An Apology

A few weeks ago, I posted a quick, heartfelt post about the Orlando massacre. It reflected my initial thoughts, written before the identity of the shooter had even become known. My heart hurt for the victims, for the families, and for the entire city of Orlando.

Since that time, more than one reader has reached out to me in response to that post, letting me know that the words I wrote did not accurately convey the sentiment of my heart. And for that, I apologize. If my words seemed to minimize the tragic targeting of these individuals, I apologize. The message I hoped to convey is that we should love without qualification. And I’m sorry that didn’t come across through my post.

I’m not perfect, but thanks for sticking with me even through my imperfections.

 

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All About Dad

My husband’s one wish for Father’s Day every year? Silence.

When you have a busy family with three children who are 5 and under, life can be a bit chaotic. Father’s Day is the day it is all about HIM.

But then again, of course…it wasn’t.

My sister got married on Saturday (YAY!) and so we were up really late. I woke up around 5am on Sunday to feed the baby and then went back to bed. I woke up again around 8:45am and couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the clock. I can’t remember the last time I slept that late! And on HIS day, no less!

He had already made himself and the kids breakfast. Oops.

So the day may not have been ALL about him, but he did get some alone time after church to go to the driving range, go out to lunch with one of his fellow “dad” buddies and watch some of the US Open by himself.

But I think the highlight of his day was the Mini Athlete fighting to stay awake until the end of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. He made it! Barely. But he made it.

I couldn’t ask for a better father for my kids. There is nothing he won’t do for them (or for me for that matter). He bathes them every night. He does our daughter’s hair. He gets up with the baby in the middle of the night. He plays catch with our son. He manages our finances (hallelujah!). He is selfless, servant-hearted and loves his family with all his heart.

And I could not be more thankful for him.

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Love Beyond Labels – A Response to the Orlando Massacre

My heart is broken for Orlando today. I can’t stop thinking about the lives that were tragically cut short, and the pain their families and friends are going through today.

Don’t be distracted by labels like “gay bar” or “LGBT” – at the end of the day, this could have been any of us.

When we live in a culture that seems to thrive on hate, the labels we all wear could be the target tomorrow. Today’s victims were targeted because they were in a “gay bar” – tomorrow it could be because they were in a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a sporting event, a political rally…

We all wear labels. And when hatred is present, no label is safe from being targeted.

But when love is shown, labels fade away. We are all humans, created in the image of God, worthy of respect, infinitely valuable and filled with promise.

As we respond to today’s tragedy, may our words be filled with love. May we remember to love our neighbor, without qualification, because “hate cannot drive out hate – only love can do that.”

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Still Here

I had a moment of panic last night. I forgot to pay for my blog’s hosting and my site could not longer be accessed. I contacted the hosting company and they basically said…”You didn’t pay so we deleted it. And it can’t be recovered.” Serious panic. I cried on my husband’s shoulder, “So many memories are on that blog!” After about ten minutes of a broken heart, the customer service rep announced he had found something and actually could recover my missing blog. Hallelujah!

And in those ten minutes, I realized just how much this blog means to me – and has meant to me over the past few years.

To be honest, I’m feeling a little stuck about where to go with the blog. I miss writing, but the whole “fitness” part of my life is a bit on the back burner right now. Not that it’s not part of it, it’s just not a main focus at this time of my life. There are many more things that take up my thoughts – parenting, faith, relationships, leadership, etc. I’d love to write about these topics, but I’m not sure how to turn the blog into a new direction – especially with the current title. 🙂

So stay tuned. It might take me a while to figure out a new direction, but I’m not ready to let this blog go. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

And in the meantime, here’s an updated photo of my little kiddos. Life is good. <3

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Adjusting to Life as a Family of Five

We are two weeks into life with a newborn and I woke up today feeling rested for the first time since the baby was born. It’s been a rough adjustment!

People always say that going from one kid to two kids is tougher than two kids to three kids. The verdict is still out around here. There are some things that are easier (only one in diapers whereas last time we had two in diapers at one time), but other things are tougher. The biggest thing? We aren’t getting any younger! We are definitely feeling our age with the sleepless nights.

Our little squishy is waking up every two hours or so to eat. Thankfully he’s nursing like a champ and we don’t have any issues there, but the lack of sleep has been tough to handle. This too shall pass…

The “big kids” are in LOVE.

