Saturday: I got up early and did a quick 3 miles on the 'mill before getting cleaned up and heading for a marvelous day out! (BTW: It was my first 40 mile week in months! Yay!!) We all went to Springfield (2 1/2 hrs. from here) and had a great gift card day! I went to the Lifeway store and finally got to pick out a new Bible; I have been using another one that I had a long time ago so I was excited to pick and choose. Unfortunately it is missing all my notes and pictures and little mementos that I had stored in the pages of my other one. :-( We continued on to Bed, Bath, & Beyond (LOVE that store!) where I had $50 left on a gift card from last Christmas. We needed a new toaster and a can opener so that's what we got. Nothing fun. But we had a gift card for Olive Garden, which was HEAVEN! I wish we had an OG closer to us!! We ended the day split up as Katie and I got dropped off at the mall while the men-folk headed to Bass Pro. My wonderful in-laws gave me $100 for my birthday to take shopping so Katie and I had fun shopping and picking out a comfy new outfit for my VERY LAST CHEMO TREATMENT, which (prayerfully) is Friday! But I think the best part of the mall was our Starbucks (me) and cookie (her) break. We are fabulous shopping partners, she and I! And it's only going to get better as she gets older...and more expensive, unfortunately! lol
Sunday: I got up and did my weekly long run. I went 10 miles while continuing watching the first season of DH, thank you sis!! It was great! And...that was pretty much the highlight of my day. We did absolutely nothing the rest of the day, well I didn't. My hubby had to work for a couple of hours, and the kids were in and out playing, but I didn't do much of anything. 10 miles wears me out!
AND it's Monday: Kids are back to school today. I literally had to drag myself out of bed, as they did. What is it about a school day that makes everybody so much more tired then any other day?? But I set out to put in a 5 mile run on the 'mill, got caught up in watching DH and did 6. I incorporated 1- and 2-minutes hill intervals throughout just to change it up a little. Today was one of those days that felt easy, which is surprising considering yesterday's 10-miler. Almost all the snow and ice is gone, Thank You LORD! And this week should be much more normal, schedule-wise. But I miss my boys. :-( I liked having them here everyday. I guess I can start counting down until summer now! I'm also counting down til Friday, which if everything goes well, should be my last chemo treatment!
"Thank you, Jesus, for heaping a fresh dose of strength on me each and every day for the last 5 months. Thank you for giving me Your overwhelming peace, getting me through every treatment, every side effect, with a smile on my face. I pray that You would continue to keep me healthy and strong as You guide us into the next phase of treatment. Guide my heart and my mind to do what You would have me to do. Keep me firmly in Your grip Father, for you are my constant source of stability. In Jesus' Precious Name. Amen."