Sunday, October 7, 2007

Rewards for going to conference

I told the kids that if they went to both session of general conference on Sunday and took notes I'd take them out to dinner. So, the girls and I went to Denny's after the second session. When it came time for the check to come, the waitress came over and said a gentlemen has paid for our dinner. I couldn't believe it! She said he eats there every couple of weeks, and he picks out a random person and pays for their dinner. That night we were the beneficiaries of his kindness. See, there truly are blessings for attending conference!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mission - Possible!

After 20 years of fretting, scolding, hoping, praying, worrying, more praying, more worrying, Ryan received his mission call! I was hoping the call would come on his 20th birthday, Friday, Oct. 5, and thought what a great birthday present for him. Even greater would be the fact that we threw him a surprise birthday party at Matt's, and I thought it would be super great for him to be able to open it when everyone was together.

It came! I wrapped it up in a big box, and put it with the other presents he'd open that night. He was very surprised when he opened the box and saw it. He was a little scared to open it, and we were all sitting on pins and needles as he read it and finally got to the word "Brazil." He enters the MTC in Sao Paulo Jan 23. I'm disappointed I won't get to see him off at the MTC in Provo, but thrilled that he made the decision to serve a mission. He was hoping to go to South America, and he is very excited.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Oh the pain!

I've discovered that just thinking about exercising isn't the same as actually doing it. I have done no exercising of any kind (other than walking a tiny bit for one day here or there) for several years. I am constantly aware that I need to, because I feel so stiff and have no endurance or energy.

As we were sitting around a table having dinner Saturday night at the Stake Center for the RS broadcast, a lady int he ward was telling us that the Fitness Center is sponsoring a 5K walk/run. So, several of us said we'd do it. Now I'm committed! I have to get out and start walking! Like it or not, I know it's good for me, and I'm looking forward to becoming stronger and more limber. I am not looking forward to being the very last person to cross the finish line! The 5K is only a month away, so not much time to make great strides in improvement. But, I'm looking at this as a preparation for other 5K runs. Right now I can't run more than about 100 feet - if that far - at once. My goal is to actually run an entire 5K.

Hmm, should I really put that goal in print?! Don't know how long it will take, but my goal is to do at least some walking every day. Tierra would love for me to go ride bikes with her, so maybe I could throw that in every now and then also.