Tuesday, August 28, 2012

the red lake triathlon

August 19, 2012
a crazy day
it's a date that has been burned in my mind ever since i began thinking about doing the triathlon here in Red Lake. 
I had completely mixed feelings about it. 
it's something that i wanted to do, but was absolutely dreading it at the same time.
there is just something about putting yourself out there for the world to judge!
Fear of man...o how often it dictates my actions!
it goes by a nicer name when it comes to sports...performance anxiety
it is so easy for me to care more about what others think of me than to care what God thinks of me
in a way, this race was for me, just as much a spiritual battle as it was a physical battle
by choosing to do this race, by putting myself out there for others to see and perhaps even judge, i was choosing to trust in God's view of me, no matter the outcome

"my identity will be in the Lord, in the One who formed me, in the One who gave me every gift and talent that i posses"

and praise Jesus i finished the race!
and i give Him all the praise
He gave me health
He gave me strength
He gave me the support that i needed

August 19 was a good day :)
and believe it or not, i actually thoroughly enjoyed the race!
wasn't really expecting that...lol
it was especially fun to have my family here to cheer me and on
and to have a friend, my brother, and my sister do part of the race with me!

I signed up for the sprint triathlon
750 meter swim
20 km bike
5 km run

my brother, sister, and friend did the same thing as a team
Diana swam
Christian biked
Rebecca ran

Bec and i before the race

putting on my swim cap

tentative but as ready as i was going to get!

Christian fuelling up w/ a donut before his ride

and we were off!!!
the water was freezing...absolutely freezing!

drying off my feet after swimming before i put on my shoes for biking

Christian taking off on his bike

Rebecca finishing her run putting Team ClinePine in 2nd place!!!

yeah Team ClinePine!!!

home stretch for me!

crossing the finish line :) :) :) :)

me and my lil' running buddy :)

and to top everything off, Bump and i made the paper :)
(also note Team ClinePine's amazing time on the left!)

Isaiah 51:7-8 + 12-16
“Hear me, you who know what is right, 
    you people who have taken my instruction to heart: 
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
    or be terrified by their insults. 
 For the moth will eat them up like a garment; 
    the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever, 
    my salvation through all generations.”
“I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals, 
    human beings who are but grass, 
 that you forget the Lord your Maker, 
    who stretches out the heavens 
    and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
    because of the wrath of the oppressor,
    who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor? 
     The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; 
they will not die in their dungeon,
    nor will they lack bread. 
 For I am the Lord your God,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar 
    the Lord Almighty is his name.
 I have put my words in your mouth 
    and covered you with the shadow of my hand 
I who set the heavens in place,
    who laid the foundations of the earth, 
    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people. ’”

Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 family canoe trip

i was so blessed this month to have my ENTIRE family come up to see me!!!
ok, well i guess they didn't just come to see me...i'm sure Munchy, Dave and the promised canoe trip were a big draw as well ;)

they made the 28 hr. drive up here leaving Monday evening and arriving Tuesday night
Wednesday Mom and i spend the day getting things together for the canoe trip while Rebecca, Autumn, and Melissa drove their van down to Dryden to have some work done on it, and the guys helped Dave work on a cabin.

after a nice little breakfast Thursday morning, we headed out for our 3 day/2 night canoe trip
the weather was perfect ;)
ok, so it was a tad chilly every now and then, but overall, we really were blessed w/ a perfect weekend!
and despite the fact that we made a loop, the wind was at our backs the whole time!

 loaded up in the truck, heading out to our put-in spot

 we rented kevlar canoes, and they were awesome!
incredibly light compared to plastic canoes :)

loaded up for a portage :)

lots and lots of canoeing and lots and lots of beauty!

Munchers zonked out on the floor of the canoe
we had one 3 person canoe, and the person who sat in the middle was the designated baby sitter

dad fishing off the island we stayed on the first evening

family time around the fire in the evenings

 good times eating dirt while everyone else was setting up camp :) :) :)

this little ladybug got lots of loving over this past week!
and now she thinks she needs to be entertained all the time....ughhh!

one day we stopped at a place called Medicine Stone
there are some "paintings" on the side of a big rock...they are very faded and you really can't see much at all, but the rock sure was fun to climb!

i walked to the rock w/ lil' Bump on my back

 i was pretty nervous about taking Brighton on this canoe trip, but she actually did pretty good
she was her usual bipolar self...crying one moment and laughing the next
her happiest moment came when it started pouring down rain!!! poor little girl was soaked and cold, but the happiest any of us had seen her the whole trip
she had her cold little hands balled up into fists and was just flapping her arms up and down, smiling and jabbering away while the rest of us were trying not to cry!

 because the wind was at our backs, we were able to sail a few times by tying a tarp to two paddles and then holding them up

 everyone enjoyed the break :)

 family photo at our last lunch stop
i have such a fun family :)
thanx so much for taking the time to come up and see us!!!!