Mother Nature cancels Ironman

In 12 hours the hubs was suppose to be racing a FULL IRONMAN, but around 4 pm today, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.

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After 4 months of hard work, training, etc. the poor guy doesn’t get to race the full event. There was frustration, there was heartbreak, and there was upset.

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Clouds starting to roll in.

BUT…

We know that the safety of the athletes comes first. We know that racing Sunday is still do-able for us (phew!). We know that the weather should be cleared and all the conditions safe.

AND….

We know that this could be a blessing in disguise. God has his ways, so we’re trusting that. Yes! Stay positive.

So if we can’t change the forecast, then we won’t change our prep time here either.

There will still be a good taper and rest time.

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There will still be a good Fueling.

Gluten Free Pasta with Lamb and peas please.

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There will still be good compression socks worn….

Yes, I am wearing them even though I am not racing.

Hey, when in Rome, right? Winking smile

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And last but not least….

There will still be a good Half Ironman RACE come Sunday……

rain or shine!

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Thank you to all who have followed us on this journey.

Here’s to blessings in disguise!

Cheers,

Cotter Crew

Sorry or Not?

oh boy. I’ve been struck. Struck by the taper mode. Yes, we are 10 days from Ironman and the hubs is in full-on taper mode, which means Sherpa is too.

So I’m sorry but I’m not sorry.

I’m sorry I’m lazy with my day and not responding/emailing back right away. But I’m not sorry I’m hanging out, enjoying my last few weeks.

I’m sorry I forgot take pictures of my eats for WIAW (I really am sorry Jen), but I’m not sorry that I got to go check out a local winery instead (more pictures to come)

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I’m sorry I won’t be posting a workout today either, but I’m not sorry that my body is getting rest, much needed rest.

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I’m sorry I won’t be around to post much while we are traveling next week, heck I don’t even know if we will have internet. But I am not sorry that I will give all my attention to the hubs. He needs me, and I like that. Winking smile

And last but not least, I’m sorry I’m not posting healthy gluten free recipes, but I’m not sorry I made these for the hubs and made his DAY!

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adapted from here.

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Kiwi Man's Yo-Yo's
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • 175 g butter (i used pure new zealand unsalted butter)
  • ¼ cup icing sugar (similar to powder sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour (plain or Gluten Free of course)
  • ¼ cup custard powder
  • optional: dash of whole milk or cream**
  • optional: dash od sea salt**
  • Butter Filling
  • 50 g butter , softened
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream**
  • ** are my additions
Instructions
  1. pre heat oven to 180 degrees C or 375F. First beat your butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy. Take a while. Then add in vanilla and optional milk.
  2. Second, slowly combine (or sift) flour and custard powder together, then fold into the creamed mixture while beating. Make sure it's nice and doughy.
  3. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with a floured fork and bake for 15-20 minutes. While cookies cool, make filling. Just beat all ingredients together until smooth. When the cookies are cooled, then sandwich together in pairs with butter custard filling.
  4. I let them sit in the fridge for 20 minutes so that the filling can set. THEN EAT!

 

I’m sorry I made myself sick licking the leftover batter from the bowl, but I’m not sorry cause it was worth it. Well kinda. haha. Winking smileo-matic6


What are you NOT SORRY for these days? Enlighten me.

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Cheers,

Lazy LC

Track & Field Day

G’day friends. Hope this post finds you enjoying a STRESS FREE SUNDAY and a bit disconnected as well. Winking smile

This weekend has been filled with “sherpa-ing,” so if you are tired of seeing random pictures of nature and videos of me talking to myself about ironman training, then please…. feel FREE to skip. I know I will have at least one reader….. HI MOM! Smile with tongue out

Anyway….it’s 2 weeks till Ironman. The hubs is as fit as he can get at this point. Now its all about keeping that “top end” sharp. Eat, Sleep, train, Sleep, Eat, sleep, etc. Like a little baby. hehe.

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But in all seriousness, it’s time toABSORB all that training.
Here’s a fun little video of my sherpa skills this weekend, with a little exploring on the side.

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After I finished my sharpening my sherpa skills at the track session, I found TIME for TIME and did some exploring myself.

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So there you have it folks. A productive, yet relaxing weekend. Yes?

All I left to do this weekend…. …make those darn yo-yo’s.

I feel like this task is easier thank it sounds yet I am still quite intimated.

Wish me luck!


Cheers to all those moments of disconnecting this weekend, cause I KNOW you are having them.

 

Right Heather and Jess?! Smile

 

Cheers,

LC

Sherpa Skills

Just call me Sherpa Wife. Yep, that’s been me the past week and I have no complaints. I like being a Sherpa.

