Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Marathon Done!


Here's a shot of us starting the marathon. We were in quite a crowd... in the wrong corral even but that didn't stop us! We were the only ones walking in this crowd so we stood out a bit but oh well. I was so excited! I took pictures the whole route but I won't bore you with all of those, just a few.




One of the cheerleaders fairly early on in the race.




First drink break. I had no idea that this would happen. Cups were everywhere! You took your sips then just threw your cup down. The volunteers used rakes and snow shovels to keep the mess cleared out of the middle of the road.





One of the many murals throughout the city. Beautiful!



More dancing, singing cheerleaders!




The longest mile. Ugh! Mile 11 to 12 seemed to take years! B reminded me that at this point it was like re-entering the subdivision we live in when we walked to prepare for the marathon. It helped to think of it this way.



Crossing the Finish Line! Yes, capital letters for Finish Line! The announcer said, "We've been waiting for you girls!" as he called out our names. Everyone was cheering and clapping. Ok, so they weren't cheering for the two of us, still it felt like we were the stars in a parade! The official time clock says 3:36 but we didn't start with the first corral at 7:00 so this wasn't our time. Our official time was 3:20 so we walked about a 15 minute mile. Pretty good I thought especially with picture taking and texting friends along the way.

Thanks for all of the encouragement along the way my peeps!
Sondie

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thankful Tuesday and Thursday-Here We Are!

Erin and I both agree again this week on what we are thankful for....being here in Philadelphia with family (and friends)! This is our first trip here and it is great. We got here by 9:30 this morning and The Hyatt was kind enough to let us in one of our rooms without having to wait until the usual check in time. I've never had this happen so a very nice surprise to have a place to land.

After we refreshed for a bit we walked to the South Street area and had the best Philly Cheese Steaks EVER at a local place called Jim's. Neat atmosphere and fabulous food. Erin even ate every bite which is a big deal for the little eater that she is. After that we walked to the convention center and registered for our marathon. Extremely exciting to get my packet and shirt. My marathon bib has my name and AGE-completely unnecessary to put the age. I'll store that information away before the next marathon in February. Maybe I'll be 35 for that one :)

Tonight we will take a train about an hour away to Freight House Restaurant. A friend at home is one of the owners and his son is meeting us there for a visit. Should be very yummy and fun.

Anyway-we are thankful to be here!

Erin and Sondie

Poetry Challenge



Prompt: attachment of some sort

Sensibly Genuine

She looked like someone
Who bought candles
From a grocery store.

Air freshening
Long burning
Affordable.

Sensibility was attached
To her as surely
As her own right arm.

Truths anchoring
Boundaries freeing
Genuine.

Sondie

Poetry Challenge


Prompt: slow poem


Night’s Exit


A sliver of time wedged between

Darkness and light,

When the stillness of night

Greets the noise of day

Beckons me.


This is my still spot, my quiet slice

Of life without expectations

Of grandeur or even

Mediocrity where I am

Simply me.


The dreaminess of night slowly recedes

As reality of day tickles my mind awake.


Sondie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Woohoo Moment!


Not only am I excited about doing my first ever half marathon but...I am traveling with family and friends to Philadelphia to do it! Very pumped about a trip to a city I've never traveled to. Oh how I love to travel!

It gets even better. Paul David Tripp, author of several books including one I just started, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, is going to be preaching at Tenth Presbyterian Church Sunday night. Now this is a woohoo moment of life. I am giddy.

Sondie

Poetry Catch Up


Prompt: Hanging

Although I rest in the palm
Of my Father’s hand
Still I cling to the hem
Of the One who
Hung for me.


Prompt: Clouds ______

Clouds of Reprieve

I never realized what a blessing
clouds could be
Not dark and dismal
But a reprieve
For the parched soil
of my soul
After roaming
in the desert heat.


Peace today,
Sondie

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Poetry Challenge


Prompt for today: lines


Etchings of Time

Times of laughter
Times of tears
Left many little footprints
Over the years.

Times of searching
Times of finding
No chance that the clock
Would be rewinding.

Times of life
Times of death
Full of God’s peace
With her final breath.

An ever present smile
Created a masterpiece
That only the etchings
Of time could release.


Thanks mom!
Sondie

Splotches of Love


Never have I seen a child so excited over the beauty of nature than today with Erin. We were driving about an hour up the road to go shopping and she was amazed by the colorful leaves. The whole hour was spent looking at leaves and talking about colors...God's colors, God's creations. She even joked that we couldn't finish a conversation because we both kept getting sidetracked by the beauty around us. She had some very poetic phrases that I may steal.

For example-She thought all of the colors were "splotches of love"...she was amazed that God would love us so much to give us such brilliant colors.

She also pointed out the "Fall Fireworks" and thought these were more awe inducing than the fireworks that she oohs and aahs over on the Fourth of July.

Then there was the "collage of colors". She was intrigued with a green barn surrounded by multicolored leaves...a brick house behind the trees...bright clumps of leaves peeking between the pines...all of these were collages of colors.

She,being a music lover, made up a song and sang it to me...the colors dancing her head, speaking of God's love, God's creativity living within her. It really was an awesome song.

Me, being a poetry lover, made up poetry lines...ummm, with her phrases. Is it wrong to steal ideas from your children?

