|2007, French Lick|
I mean, I can do the house stuff, and the bills, and the chores, and be there for the kids. I was a single mom for almost 13 years before I met Kevin. I can get the tasks done. But I miss him, and it hurts not to have him here. I just need to see his face, and hear about his day, and cook supper for him, and I would even take him just rolling his eyes at me when I tell him I want to try a triathlon next year.
No, I'm not strong at all. Sometimes I'm so overwhelmed by the memories I feel like I'm going to have to go stay in a hotel just so I can breathe. And sometimes I put on Kevin's clothes & lay down on his side of the bed because I can't be anywhere else.
And every day when I wake up, I'm sort of surprised to still be alive. Don't misunderstand me - I'm not suicidal - not thinking of doing anything to myself at all. It's just that I hurt so much that I'm surprised to still be going.
|The Finish Line, finally|
That's kind of where I am now. I probably say "I can't do this" at least 50 times a day. But I keep doing it anyway, because I don't know what else to do. I can barely see two feet in front of me, so I take baby steps, but I keep going, following the trail God has marked for me.
This is not my strength I'm running on, though. Any inner reserve I might have thought I had once was completely depleted before we even got to Kevin's funeral. The title to this blog post comes from the lyrics to the TobyMac song Beyond Me:
Anything that I got the strength to do
In over my head keeps me countin' on YouYou can check out the video here. I know I post a lot of songs. When God speaks to me through a song, I like to share it in case He can speak to you through it too. There are a lot of times when the right song is all it takes to get me going when I feel like I can't. Other times it's a family member or friend who knows just the right time to reach out to me. I can't do this without God, and I can't do it without all of you. I'm leaning on so many people right now. Thank you to all of you.
Coming UpSpeaking of people I'm leaning on: the Training Group for the Indy Women's Half continues on Thursday nights. Tuesdays I still run with the Bourbon Street Run Club and then rush off to Living Faith Boot Camp. Both those Tuesday activities are free, so come join us if you are in Indy. Links are on the What's Next? tab.
Richard's Run for Brain Cancer, at Cataloochee Ranch, NC, on August 1st. The website says:
Quite possibly the most challenging 5K on earth.
We shall see. This is an Ugly Paxton Sisters race - we are all three running it. If you are in WNC, come join us! It would be fun to have a big group run out there. If you don't think you are up for a mountainous 5K, they are looking for volunteers too.