My mom loves when I write…and she asked me to post again. I said I would. Sometimes, I take breaks from my blog. More so, I write my thoughts and prayers in my journal rather than online. It helps me to process…to be really honest…to ask God to help me trust him more.
My Thanksgiving was wonderful, and it has been great to get back to Mammoth to train. However, it’s also lonely here. While I was happy to start running and training again, I immediately felt homesick. This is why…
And, my much needed break during Thanksgiving gave me some wonderful time with my “home team.” It just wasn’t long enough. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to Christmas, for being home, for seeing my family, my boyfriend, and his family. I have a wonderful “home team.” Spending time with them fuels what I do day-to-day: running for God’s glory, to use my gifts to further His kingdom, to be reminded that this will not be easy, but I’m not doing it alone. Living in Mammoth is a blessing, but it’s not easy for a homebody like me. I am really thankful God created us for relationship. And, to my sweet friends that I stay in touch with over Facebook, letters, and many Facetime/phone conversations: thank you. Thank you for encouraging me as I pursue the dreams God has given me. You remind me that I am doing this for a purpose, that I was created to run, that I am furthering God’s purposes. I am so thankful I have a wonderful team of people behind me cheering me on.
I have to say, Mammoth is incredibly beautiful. It’s beautiful in the summer. But, In the winter, it’s a different kind of beauty. I freeze most of my runs, and I am still adapting to running in colder weather. But, it’s a spectacular masterpiece of God’s creativity. The mountains dusted and painted with snow are pretty magnificent.