Birthday blessings

Thursday was my birthday. I turned 20. Weird.

Anyways, I had such a fun birthday/weekend!

My dad was out of town (for work) on my birthday so my mom, sister, and I went out to lunch, got coffee, and went shopping. I had to teach spinning that night, but Jimmy and his brother came out to my house (totally surprised me!) and enjoyed cake with my family. My momma made carrot cake and we also picked up an ice cream cake.It’s hard to explain how much I love carrot cake. 

Jimmy got me the two best birthday gifts ever. A cactus and coloring supplies!! So what did I do? I drew him a thank you cactus card…On Saturday Jimmy took me out to dinner. He’s too sweet :). We went to a fancy Italian restaurant and we felt totally out of place but really enjoyed the food! I also received a special hand-made birthday card from one of my favorite blogging friends!Thank you, Laura!

My birthday was really special, I felt so blessed to be surrounded by all of the people in my life that I love the most!


How was your weekend?!


Crazy 10k recap

On Saturday I was blessed enough to run a race in memorial of PA State Trooper Kenton Iwaniec. This race is in honor of an amazing (24 year old) man who had his life stolen in 2008 by a selfish drunk driver. He was a trooper, son, brother, and fiancée. All of that was taken away from him and his loved ones by a dumb decision. I encourage you to read his story on his website.

I was in tears most of the morning because of all of the special people at this race who truly care about getting rid of drunk driving. I wish I could explain more, but i’m just really upset and speechless. Please keep his family in your prayers.

This race led me to think about this scripture in Ecclesiastes:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2  

*I suppose all that I can say it that I don’t know WHY things like this happen, but they are in God’s plan and there is a time for everything under the heavens.*

Needless to say, I was so happy to participate in this special, special event. Did anyone catch the weather in Pittsburgh this morning? 50mph winds SAY WHAT?! I am seriously NOT exaggerating.

Along with the 50mph winds was also some insane pelting rain and hail. My sister and I felt pretty hard core. 😉 Hannah ran the 5k and I ran the 10k.

Can you spot us?! (Pink jacket and brown jacket!!) About 2,000 people showed up (despite the wicked weather) to race and honor Kenton.

I honestly have never ran in weather like this before and it was a blast and just super crazy!! I felt like I was running in place for the whole race.

So there ^ is my time. I’m sure it isn’t great (this was my 1st 10k) but I don’t care. I wasn’t there to run for myself and the weather was insane 🙂

Hannah and I both placed 1st in our age groups.

After the race we headed home, ate lunch and I literally did homework all day today. But it feels so good to be a little bit caught up in the academic department. Woot! Tomorrow we have family coming in from upstate NY. This should be a very fun week!

Do you ever feel sooo relieved once you get caught up with hw/work/house work? Or am I just weird… ? LOL 😉

Have a great rest of the weekend!!