Old Words, Same Prayer

These words were written about the brand new White House on November 2, 1800 by President John Adams, the first to ever inhabit the White House:

“Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.”

208 years later, I am praying the same thing.

Change of Plans

No Thanksgiving Half Marathon for me.

I have been having some lower back trouble for a few months now, so I started increasing my stretching and figured it was just from all of the training.  But then, a couple of weeks ago I started having some radiating pain in my knee and gradually my ankle, all on the same side that I was having the lower back pain.  I have been running a lot to train for the Half, so that wasn’t helping the problem.  I decided to go see a chiropractor and she confirmed my suspicions that all of the pain was coming from my back and that my back was in pretty bad shape.  I have now gone three times and already I am feeling a big difference.  I haven’t run in a week and a half to give my body a little recovery time.  I was talking to my chiropractor about it this morning and telling her that tomorrow is going to be my first day back running.  She said that I need to take it easy and that the Half isn’t a great idea right now.  She said that I could do it, but that I would suffer the consequences of it for a long time to come.  

So, I have decided to take her advice and drop out of the race.  There is another one in March in Rome, GA that my cousins are running, so I am going to join them in that.  I am still going to compete in the 10K on November 1.

Three Words

Carlos posted this on his blog today.  I don’t normally think most YouTube videos are funny, but this one left me with tears streaming down my face!  I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Stick with it, don’t try and skip through.  You will not regret it.  

I have only three words for her:  Bless her heart.

Fall Fun!

Not much to say, but here are some pictures from today.  I bought a new lens for my camera and I am still trying to figure out some of the settings to make it work the best.  So, a lot of my pictures aren’t coming out great.  Here are some that I like though (even if it’s just for the subject matter and not the picture quality!).

Ella is very focused at her crafts

Brown and white dalmation…I had never seen one in those colors before!

This one is kind of bright but she looks so cute talking to that sheep!  She was asking him why his hair is sticking up on top!

This look worries me!  He cracks me up!

He is working on his latest composition

This one seems to be giving him trouble.  It makes him want to pull his hair out!

Aunt Kelly stop taking pictures while I am trying to work!