Thursday, November 24, 2011

10 Months, 23 Days

I am not thankful for losing my credit card last night, but I am thankful for a few other things:

Thankful thing #1: Life has a way of resolving itself. You may remember this post where I let you know of a personal struggle our family was going through. After 10 months and 23 days, I am thrilled to report that Ken was offered a great job yesterday and will start next week. We celebrated so hard last night I lost my credit card (but I really think it was the guy in the blue/green sweatshirt who took it).

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I can’t thank you enough for your words of encouragement, your job tips for Ken and for having the courage to share your own personal stories with me. It means more than you know. I also need to thank my friends and family who provided so much support to us during this tough time. Sometimes when you are in the thick of a difficult experience, you can’t see your way out of it, but the people around you can. They help you know there will brighter days. Because there will be.

Thankful thing #2: Joie and I had an amazing early morning 8 mile trail run. I was so cold at 6am I wore my robe in the car to the trailhead. This is how Hugh Heffner runs.

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I cannot get my right leg to stop glowing. I think I drank too much yellow Gatorade. We saw tons of elk and deer. Joie told me she could smell the deer; but I couldn't. She is a hunter and tuned into those sorts of things.  I could just smell myself and it wasn’t pretty.

The run was incredibly peaceful and serene and the most lovely way I can think of to start this day. We also saw a pack of wolves and Matt Damon, but I forgot my camera. I farted so badly in the car on the way home Joie almost threw up. True story.

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Thankful thing #3: At this exact moment I am thankful for sitting on the couch eating warm cinnamon rolls, drinking strong coffee and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with my two favorite littler people, Sam and Emma. I will then move onto making Grandma Ball’s stuffing and pie, setting the table, and looking around at the 5 million blessings that are right in front of my face on this day.

I hope you appreciate this picture, because it caused a lot of arguing.

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Thankful thing #4: Today is my mom and dad’s 50th anniversary. Imagine spending 50 years with one person. Imagine the memories spanning from the day you met in grade school to the birth of your grandchildren. When you create a history with someone, you create a beautiful story line. Your longevity as a couple gives strength to those younger couples just getting started or those who are struggling. After 50 years, you have truly had the privilege of growing old with someone. And, as their daughter, I’ve had the privilege of watching it happen.

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What are you thankful for today?

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you all!

SUAR

PS: The winner of the SUAR iPhone Case giveaway is Laura from Luna Chick Runs! Drop me an email at beth@shutupandrun.net.

45 comments:

  1. Beth, that is GREAT news!! Congrats to Ken! Happy Thanksgiving.

    I would also just like to point out that your heels do not appear to be striking at all in the shot of you running above. Nice job.

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  2. Oh, congratulations to Ken (and to you).

    I am thankful for having parents and a boyfriend who were willing to get up with me to run a Turkey Trot. It was fantastic weather for running, and for the first time in a race, I didn't hurt my knee, ankle, fall off a curb, get run over by munchkins, or forget to wear deodorant. It was awesome.

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  3. Congratulations to Ken and the whole family! What a great Thanksgiving gift! And Happy 50th Anniversary to your parents! Enjoy the day!!

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  4. Congratulations!!! I love the pics, especially the one of your parents. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Congratulations to Ken and Congratulations to your parents for their anniversary!

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  6. Wow, Happy Anniversary to your parents! That is worth celebrating.

    Congratulations to Ken! OHHH what a relief for the whole family!

    Love that you showed up in your robe!! I may have to try that! Hardest part of a morning run is heading out in running skivvies freeeeezing!

    Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy those cute little blessings of yours!

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  7. Congrats! What great news to have to start the holidays with!

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  8. Congrats all around! Yea to Ken on landing a new job, to you and Joie on a good run, to your parents for their 50th and to your kids for enduring that picture (good one!). Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  9. Wow! Awesomeness! Congrats to Ken!! I am thankful for more than I can type in this comment, but after getting up early to Turkey Trot, I feel especially grateful for my family. They may not always understand my running habit, but they cheerfully crew for me, support me, and encourage me without fail, 100% of the time. :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  10. Congrats! and thanks for sharing the great news! Keep up the positive attitude!! thanks for being an inspiration for us out there!

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  11. Congrats! Really, really great news, and thank you for sharing! :-)

    Big smile!

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  12. I just want to say, you are the best... love the post. (you in your robe, fantastic)

    Am I aloud to say, you look amazing and sexy...

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  13. PTL! I'm THRILLED about Ken and your whole family! What a blessing! That news made my day!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. I'm thankful for this great post! Glad to hear everything is looking up!

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  15. Great news about your hubby's job. Mine has been unemployed on and off for almost 3 years. Tough but God provides. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Oh, wow! Congrats! That is such a big thing to have for a Thanksgiving miracle! Yea Ken!