What exactly is a Sherpa? Glad you asked… I mean I asked.

Sherpa- member of a people who live in the Himalayas and who are often hired to help guide mountain climbers and carry their equipment.

I like to think I was born for that role. In fact, before the hubs I were married, I promised to be his Sherpa while we pursued his triathlon career. It’s a role that most fitness enthusiast avoid, well most of the time. Why? Because it means your training is less important than the person you are “sherpaing” for.

But you see, I am quite lucky. The hubs is my Sherpa in MANY OTHER WAYS! I may be his go-to Sherpa during this crucial time of training, but he’s my Sherpa in life. Always there to guide me through rough terrain, tough climbs, obstacles, etc. And I’d say he does a pretty damn good job! Winking smile

So my Sherpa skills may be more physical, but his are much more emotional. It balances us out, making us a good TEAM. Or so I like to think. Smile

My Sherpa week consisted of:

  • making sure the fridge was stocked for quick recovery meals.
    • think eggs, boiled potatoes, homemade GF muffins (recipe coming), GF oats, chocolate milk, ham/lamb roast, mince meat pies, etc..

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  • carrying a back pack full of snacks, hydration, & emergency TP on the port hills hike so the hubs could get in a few long runs.

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  • Hubs teaching me how to drive a stick shift on the left side of road while driving on the right side of the car (weird!!). This is in case I need to come rescue him on the bike.
  • Hand-washing all the workout gear so that its ready for next days’ training. Okay so I didn’t do this, but I did watch my mother in law do it. She’s a master, I dare not touch the masters skills. ha-ha.
  • And lastly, my Sherpa week meant I was there, just being a friend, asking how the workout/run/bike/swim went. Ya know? Who doesn’t love that?!

You might be thinking, that’s a blah job. But really, it’s not. It’s an important part of the “team”. In fact, it’s almost as crucial as the real training/racing itself, at least I like to think that. And, i seem to keep myself quite entertained while doing so. hehe.


Do you have a Sherpa or are you the Sherpa yourself?

I hope you get to play both roles!

Cheers,

LC

p.s.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a fly on the wall this week. Regular blogging “might” commence back up come Monday/Tuesday. Smile

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The hubs is doing another Wild Kiwi giveaway on his blog. Go check it out!

Duty Calls: WIAW

Ahh friends, hello. It’s been a blur the past few days. Getting back into Christchurch, unpacking, catching up on work, laundry, etc. You know the routine. But this time around, our routine is settling in a bit different.

You see, it’s go time here. Two months till Ironman New Zealand and the hubs in in full on training now that the knee is a go.

So……what does that mean for me really?

Means DUTY CALLS and I would like to focus on taking care of him. Yes, I have been slacking and as a wife and nutrition manager, that’s just not cool. His job will be putting in 30-40 plus hour a week of training, and when he’s not training he’s catching up on emails, schedules, sleeping, and eating. Yep, that’s the life. My job is to keep him well fed and stress free. Well, I’m gonna try my hardest. We’ve stocked up on eggs, potatoes, GF oats, rice pudding, roast chicken/turkey, canned salmon, marmite, bananas, carrots, GF bread, and nut butter. Yep, all for training. Easy snacks/recovery meals ready to go. Now I just need to make sure he gets those extra nutrients in with his 3 main meals.

That being said, I am taking a wee bit of time off from blogging. Probably just through the weekend, but who knows. I need to catch up on work myself, get my CRAP together, and prep food. I know, you’re probably thinking that’s not a lot to do, but it is to me. I would love to blog everyday but it’s just not in the cards right. Give me 5-7 days and I should be a new woman/wife! haha. Winking smile

So let’s end the week on some random food pictures from the North Island trip…..like New Zealand candy bars and energy bars. I also cooked lots of Lamb, mussels, and GF pasta while house sitting, plus our Argentinian friend made some authentic GF corn cakes.

We were well fed and well fueled up in North Island, that’s for sure!

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Thanks Jen for sharing the love of good food!

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Told ya it was random, but delicious nonetheless!


 

Reading blogs? Yes, I plan on it. That’s something I love doing. In fact, I think I am a better reader than blogger….. guilty. Winking smile

 

Cheers for a WEE bit,

LC

p.s.

If you are lookin’ for a KILLER leg workout this week, check out Lindsay’s Tuesday Trainer. It’s a good GOOD one. And when I say GOOD, I mean HARD!

Kiwi Christmas Traditions

Kia Ora friends and Merry Kiwi Christmas from the Cotters! We are a day ahead so we actually just wrapped up our Christmas weekend.

