Then we put Meres down for her nap, and we took off on our run. It was a killer! All that snow to plow through! My glutes, and calves are protesting rather loudly right now. But, we managed to scale another running wall instead of hitting a wall, and I am pretty pumped. In the past 8 days I have run 23 miles. I know on some people's scale that's small fry. But for perspective, I have not run that much since right before our half marathon. Now I am not planning to walk the rest of the day. Someone can drag me on the floor by my hair-or not.=)
|My gun. Pretty sleek, huh!|
Last Saturday was not as restful as this one. We met with an architect about some ideas for our church building. He said that a lack of money should not be what we are considering at this point in time. And he shared a story about how God can provide. A church they recently did a project for had an amazing story about how they raised a chunk of money. One Sunday one of the men got up and said that his gold watch chain had been weighing him down, and he felt God wanted him to give it to the church. And then he placed it in the offering plate. And then someone else, and someone else, etc., got up and put pieces of their jewelry in to the offering plate. Pretty soon the plate was over-flowing. They sold all that jewelry, and had $100,000 for their building project.
Well, I told Mr. Hippie that would never work for our church. I'm about the only one who wears jewelry. I don't think anyone is against it, nor is anyone too poor. But wedding bands, and small earrings, and modest necklaces are fairly standard fare. Except for me. Miss Bling-bling herself. I have rings, and earrings, and bracelets, and anklets, and toe rings, and necklaces.
And most Sundays I am wearing a combination of most of the above. I have real jewels-like my diamond wedding ring, and my opals, and some pearls, and my Pandora bracelet. I have semi-precious jewelry-mostly in the ring and toe ring department. A bit of sterling silver. And I have costume jewelry. Mostly necklaces, and earrings. Mr. Hippie likes to get me jewelry, and I'm not going to complain. (I don't hint either.=))
I love wearing my jewelry. I like how it finishes an outfit. It makes it look like I put some effort into my appearance, not just slapped myself together. I actually have jewelry on all the time. I have never taken my toe ring off, and my other rings come off only for cleaning. That's it. My newest piece is a stackable looking ring that I have for my thumb. Its really cool. And then I have my dangly pinky ring.
I think dangly jewelry is fun. A pastor's wife friend of mine, thinks I am a bad influence on her, with my toe rings and such. She just doesn't even know. One of these days I am going to give her her own toe ring. And her husband will roll his eyes. (faithful blog reader, you know who you are.=)) Mr. Hippie has given me a couple nice bracelets the past few years. I don't wear bracelets as much-mostly just for dress up-when I am pulling out all the stops. For my necklaces and earrings I vacillate between the big costume pieces and the smaller genuine pieces. It depends on the outfit. But all of those pieces are precious to me-costume or not- because of the people who thought to give them to me.
|infamous toe ring|
Btw, unless someone has some hidden jewels, I think we are going to need to sell cookbooks or something for our church project.=)