    My turkey trot went kaput, my bread is slowly going kaput, and my day is perfect. Holidays always go kaput. the best I ever hope for is avoiding the emergency room. : )

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  17. congrats to ken! what great news at a great time. happy thanksgiving today!

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  18. Congrats to your hubby! I can't imagine what you've all had to go through lately....but I am just really, really happy that it's happened for him!

    That run sounds fantabulously awesome.

    Me? I am thankful for my hubby, for his love and support and for his kidney, he donated it to me when I needed it the most...too bad we missed it by 2 wks (I went on dialysis those 2 wks) but otherwise it's been pretty awesome.

    Thankful also for my daughter. Not only is she awesome (whose child isn't?), she insisted on carrying the groceries in the rolling grocery carts. I didn't have the heart to put a 4L jug of milk in there...also didn't want to chance the dozen eggs either. But she carried everything else! She's so helpful at 2.75 years old.

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  19. Such great news about the job. I'm so happy for you.

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  20. Yeah for the job. So happy to hear that!

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  21. Yay for the job!!! That's amazing news! Happy Anniversary to your parents as well.

    Happy Turkey Day.

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  22. congrat's to Ken for landing a job! Lots of things to be Thankful for . . . have a great day!

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  23. I had to come and comment before getting pass the first picture!
    SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND!!!
    ok will go read the rest now!!
    I am really happy for you just wanted to tell you right away

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  24. Ok congrats to your parents!
    50 yrs is wonderful!
    I want to get to that !
    happy happy thanksgiving!
    I am thankful for your blog..for the laughs I get from it and for the things I learn by reading it.

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  25. Yay on the job for Ken and the 50th for your parents!
    I'm thankful that I have a wife that puts up with me, kids that make me laugh and a family that puts up with my black sheepiness...

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  26. I am so happy for you and Ken! And, I am so thankful for running. It has transformed me physically and mentally. I love talking about it. I love getting people to join me. The best part of my day was the chilly run this am. I am happier than I have ever been. I'm evening starting my own blog about a lanky, funny-looking runner (knock need and pigeon-toed) who decided to run a marathon. I love your blog. It inspires me, and I hope that I can do that for someone else. I am thankful for yours and others' blogs that give me the determination and motivation to keep going. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Many blessings to you.

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  27. So pleased to hear about Ken's job, your fun trail run and your parents' fabuluous fiftieth. My grandparents were married just shy of 65 years (gma passed away 6 weeks shy). Such an inspiration as they got married during the depression, raised kids in the 50's and watched the space age and the internet come into being. Amazing! I've been writing about my daily gratitude all week on my blog. Sometimes it is little stuff - and all that little stuff adds up to a pretty blessed life that I lead.

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  28. That is such wonderful Thanksgiving news about Ken's job! A better year is on the horizon for you. Today I'm grateful for my health, the fact that I survived ironman Arizona on Sunday, for my family and friends that supported me through a year of training, for my dog, a roof over my head, and God.
    Michele
    www.lifethroughendurance.blogspot.com

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  29. Yay! Congrats to Ken and the family! I love the robe idea...and might adopt that on my next trail run. :)

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  30. I'm really happy for you, Beth. God does watch over us.

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  31. Great to hear - congratulations Ken!

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  32. Waa-Hoo!!!!!! WTG Ken...... I am so happy for you and your family.

    I need to email you my experience from Black Friday at Walmart last night....talk about being thankful.....WOW!

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  33. Great news on Kens' job!
    Here's to 50 more awesome years of wedded bliss...outstanding!
    Poor Josie with that car dutch oven. Yikes.
    I am thankful for running til I puked at my turkey trot yesterday. Made me feel alive. Pathetic but alive. Ok I'm not really thankful for the puking part.

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  34. AWESOME for Ken - woohoo! Live it up and burn away a little of that stress!!!

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  35. Awesome news about the job! I'm sure all of you are excited!

    And happy anniversary to your parents. Fifty years is sure a long time. I wish I will have a 50th anniversary of some sort later in my life. :)

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  36. YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Very, very, very happy for you and yours. :)

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  37. Congratulations on the job! I remember the day I came home and found out Mike had an offer. There was lots and lots of celebrations. Perfect timing just before the holiday!

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  38. Hooray for Ken's job, for the awesome run, and for all of the other wonderful things to be thankful for!

    (I've got a long list, myself... so I'll spare you the gory details and just say that I'm thankful I have a long list of things to be thankful for!) ;)

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  39. ^^ that's my comment. Didn't mean to be all mysterious and anonymous!

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  40. Congrats to your husband on the job offer.
    Where was that run that you saw the elk? I couldn't recognize where it was?
    Beautiful family....

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  41. So happy for Ken! I'm so glad everything is working out for you guys :)

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  42. Hey Peg: The run was at Heil ranch off of Lefthand Canyon Rd.

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  43. Congrats to Ken and your family! A true Thanksgiving blessing! :)

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