Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Race Marked Out

"Therefore, since we are surround by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

throw off everything

run with perseverance

the race marked out for us

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race route map

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Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he could not save his men, for they perished through their own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching home. Tell me, too, about all these things, O daughter of Jove, from whatsoever source you may know them. -- Homer's The Odyssey
My dear roommate Maddie recently completed what I like to call her Odyssey. This long journey has tested her, led her to confront her limits, torn her body apart, and has lasted two months. Maddie recently ran the Austin half-marathon on Sunday. She carried herself on swift feet-- tackling the hills of Austin, surpassing those around her, and besting her own expectations. She ran with joy, and she ran with God. She was not defined by a time (though she did beat the two hour mark, atta babe!), but she was defined by an experience. We are all proud. She completed an odyssey.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


How do I explain my monthlong absence from this blog? I have been searching for reasons for my lack of motivation, lack of material, lack of photos and I'm at a lost. Then it dawned on me...

the curse of a Pro Flickr account

I started this blog in July of 2010 in order to "document change and pen down adventures so they will always be remembered." I have since blogged for nineteen straight months, produced 136 posts, and each month, I have always exceeded my bandwitdth/download limit on Flickr. Shooting with an SLR produces large images, so naturally, 400-600 photos a month would fill the quota. Finally fed up with my multiple Flickr accounts, and finally satisfied with my dedication to this blog, I decided to invest in a Pro account on Flickr that would give me unlimited storage space for a whole year. Meaning: I can upload hundreds of thousands of photos! JUMP FOR JOY! seriously though, I was beyond excited.

Until...that is...that I went a whole month without blogging. My feelings regarding this: disappointment, regret, embarrassment, oh-you-sloth (not sure if that's a feeling), apathy, etc.

I've watched my stat counter numbers decrease each day (though never reaching zero, thanks Dad!), and I have let photos collect dust in my camera. But enough is enough. Though I was affected by the Flickr curse (and also busy with classes and Young Life), I am returning to the blogging world with stories and news to divulge, photos to post, and adventures to share. I've missed you blog, and faceless/nameless viewers. (Please come back!!)


One of the new things I discovered lately in Austin is the abundance of hiking trails. When I say abundant, don't let your mind drift off to Colorado. Not abundant in that sense. Abundant in Texas terms. Houston has....Memorial Park, but does that even count. Not likely. At the Greenbelt however, there are numerous trails along Barton Creek and adventures to be have. On one adventure, Ellen and I even found Narnia. These hikes are helping my friends and I let out our inner granola too.

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I don't really have college friends (sarcasm). No...instead I hang out with a group of pretty cool high school girls, attend high school basketball games, spend my Monday nights at Sonic, and can only relate with five other college kids (one who is pretty much my mother). Y the L not.

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I wish I could tell you that I had a dog....but I don't. I do have cute puppy photos though that I will shamelessly post here!! Hope this improves you day!! Especially if you started lent two hours again and you're already missing candy, Facebook, sugar, spice, and everything nice.

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So I recognize this may be a lame, lackluster comeback post, but we all have to start somewhere.
Check back for my coverage of Maddie's half marathon!!