Tuesday, June 10

Life Update

I don't even know how to begin this.. I feel like I can't find the right words to say what I want to say.. . But I've been wanting to update you on my life so here goes...

There is a man that maybe if it weren't for the life he lived, the message he preached, the things he taught... I would be living a much different life. It was not an accident that I heard him speak one day. His words were very eloquent, he was well read. I felt sometimes that I needed always have a dictionary on hand. But he challenged me to think higher, live better, love beyond.. He had the kindest eyes. You knew he understood, he cared. This man was there for me during one of my darkest trials... he was my friend. He taught me how to be trust, how to forgive. With his life, he showed me that love really can conquer all. He was my Pastor for 10 years. And he passed from time into eternity Tuesday, June 3rd in the evening. He didn't just impact my life but thousands of others. I am sad but yet rejoice.. Because I believe what he preached about.. That this life is not the end.. and that his life continues. There will be a memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday.. It's been said that anywhere between 3500 and 5000 people will be there. If you are interested in reading about him, click this link.


We have death and then we have life.. I also have four exchanges students living with me. They just moved in last week and already they are a blast... full of energy. This time they are all from Russian and wee are having a good time together. I hope that this summer will be an amazing one. I am already getting less sleep. :) Ps. I am finally starting to notice a change in my body.. less pudgy around the stomach.


My weight has changed... for the better.. I broke out of the 178's and today saw the 177's.. 177.2 to be exact. One more pound until my "10 pounds lost" mark! Last week I gained..I think I was up to 182 or some crazy number like that but I think it was TOM weight because it fell off this week. Also, the temps for the last few days have been in the 100's so I am sweating my @$$ off... and am not very hungry except for salads and water. I've been moving more lately too! I started running last week, swam three time last week, and played volleyball for 2 hours yesterday. I'm a moving machine! :)

I'm sorry for having been quiet recently.. sometimes when life throws stuff at you, the capacity for other things gets smaller. Heck, I hadn't even checked my email in a week! If you really, really, really want to find me (like all my tried and true stalkers).. I'm on Facebook. Send me an email with your name/email address and I'll add you.

Hugs...

9 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm sorry for your loss! I'll be thinking of you...

Congrats on the weight loss though! That's awesome!!! With all that moving you've been doing...you'll see the weight melt off!

And I bet you are in for a fun, amazing summer with these girls!

Candace said...

Oh my Tina - you have had a year. Yet you maintain such a positive attitude towards the life that happens around you. You are a true motivator for anyone who thinks they've got stuff to be down about.

Colette said...

Tina...I am so sorry for your loss. Please know we are here for you! The girls look happy to be with you and Polly just looks happy to have girls in the house again!!!
(((HUGS)))

Swizzlepop said...

YAY you're back! I'm sp sorry for your loss, you have had a tough year. BUt just look at it this way, now you have many special people watching after you ALL the time and they are all in your heart and with you always.
COngrats on the loss, had you not mentioned it I would have because I can totally see it in that picture! You look great!

Glad to hear this batch of girls is a fun group. I still think you need to make up that binder though ;)

(((((HUGS)))))

Superjayman's Battle of the Bulge said...

(((HUGS))) So sorry for your loss. He seemed liked he touched many lives. My thoughts are with you!

Kate said...

Sorry for your loss.

As far as noticing a difference in your body, that's awesome! I love love love when I notice something new (a good new that is!).

And also congrats on keeping moving, I find it's really helped me with my weight loss.

Sonya said...

Awww...I"m so sorry to hear about your paster. He sounds like a very special man.

That's great that you have exchange students staying with you. Have fun with the girls. It sure looks like Polly is!

Sonya said...

BTW - awesome job breaking out of the 178 zone!

Brigg said...

Good for you to finally break down into 177. That is so awesome. It is so hard to lose weight - I wish it would just happen. Good job to you.
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