Overcoming Struggles

Got good news about about my sister’s test. Everything came back normal! I’ve been struggling in my running. Instead of getting down looking on the bright side and excited about my sister’s test coming back normal. When we struggle, we can’t let it get us down. We have to look at all of the great and positive things happening in our life. The struggle we will overcome one way or another. Just keep keeping on!

Triathlon-interrupted Run


It was a beautiful day in Orchard Park. Unbeknownst to us, there was also a triathlon that was going on at the same time. Outside of the random half-naked dude, we were still able to enjoy our time together. We started the day off with some fun warm-ups and then a short run. Mid-way through the run, the park began to fill with more of the runners and cyclists and we decided to finish the morning off at the Walton Life Fitness Center. Below are a few of the pictures from the morning.

Sweet Blessings

After a good night’s rest, an early morning mile run, and working out with my sweethearts, I still felt drained because of some concerning testing that one of my sisters had done yesterday. Some cuddles and having no homeschooling to do because children are ahead are exactly what I needed. When you’re going through a stressful time, you find where your true blessings are. We are beautifully made and rich because we are surrounded by beautiful blessings.

The Journey Begins


My mother was always my best friend growing up. She was my constant rock. As a child, I went through several adult issues that a child should never go through and she helped me through each issue that came up. In 2013, she began going through an issue that no adult should ever have to go through. She developed ovarian cancer that spread to her lungs, liver, and eventually her brain. This woman so loved and full of life could no longer take care of herself and as her health deteriorated, the pain each of the family felt intensified. Eventually, she succumbed to the cancer and died at midnight, May 31st, 2016. This began one of the most challenging things that I’ve ever gone through. The slow loss of a parent tears a person up inside like no other. After her death, I determined that I would pay special attention to my health to limit the possibility of my children having to go through the same pain I did. I began different diets, trying to determine the best one for my body and began extreme workouts in an attempt to get my health under control. After my third child, I’d gained a considerable amount of weight and had a hard time losing. Doing P90X, Insanity, and others like it, I began to see a change in my body, dropping over 100 pounds. Unfortunately, the extreme workouts strained my body and caused difficulty with my last child’s birth. At that time, I decided to find another way to get my health under control and found running. I did my first marathon in 2018 in 20 degree weather. Since then, I’ve run in several other events solo and with my family. My daughter has now developed a love for running as well and one of our long-term goals is to do the 100 mile race together. Last August, I was asked to take over the small running group at our church. This is the beginning of that journey.