You may be wondering why I decided on the title I chose. Well about 2 months ago I decided to become a runner. I am a very slow runner, otherwise known in the running world as a turtle. I am determined to become faster and maybe someday become a racer. Therefore, I chose breaks out of her shell. Join me on my journey. As this turtle breaks out of her shell.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Old and full of Arthritis!!!

  • Ok, Ok I know its been almost a month since I last wrote anything, but we have been busy. We went to Dollywood for 2 days!!! Fun Fun Fun!!!! We met my sister Bonnie, David, and their kids, and my mom and dad. That was fun!!! I wish you could have seen Bonnie on some of the rides. The very first ride we went on together was a water ride. We were on this giant raft and it was so funny!!! Bonnie kept getting wet and yelling Oh Lordy, Oh Lordy!! I was laughing so hard I about wet my pants. Then the next day we went on a roller coaster and a ride called the mystery mine. Once again Bonnie had me dying laughing. Ok you had to see this mystery mine ride, it is like you were going straight through the roof. Bonnie, me, Jessi, and Jacob were on the very first car!!!! It was wild!!! One thing I can tell you about this experience is that I AM NOT AS YOUNG AS I ONCE WAS!!!! By that evening every bone in my body was screaming in pain!!! Earlier my dad asked me if I felt 40 yet!!! By that evening I told him the answer was YES!!!! You know this just gets me to thinking how truly fast time flies!!!! It seems like yesterday I was riding rides with Bonnie, and my friend Angie and we could ride anything without getting sick, in pain, and dizzy. But now I feel a hundred!!! We must remember to be thankful for each day we are given it truly is a blessing from God!!!! Oh yeah by that evening Bonnie and I were in the hot tub the rest of the night!!! All I can say is THANK GOD the motel had a hot tub!!!! I would post some pictures but my husband lost my camera cord( long story to long to post!!!) Well I better go Jessi is dying to write about her experiences on her blog!!!! Catch you all later!!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Samantha and Wesley wanted me to post pictures of them swimming at the YMCA. We love to go swimming especially when the weather is warm!!!

Spring Has Sprung!!!! I took some pictures of some of the creatures (feathered and slimy) that have showed up at our house. The above picture is a baby bird. We've been watching the eggs for quite awhile and they have finally hatched.

This is a picture of a toad I found out in our building. Samantha and Wesley have been waiting all winter for a toad. His name is Big Bubba. He is HUGE!!!! They have been feeding him caterpillars!!!


Psalms 34:4 " I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
I discovered this verse this morning during my daily devotions. I love it!!! It is such a calming verse for those who have any fears. I think if you are like me there are several things to fear. For example, the gas prices are very scary to me. I keep thinking how high will they really go and how will that affect our economy. I know that I have had to cut back on my driving around because of this very thing. Another fear, is how will my children turn out? What will happen to them? Especially with teens in the house, you wonder who will they date? who will they marry? will they raise their family in a Christian home with Christian values that you have tried so hard to install in them? And the newest fear I have is that I recently got a job. I will be a dispatcher at a local police department. I hate to start a new job. My fears are am I good enough to be doing this job? Will I be able to handle the stress that supposedly comes with this job. And even though I will just be working weekends, how will this disrupt my family's schedule ( even though we really don't have one.) Fears, whether real or imagined, they are still real to you. But somehow it seems God in all his blessed grace, comes and brings a verse like the one above to calm your fears. He wants us to learn to trust in him and not be fearful of the future. I am such a worrier( is this a real word?) which is all about fear. I am glad I found this verse and I just wanted to share it with you in case you have any fears. Pray for me and I will be praying for you!!!!