I don't know if you've all heard or not, but God's hand of protection was definitely on Milton and many of our friends this weekend. Several fires were raging in Scurry County. One burned much of our Park Pasture -- we lost our fence along 84 and on up the caliche road towards dad's place. But Milton, the house and the cows are okay. A separate fire burned around the Riggan's house, much of the golf course at the college, and very near Monte & Linda West's. That same fire burned around Elois Pruitt's house. Again, everyone is okay and none of them lost their homes.
This has been the year of "challenges" around the Biggs house. First, Biggs challenged the girls to go without sugar for 30 days. They did it, and now they're on Round 2 and still doing great.
Then, yesterday, Biggs found another challenge online and sent it out to all his buddies. I'm not going into detail on that one, but let's just say I don't think it's entirely realistic -- and you really shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet.
And then, last night I challenged our 3-Day team to do something really cool. When I issued the "challenge" last night, we had 22 team members signed up on our team, and we had raised a little over $7400. We're going to try to reach 25 team members and $10,000 by the end of the month. As of right now, we're at $8316. Whoo-Hoo!
I've been working with this trainer for about 3 1/2 weeks and on Friday discovered this itty-bitty baby bicep! (Actually, a pair of them.) I am SO jazzed. I haven't lost any weight, but something is working somewhere!!!
Moderate exercise, such as walking 30 minutes a day, can reduce your risks of dying of heart disease, even if you can't seem to lose weight or reduce your high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Studies published in the April, 2005 issue of Diabetes Care show the big benefits of physical activity for everyone.
Moderate Physical Activity Reduces Heart Deaths by 39%
People with type 2 diabetes who were moderately active reduced their risk of dying from heart disease by 39%. Those who were highly active reduced their risk by 48%. They reaped those benefits regardless of body mass index, blood pressure or cholesterol levels or whether or not the person smoked. Benefits were the same in both men and women. This study was conducted by researchers at the National Public Health Institute in Finland.
Moderate physical activity, according to the study, included any one of these types of physical activity:
4 hours or more a week of walking, cycling or light gardening, not including time spent commuting to or from work. Walking or cycling for 30 minutes or more as part of the daily commute to work. An active work day with much standing, walking, lifting, or other heavy manual labor. This would log 10,000 or more steps per day on a pedometer. 3 hours or more per week of vigorous physical activity such running, jogging, skiing or swimming during leisure time.
I love milestones. I love the little green signs that tell you just how far it is to the next town (restroom.) I love the sense of completion you get when you finish putting together a quilt square. I love the little things in life that tell you you're getting somewhere -- not just the signs that tell you a restroom is just 10 miles away, but the little steps that say, "Hey, you're going in the right direction. You're going to get there!"
Team Tiara hit two milestones today -- how cool is that? When Lisa and I walked two years ago, we raised a little over $6000 for breast cancer research. Today, when it's only February, and the 3-Day is still nine months away, we hit the $6000 mark -- and beyond.
And today, when it's only February, and we still have nine more months to sign up more team members, our 20th team member joined our team.
We're headed in the right direction. We're going to get there. For Carrie, who had a very successful lumpectomy yesterday. For Kristine, who found out this week she has leukemia. For Lois, whose health lies in the balance of just how many germs her body can fight off without having a spleen to help keep her safe.
First: Praise! Princess Addison is getting so big!!! She should be coming home from the hospital soon!! Isn't she precious!!! I think this girl was meant to wear a tiara!!!
Prayer Requests: I've mentioned this before, but there are two students at Abbie's school that have leukemia. Clayton is in Abbie's class. He had his last chemo treatment today, but word has it he will have to have a bone marrow transplant. Please pray for Clayton and his family. For the precious first graders in his class as they try to understand what's going on. Clayton has been out of school since Christmas, and it's starting to sink in with the kids that he's just been gone too long. And please pray for Mrs. Evans, Abbie's teacher, as she reaches out to her class, helping them understand. And at the same time tries to reach out to Clayton and his family. I think she's done an awesome job. Abbie's been telling us about the cards and videos they've made in class. But I can tell my sweet Abbie is really worried about her friend. Yesterday, we took a little bag of treats over and left it on Clayton's doorstep. Abbie made sure to draw dinosaurs and frogs all over the bag -- because that's what he likes. She also drew all these people that were representative of her classmates with a little "word bubble" thing that said, "whar's Clayton?" (That Texas accent even comes out in her spelling, doesn't it?)
Please pray also for little Elise. Elise is the kindergartner at Abbie's school that is at Children's right now. I just heard from her Mom that the cells for her bone marrow transplant will be delivered between 1 and 2 a.m. That makes her transplant day this Friday. This is Elise's third round of cancer and second bone marrow transplant. She is such a precious little girl -- just a little pixie, really. We all want this bone marrow transplant to take!!! You know, the slogan for the 3-Day is "Everyone Deserves a Lifetime." But that doesn't just apply to those who face the terror of breast cancer and what it does to their families. Elise deserves a lifetime. A lifetime to play dress-up and softball. A lifetime to go to school with her friends and to run around the track on "jog days." A lifetime to grow up and go to the prom and graduation and college and get married and have kids and a career and be a rocket scientist or a rodeo clown or whatever it is she wants to be. Please pray along with me that sweet Elise gets that lifetime. And Clayton, too. These children are precious.
Finally, please pray for all the women I'm walking in support of:
Sonja, as she follows the "non-traditional" path because the traditional ways of keeping cancer at bay don't seem to work for her.
Patty, who found out last week that she has breast cancer, and for her sister-in-law Sherry, a survivor, who is helping her walk the path.
Stephanie, the queen of the Talent, who's taking a month off of chemo to recharge.
Carrie, who has her lumpectomy scheduled for Feb. 12, and faces radiation after that.
Becky, who is headed into reconstruction soon.
Denise, as she recovers from her 15th surgery in three years.
Susan, of WhyMommy fame, as she recovers from her mastectomy.
I'm sure there are others that I just can't think of right now. This is just way too many as it is.
Hi all, I'm sure you've all seen that email about Barack Obama that claims he's a Muslim, won't say the pledge, and all that jazz. My inbox has been flooded with it. Snopes.com (always a good place to look before forwarding a mass email) has had a post refuting it.
He may not be your particular brand of Christian, but he isn't a radical muslim extremist, either. Have a great week!!! D'Lyn
Disclaimer: This post is in no way a reflection of my political views (if I have political views.) I just think it's interesting. I also think it's always a good idea to refrain from mass-forwarding of emails that are full of fallacies and geared at scaring people. Particularly if they're going to help get Hillary Clinton elected!!!
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I'm the wife of a really great guy and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. I'm a princess because I'm a daughter of The King. These days, much of my time is spent shuffling kids from point A to point B, training/fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles in 3 Days!), and juggling the Family Circus that is my life. I'm a transplanted farm girl trying to blend what I know with life in the big city. I'm addicted to Mamma Mia -- the best musical I've ever seen. I love to wear jackets. I miss my Mom. A lot. I love Karen Kingsbury's books -- anxiously awaiting the publication of each. My IPod is my most-used accessory. I love to paint -- not art, but rooms! When the going gets tough, I start baking.