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Little Miss (3 years old) runs in the door after school every day wanting to hold “her baby”. She has been such a big helper and absolutely adores him. The Mini Athlete (4 years old) loves him too, but is a little more indifferent. He wants to say hi to him, then he’s on to playing with his toys. I’m thankful that neither of them are jealous of the baby. They’ve had to go through quite an adjustment too but they are doing VERY well considering.

I have eight weeks of maternity leave and I’m so thankful for that. I have been doing some work from home (it’s a busy season at the non-profit where I work) but it’s entirely because I WANT to, not because I’m required to. I am thankful for a job that I love! I am trying to remember to take it easy though and enjoy this time. It goes by WAY too quickly. Speaking of which, I’m going to take some time now to snuggle with this baby on my chest…

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What were some of your biggest adjustments when adding a baby to your family – whether your first baby or subsequent siblings? 

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Party of Five!

So…a lot has happened since the last time I blogged. Surprise! We are now a family of five!

This past Friday, we welcomed the newest little athlete to our family – say hello to David Lloyd!

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The Mini Athlete and Little Miss are pretty excited about their new baby brother.

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It’s hard to believe that when I started this blog, my husband I were recently married with no kids in sight. Wow, a lot has changed! I have so much to catch you up on. But for now, we are loving our (sleep deprived) life as a family of five!

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Checking In

*Tap tap tap*

Is this thing still on?

Hi there, remember me? Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. A long while. But life is good. Really good.

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The Mini Athlete will be FOUR next week – can you believe it? I’m looking forward to throwing a “non-Pinterest-worthy” party for him. I think I’m going to try to start a new trend.

Yes, hot dogs, watermelon and cookie cake at the park are still the right ingredients for a great birthday party…I hope.

Little Miss is full of spunk – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Those two keep me on my toes, but we sure have a lot of fun!

Work has slowed down for the summer, our evenings are spent out playing baseball in the yard, and I find my husband and I yawning and being ready for bed before 10pm. Yes, we’re getting old too.

I’m learning that life doesn’t have to be busy to be good. And I, for one, am enjoying a little down time.

I’d like to start blogging regularly again, but I’m not making any promises. We’ll see how inspired I get. The world of blogging has changed so much since I started….there is so much more pressure to be poignant. Deep. “Pin” or “Tweet”-worthy. And sometimes I just want to hang out with some of my old blog friends, writing about something or nothing, and not really caring about how much traffic any particular post gets. Do people still blog like that? Do people still read blogs like that? I sure hope so.

We’ll see.

So…what’s new in your world?

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New Year, Fresh Start – What’s YOUR Thing?

I spent all of December saying, “I’ll get back on track in January.” Cliche, I know. But I really enjoyed all those Christmas cookies.

However, by the end of December? I was over it. Ready to get back to healthy.

But did I start back on January 1? No. Why? Because “real life” never happens for me on January 1. It’s a little futile to even try. We were having friends over to watch the FSU game (sigh….) so we enjoyed the day.

My fresh start for the new year began this Monday – my first day back at work. I set the alarm for 5:15am and set out a new workout DVD. My co-worker and many of my friends have raved about how much they love T25. It’s just 25 minutes/day for 5 days/week. So I tried it.

Umm…it’s not for me.

The reason why there are SO many different workouts out there? There are SO many different types of people!

My co-worker likes to go ALL out, jumping around, burning a crazy amount of calories and being absolutely BEAT at the end.

I used to be the same way. I’m not anymore.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great workout. For the right people. But for me? I found myself wishing the whole time I had just put one of my PiYo DVDs in. So the next day, that’s what I did.

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And it felt awesome.

So yes, I’m still on the PiYo bandwagon. Or back on it, I guess.

At this point in my life, I’m not working out with a primary focus of losing weight – although I did lose weight when I was doing it before. But my priorities are more about building strength, improving flexibility and focusing on my posture. PiYo does that for me. I feel somehow centered when I do it – when I do something with a lot of jumping around, I just feel like I’m flailing around a bit. I don’t like that feeling.

