woman. But many more people were sitting at home on their couches and I am trying hard to not join them. Posted by Picasa

David and Linda ready for annual Christmas party Pilgrim's Pride

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