We had a lovely day together, lots of plans made for future fun. The more time I spend with her the more I see what a funny, smart, and artistic little girl she is. I pray I can nurture that creativity God has given her and that her heart will always rejoice in Him.

Blessings,
Sondie

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Tuesday on Thankful Thursday


Tuesday slipped right on by without our Thankful Tuesday posting so we decided to put it with Thankful Thursday. As Erin and I were talking about things we are thankful we both agreed on the same thing for this week...our mother-daughter breakfast this morning.

I am so thankful that I get to have time with my mom. Breakfast is a delightful way to start a school day. It is time to talk and enjoy one another.



Two of my favorite things...time with Erin and food. It gives us a special time to talk instead of just the usual morning rush to get to school and work. It is easier to get moving in the morning when are looking forward to spending time together.

We hope you are thinking of things to be thankful for as well!

Sondie

Monday, November 9, 2009

Poetry Challenge


Prompt: Should ______

Should I fall?

I cling tightly to the branch, my grip weakening by the day.

Once a strong, silent green

now a vibrant, crisp orange

quickly fading.


With each wisp of the breeze my resolve weakens.

To hang on means

to live even if only

living dead.


Yet a voice in the wind keeps whispering that there is more.

To let go, to die to myself

would mean life

more abundantly.


My remains would nourish generations to come.

A life not wasted

but invested in others

eternally.


A brilliant freedom pulsed within me as I soared through the air.

Isn’t this what leaves were created for?


Sondie

Friday, November 6, 2009

PAD November Poetry Challenge

Here's my attempt at today's Poetic Asides November Challenge. The prompt was to write a poem about someone covered with something.

Grace

She knew an eternity would not be long enough to remove the layers of guilt

That were suffocating her.

Thankfully, one drop of His blood would.


Covered by His blood,

Sondie

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Morning Moon


The moon was beautiful this week, even in the morning. My picture just doesn't do it justice. I snapped this shot while driving to work, my arm stuck up through the sunroof without any aim, just hoping to capture it with a random shot.

That would have been an interesting traffic stop..."No sir I haven't had a morning toddy. I had to dig through my purse, stick my camera out of the sunroof to get a picture of the moon, then preview it to make sure I at least had the moon in the picture, so sir-ya' wanna see how it looks?"

I thought about the moon just wanting to get a glimpse of the day before tucking himself in to bed. I imagined that he wanted to see the beautiful fall colors...to see how his counterpart Sun was doing with her role as "the daylight provider"...I imagined he sighed a contented sigh before ducking beneath the earth and thinking about what a wonderful, beautiful world it is...saying a prayer of thanks that he gets to be such an important part of it all.

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful for laughter! Someone told me today that I look for things to laugh about and he was right. There are so many things around us that can bring a good chuckle. I do have an odd sense of humor and tend to see things a little differently than most...just like my mom who ALWAYS had a smile on her face.

It is my goal to find something to laugh about every day...not empty laughter just so that I can check it off my list. Real belly and heart laughs. If I get to the end of the day and haven't laughed about a single thing I realize I am on a slippery slope.

Laughter....God's natural medicine....it keeps my heart glad and my mind sane (maybe!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

PAD November Poetry Challenge


I have been doing the poetry challenge at this site. Today was day 3 and the prompt was to write 2 poems-one negative, one positive OR to combine the 2 into one poem. This is what I scribbled down while sitting outside a coffee shop in the few minutes I had before picking up E from school. Not the best poetry but how I felt at the time!

Negative Coffee, Positive Day

Off work early today

An unexpected surprise.

Sunny and seventy

Great to be outside.

Tried a new coffee shop

The java was terrible.

Negative yes, but so many positives

Made it more than bearable.


Sunday's prompt was focusing on something new...this was my attempt.

Renewal

Grey corners at the edge of a blue sky

fold back like a blanket

inviting me to rest.

A new creature arises with the dawn.


Monday's challenge was to write from a different point of view such as the doctor becoming the patient. I chose to have a triangle become a circle.


Triangle vs Circle

Three sides.

Three angles.

It is who I am.

Sharp corners.

Definite boundaries.

A rigid, demanding life.

Curved line.

No angles.

It is who I have become.

Smooth rolling.

Strong center.

Life is better as a circle.



Sondie

Thankful Tuesday


For the month of November I am focusing on being thankful-pretty original huh?! I also want to include one of my favorite people in the whole wide world in this thankful journey...my daughter Erin. Soooo, please welcome my Thankful Tuesday guest contributor (and first time blogger) my sweetie Petey-ENW!


For my thankful Tuesday I would like to say that I am thankful for my Grandma's ham. She makes it so juicy and flavorful! I love Gram's house especially when it is full of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Because we don't live near them it is fun to have time with my favorite people. We make memories by laughing and having a good time. They make family time fun!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday-Hurricanes Game


I had forgotten how much fun hockey games are...I haven't been to a Hurricanes game in at least 4 if not 5 years. A friend shared tickets with us for today's game which was a great treat. I almost didn't go, just tired from being busy, but I'm so glad I didn't give in. I love watching live hockey.

Our seats were in the VIP section so we had all the food and drinks we wanted at no charge. Wow, I felt like royalty. E and her friend got to meet Stormy the mascot, but I didn't have my camera on me. Very,very fun even though the Canes lost.

A super family fun day!

Thanks K for the tickets!

Sondie