Tuesday, February 12, 2013


No blogging for Lent (see previous post)  means happy valentine's day early.


happy fat tuesday & lent 2013

This is my second year to participate in Lent. I did this last year and loved how disciplining it was for me. It helped prepare my heart not just for the celebration of the ressurection of Christ, but to remind me of the power of intentional prayer in my life year round.
I chose to let go of blogging temporarily for the reasons mentioned above.  Plus you wouldn't believe my luck with technology recently (shattered ipad, cracked iphone, and my home computer crashed --- all within two weeks of each other).  So I took that as a sign that I needed to refocus things for now.

quote it.


This week's quote, pictured above.

Grateful for yesterdays for what they've taught me.  Thankful for today that I woke up and get to start with a clean slate.

Monday, February 11, 2013

preston's first 5k.

We raised money and walked in the 2013 Keep The Beat heart walk on Saturday surrounded by some great friends and kiddos

Preston vetoed the stroller and ended up walking/running the entire time.  He's officially completed his first 5k.  He was pooped after the walk and bounce house, but it did my heart good to see him so healthy.  So grateful.

We seriously love you guys who came and walked with us.  Thank you!
Thank you for all the donations too.  We had a fairly small team, but we ranked no. 9 out of over 100 teams in fundraising thanks to our supporters.  That means that all that money goes to CHD awareness and research.  Money well spent in my opinion.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Below are some of our shots from the walk.  It seems like all you see is the back of the kiddos' heads in these pictures because that's exactly all we saw as we ran to keep up with our kids the entire time.  I'm not kidding.  We chased them the entire morning. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

CHD awareness week 2013.

I never dreamed we'd be a family affected by CHD.
I never dreamed that we'd come to know and love some many families affected by CHD.
Turns out we're one of those 1 in 100 affected by CHD.

This is a face of CHD.  This is my son.  He's kind of my hero. 

All these heart babies, those still with us and those who sadly aren't, are my heroes. 

I owe it to Preston and all the other heart babies to continue spreading the word and help raise awareness.  CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States.  Here are some scary and brutal stats about CHD.  I've been meaning to share this documentary about CHDs on the blog for a while now.

Team Preston is walking in the  It's My Heart Keep the Beat Walk on Saturday to help raise awareness, education, and support for CHD research.  You can donate by clicking here if you'd like to participate in CHD week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

a blessing.

Our pastor, in his Leaving a Legacy series, shared his definition of a blessing on Sunday.  My heart clung to this.  When I say I needed to hear this, I needed to hear this. 

This drove the whole leaving a legacy thing home for me.  Not that the entire series hasn't been good, but the particular sermon resonated with me.

This sermon, one of my favorites and one that hushed and stilled the entire crowd for a good 25 minutes, encouraged me in this way ---


It encouraged me to be a blessing to my family, my son, and to others.
It has motivated me, like nothing else has, to use my words to create a positive reality for my son.

 He also added that our words create reality.  My words as a mother are creating Preston's reality.   The words I speak today can become my son's reality and may one day become my legacy and my son's legacy.

You can watch the sermon here if you wish.


Love covers a multitude of sin.
1 Peter 4:8 

Monday, February 4, 2013

spring bucket list.

According to Mr. Groundhog, spring is forecast to come early this year.

We've already had some beautiful weather that screams spring. 

So with that in mind, I created a spring to-do list for us.  Both the Gherkin and I will mention in passing we want to take P here or there, only to forget about it when we actually have some free time. 

So here's what we're itching to do this Spring.

Not mentioned below is this. It's definitely on our list too. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

happy heart month.

We're sporting our red in honor of heart month. For both women and heart disease and children with CHD. 

Don't mind me --- I literally have to hog tie him to take a picture with him these days.

Took my own CHD hero to the zoo to celebrate today.  Gorgeous day. Thank you, Jesus, for such amazing weather to kick off this super sweet month.

Completed our day with feeding the giraffes and a zoo picnic for ourselves.