We’ve been staying with James’ Aunt and Uncle and cousins up in Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) and boy has it been good fun! Now, usually we are with my family for Christmas, lots of kiddos, a turkey, pie, etc. Yes, the good ‘ole American Christmas. Obviously we are not in TX this year and traditions have been swapped a bit for Kiwi Christmas traditions in New Zealand.

Summer weather meant picking fresh fruit from the orchards outside, pouring a glass of wine that just happened to be local of course, strolling on the beach and soaking up some sun, firing up the grill for a Kiwi Christmas  “Barbie,” taking advantage of seeing kiwi cousins and laughing lots, playing tennis in the backyard all afternoon, and let’s not forget…the Christmas Pavlova (how I love that it is Gluten free too!).

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It’s definitely been a “new” experience for this Texas Family Gal but it makes me happy to see the hubs home here with family. We never get to see them so we are taking full advantage while we can.

Tomorrow (our boxing day) we will head out to Auckland for another couple weeks of training. More travel time in the car but it’s definitely worth it for this journey!

Kiwi Christmas Pavlova

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Kiwi Christmas Pavlova (source)

Servings: 1 pavlova

4.0 from 1 reviews
Kiwi Christmas Pavlova
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff (forms peaks). Add sugar - heaped tablespoon at a time - beating well after each addition. Then beat for at least 10 minutes. This is very important. Then sprinkle vinegar, corn flour and vanilla essence into mixture. Beat until blended.
  3. Coat baking paper with water drops to allow baking paper to stick to sides of tin and pile pavlova mixture in 20cm circle.
  4. Heat oven until 300°F (or 150°C). Put pav in oven and immediately turn oven down to 250°F (or 125°C) and leave for 1 hour. Then turn oven off and leave in oven until cold. (Usually overnight). This makes a nice crust on outside of pav.
  5. Before serving, cover pav in whipped cream and decorate with your favorite fruit.

 


What are your NEW or OLD Holiday Traditions this year?

I always love to hear!

Cheers,

LC

The Splurge…

I try not to think too hard on the weekends. Let’s face it, I need all my brain cells to get me through the week. So when the hubs asked me if I wanted to stay in and pick up a NICE bottle of wine,  I didn’t even think twice. Scratch that, I didn’t even think. Winking smile

We ventured out to Central Market and asked their Wine Connoisseur for their best red. It took about three different people and 3 different choices to finally narrow it down. Quite the process. After the we picked “the chosen one,” we shopped for our dinner. Cause, you know, wine first then pair the food. That was my thinking or not thinking? Either way we know we wanted spicy and comfort. Thai Coconut Beef Stew. I’d say this paired perfectly, or maybe that was the wine talking? Hmm, either way, it went down smooth and warmed our souls.

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You must be dying to know our “HOW TO” Steps of enjoying a good wine (enter sarcasm), but instead of chit chatting through the rest of this post, I’m going to attempt to be clever and put it recipe form.

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Fine Wine Delight
 
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Recipe type: Any and All
Serves: However many you'd like
Ingredients
  • A good bottle of wine
  • a big wine glass
  • Good company
  • 1 decanter
  • a cheese/fruit platter
Instructions
  1. Open your wonderful bottle of wine. Our half or all into a decanter. Let it breathe for at least 30-45 minutes. While it is breathing, sit back with feet up and enjoy some good conversation. When 45 minutes is up, grab your favorite people. Pour wine into each glass, sniff and swirl the wine just for the heck of it. Cheers with your wine glass in the air and sip slowly. Let's not forget to eat some cheese, olives, grapes, etc.

I like my weekends to be like a fine wine….good to the last drop.

What was the last thing your splurged on? Was it worth it?

Cheers,

LC

Stress Free and Strength Giveaway

Happy “MON” day all! I totally forgot about my little anecdote there until Ms. Missy reminded me on FB. Thanks Missy, I needed that kick in the butt reminder.

Speaking of kicks in the butt, I am kicking myself for not updating earlier. At least I have a giveaway to make up for it. You’ll see, hang with me here.

So the past several weeks, the Cotter’s have been focusing on two things: Health and Healing. You’d think we’d fully embrace this mode but to be honest, it’s been harder than I thought. Rest more, stress less, communicate to each other, etc. A LOT of time has been invested in our “health” that ultimately is suppose to “heal.” Right? Well, yes, but SOMETIMES that healing only comes when we give up control and learn to let others help us where we cannot help ourselves. The hubs is great at this. He knows what what things he cannot fix or heal himself, then seeks the attention needed.

