Running is finished for the year!

I have completed all my runs for Run 4 Heaven’s Gate! I’ll send out letters when I have the final totals, but unofficially, I personally raised over $2600! What a blessing all the sponsors were to me. I got so many little notes saying “wish I could do more,” or “I know it’s not much,” but I want you to know–it was so much. All I wanted was to raise more than I spent to run the races and on training. My sponsors multiplied it ten times over. Not only that, but the letters in the mail and watching the online total climb was encouragement I can’t describe. OK, I’ll try: It made running possible! I ‘m frequently asked if click to continue reading…

All the places I’ve run

It has been a very busy summer — mostly in August. I’m running R4HG again and kicked off training this spring in Bend, OR. It was so idyllic to start training that way. At one point I stopped to take a picture of a swan. (And then she promptly squawked, honked and chased every other bird away.) Not so beautiful. Since then, I also ran in California, Colorado, Nevada  and of course Idaho. I didn’t run when I was in New York, I was too out of my element, suddenly longing for desolation wilderness like I haven’t in years. Besides it takes no effort for me to get lost. But I walked eleven miles in one day looking at everything. click to continue reading…

Run 4 Heaven’s Gate (again)

This will be my third year participating in Run 4 Heaven’s Gate. We’ll run four half-marathons in October to raise money for AIDS and HIV children in India. I was nervous to start training this year. I don’t love running. OK, I mostly hate everything about running except that sweet, blessed time right after a run: you’ve just checked something off your to-do list, you get to eat whatever you want (maybe that’s why I’m not losing weight) and the pain is muted because of the endorphin’s. However, I talked with another participant recently and she told me about a previous illness which prevented her from running, being active at all. And I realized — I should be just praising click to continue reading…

Some are waiting at Heaven’s Gate — Run!

This is the second year I did not run four half-marathons during October with my church. We reluctantly ran two years in a row — I got sick during the third race the second year. I ended up staying sick most of that winter. The following year I had every intention of running, but chickened out because I did not think I could spend another winter laid up like that. This year I didn’t even consider it. So I asked the gal who started it if I could help her some other way. One thing that came of that was an article published in May in Boise Christian Living. (You can read the whole article below or look on page click to continue reading…

A soft tongue will break a bone

I’m not sure what Proverbs 25:15 means when it says this but I picture water eroding rock. I haven’t blogged much in awhile, each time I thought about it I would see my previous post — and since Saeed is still in prison — I’d lose my desire. The land of pain between prayer requests and  answers is a foggy, murky swamp. I know because my husband of five years injured his back and couldn’t stand upright for 11 months — couldn’t lift his babies. Our five stages of grief went out of order because we started with acceptance, anticipation even. “What will God do?” Months later we weren’t so optimistic. A good friend at church approached us, “I’m sorry, click to continue reading…