Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CrossFit Diaries: Deadlift milestone

200 pounds.
That's the deadlift personal record for a one rep max I set this morning at CrossFit. A month ago, I wouldn't have believed I could do this.

I love that CrossFit is making me stronger.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tara + Matthew

This is the story of a girl who met a boy when she least expected it. It's also the tale of a great God who always does immeasurably more than we can think or even imagine. Like way more.

The story goes something like this:
Tara was pretty happy with her life and found joy in traveling the world, family, her work, meeting awesome people, cooking, food adventures, and her kitty Miles (who's really a dog in a cat's body. But I digress.)

She'd been single most of her adult years and for the most part was content. She desired a husband and trusted that if God had one for her, he would bring him into her life. As Tara entered her 40s, it seemed less and less likely that it would happen. She rarely experienced meltdowns over being single. Every once in a while though, something would happen that would make her doleful. One such day was June 7, 2012. After work, she drove to Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to chat with God about her heart. He responded with a gorgeous sunset He painted just for her -- a reminder that He was in control of her life and destiny and had only wonderful plans for her life. Whether single or married, she would continue to thrive. Encouraged, our heroine Tara came down the mountain at peace.

This story takes a turn 113 days later when through a mutual friend, Tara met a guy named Matthew. Said mutual friend arranged a game night that included other acquaintances so the newly introduced Tara and Matthew would not feel too awkward. They hit it off and the rest, shall we say, is history. Or rather, God-story. Last Saturday, July 6, Tara and Matthew said "I do."

I'm delighted and thankful to have witnessed this story unfold with my own eyes and ears. Here's to a happily ever after, Tara and Matthew.

Clingman's Dome, June 7, 2012. Courtesy of Tara