My husband and I made not only a promise to each other to work out while our son is becoming a Marine, but we also made a promise to our son to work out hard for him each day.
I sent him a letter explaining that we had a year membership at Planet Fitness which I believe I wrote about earlier. Gary and I struggled at first to figure out our best time to go.
I fought him on trying to be there and ready to work out a little bit before 5 in the a.m. I was a definite grumpy bear at first when he mentioned it. But to be honest, once we started going at that early time, I found I was happiest!
We us the treadmill. We work out in the 12 minute ab area (I LOVE THIS AREA!) Then we ride bikes,then lift arm and leg weights.
To pamper ourselves, we finish with a hydro massage and a tan! We switch off on these last two every other day. I really relax on the hydro massage table and I turn the pressure all the way UP. I could easily fall asleep there and stay for awhile :)
Then we finish off with a nice warm shower, wave good-bye to the friendly staff and head our separate ways to work!
Our goal? To push ourselves harder and harder each time. But really we want our son to see an improvement in us and be proud that we worked hard while he was. Becoming a Marine is by far the hardest and we are so proud of his commitment and determination! Go us! Go Alexander!!
As I followed my husband’s truck out on to the road,I noticed the still very dark sky above. It was 4:30 in the morning and the moon was so bright and the stars looked like they were gently scattered across a backdrop of white clouds and smoky blue sky.
I began to pray to the Lord and thank HIM for all my blessings from above. They were not just the moon and stars, but my family and friends,my children HE gave me,family that were up in the heavens now,sending down prayers for us down here on earth.
I thanked HIM for our health, HIS love, love from others. I thanked HIM for directing me along the way because HE could just as easily forget about me. But I am so blessed that HE does not. I thanked HIM for all the many, many, many blessings HE sends from above.
He is my love, this amazing creature from above.
He pushes from behind, then he stands by my side.
Always cheering, forever encouraging.
What direction to go, I wonder?
He stands in front of me, and holds my hands.
Forward, of course.
Whoo Hoo! We are now brand new members at our local Mt. Juliet Planet Fitness!! This location is new to the area and recently built by my husbands company he works for.
There were so many impressive qualities. First, no making fun of anyone. “Judgment Free Zone”! The staff were very impressive, greeting us with smiles and welcome to Planet Fitness.
We began with a tour. Oh, what fun!!! Beautiful machines, all shiny and lined up neatly with a television and access to plug in to the stations on each machine. Treadmills, different step machines that I did not know existed, weight machines and workout stations that count down when it is time to move to the next machine. Plus, and I was happy to find out, I could sign up and meet a fitness trainer. I hope to list the target areas I feel I need to work on and receive goals from her to work towards.
Finally, the very exciting and relaxing area located in another area of Planet Fitness. I can feel the goosebumps……the glorious massage and tanning machines! The place I feel my husband and I have definitely earned. We have talked about this area with a dreamy look in our eyes. ;-)
Our goal-work out as many times as possible for the next 13 weeks till we see our son graduate and become a Marine! And encourage him and each other with hope for a bright healthy future, loving and pushing ourselves to a healthier, stronger level, and showing our commitment to him by trying so hard to better ourselves not only physically, but mentally.
The strength of our young man.
No looking back to give a final wave,
Just a slight turn of the eyes.
Bravely moving forward.
Walking through the open doors.
Showing STRENGTH purposely through silent prayer,
No final phone call.
Thirteen weeks moving in to manhood.
Knowing We Are In Prayer.
Bravely moving in to Strength through those who became powerful before him.
Thank you for them!
Young Man Being Lead,
In To The Marines.
Strength of his and our prayers.
Family strengthened through prayer.
Remembering he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength!
Fall is in full bloom, with the changing of the colors and the onset of cooler temperatures. This past weekend was a magnificent example of this with God’s beautiful artwork on display as we traveled up to southern Indiana to visit with both of our families. Originally planned as a trip to help my mother winterize her home and enjoy visiting, our trip was updated to allow everyone have a chance to meet and encourage our son before he heads off to Marine basic training.
Saturday morning was filled with delicious foods, courtesy of Bob Evans on the south side of Indianapolis, with my wonderful mother and father in law. Watching their joy and pride in Alex as they shared conversation with him about times past, memories of his childhood, and things to come was so warm on such a cool day outside. Minutes turned to hours, as they often do when you are enjoying yourself. Before long we were embracing each other and saying our goodbyes. The smile on our son’s face could not have been changed. The happiness he felt was obvious without words. Our time together filled his heart with encouragement and faith in his abilities. Our son was blessed with all that we we had hoped for, and as usual, so much more.
Saturday afternoon was filled with outdoor chores. Sounds much more difficult when I say it that way. Considering we were working together outside in a comfortable setting, the simple manual tasks actually were completed with a minor amount of effort and quite a bit of fooling around. Happens quite a bit when you are working with me. Late afternoon led into early evening and my mother’s cooking efforts in the kitchen preparing a special meal were starting to permeate the house. My brother, his better half Linda and his son Craig came over and we all enjoyed another wonderful home cooked meal. As usual there was lots of fun conversations and teasing, with no individual being spared. My brother Mark is a Navy veteran, we are very proud of his service, and were blessed at having the chance for our son to enjoy time with him. Our son was again filled with certainty of his decision, and of his capability to succeed. I am not certain, but it appeared his chest may have even grown over the length of the day.
Evening soon came, and then morning and unfortunately time for us to depart back towards home. Seems to come quicker each time. My mother showered our son with so much love and special treatment this weekend, we had a real tough time getting away. She also provided him was uplifting and encouraging words and efforts, that made our hearts swell.
You see, this season for our family is really on of changing. We are counting down the days before departure to basic training. It is single digits. So blessed to have been able to provide Alex with the time and encouragement from all of his family. So thankful for their faith in him. So thankful for their kind words. So thankful for their love for him. These are things we all share in a huge way.
Just like nature outside is in the middle of a beautiful change, so is our son, and so are we. Isn’t it truly beautiful!