Friday, December 30, 2011


This fall quarter, I have had the privelge of leading our teenage women's Bible class ~ GRITS~Girls Raised In The Son.  I so enjoyed this class and these great young ladies.  The class was basically to "train" our young ladies their responsibilty in the church.  We talked about a wide range of topics.  Some were very uncomfortable, some made us cry, some made us laugh, but all helped us to grow in His grace and light. 

On Friday, December 16, 2011, the young ladies hosted a dinner for their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts.  They did a wonderful job!  And I had a HUGE surprise for them.  One of the topics we spoke about in our class was purity and God's plan for marriage.  Being a Woman whose heart is so lost in God that a man must seek Him to find her.  So each family was asked to present their young lady to remind them of the lessons they had learned and the promise they have made to God and themselves!  The evening was so special and such an honor to share this special moment with these young ladies!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

What a difference a year makes!

After getting home from taking mom and dad home for an afternoon outing, I remembered that there was a picture of daddy and I taken last year at Christmas. I guess you could say, a picture speaks a 1000 words.  I am proud of all I have accomplished this past year!  I am thankful that I got to spend another year with my Daddy!  I am grateful that God has made me uncomfortable in my transformation! I know that I still have a lot of work to do, but I am SO MUCH CLOSER today than I was a year ago!  
Not long ago, I read 
 excuses are just lies we tell ourselves so that we feel better for not putting up the hardwork it takes to reach our goals and dreams.
Failure is always an option, it is the choice we make when we believe the lies we tell ourselves.  In 2011, when my path was blocked with obstacles, it would have been so easy to make an excuse and go back to the old way.  With every obstacle, I had an option.  Some I walked thru with no little problem and some I turned around and regrouped then found another path.  There were a couple that put me flat on my butt, but when I was able to get back up and climb over them, I realized those were the ones that made me stronger in my faith. So in 2012, there is still much work to do!  Even when I feel like giving up, I love that God never gives up on me! 
December 25, 2010
December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

In so many ways, Christmas of 2011 is in the record books for our family.  A Christmas Story on TBS for 24 being over is a clear indication that we are smiling at our memories.  In one way it is not over~ my Christmas cards are NOT done!  Normally, I would have really stressed over that, but this year stress in our lives was redefined.  So hopefully, they will be in the mail before the end of the week. 

Family Christmas picture 2011
(just in case) 
This is Pearl Moody!  Such a sweet little baby that we got to puppy sit Christmas Eve!  Can't wait to watch this sweet girl grow up with Olivia, Meredith, and Griffin!
This picture is for my sweet Utah friend~ Gwynne.
The Minatra's Charlie Brown Tree!  We usually do not do a live tree, but this year the girls talked me into it.  It was not too bad.  BUT we have not taken it down yet, so I foresee the mess! Oh Well!  It brought us many hours of enjoyment!  I think Snoopy would have been proud!

In our house, Fruity & Cocoa Pebbles held THE BEST PRIZE!  Mary Lane and Katherine thought they had out smarted me.  I kept telling them it would be a small Christmas.  So I had to get real creative about how to "hide" their Christmas.  When they become teenagers the gifts get small with a big pricetag. So this year, I wrapped all their "liittle" stuff and put it in a big box.  So under the tree the girls had two gifts~ one was toliet paper cause we all need a little TP and then the "big" box.  In the box was a few little swim items, gold fish, wallet, some money, and a box of Fruity/Cocoa Pebbles.  Thanks to Aunt Ann's idea of how to hide the ipod~ it became the "prize" in their cereal box!  It was pretty funny.  I had TOTAL got them.  I had even glued the box flap back.  Now here is where Clay and I differ~ Clay would have let them go all day waiting for them to find it!  ME not so much.  I asked is there a prize in the cereal.  Don't think so.  I left it at that kinda, Mary Lane noticed that if did feel rather heavy.  They both looked at each other and opened the boxes to which screams followed!  It was pretty funny and they loved that I got'em!

We had a lot to be thankful for this year!  In 2011, our health took on a how new meaning!  Changing my health, kicked off our year which lead Clay, Honey and Big Daddy to making some changes.  June, trying to keep my sweet daddy healthy became priorty for my sister, brothers, and I.  Someone asked me what I wanted for Christmas....could not think of anything really cause I felt like we had been given the best gift this year~ more time with our daddy!!! 

