Whew, were the women of our household busy yesterday! I started the day off with a fantastic 5-mile run and then Katie and I headed to PB. Seeing as though Saturday is Valentine's Day I figured I had better make a Wal Mart trip and get the necessities. Necessities being chocolate and the stuff to make cookies!! No seriously, I needed to pick up some cards and goodies for my special Valentines. I was so tired when we were finally headed home, but when we got home, the work really started! We got the groceries unloaded and headed to school to pick up the boys, then made a post office run and headed back home to start the cookie process that I had promised Katie we would do as soon as we got home. Little sweetheart, she had her chair pulled up to the counter and was all ready to go before I even made it in the house. Our kitchen was a cloud of flour and mess by the time we were finished! I'm not even sure how many cookies we made. We did lips and hearts (festive, I know!), decorated them with white icing and 8 different kinds of sprinkles...we used 2 tubs of icing and ran out; there are still probably 2 dozen cookies that need to be iced and sprinkled. But she had a total ball making cookies! It made all the mess and exhaustion worth every minute.
After the cookie mess was cleaned up I started dinner. I made a Taco Ring, recipe from Pampered Chef. I haven't made this is so long, and I don't know why because we love it! And it looks rather pretty when I doll it all up, don't you think?! I served it with a side of Spanish rice and tortilla chips (like I needed those, but yeah, I ate them!). Delish.
Needless to say, when I got the kitchen cleaned up and finally got to sit down, it.felt.so.good. So the rest of the evening, I sat on the couch, sampled some of Katie's treats, and watched American Idol and Biggest Loser (LOVE dvr!).
Today looks to be a much easier day. I got up and did a 5 mile run and I think I prayed for at least a couple miles of it. I just turned my iPod down and had a talk with my Lord. I am so thankful that we can talk to Him anytime, anyplace, anywhere. He doesn't care if I'm a nasty, sweaty mess. Praise Him! I asked a special blessing for my friend who is beginning her stem cell transplant process today, for a friend who's friend lost her battle yesterday, for my children as they go about their day that they would make good decisions and rely on God for everything, for women I don't know but are facing their own battles, and for healing in my own body that God would continue to use the chemo and "send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished" (Deut. 7:20). I prayed for all the researchers and scientists all over the world that they would find a cure for cancer so nobody else will have to face that kind of diagnosis in the future. I thanked Him for the strength He has given me to continue running. I thanked Him for all the strength He has given me, even if a portion of that strength has meant 11 extra lbs! Praise the Lord that I gained weight rather than lost it! *lol* I also spent some time reciting my memory verses over and over. I just ran in total awe of just how BIG AND AWESOME HE TRULY IS!
Here's to a blessed Wednesday, friends.