Life Update

I feel like there's so much to catch up on! Life sure has not slowed down at all lately. I feel like I'm having to hold on tight to every second. 

Brenn just turned 16 and is getting ready to finish his sophomore year of high school. That's just crazy for me to think. Pretty soon, we will be touring colleges! I'm excited for him but also sad that in just a blink of an eye he will be an adult and on his own. The colleges he's looking at are not in the state we live, so it's looking like there's a possibility he won't be close.

...Which brings me to my next update. I knew there would come a time when I would be dealing with an empty nest. That time is looming closer and closer. Relationships have not worked out (that area of my life has almost become comical...I need to write a book). So, I began to pray that when the time comes, God will use me wherever He wants me to be. I can feel that He's preparing me for a big move. I'm not sure where and right now I'm okay with that. It gives me plenty of time to start preparing...getting finances in order, decluttering, etc. I'm leaning towards the east coast, but He may have very different plans. I guess we will see in time!

I'm starting to get back on track with my weight loss and exercise. Last November, I started taking a class at our local rec center called R.I.P.P.E.D. It's intense and has really rocked my world. I love it so much that in February I became certified to teach. I'm not teaching anywhere yet, but I'm hoping to in time. In the mean time, I'm staying focused on meeting my goals. I've started running again and my time is WAY better than it has ever been (thank you R.I.P.P.E.D.!). 

I did a 10K mud run last weekend with friends and had SOOOO much fun! It was a great experience. I'm planning to run the St. Jude Memphis half marathon in December. Very excited for that!

We lost our sweet Skittles several months ago to a heart condition. It was heartbreaking to see her go, but I'm very thankful for the year we had with her. 

We now have a new member of the family. Her name is Espen. Brenn wanted to name her after his favorite sports channel, ESPN. I refused to spell her name that way so we compromised. She's about 7 years old and so very sweet. She has fit right in to our little family. 

Hope Outreach is trucking right along. This year, we've already added free monthly haircuts, been able to give out numerous supplies every month, and we've added two more meals a month. We're starting to build relationships with several of the people we're ministering to. Some of the places we've delivered meals to are heartbreaking...busted windows, inhabitable's very sad. For many who are living like this, it's all they know. We've learned a lot in the almost year and a half we've been working this ministry but we have a long way to go.

Alright, that's all for now folks! Hopefully I'll talk to you again soon. :)


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