Thursday, November 27, 2008

Many Thanks !

I am so thankful for so many things in my life. It is hard to even know where to begin. First, I am grateful for this wonderful country we live in. Amen to our freedom and those fighting for our freedom and protecting us , it is sad that they cannot be with their families today. God bless them. I am thankful for my family, my blood family and in-laws. I love them all in special and different ways. How lucky am I to have been blessed by being welcomed into such a large family? I do know how blessed I am to have healthy and happy children and grandchildren and do not take a day of that for granted. Thank you Lord for their beautiful faces and personalities! Thank you for Gary for who I could not be my best person and run Davisland. He makes me know that its always going to be o.k. no matter what. And I am thankful for every small thing that I get to experience every day that I am here on this beautiful earth with my friends and family. Help me to always remember today and throughout my life, that it is always the small things that are truly the best !!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yoga - ouch !

Its good to try new things. I tried yoga today. Um...gonna need more practice. All I've got to say is I have a new respect for people who can actually do "yoga". Maybe one day....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Doing a Good Deed

Rachel's Girl Scout Troop participated today in the Four Paws Reading Program. It is in association with Tender Paws, a pet therapy organization, in Clarksville. There were 5 dogs that the girls took turns reading to and petting. That is Molly in the single pic and Gus with Rachel and Camille. The dogs loved being pampered by the girls especially since they work so hard to make others feel good all the time. Way to go girls !!

Blake enjoying Fall

Where's the back yard?? It's there somewhere !!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Update on Suzi Beetle Davis

As luck would have it, as the new mechanic was attempting to give her a new oil pump and the fixings, it was determined that she does indeed need the engine as metal was found in her oil pan. Poor Suzi...hang in there. You'll be good as new before you know it !! Next surgery is November 5th!!

Trick or Treat - My throat is killing me.....

Halloween 2008 started out great....Blake went as "clothes pens", yes those are ink pens attached to his clothes - I love his play on words. He thought that up all by himself. Rachel and her American Girl doll are adorable witches !! But as the night wore on poor Rachel's throat was apparently zapped by the strep throat goblin and by 9 p.m. had a 102 fever yikes. That for sure will get a you date with the doctor the next day. Better luck next year....

Nike Women's Marathon

Here it is ! The "medal". That is the Golden Gate Bridge circling around the runners ! You too can get one BUT there is a must suffer my friend. My journey to the Nike Women's Marathon was over a year long adventure. When I first learned of it in 2007, silly me thought I could just "sign up" for it. Um, no this baby sells out in 3 days. Okie dokie then, I'll be ready in 2008 when registration opens, um wrong again. In 2008 the Nike officials thought it would be fun to hold a lottery type entry. Lucky me gets in and jumps threw the normal hoops of finding hotel and "cheap" airfare. Then I'm in "training mode". Let's just say the "hills" of Tennessee are pale in comparsion to the "hills" of San Fransico. Race Day was cloudy and dreary which is better than sunny and blistering. And there was a time limit to finish this 26.2 distance in - 6 and 1/2 hours, um, really. That was plastered everywhere. I was worried. That's a 15 minute, or so pace. I'm a walker, not a runner. My running days are over (since baby #3 in 2000 but that's another story). Enter the Good Lord. Yes, the big Guy upstairs. He does work in mysterious ways. Mile 11 to be exact. He comes to me in the form of a cute girl named Kate. Mile 11 is where the 1/2 marathoners separate from the full. She was alone also and we decided that it was good for us to hang together. Indeed it was. As luck would have it, my good knee was absolutely killing me, she had no idea that we had to reach Mile 18 by noon, so we were each other's cheerleaders. Misery loves company and all that. We did indeed reach Mile 18 way before noon, actually had 13 minutes to spare. It was Kate that also informed me that she saw on a flyer that we actually had 7 hours to finish - good we need that extra 30 minutes and it was me with the watch that would pace out each mile and it was both of us that talked us through this adventure. It was Kate's first marathon and my sixth. It was God who knew what he was doing bringing us together to get us to the finishline, it was a team effort, with the team just having met and being formed and yes miracles can happen that quickly. Though, I'm pretty sure, God knew about this way longer than Kate or I did, he was just waiting for the big event. It was Kate that heard the announcer as we approached the finish line "2 minute warning for the 7 hour limit" and looked at me and said "can you run?" I'm thinking "no and yes all at once, but I did not come all this way (literally) not to get that necklace or the tee shirt" So with my tortured good knee, I jog for a few more seconds to cross the line (with 20 seconds to spare) to get my "medal" from the San Francisco fireman dressed in his tuxedo holding the silver tray with the blue Tiffany box just for me. I'm sure he was thinking - what took you sooooo long??? Me too, buddy, me too.....