Archive | September, 2012

“I do”

30 Sep

Over a year ago my husband earned the title “pastor” and now has the privilege to marry and bury people. Tonight he led a couple into the next step of their journey together. They committed to love and cherish one another and to walk through the good, bad, and ordinary days with one another. They desire to do this journey with Christ at the center growing in their relationship as one.

Not only did Adam lead this service, but our three girls were the flower girls. This was a fun event to celebrate together as a family. The girls did great, and completed the task without any major mishaps. Adam too accomplished a beautiful event with good biblical principal, sound wisdom and even a joke or two. First official pastoral role was a success. We will pray for you new Belden family, and challenge you to do this road together, and to have fun! Weddings are a great reminder of the joy a marriage can hold!

“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. “(Ephesians 5:28-33 ESV)





29 Sep

Throughout this journey many have said to me, ” you are an inspiration!” or ” Your story is inspirational.” If you are one of those you probably notice I am not sure of a good response. I don’t feel that way, it feels more like one foot in front of the other with Gods strength and help. To be inspirational? I needed to better understand the word.

a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions

I am still uncertain to my story fitting any of these definitions. Today I had the chance to finish up our teams marathon relay. I felt good, and I was inspired by so many who train hard to succeed! As I ran with my all-star friend lisa spodnik ( all-star as she basically ran a half marathon untrained and kept me company…just in case). We saw people of all kind. Ashley pointed out a shirt that read suffering is optional. I pondered this for a moment and said, no that’s not true. That guy has no idea, we don’t always choose our pain. I didn’t stop to talk about it with him. Then another lady was cheering for the runners, she shouted ” you guys are doing something that not everyone can! This resonated too, how for so long I could do what I wanted, when I wanted without much thought. Yet now it was a privilege to be able to run. Not everyone can do this!

Thanks to the help of many prayers and encouragement I finished my 5.5 miles in approx 50 minutes which was my personal goal. It was a beautiful day to run. You can’t beat the start of fall in Ohio, man His artwork and color choices are breath taking. Each day is a gift. Today was special and fun.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 ESV)



28 Sep

“Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy, cast off that I might be brought in, trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend, surrendered to bells worst that I might attain heavens best, stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed, athirst I might drink, tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory, entered darkness that I might have eternal light!…”

The Valley of Vision

I find it encouraging to ponder His great sacrifice for me. He loves me/ us that much!

Chili from Erin

27 Sep

I have a friend, her name is Erin. She is quite handy in the kitchen, she would never tell you so, but I will. She can bake, cook, and make it look easy. Tonight she surprised me with her own chili recipe for dinner. Not only did I love it, but our three girls all gave it a thumbs up. It’s totally worth making. The cooler days are hovering, we will be wanting warmth and comfort! The surprise of not cooking, and the family loving it made for a great night.

Also quick update. My eyes have improved a lot. I feel much better. I am ready for some vitamin D, and the weekend. Adam seems to be on the mend. Thankful to be getting ever so close to day 100.

Millet lentil chili (totally made this up…)

1 cup lentils
1 cup millet
4 cups water
chopped onion
chopped green pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
2-3 T chili powder
1/2 T cumin (could’ve used more so 1 T)
1/2 T seasoned salt
28oz can diced toms
28oz can crushed toms
28oz can black beans (You could add any beans you like)

Brown onion, gr pepper and garlic in oil. Add to pressure cooker (or pot) all ingredients but black beans. Cover and cook 10 mins in pressure cooker or probably about an hour in pot or until lentils and millet are soft. Add black beans and serve. Better the next day!



26 Sep

On a usual Wednesday night you will find adam and I sharing the couch with the computer watching our latest favorite show, Parenthood. It airs at 10:00 on Tuesday nights, but due to my old woman status, this is way past my bedtime. Tonight we snuggled up and enjoyed week two of ” our show”. There are many aspects to this show that are over the top, and yet there are elements of truth and reality to the show. My emotions can be all over the board while we watch. I have become attached to the families, much like I do when I read a good book, their lives seem real to me. It was odd to observe on television someone deal with a cancer diagnosis. It forced me to ponder those days for me. What did I feel? How did I respond? What did I do? It’s a blur to be honest. I feel God was gracious in allowing the treatment plan to be decided for me. There wasn’t time to talk about options nor were there options. We needed the chemo to work and remove all cancer cells, then we would have decisions. I sat with Dr. Petrus today, after blood work and realize again the gift I have in being cared for by a doctor that sees me for who I am and not a number. I believe my experience has been influenced by this truth in many ways. As Adam and I watched together a family process their “tv” diagnosis I think it makes us realize how in a breath life changes, and yet there has been so much good come from this journey, albeit a hard one. It has changed us! I will be anxious to see the fictional road the Braverman family journeys as they deal with cancer. If nothing else it’s great to have a reason to snuggle up on Wednesday nights again!