So from Rockvale, from our family to yours, we pray that all your Christmas wishes came true!  We hope that 2012, God provides you opportunities to grow in His love and grace. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Some Childhood Memories

Mary Lane told me that I needed to blog.  I laughed and said well maybe I do.  There has been a lot going on and had put it on the back burner.  A conversation that the girls and I had today sparked this entry.  There was a conversation the girls overheard Saturday about my childhood and how another family member was very "well that is not Biblical" about a lot of stuff.  I told them that there were celebrations in my childhood that were done with some of our family that was and still is very important to how they celebrate the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  I don't pretend to be a scholar, so those of you are reading this for that purpose~ I feel sure you are trying to quote book, chapter, and verse....Sorry, this is more to help my children understand some of my  childhood memories.

The Season of Advent ~ Advent means coming.  The Season of Advent in many Christian churches begins the 4th Sunday before Christmas.  This is the celebration of the birth of Christ.  Now according to the Bible, no, there is no date as to when Christ was born.  We know that they were in Bethleham because of the census.  Many scholars have studied calendars but one thing I understand is that our calendar that we use today did not exist 2011 years ago.  Does it really make that big of a difference~ I don't think so.  I believe that if God had really wanted us to know the exact day that Christ was born...He would have put it in the Bible.  BUT it is wonderful that during this time of year, Christians around the world are like minded and are putting the focus on Christ.  Funny, leading up to Christmas, we go shopping, wrap gifts, tell our children that "Santa" is coming, decorate our homes, put our elf on a shelf, etc., we are saying Merry Christmas and  Happy Holidays.  So if we are teaching our children about an elf on a shelf or Santa, I think we are ok to talk about our Savior too and celebrate His birth.  (and for those shaking your head....YES, I teach my children on a daily basis about Christ and His word) 

Christmas Day ~ To many Christians, this is the day set aside for celebration of Christ's birth.  AGAIN, according to the Bible it does not say that Christ was born on December 25th.  BUT AGAIN, if we are going to put the pagan spin on it with gifts, trees, weaths, ets then to me it seems like a perfect time to put our attention on the birth of Christ.  I celebrate my birthday, my husband's birthday, and of course my beautiful daughters' birthday, so why not put aside one day when as a Christian, I can celebrate Christ birthday?  And yes, again, I live my day to day life with Christ at the forefront.  But I don't think as a Christian, if I want to bake a cake to serve at dinner and call it a birthday cake that I am teaching my children "against" the Bible.

Then there is Epiphany ~  The word epiphany means “manifestation”.  This is the 12 days after Christmas that leads up to January 6th.  It is also known as Three King Day.  Remember in the Bible about the three kings coming from afar bringing gifts to the new born king.  Also, I think there is a song about the 12 Days of Christmas and my true love gave to me.  My grandmother LOVED Epiphany.  I remember one year, I guess I was in college, because I was still there for Epiphany and we went to Tarpon Springs.  She lived in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs is a town close.  It is a large Greek community and on January 6th, there is a huge festival.  The Greek Orthodox Priest blesses the waters and the boats (huge sponging community) then he throws a cross in the water.  Teenage boys, I think 16 to 18, dive in the pretty cold waters to catch cross.  It is believed that the young man who gets the cross will be blessed beyond measure.  It is very neat to witness.  A few years ago, maybe in 2006, Pope Bartholomew came to lead the Epiphany service and blessings. 

As for me, yes, these are things that I share with my children as traditions of my childhood  that I celebrated with my grandmother.  I believe my grandmother to have been a wonderful Christian woman.  And to her, these were important ways to show and share her faith.  She opened up her home and heart all thru the year but during Christmas, she made a huge to do over this time of  year.  I find it very ironic that she passed away right after Epiphany. 

So on Christmas morning, my children will awake to find that Santa has come and they will open presents.  They will eat and share time with family.  And at some point in our day, we will pray and give thanks for the birth of Christ.....just as we do all year round, but on December 25th, many around the world will be doing the same thing, and I am sorry, but I just don't find it to be a coinedence. 