So tonight I’ll be setting my alarm for 5:15am again tomorrow and I’m somehow excited about it. Now if I could just get to bed earlier…:)

The point of this post? This year, focus on finding what works for YOU, not what works for anyone else. I’ve spent too many years trying to do workouts I felt like I “should” enjoy just because other people did. Not everyone enjoys running. Not everyone enjoys Zumba. Not everyone enjoys Cross Fit. If you do? Go for it. If you don’t? Find YOUR thing and go with it.

What is YOUR thing?  Have you discovered anything that definitely is NOT your thing? I’d love to hear some stories. 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Athlete Family! 🙂

Christmas2014I’m so thankful for the many of you who have checked in with me and have let me know that you’ve missed my blog. It’s nice to be missed! I apologize for my long absence. After our house flooded, it felt like life just got into a pace where blogging simply didn’t fit. I’m happy to report that we are back in our house! Our floors are done, but there is still much more work to be done. We’ll be getting a whole new kitchen and bathrooms in January. Part of me is looking forward to that – but part of me is not looking forward to my house being torn up again! But I know it will be worth it in the end.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just four days away. (Oh and we have to put the a/c on here tonight in Florida because it’s almost 80 degrees in our house right now.) It’s been a busy season, but a peaceful one in the midst of it all. We have done a lot of things, but none of it has felt overwhelming. And I’m so thankful for that.

We had a not-so-pleasant encounter with Santa…well, for Little Miss at least.

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We’ve baked cookies…

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Including gingerbread men!

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We watched the Mini Athlete in his first Christmas program…

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And went looking at Christmas lights…this was the Mini Athlete’s favorite. 🙂

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We went to a live nativity, went to a tree lighting in the park, have watched every Christmas movie you can imagine…and it’s all been wonderful. 🙂

Christmas is so much fun with the little ones. It truly is magical! I can’t wait to see them singing by candlelight at the Christmas Eve service at our church, and then watch their faces light up on Christmas morning.

To be honest, when your family looks like mine, it can be really difficult watching the news right now. So many things going on that absolutely break my heart for so many reasons. It literally had me in tears last night. But then I am reminded of the HOPE that this season represents. “Joy to the world, the LORD is come!”

God became man in the midst of darkness – to become THE light that would overcome it forever. The darkness reminds us of our need for Him – of the light that He brings in a world that makes us long for heaven. As much as we long for peace on earth, peace is only found in Him. And so I set my heart at rest in Him, even when I don’t understand the world around me. Even when my heart breaks. In Him is peace. In Him is hope. In Him is JOY.

I hope that peace, hope and joy is yours this Christmas season! And may there be peace on earth…and let it begin with me.

 

 

 

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Life Lately…

Hi friends. Happy November!

It has been almost a full month since our house flooded. We’ve been living at my in-laws house for the past month. Oh I am SO thankful to have family close by! Perks of living with my in-laws? Papa makes breakfast every morning and Gigi makes dinner every night. Oh and there are sweet moments like this one…

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We’re getting spoiled.

It’s hard to believe that the pumpkin patch has come and gone…

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But I’m still looking forward to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and some pumpkin pie ice cream (if you live near a Publix, you gotta try it – trust me.)

We had a fun Halloween as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Jake (the pirate) and Tinker Belle. Our costumes weren’t the best or most creative but we had a fun time.

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I hope I never forget the Mini Athlete bouncing around saying “Arrrghhh LADIES!” instead of “Arrgghhh Mateys!” I couldn’t bring myself to correct him.

Our house is slowly but surely being repaired. They started laying our wood floors last week and the carpet should go in at the end of this week.

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We still have to tear out and redo the kitchen and bathrooms, but we might move back in before all that happens. We’ll see….

I’m trying my best to stick to doing my PiYo workout plan, but it has been a challenge with all the craziness of life. The past week has been better than the two weeks before and I’m determined to get back where I was. There has definitely been some regression over the past month, but I’m ready to get back into it and see where I can get before the new year.

If you’ve thought about trying PiYo, now is a great time – my next Challenge Group starts November 10 and the Challenge Pack is currently on sale. Perfect timing! Email me at calliecowan at gmail.com if you want more info.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is on its way and Christmas is right around the corner. I’m doing my best to focus on being thankful this month – it’s easy to focus on the inconveniences of life when there really is so much for which we should give thanks. So let me ask you…what is one thing YOU are thankful for today?

 

 

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