And that he did! The hubs has been working with a sports specific trainer for the past month, 3x a week. Here’s a peak at what he’s been doing to strengthen that knee! You  might want to try these yourself.

As for me, I am learning to do the same, seek help in my own healing (physically and emotionally). Let me just tell you, it’s been a humbling experience. I’d like to write more on my current “health and healing,” but I know there will be a time and place for that. Winking smile

OK, let’s get back to the point here. Health and healing. Stress free and strength! They go hand in hand. A few weeks ago Natural Vitality sent me a few sample products. The one that sparked my interest the most was the CALM. I knew that this product would be a great addition to our diet and since we were in the middle of our “move,” it could not have come at a more perfect time. We used the CALM at night and during the afternoon when we felt a little more run down (more mentally than anything).

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I really enjoyed the Raspberry Lemonade CALM. I felt as if my body was getting those additional nutrients needed when in a stressed environment. Now, this did not cure my stress but it did help my body feel less stressed and relieve it some what. Does that make sense? Hope so.

I want you to be able to try this for yourself. You may feel run down or stressed due to work, training, life in general and what better way to CALM the body than to strengthen it with extra nutrients. Let’s give some away.

HOW TO ENTER the CALM GIVEAWAY :

  • Mandatory:
    • Head to the Natural Vitality Sports website www.naturalvitalitysports.com and take a look around. Leave a comment telling me what you liked about the site or about the any other supplement that you would like to try.
  • Earn additional entries :(please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):
    • Tell me what other ways strengthening yourself. Mentally, physically, or emotionally!
    • Blog about this giveaway, with a link back to here. When you leave your comment make sure to include the URL to your post. Please write original content and not just copy this blog to yours. You could write about why you’d like to win this giveaway
    • Follow Natural Vitality Sports on Twitter @nvsports for an additional entry.
    • Like Natural Vitality Sports on Facebook at http://facebook.com/naturalvitalitysports s for an additional entry.
    • Tweet about this review and giveaway. Please tweet the following: “I want to win @LCCotter’s giveaway bottle of Natural Calm from @nvsports.” Link url here if you’d like.

Important Notes:
Lucky winner will be selected next Monday (24th) through True Random Number Generator. Complimentary products were sent to me for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.


I hope you enjoy this giveaway.

 I wish I could send everyone a packet, but for now virtual hugs will have to do for this “MON” day (enter corniness!)

p.s. These words will make your day!

“When the world tries to change you with it’s cutting ways, instead embrace the story, receive grace, turn around, & change the world.”

Cheers,

LC

Trial and Error Part III: Pro Perspective

A few weeks ago I posted my perspective (as a wife) on this past year’s racing season. It was full of trial and error but like I said, there was a purpose for it and our plan is to grow from it. We take risks knowing that things might not go as planned, but there will always be hope.

Today I wanted to share with you a whole new perspective. A bold one you might say. It’s bold because it takes COURAGE to recognize your weaknesses and it takes even more COURAGE to share them. That’s exactly what the hubs did in his last post. In fact, it took him almost 2 weeks to write it. So much stored up. I remember him asking me to edit it and as I sat there reading it, I was in awe. In awe of his wisdom, strength, and COURAGE!

So without further adieu, I give you the PRO PERSPECTIVE (a.k.a the hubs)

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After some reflecting after 70.3 Worlds the one word I could up with to describe the 2011 season with is….ROUGH!
My goals for 2011 were the following:

  • Win two 70.3 events
  • Not fall outside of top 10 in any race
  • Top 10 at 70.3 Worlds

I went into this year with fantastic support from my support team of K-Swiss and First Endurance. I was also over the moon to have Quintana Roo bikes/wetsuits and Profile Design jump aboard to help with achieving all my goals for the year. I was ready and excited.
Ahhh, where to even begin! I’m not a huge fan of writing because I can never get anything down, my mind wonders at warp speed all the time. I’m distracted very easily (reason for horrible season). Just thinking of this past year really gets some raw emotions going and I’m not one who deals very well with emotions because being emotional is for girls right? Anyways, I hope get what I’m saying and realize how powerful confidence is.

