Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Magic Doodle Company

For all of you who love their dogs and cats I have a great web site for you to visit. My friend Erica at work has a company called magic doodle. She creates awesome and stylish collars and leashes for both dogs and cats. Please click on the link on the right to view all of her very cute product designs. You can also get a special discount when you order. Just type in holidays at check out. Macy and Hope are getting new collars for Christmas and I think your dog or cat deserves a great Christmas present to!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Crosbyton Shower

Clockwise: Me,
Jill (Jared's Cousin) holding Toby,Susan (Jared's Aunt), Peggy(Jared's Great Aunt), Eletia(Jared's Mom) Caden, April(Jared's sister), Shavonne(Jared's cousin's wife), Brock (Shavonne's son), Stormy (Jill's daughter), Jared's Aunt Kittie is taking the picture

Enjoying the shower

My two special helpers, Caden and Stormy

The kids: Caden, Brock, Toby, Stormy
This week end me, Jared and his Mom, Eletia traveled to their hometown of Crosbyton for our baby shower. I was absolutely overwhelmed with love and generosity from his whole family. Kate got some amazingly cute clothes and much needed things. I enjoyed just visting with everyone that was at the shower. These ladies have the biggest hearts and you could really feel all the love that they had for both Jared and I. To everyone in Crosbyton, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for everything that you did for us this week end. You will never know how much it meant to me. We are truly blessed!
We also got to see Jared's Maw (grandmother) and JW. JW has been sick for some time now. They had been in the hospital the week before. Please pray for JW that his health will improve and that he will feel better. Please pray for Jared's Maw as she does such a good job of taking care of everyone around her. Pray that God will take extra special care of her.
We just thank God for such a wonderful week end where we could be surrounded by the love of family.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Husband the Warrior

Getting mentally prepared.
Jared and his red shirt team just starting the race. That's him waving.

The last obstacle, 20 ft high cargo nets!

Jared coming up the hill to approach the last obstacle. Still Smiling!

He looks like he's not attached but he is!

And over!

Holding the cargo net for his team.

One last jump over one last mud pit!

Jared, immediately after the race.

Everyone got a shower courtesy of the FW Fire Dept.

Exhausted, but oh so proud!

My man!

The Team. (left to right) Brian, Stephanie,Ashley,Chris and Jared

The warrior (before the race)

I love my husband! I know that is a pretty ambiguous way to start a blog, but that is what came to my mind. I admire so many things about Jared but there are 2 things that come to my mind today, his courage to try new things and his ability to believe in himself and to make other people believe in themselves.
This week end is a perfect case in point. Jared participated in a Mud Run with 4 other people from church. What is a Mud Run you ask? Well, it is running 6.2 miles through mud pits and about 15 obstacles. Some of the obstacles included a rope swing, climbing up and over a 20 ft wall, climbing up and over 20 ft high cargo nets, running through 50 yards of chest deep muddy water, and a 50 yard military crawl through mud. What is amazing to me is that my husband received an email a couple of weeks ago from a Sunday morning bible class at church asking for 1 more participant. He didn't know these people very well but he said, "Sure I'll do it!" He hasn't been running a lot lately much less 6.2 miles with 15 obstacles in between but he said, "Sure I'll do it!" This is what I LOVE about him. I would have been thinking of 1 million reasons why I COULDN'T do it and he is thinking of reasons why he CAN do it. I would immediately fill myself with doubts, "What if I'm the worst on the team? what if I hold them back? what if I can't finish and I embarrass myself? what if the obstacles involve my much dreaded fear of heights?" Jared is thinking, "Man, this will be so much fun! I can't believe I get the chance to do something like this. I can definitely do this. I get to meet 4 new people I didn't know before." I hope so much that Kate will inherit this trait from her Daddy. He seldom lets fear of the unknown enter his life and I am in awe of this. Of course I am not just talking about sports and races. I am talking about other aspects of life. I want her to believe she can do anything she wants to try. I don't want her to be held back by what ifs and self doubt.
I love Jared because he makes me believe in myself. He was my sole inspiration for running 5 ks, running the half marathon, and doing the triathlon. I (being the self doubter and less than refined athlete) would continually ask him, "do you REALLY think I can do this?" He would look me in the eye and say with all confidence, "Of course you can!" When I got a promotion at work I immediately started telling him about another girl I thought would have been better suited for the promotion. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "YOU are the best person for the job." He challenges me to be the best person that I can be. He encourages my dreams. He encourages me to dream big things for myself that I would have never dared to dream. If you are blessed with someone like this in your life, STOP right now and Thank God so much for blessing you with this person. Kate and I are blessed! Thank you God!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Grow Kate Grow!!!!

9 Weeks

11 Weeks

14 Weeks

17 Weeks

24 Weeks

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6