GRE Results!

Received my official GRE scores today.  [Insert drum roll please!]

Verbal - a little lower than my goal.  :-/
Quantitative - achieved my goal!
Writing - surpassed my goal!  

Overall, very satisfied.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


Four Years {Mr & Mrs}

It's hardly believable that four years have passed!  Marrying Cody is the single best life decision I have ever made.  God has incredibly blessed my life through him in uncountable ways - ways that often I overlook daily.  

I love you for {even though I often never say it}...
...daily going to work without complaint to support our tiny family.
...loving my family as your own.
...picking up my dirty breakfast bowls without mentioning how much it irritates you.
...holding my hand every day.
...your encouragement and strength when I'm worried and defeated.
...the little surprises like the "SMILE" card on bad days and moscato at midnight.
...giving me your trust and also your forgiveness each time I break it.
...not "keeping records of wrongs".  You are amazing at this!
...learning to cook so I don't have to do it each day!
...planning *all* of our adventures together {I especially loved our honeymoon and Hawaii!}.
...always giving a listening ear to my opinion even when we're at odds.
...being my running partner.
...your sense of humor AND singing skills.  
...being my best friend, lover and confidant.  

Happy Four Years, Mr!  I am still in love with you.  



Worry has become like a virus.  One of those nasty, clinging viruses where there is no medicine that alleviates it.  Worry is infecting the crannies of my mind, immobilizing decision making and turning ordinary daily tasks into overwhelming challenges.  I wake up with the sense of worry and dread.  I worry my way through the day, and find myself by six in the evening exhausted from all the ruminations.  It feels that meditating on God's Word has done nothing.  I can barely focus on His words before my mind wanders into worries yet again.  Reading God's Word is about the same.  My mind wanders and frets and will not be still.  Sleeping is next to impossible.  Each night I lay awake asking God to settle my mind and grant me the peace He promised.  And yet I still worry and cannot fall asleep until after one in the morning.  

Then I had a thought this morning.  I worry because it gives me control.  Right now nothing is for certain it seems.  I don't know what will happen with graduate school.  I must apply for admission, must apply for scholarships and then wait for some graduate review board somewhere out there, filled with people I've never met to decide whether I will or will not continue my education.  I don't know what will happen with our jobs right now.  I don't know when God will bless us with a family.  I don't know when I will ever live near family again.  I don't know if I'm really supposed to be doing any of this stuff.  So worrying has become my only control and certainty in life right now.  

Sigh.  Worry has become like a virus for me.

"Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  ~ Matthew 6: 31-34


Running, Visits, Visitors, GRE and Warrior Dash

"On the Move for Cancer" 5K

Whew!  Time has flown since the last time I updated.  Cody and I trained hardcore and finally ran our second ever 5K in Ottawa, Kansas on June 11th.  What a sense of accomplishment to finish a race without stopping!  Now on to running a 10K...

Very tired runner!

Indianola, Iowa

So this summer God blessed us with only four hours between us and my older sister, Mary, her hubby and two kiddos.  Fun times were had by all in Indianola, Iowa!  Wine tastings, coffee shop hangouts, numerous trail walks/runs, lots of park time with my sweet niece and fun chats with siblings.  Here's a few pictures of the enjoyment (please forgive the quality).  

Tio Cody having a swing with Ana

Nothing like watching cartoons with your sis

Tio Cody, Ana and the big pig!

Loving time with my sweet nieces!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Over the 4th of July, we were very blessed to spend 9 days with our two families.  We visited Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater", attended the Westmorland Arts and Heritage Festival, cooked out with siblings and nephews, met the newest canine member of the family "Mudge" and lit *tons* of fireworks. We even toured the very eclectic museum "The Mattress Factory" with my mom.  All and all a wonderful vacation with the fam!  Below are the very limited photos I took (please forgive the quality...iPhone specials).  

Meet Mudge 
Beautiful Pittsburgh

Just a wee few of my family members!


Hurray for Visitors!

...and once again we saw Mary, hubby and kiddos on their way home to Tennessee.  While there is definitely not an overabundance of things to do here in good ole' Iola, we had fun anyway!  Made some delicious food, stayed up to ungodly hours chatting and hit the park and swimming pool a few times.  "Tia Saaaawah" even got some quality "cozy cozy" time in with Ana.  :)  So blessed to have such a wonderful family!

 "Cozy cozy"


July 22nd marked the day that we finally took the GRE in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Thankfully our scores were well above average... Still waiting on the essay score.  Say a little prayer!

After we checked off the GRE, we were free to explore and celebrate Cody's 27th birthday.  Loved the Tulsa Aquarium, found a very unique coffee shop (if you ever have a chance to try a Muddy Chai Latte, DOOOO IT!), visited a cigar store and found an awesome cafe where we both ordered Eggs Florentine.  

On our way out of town, we visited the largest free-standing statue in the world.  The Golden Driller.  

76-foot-tall and 43,500 lbs

Warrior Dash

Cody has always wanted to complete a Warrior Dash so this past weekend we did just that!  3.2 miles of running and 11 obstacles.  Needless to say, it was hot and dirty - 114 degrees in the sun!  While I had a blast and feel very proud to have finished in one piece, I'm not quite sure if I'm up for another Dash for a looooong time.  

We dashed.  We conquered.