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children reflect their parents

You do not ever see it when you are a teenager or young adult. I do not think parents even actually see it. I have slowly begun to notice how much children reflect their parents.  Some of my friends have children. Some of them do not. I am starting to be in the age group where some of the children are newborns, some are toddlers, preschoolers, and some are pre-teens.  Their minds are being molded everyday by things that they do at home, things their parents do, things their friends do, and experiences that they have.

One of my friends has the two dearest children. Yesterday the regular babysitter was not available and I happen to be having lunch with her. I immediately volunteered to hang out with the kids so that her and her husband could keep their plans. These two girls are phenomenal.

L is six years old. We have met multiple times. I have been to their house for game night. I have dog sat for them. I have even been sailing with them. Every time I am over at the house or with the family somewhere silly L takes some time to warm up to me and then by the end of the night she would prefer I just stay or would like to know when the next time she is going to see me. Last night L was particularly hilarious. She finally came into the living room to accompany E and I, but she hid under her pillows most of the night. While watching the “Princess Bride” every time someone held hands, looked lovingly into each others eyes, or heaven forbid KISSED, L would yell “EWWWWW, that is SO GROSS!” or “why do they need to kiss?” “Are they in LOVE?” All of these exclamations cracked me up. I am pretty sure E just sat on the couch and rolled her eyes are her little sister. I love the spirit and personality of L. She is so joyful and precious with a little bit of attitude.

Now I know it has been almost 20 years since I was 11 years old, but the conversations I had with E last night or anytime I have been with the family just astonish me. She is so well spoken and intelligent. Plus she has the sweet innocent beauty that an 11 year old is suppose to still have. She is such a positive roll model for her little sister and reflects her mother’s and father’s values so well. Her and I sat at the dinner table and discussed her “Revolutionary Day” at school that she had the opportunity to participate in yesterday. She remembered so much of what had happened that day. She told me all about the doctors and other interpreters for the revolutionary war days.  She even wanted to know about my day. After dinner we picked out a movie to watch. TV time is a rare occurrence is this family, so they were excited but you could also tell the girls were tired from their day so we were looking for a nice movie. I was glad I could teach E something even though not a useful life skill. Showing her how to search for movies on UVERSE on Demand.  The movie was a kid friendly love story, “The Princess Diaries.”  The movie was such a good love story and a sweet kid movie. E wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as she did.  Again what a wonderful girl. The girls were ready to find a game to play, but the parents came home right as the movie was ending. Bedtime.

These girls are such a beautiful reflection of their parents. I am so glad that I get to be a part of their lives. I am interested to watch them grow and see the people they become.

Do parents ever know the impression they make on their children. The impression it leaves on others.

I hope one day the impression my future children leave on people is a beautiful reflection of their family and the values they are raised with.

 

Oh by the way, happy Chinese New Year!

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6 girls and everything that comes with them = LOUD family

4 years worth of friendship.

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Is it more than just a book?

Long before  I moved to Tulsa I was given a book by my best friend. The Purpose Driven Life.  I picked this book up off of my shelf a few days after Christmas this year to realize that I had started to read it. I don’t know when I actually started this adventure, but I know it was at least greater than 4 years ago. To make this book even more important it was given to her family by her husbands grandma. There is a nice note written in the front of it. There was also a nice picture of Julie & Tyler being used as a book mark. I am pretty sure this picture was taken in the early 2000s. Besides this book being special to Julie, it was special enough that she gave it to me, or let me borrow it because of the impact she wanted it to have on my life.

This book is a 40 day commitment. A 40 day commitment to starting a road that should be lived the rest of my life. Just because it is called the Purpose Driven LIfe  doesn’t mean that it is telling you exactly how to live and exactly what I should do with my life, but it is a good foundation for reflecting on what I was raised to believe as a Christian and how to follow this path for the rest of my adult life. So far I have made it to day 16/40. I am trying to learn the Bible verses at the end of each day.  Great reflections to end my day with.