(Ash Wednesday, Lent, Good Friday, Easter.....well, I will save that for another post but yep, they were as much of a part of my childhood as my grandmother was!)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

First 5K and 500 miles!

Saturday, November 5, 2011, we left Knoxville at the start of the 4th quarter.  Clay wanted to make sure we got back in time for my FIRST 5K at 1:50am on Sunday morning!  YEP~ my first 5K (did the 1/2 marathon first) and YEP~in the wee hours of the morning!  Anything is Possible 5K for a great cause helping troops get the support they need once they arrive back home!  Needless to say....we made it!  Even had time to run home to change and the girls decided they wanted to go to bed....and as much as I would have loved for them to be there to cheer me on...I was glad!  My sweet brother in love decided that he would do it with me and stay with me!  I was grateful for his company and support! 
~~OK a little footnote about this race....If you have not figured it out.....the time will be negative!!!  We start at 1:50am the morning of the time falling back.  So at 2am the time goes back to 1am.  It was for a great cause but I LOVED that my first 5k would be a negative time!!! ~~

 Jim and I getting ready for the start.  I have to laugh at this picture...cause now I understand where my niece gets her talent for the closed eyes in pictures!  He had just been laughing!

 Here we are at the 1/2 way mark.  OK funny thing~this race is at the Avenues and they had a biker lead off to make sure you stayed on the course.  Well, Jim and I are rounding around the back of Belk's and the biker passes us.  We both looked at each other and commented what's up with that....OH MY GOODNESS.....WE GOT LAPPED!  Not by one runner but THREE!!!!  These three guys finished in 18 to 19 minutes.... at 20, 46, and 16 year old! AMAZING!!!! 

Here we are crossing the finish line. 
And if you are is Clay who braved the time and cold to cheer us on and take pictures!

My goal was to do this in under 40 minutes with a negative 20 minute time.  At the 37 minute mark and knowing where we were and how much we had left to do, we made a time adjustment.  Under 45 minutes was the new adjustment. We came in, according to my watch, -17.14 but the official result time was -17.01.4.  It was not a chip timed race and we did start in the back to let all the jack rabbits get out in front.  I started my watch when we crossed the finish line so that would explain the time difference. We were on a 13.70 pace.  Totally ok with this time!  Considering that about 2 months ago, I was laughing at the thought of running. 
OH and the COOLEST THING about finishing this race..... I have now logged 500 miles crossing the finish line with my brother in love since the end of March.  I was telling Clay I really had thought that I would have been to that sooner UNTIL I started training for the 1/2 marathon.  Funny, I had to hold back on my mileage. 

This Saturday, I will be doing my 2nd 5k.  I have yet to signed up for my next 1/2 yet....trying to figure out where I want to do that one.  I never in a million years would have thought that I would have ever done anything like this!  But now as I approach my 47th birthday in 111 days, my list is changing!  My new goal is to 500 more miles for a total of 1000 by my birthday which will be a 1000 in 11 months!  And to do a full marathon before I am 50 and that is only 1207 days away (If I did that math right). 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Katherine takes the Hill on foot!

Saturday, November 5, 2011, Mary Lane and Katherine went to their first UT Vols football came.  It was only the second time in my life that I stepped foot in Neyland Stadium not wearing orange! Being a MTSU alum, those that know me know I have a deep love for UT but will support the Blue Raiders.  Mary Lane decided she would wear blue in support of the Blue Raiders playing the Vols for UT's homecoming although she is an Auburn fan!  BUT Katherine said she was going in her orange.  The past several years, she has gone between wanting to go to UT or Naval Academy.  This may have totally won her over.  Driving up to Knoxville, Clay and I were telling stories about our UT past.  Mine started before my birth!  My dad attended UT and has had orange running thru his veins forever!  Our family history runs deep with UT Football!  Dad grew up with the Majors Family! He played every sport he could under Shirley Majors prior to Coach moving to Huntland.  Phillip Fulmer was one of Dad's first recruits to UT and Jeff Hall was his last with many others sprinkled in.  Dad, Phillip, and Jeff all graduated from Franklin Co. (about 20 years apart).  And funny thing about Phillip and Jeff, if not for my daddy, both would have ended up at Alabama.  No telling how many others from Franklin Co, Daddy kept from going to Alabama. 