25 Sep

” I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.”

George MacDonald (C.S Lewis mentor)

Ponder it, believe it, accept it and live it! Read Psalm 139 to be reminded go God’s wording of how much He loves you.



24 Sep

As I sipped my hot latte today, while organizing the girls fall clothes, and discussing and reviewing past workouts with a friend. I realized this (workouts) part of my world has not yet crossed over into my blogging world. I know many of you because of my role in fitness,yet I have not had much to say about my “fitness” passions here. As we refreshed her memory of the many exercises we had done countless times in the past two years, I had to smile as I thought about how God used something I enjoy so much to allow me to help others. My world became surrounded by fitness and exercise prior to diagnosis, and I enjoyed most aspects.

Many ask do you miss it? When will you be back? Thankfully, I can say I am back, but for me currently. I praise Him that I can walk and jog. I can create workouts for me and keep myself challenged, yet I have to admit, at times I find myself quite boring. Do I miss the many people and relationships? You bet, so many of my clients became a part of my every day. When people ask when I will be back or when the dr’s think I will be back, I am slow to answer. Currently, I want to be the best wife and mom I can be, and I realize the energy I need for them needs to be saved up throughout the day. I look forward to working with and helping people/ friends stay active and reaching for attainable and new goals, because it is so fun to see others succeed. For now I trust that I will know when this body is ready for work. I love fitness and how it has been a part if my life. I trust He will continue to allow me to use His gifts for Him. Thanks for the chance to ponder this today Caryl, have a good workout tomorrow!

Paige at her best in fitness!



For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29 ESV)

To be known

23 Sep

Friends fill many needs in our lives. I have many special people in my life. It is fun to look back at life’s journey and the different friends I have accumulated along the way. It is even more encouraging to see Gods timing as He placed these friends in my life and how we journey together. This weekend was a blink, they always are, but this one went too quick as I have said hello and goodbye to a cherished friend. We have journeyed many of lifes’ adventures together over the past 13 years. Our roles have changed, our lives are different, but our relationship remains strong. It is fun to be known and to enjoy time with our families together. I want more! Thank you for the road trip Pignotti’s.

My girls love mr. tony, and baby Sam. Mollie woke up from her nap crying as she wanted Sam. I go to Michigan was repeated many times. We will see you soon dear friends.

Continue to pray for Adam as he is not feeling himself.
“And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Matthew 5:19



Apple picking

22 Sep

As a little girl I remember our fall event well. Our family and usually grandma, along with our dog would journey to the apple orchard. These memories include climbing trees, ladders, and all sorts of dangerous tools that seem to be ruled out from fear of an accident. I cherish those memories of driving with the back hatch open looking for the perfect apples. Fall has many great things about it, but for me apple picking is a high priority. It’s strange over the years how the traditions change, yet I hold tight to the tradition!

A humorous memory for adam and I from early in marriage includes apple picking. Our first year in Colorado I wanted to apple pick, it was tradition. So we look up the orchard and head out for our apples. We drove over two hours for these apples. We arrived at a family garage and picked apples from what felt like there back yard. We made a memory, and have our Colorado apple picking story to tell, and we kept tradition.

Today we ventured out with Renee and Tony to the orchards. Adam isn’t feeling well, so he and Mollie napped. We missed having him with us, and want him better soon! If I can’t have him with me Renee and Tony and Sam and the girls are high on my list. We had a lot of fun together and the weather held out for us. Today was full, but a blessing. I love having friends under my roof!








21 Sep

On days like today I get motivated to do all sorts of things. I love people better on lovely days. I think I feel happier so I want someone else to be happy too. It was a beautiful day. Ohio isn’t so bad this time of year. I am thankful for the people I shared today with and love that the day was so pleasant. I wish the same for tomorrow. Regardless of weather, it’s the weekend, it will be a good day!

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)