Five Random Facts About Me

Vikki insisted that I go all old school blogging and share 5 random facts about myself. At my age it’s honestly getting hard to remember random and interesting things. And after 7 years of blogging you all pretty much know everything there is to know about me ....more

On Getting The Behavior Your Want…

It was the day after I returned from Haiti. I was tired and the morning routine that I had basically created for our family seemed foreign and off. So I sat at the table drinking coffee in the morning darkness of this cool Fall Minnesota day ....more

I Qualified For Boston Marathon – Twin Citites Marathon Recap

“I plan to qualify for Boston.” I said to the cashier at the running store as I purchased a few more GU packets for the race that was now less than 18 hours away. ...more

Home From Haiti

Transition home from Haiti has been 36 hours of extremes, loneliness, and sadness. Of all confusing and seemingly glutenous things to do less than a day upon returning, Jed and I attended a David Gray concert in Minneapolis. I’ve waited to see David Gray in concert for nearly 15 years since I first bought his White Ladder CD in 1999 and his music became my comfort in the time of many transitions – from divorce, to new love, to moving across an ocean, and to times of extreme loneliness that I had never encountered before ....more

Quick Check-In From Haiti

I have a lot to talk about. The last three weeks have been a juxtaposition of living. From a retreat to work on me and my writing and my(our family) goals, and to rest my spirit and soul, to running a marathon and setting a PR(more on that later), to hopping on a flight to Haiti to serve a mission right after the marathon ....more

Day Before The Marathon Prep – Pre and Post Motherhood

Day before the Twin Cities Marathon – my prep in the year 2000 before I became a mom: -Hang out for hours at the expo. Chat with adults without anyone yelling “Mom, mom, mom, mom, MOM!” -Sample the goodies at the expo instead of feeding them to my children -Nap -Hang out with fellow running friends and talk about running. No one interrupts us ....more

The Jan Brady Syndrome

You swear it will never happen in your family. To your kids. To you ....more

Building Sandcastles

My tears surprise me almost as much as my view of the turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean that continue on forever beyond the islands that dot the bay. I try to keep my sobs buried inside, but as my hands dig deeper into the sand, my cries grow as my sandcastle turrets are formed. I wipe my eyes with the back of my arms as my hands become caked with shells and wet sand ....more

Costa Rica Or Bust

I’m heading to the airport in 35 minutes for a flight to Costa Rica and I have yet to shower, drink enough coffee for this ungodly early morning, or admit fully to how much I’m going to miss my kids. ...more

Marathon Preparation – 5 Tips To Survive The Taper

It’s officially two weeks until the Twin Cities Marathon. Do you think it should be said with a “The?” Or just as two weeks until Twin Cities Marathon? Does the “The” make me sound too Californian and how they talk about their roads? ...more