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A Dallas Weekend

Last weekend we drove up to Dallas for Ben’s class reunion. We had a great drive through the countryside but we were completely exhausted by the time we got there. I got a great night of sleep and woke up ready to get some exercise in. My work schedule has been  absolutely crazy and it has been very hard to get some workouts in this week.

I got talked into going to Crossfit by my father-in-law. I decided to go for a short run and end up at the Crossfit gym for the morning workout. When I got there we did a quick warm up of a 400 meter run, 20 walking lunges, 20 hip lifts, 20 toe-kicks, 20 air squats, 15 push-ups and 15 mountain climbers.  Our WOD (work out of the day) could be done by your self or with a partner. My father-in-law was nice enough to volunteer to do it with me, so we did the following workout as a team for time.

400 meter run
100 push-ups (25 alternating, I did 25 on my toes and 25 on my knees)
400 meter run
100 sit-ups (25 alternating, 50 per person)
400 meter run
100 air squats (25 alternating, 50 per person)
400 meter run
100 pull-ups (10 alternating, 50 per person, I did all of mine with a band to help me)

Our time was 23:10, which was pretty good, until you consider some people did the whole thing by themselves in almost the same time, Oh well, we got a good workout in, and I was definitely tired! Next stop was going home for a shower and some breakfast. Since we were going to Ben’s class reunion and it was in Dallas, I was feeling some major pressure to get my nails done (it’s a Texas thing, you know). Luckily my mother-in-law needed to get her nails re-done and we went together. It was a great, relaxing experience and we got to chat for a while too. I got a French manicure in shellac on my fingers and hot pink toe-nails.

I had a salad for lunch and then changed into my suit to spend a little time laying out by the pool. There was a nice floatie in the pool area, so I layed on that in the water. Having a pool makes the Texas heat not feel so bad. I only lasted about an hour and then felt like I was getting fried and had to go into the house. After a quick nap, I jumped in the shower and started getting ready for the reunion party. I blow dried my hair and it got a little crazy!

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Big hair Texas crazy, I should say. I’m getting Tex-i-fied I guess!

I decided to take my camera to the re-union so I could get some recent pictures of Ben and his friends, but in perfect Emily style, I totally forgot to take any pictures. D-A-M-N, as my mother would say. Oh well, at least we have the memories, which I have to say are quite fun! I really had a great time even though I didn’t really know anyone at the party.

What fun did you have last weekend?

 
 

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My God is Big

I come to this realization frequently. A few weeks ago, the realization that my God is Big (huge, enormous & massive might be better adjectives) came from looking at the weather forecast.  I am from Minnesota, and in Minnesota, we are very weather centered. Almost all conversations can start and end with the weather. If you don’t know how to start a conversation, you just start talking about the weather and that’ll open the other person right up. So of course, moving to Texas has been an adjustment because for the most part, there is no need to watch the weather morning and night, nor pay attention to the sky and the changing clouds, because our weather is the same day in and day out for months at a time.

Why Minnesotan's watch the weather

In Galveston, during the summer it will be hot, extremely humid, possibly a light  breeze, and if you get a lucky one rain cloud drops some rain as it passes over you for 5 minutes in the afternoon. After Labor Day until February, it will be mostly overcast, rainy on a majority of days, still humid and temperatures will decrease slowly from the 90’s down to 50’s. The only thing to pay attention to is hurricanes, which bring more wind, rain and humidity. Spring is quite nice for about 2 weeks because there is less humidity, the sun comes out and there is a nice breeze off the ocean. It doesn’t stay for long, because you’ll wake up to summer, as mentioned before and the cycle starts all over again.

Galveston Rain

San Antonio had a fall and spring, both similar with cool, mainly crisp mornings that grow into beautiful, warm sunny days (70-90 degrees). There are occasional thunderstorms and some cloudy days. Winter is a short season, much like fall and spring, but with cooler temperatures and a few more clouds. Summer lasts the longest from mid-April until mid-October, with each day starting out at 75-85 degrees and humid, reaching highs of 95-105 with full sunny skies. We are in a drought, but it seems that rain and clouds are very uncommon during all summers.

All of that to say that weather is predictable here. We get excited when a cloud passes over and there is a possibility of rain. So a few weeks ago, when I checked the forecast and it said high of 108 degrees, I was shocked. I had heard it would be hot, and really anything over 98 feels the same to me, REALLY HOT. As I thought about what I would do that day, it is much like what I would do in Minnesota during January, when the forecast is calling for a high of 10 degrees BELOW zero. Movies, baking, reading books and housework all come to mind, because in either case, the weather is way to harsh to enjoy any time outside.

San Antonio Sunset

I’m a rambler, and I know it. So back to my original thought, my God is Big. Just the weather makes me realize that. All on the same day a few weeks ago, the following weather was happening across America: in Texas there were high temperatures of 108-110;iIn the Northeastern United States, they were dealing with the remnants of a hurricane and major flooding and storm surges; in San Diego, it was probably perfectly sunny with a light breeze and 75 degrees. I would guess that some mountain in the Rockies had some snowflakes fall from the sky. These are all the different weather types that were happening simultaneously. Its very impressive, and yet, I think it should be expected from God. We should expect he could make all of these variations easily, but at the same time, maybe He does it to remind us of His nature and His authority and His power.

I am humbled thinking of my God. I am just some tiny part of the universe, here for a moment and then swept away, and God chooses to have my as part of his family, to bless me and allow me to represent Him. It is so easy to take life for granted, but in this moment, I am in awe of God and motivated to press on for Him, and His cause to bring glory to His Kingdom.

How is God revealing himself to you? What are your reactions? What actions is He calling you to today?

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Faith

 

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