Verses to Remember: 

  • “Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him” Colossians 1:16
  • “I am your Creator, You were in my care even before you were born” Isaiah 44:2
  • “You, LORD, give perfect peace for those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you” Isaiah 26:3
  • “This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever” I John 2:17
  • “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones” Luke 16:10
  • “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18
  • “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power and everything is for his glory” Romans 11:36
  • “The LORD takes pleasure in his people” Psalm 149:4
  • “The LORD is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love” Psalm 147:11
  • “Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes” Romans 6:13
  • “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him” Psalm 25:14
  • “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you” James 4:8
  • “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” Mark 12:30
  • “For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you'” Hebrews 13:5
  • “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ” Ephesians 1:5

Running (its what I do)

Running.  Lots of people run and everybody seems to run for different reasons.  This past year I accomplished one of my “bucket list” goals.  I ran my first full marathon. 26.2 miles is quite a bit, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t realize how much more of a time commitment training for a full marathon was versus training for a half marathon. Right now all I have time to train for is another half marathon.

In the past 4 months my cousin and my sister have started running fun runs, 5k runs, and working out. Not only are they doing this to lose weight, but to improve their lifestyle and health.  Here are the things to remember about running and exercise in general:

  • the risk of dying decreases in those who exercise regularly 
  • essential component to any weight management program, it burns calories and may help burn calories even while not exercising. Diets can lead to muscle loss, but exercise can help build muscle mass
  • helps improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes and can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • helps decrease blood pressure
  • helps improve your lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides and raising HDL levels
  • reduction in stress after exercise
  • helps to prevent osteoporosis and the incidence of fracture
  • exercise can also help quit smoking

I am excited that my cousin and sister have decided to train to run their first half marathon in April.  The Big D Marathon (http://www.texasmarathon.com/) will be such a great run with not only my mom, but my cousin and sister to cross the finish line. To begin the new year my Nike plus app says that I have run 288.9 miles in the past 4 months (I didn’t make my goal of 300 miles by 1 /1/13, but plan to by the end of the week). I look at my training program I have chose: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Program http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program) and I should run 298 miles in the 12 week training program.  Since the marathon is actually 16 weeks away I think I will definitely break 600 miles on my running app.  I love tracking my miles, it is personally rewarding.

Bobbi and I are going to keep each other accountable for every mile. Blogging about training, clinical rotations, and life will hopefully also keep me accountable for everything.

HBD

I have been working on my baking and cooking skills this weekend. Mike turned 29, so I attempted to make one of the greatest cakes I’ve ever made. Chocolate and strawberry zebra striped with cream cheese icing.

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Delicious.

real life again

Things to do with the rest of my  2012: 

  • training for my first full marathon, yes that is 26.2 miles 
  • Insanity, getting toned at the same time I am taking care of my cardiovascular health 
  • Need to find that skinny, fit person that started medical school 2 years ago
  • starting clinical rotations in my third year of medical school 
  • enjoying spending time with my husband 
  • living in different parts of Oklahoma that I may have just driven through or did not even know existed 
  • hopefully getting to have some weekends off to enjoy REAL life 
  • getting LASIK eye surgery (NO more glasses or contacts for this girl) 
  • maybe cleaning a little more around my house 
  • trying to learn to be a better cook 
  • LEARNING 
  • Making sure that I get my daily vitamin D
  • maybe cleaning my car 
  • visiting some beaches 
  • Season 5 of BREAKING BAD, guess I need to watch season 4 
  • Golfing, definitely golfing more (and possibly buying my own set of golf clubs)

I am sure this list could go on and on forever with things that I plan on doing this year, in particularly this summer. 

Found this.

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As I was cleaning out some files last night I came along this quote on a card. This card was signed by some of the greatest friends I ever had. When I lived by and worked with them, my success was based on their overall accomplishments because I was their coach, instructor, and friend. Now I look at this quote and have to look within myself.