Friday, May 27, 2011

Playing Catch-up

Once again, an unintentional "break" from my blog. It was against my will this time, I swear.

A couple weeks ago, I started feeling sick. I thought it was my allergies acting up, and it very well may have been, but it quickly started getting worse. Eventually, I had an awful virus...and then I had an infection. Oh. Boy. Well, this week I finally got some antibiotics (otherwise known as my new best friends.) And yesterday, I finally started feeling like myself again.

So how about a quickie update? (and mini photo dump - *note* All pics are from my phone as I was too sick to mess with the big camera)

Right after I got sick, I went to the Women of Faith conference here in Des Moines. I wasn't about to miss that event for a bad bout with my allergies. It was a wonderful experience! I've been several times before - but of course God moved in new and different ways in my heart and blessed me so much! (I hope to devote a whole post to that soon)

One of the highlights for me was getting to meet Sheila Walsh, and thank her for her transparency and the stories she shared. (it was also very cool that, at the last minute, my sister-in-law, Amber got to attend WoF too!)

During Women of Faith, I progressively got worse (thanks to little sleep and going non-stop) and I lost my voice (thanks to lots of talking and singing!), but I wouldn't change things.  It was worth it.

The next week was rough, with me getting seemingly sicker by the day. But we had some days of nice weather, so even though I couldn't manage many out of the house trips - I made sure the boys and I at least got to enjoy the backyard. We've been eating lunch out there a lot lately! Love our backyard picnics :)

And I've, of course, been enjoying the spoils of summer - lots of "flowers" for Mommy. :)

And Zack is very generous about making me cards... lots of cards. Daddy got to share one with me, even . (Zack says there are hearts in my eyes because I "like the way Dad looks." He's a perceptive little boy...)

Then this past weekend we got to welcome our very first niece to the world!

Kristal arrived Saturday morning to proud Daddy John (my brother-in-law) and Mommy Kim. Zack and Austin are thrilled to have a baby cousin!

I was so sick by the end of the weekend that I went back to the doctor Monday morning. By then, I'd developed an infection, so I've been on antibiotics since then and feel SO much better. Still not 100%, but closer to it than I've been in weeks!

Being the crazy girl I am, I decided I was feeling good enough for a long run yesterday. So, Amber and I headed out for a 10.5 mile run - and we did it! I'm "feeling the burn" today (or more like PAIN, lots of PAIN), but it was so awesome to accomplish that goal. We're well on our way to being set for Dam to Dam (12.4 miles), which is one week from tomorrow!

Here's hoping I'm done with sickness for awhile - especially since we have a whole summer ahead of us to enjoy!


  1. Glad you are feeling better and were still able to take in some goodness, like WOF and backyard picnics. Dam to Dam is almost here -- you are rockin' those miles! Envious over here :). Take care -- hope you are 100% soon.

  2. oh P.S. --- your header is WAAAY cool. so creative! the frying pan and cartoon made me smile.