Track Meet, Prairie Lake & A Blizzard Warning

 Snow melt and Spring brought us a visit to the prairie lake this week. The girls love the lake and have awaited our routine visits with the late arrival of Spring. But no one loves the lake more than Charlie the dog child.
The warmed prairie allowed our teenager to participate in the second of his life and second of the week track meet yesterday. He ran two hurdle events, threw the shot put and discus. He excelled…and finished his last event by taking a hard fall on the hurdles. The best life lesson of it all?
He got up and finished the race.

Our teenager finishing his race reminded me of a Bible verse I read often during my track competition years and is a verse I remember often in the daily rigors of life. 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…Hebrews 12:1, NIV
 All of this playing at the park…

 and throwing rocks in the lake gave us a real sense of renewal after a long winter this week.
It’s like starting a new race.
as much as we loved this week and the weather, our weatherman decided to throw a wrench into our weekend.
We are officially under a Blizzard Warning. 
 I am nearly in tears.
The blizzard has us entangled. But we thankfully we have perseverance.
We’ll keep running the race.


  1. oh those blue skies and white huge clouds are gorgeous! i’m sorry they’re once again being replaced with snow clouds. 🙁

  2. Sorry to hear about the blizzard! I know you are weary of the snow. BTW….I have a dog named Charlie who looks just like that and LOVES to be wet!

  3. Hey Pinke, I finally have you on my blog list. About time! And of course, loved reading about the track meet. That is also a Scripture passage I love. The cloud of witnesses, what a wonderful image. It warms me to think of this, how we’re not alone, that we have spiritual help to nudge us up when we fall and keep us moving along our path.

    Track was a big deal in my life, and really helped give me much-needed confidence. I realized the mental aspects of a pursuit, and became a decent enough runner to run in college track. Great memories. I hope to relive a few of them when my daughter is in track this year. She’s the first of our five to sign up. 🙂

    Have a blessed weekend. We’re doing four soccer games today in the cold, windy rain. Ugh. Feeling the pain with you, girl!

  4. The weather this spring has been SO EXTREME! I would cry with you if I saw snow flakes outside my window. We did the 5K this morning, and while the weather at 3:28 p.m. is the 73 and sunny as the weatherman promised, our morning was windy, partly cloudy to all cloud cover, and FRIGID! I’m still trying to thaw out! Sigh…. Off to put all things back in their places for First Communion tomorrow!

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