Before the game, our family ate at Litton's, which has become a family tradition for us.  We swim at least one meet a year at UT.  So usually, we are there with a bunch of wet headed swimmers with a table FULL of food with NO leftovers.  Mary Lane and I split a burger and there were still leftovers.  With full bellies and happy faces, it was then time to head to the stadium.

As we were walking to the bookstore (a must on game day), we all got to laughing cause THIS WAS A FIRST FOR ME!  All my life, Daddy parked in the parking garage by the bookstore.  So we walked but only across the street.  Last time MTSU played at UT, Daddy still had his season tickets and we used them along with his parking pass.  This time Clay purchased from the MTSU ticket office and when he told me where they were, I was not sure if I was going to be able to do it.  THE UPPER DECK!   AKA nosebleed.  Our friend, Michael sat behind us, and had to laugh at my white knuckle grip. 

 Only 4 1/2 years hopefully!
Blue Raiders warming up on the Field! 
 Band of Blue in the stands.  The girls found their cousins using the binoculars!
 Sitting in our sits all smiles! 
 Katherine all smiles with the jumbo tron behind her.  She got cold and put her MTSU sweat shirt on.  But still has her orange hair bow showing!

The halftime show was amazing as ALWAYS! But the girls did notice that the band does not fill the entire field like the Band of Blue.  The halftime show as a special tribute to Dr. Julian to celebrate 50 years!  He introduced so many things to UT~ the T the team runs thru, the Circle Drill, Rocky Top to name a few.  And yes, no matter in blue or orange.....I still sing Rocky Top. 

We did leave at the end of 3rd quarter to make the hike back to the car and get thru game day traffic because I had to get back to Murfreesboro so that I could do my FIRST 5k at 1:50am!  The girls laughed as we hiked back....well, mom here is your warm up!  It was a wonderful family day, sharing this Williams family tradition with my sweet daughters. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

1/2 Marathon in the book!

Well, the Murfreesboro Middle Half is done!  Still hard to believe that it is over!  It was amazing! 
Shoes~ $125  /  Compression Shorts ~ $40   /  Entry Fees~ $55   / AdvoCare Slam~ $1.80 /  AdvoCare Post Workout Recovery mixed with Spark~ $2.10 / Completely my first half marathon at age 46 with my beautiful daughters(well behind them)~ PRICELESS!!! 
Mary Lane did incredible....she ran the whole way with her great friend, Nicole.  AND Mary Lane placed 2nd and Nicole placed 3rd!!!!! 
 ~2nd 1014(Overall)417(sex place)Mary Lane~1:07:51/10:47(6.3 mile split/pace) 2:22:49/10:55(Finish time/pace)
~11th 1276  590  Katherine 1:09:39/11:04 2:36:01 /11:55
and then me ~ 82 1716  895  Elizabeth1:28:17/14:01 3:22:33/15:28 not bad for the first time for a 46 year old who has had knee surgery and 6 ankle/foot surgery ~ I will TAKE IT!!!!  I came in 22:33 minutes over my goal but I will have to say~ Mile 11 was the TOUGHEST!  Thanks to our great friend Annie Jiang, who stayed with me EVERY STEP of the way!  She did a FULL marathon last Sunday so this was her recovery!  LOVE HER!

Here are some pictures from the day!  There should be somemore to follow from some other people's post!

 Susan Tribble and I representing EAGLES!! OH and by the way ~ Eagles 8-0 BABY!!! Hated to miss the game last night but knew I needed to Focus on the Task at Hand!
My Dear Ole Friend, Beth Doss, and I at the starting line!  She did GREAT!  So proud of all that she has accomplished in the last few years~ she so inspires me!!!

What a beautiful picture! Sunrise at the starting line! 

Annie and I feeling great on our warm up!  And knowing there are people behind us!!

Mary Lane and Nicole almost at the 3 mile mark!  They look STRONG!

Annie and I at the almost 3 mile mark feeling good!

Mike and Noriko at just after the 6.3 split timer!  BIG SMILES and looking STRONG!

