Sunday, July 17, 2011


For as long as I can remember, my bedroom has always been my personal refuge. I can light a candle and curl up in bed with a book or my laptop and I feel like I'm in my safe place. All this abruptly changed on Tuesday.

Our house was broken into and a couple rooms were vandalized. Our bedroom was one of them. I stood off to the side and watched the police officers gather up their evidence and realized that not only was I angry at the destruction of our personal property, but I was furious that my safe place was violated. My bedroom no longer felt like it was mine. It felt like it belonged to the stranger who committed this despicable act.

Tuesday night was horrible. I don't think I slept more than an hour. Every little noise had me on high alert. Wednesday night was almost as bad. After checking with the police to determine if they had all the evidence from our house that they needed, Brett and I decided to replace some of our bedroom furniture in hopes that I would be able to rest a little easier. Our new stuff was delivered yesterday and we spent a couple hours installing the new pieces and arranging everything to suit us. Last night was the first night that I've slept soundly since this happened.

Tonight, I came to the realization that the refuge I thought I had lost had never been taken from me in the first place. You see, material things can never be a true refuge.

My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge, and Savior -- from violent people you save me. -- 2 Samuel 22:3 NIV

This verse has taken on new meaning since Tuesday. God's word is true. He is my refuge. He is my shield. He did save us from violent people. Using the time stamp on the computer this person(s) accessed, they were in our house from 11:30 a.m. until shortly before I came home from work. What would have happened had they been here when we came home? The what ifs scare me something silly.

God is always faithful. In Him I can rest peacefully.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

C25K Update

My progress is way less than brag-worthy, but to hold myself accountable I'm going to post anyway. I'm doing more walking than jogging right now (trying to lose a little more weight first before I stress my knee), but I'm going to start incorporating more treadmill and less outside. I'm not a fan of the Alabama heat and humidity and I'm using the weather as a handy excuse to shortchange my workout time.

We had a great 4th of July weekend. I had a 4 day weekend (thanks to my wonderful boss, RDN!) and spent over 24 hours of it shopping, cooking, and cleaning! It was worth it, though. We had a good turnout and everyone ate until we couldn't move. The guys got a break from the grill while my mom and Anita took over. They did a great job -- good enough that the boys want to retire from grill duty! Hahaha!

Jim and Mar flew up to D.C. to spend the 4th with Alaina and out of the hundreds of thousands on the Mall that day, Jim ended up getting interviewed on MyFoxDC! I love it! Here's a link to the video clip if you're interested. About 3:08 into the clip is Jim's interview!