Susan Tribble just after the 6.3 mile split looking strong and having fun!!!

Mary Lane and Nicole stayed together the whole time and RAN the whole time! So proud of them! Taking 2nd and 3rd place!!!! (same exact time so not sure how they figured that one?) 
And here come my sweet Katherine!  She stayed with Mary Lane and Nicole but had to take a comfort break so she had to run it BY HERSELF!  AMAZING!!!! 
OK~ Annie is in the middle and I am on the right with my head down.  The lady on the left in the green ~ we came up on her during mile 12.  Her partner is not in the picture.  Her head is down too.  Annie and lady in green both did Chicago Full Marathon last Sunday so this was their recovery!  LOVE IT! 
And another reason my head is down ~ at mile 13 coming into the stadium, I was overcome with emotion!
Annie and I with our girls and Joey!
Annie and I at the finish!

The BETHS at the finish ~ thanks for waiting on me for this picture!
Alison and I together at the finish!!!
Susan and I at the finish with our METALS!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Thirteen

Second Post for the day ~ This week has been a weird week.  Looking at my training sheet, it was suppose to be an easy week.  Walking easy has been HARD!  I have done a lot of reading and praying!  Some of the readings have been in the form of some great articles.  There was one that really struck a chord with me~ 5 Mental Tips for a Half Marathon ~ tip 4 Remember the Big Why!  What I found interesting was a comment~ breaking down each mile for someone.  I had not thought about that!  Very Cool.  So Wednesday on my "easy" walk, I got to thinking about my 13 people.  12 came with no problem.  Number 13?  Who would I put in my mind for that mile?  Most people think 13 is unlucky.  When I got back, I was playing on facebook and read my friend's, John, post and he gave me number 13 without knowing!

My Thirteen

Mile 1~ Clay!  My best friend for over 21 years now! He makes me laugh and keeps me grounded!  He guides our family with tons of love!  He is the most amazing father to our beautiful daughters!  He does so much for his three girls!  Love this man!!!!    
Mile 2~ Mary Lane & Mile 3 Katherine~ They have inspired me for the last 14+years. They are the reason I breathe! 
Mile 4 ~ My Daddy~ He has been the love of my life for the last 46+ years!  His strength is amazing! 
Love this picture!!!

 Mile 5 ~ My cousin Al, who was a fighter! I miss him more than words can say!
Mile 6 ~ Mr. Roy! He was another fighter! And so missed!

Mile 7 ~ Miss OAT!  Tinsley is our amazing little friend that had open heart surgery in July!  She is stronger at age 3 than some people could ever hope to be!  I look forward to seeing her amazing life unfold!

My sweet friend Beth is Mile 8~ Her journey has been amazing to watch and very encouraging!  Now she encourages me thru mine!  I look forward to spending a little time with her tomorrow! 
Mile 9 ~ Annie~ She is my sweet friend that will be with me tomorrow!!!  She has encouraged me beyond belief!  She ran a FULL Marathon last SUNDAY! 

Mile 10 ~ Alison~ Tomorrow will be her first 1/2 marathon. Over the last year, she has lost over 100 pounds!  She has a beautiful smile and heart!!!!  Another friend that amazes me beyond belief! Love that God put us on each other's path! 

Mile 11 ~ Trenda ~ She has encouraged me and pushed me! She has been there to walk with me a lot of my miles!  She could have been running but she walked!  Now we can run more together!!!

Mile 12 ~ Jill ~  Love My CHEERLEADER! She had hoped to do this with me but who knew it would sell out in 11 days!  Cheer on fellow MSCC Cheerleader cause April it is you and me sista!

Mile 13~ no picture needed! Christ!  Thanks John Fields for reminding me that He hung on the cross for 6 hours for us!  Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  I know that He will be with me thru the whole 13.1 miles but in the 13 mile ~ my mind will be focus totally on Him!  Thank you John for that wonderful reminder.

The last 1/10th ~ Once I get into the stadium and see the finish line~ that last 10th will be a reminder that not long ago that was more than I could run!  Hopefully, I will have a little something something in the tank to run it for ME!!!! 

Well, it is now less than 11hours till race time! So I think I will try very hard to get some rest! WOOHOO!!!