From race number 1 (Galveston) of the year, I went in not really sure where I was with my fitness. The injury had gone but there are certain sets, intervals, that had not been met. The bike and run were the big question marks and I soon found out very quickly I was horrible! In fact, there was only one race this year when I really felt ok on the bike, but it still wasn’t very flash either. It was from the beatings that I received on the bike that began the sequence I like to call: stall, spin, crash, burn, die cycle. (I hold a private pilot license)
They say that training is 90% physical/10 % mental while racing is 90% mental/ 10% physical. I would agree 100% with this after my year. In 2010 I went into every race after my 2nd place finish at Eagleman thinking I was a contender. Others might not have agreed or have even seen me as thread, but dammit, I thought I was the man and was border line cocky! Confidence/cockiness is a beautiful thing. More powerful than any drug, supplement, or training session out there. If you believe it, there is no telling how far you can push outside of the limits you previously thought you were confined to.
True story here. Lake Stevens 70.3 2010. First race back since I won Steelhead and this race was stacked. Lieto, Gambles, Ambrose, Bell, Crawford, McKenzie, etc….I came off the bike in 7th after a slow transition and lost some ground to eventual winner Joe Gambles. After 3-4 miles I found myself battling for 3rd place with Ambrose and we closed in on second place. To honest, I though I was going to catch Gambles and win. Whether I would have or not have caught Joe, I was so focused on doing it and very little distracted me . Ambrose I were on a mission to win. Not content with 3rd or 4th but wanted to catch the racers in front of us until some nasty cramps set me back. Still manage a fourth place pushing through some horrible pain because I wanted it.
Point is, if you go into a race thinking and knowing you can do well, you probably will if you have done the work, but the confidence is absolutely essential. Of course winning is a difficult thing, because ultimately only one, just one person can win. We all are type A in preparation, but it is the guys who go in with no doubt, no doubt at all in their minds who are going to come out successful.
Terenzo Bozzone is an athlete who I admire greatly. Terenzo is an athlete who I have been able to train with and he is got confidence radiating from him! You leave this guy thinking WOW! He know what he is capable of. Does he doubt himself…..no. Does his confidence reflect in his racing and results? Take a look at race results and you tell me.
Back to the rest of the season. I was just devastated with my results and how lousy the body was feeling going into every race. As each race went by my confidence was being ruined…..decimated! People would ask how you how you are feeling, and all I had was, “I will see once I get out there” REALLY????? Common James. I just wish I could go back into time and kick my own ass. It was the doubt that ruined me. I didn’t believe in myself, my training, and my training program. Believe me, this is not a good spot. I essentially went into a cave and lost shut myself off from everyone including my wife. I was a grumpy stubborn arsehole that would be defeated when athletes who I know I can ride with would fly by me! Not fun to admit it, because it made things very difficult for the people who care and want to see you succeed. Sorry Lindsay and others.
Ok, I’m done. Moral is…..confidence and belief is crucial in the sport. If you don’t have it, don’t expect to do anything too fantastic or hit goals that you’re wanting to hit. 2012 is a new year, a new attitude, and a new belief system. I really do think I have the tools for this sport and I look forward to exposing them to a much higher level in 2012.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude; nothing can help the man with wrong one.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Cheers,

JC


How do you define courage?

Double Cheers,

LC

Trial and Error Part II: Season Recap

With each season (triathlon season), there is a feeling of newness, of hope! This past year was not different. Little did I know that THAT hope would be tested…..

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2010 was a break through year for the hubs. He placed top 5 in almost every race and won his first 70.3 at Steelhead (see THIS article). We were ecstatic! Finally, a break through season. Things were looking up for the Cotters, we were progressing.

Well that progress came to a HUGE HALT when the hubs injured his knee and was forced to sit out of World Champs last year. We went and cheered on fellow athletes instead.

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We spent some time resting and reflecting on the year.

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Months went by, and the knee was still lingering. Several procedures/tests were done and not one could pin point the problem. So all we could was hope and pray. About a month before the 2011 season started, the knee seemed be doing ok. We took this as a sign to jump right in a go for it. Seemed like the only reasonable thing TO DO at the time. He had to race, he just had to.

So 20 days of training and bam! The 2011 season was here with the first race being Galveston. I think he placed top 10 in that race but still felt unfit. The next several races were in his words “flat.” Again, no top end speed quite yet. But the knee was good, we were happy with that.

We kept thinking that the speed would come, everything would line up. Just focus on the training. Then came more stresses in life, 100F heat, and ooh yes, the knee pain again.

WHAT? How could this be? We thought we were done with that? Well, let’s just rest it a week a then get back into training. That should work, right?

Wrong! The hubs ended up dropping out of the World Champs last weekend. He got to the run and again “felt flat,” by mile two the knee pain was back, and by mile three he was out.

I received this text message next, “crappy race, knee is in pain, I’m done for the season!”

As a wife (and number 1 fan), my heart aches for him. I wanted this year to be even better than last year. He deserves it, he works so hard, he’s got so much talent. So why, why the trials, why the frustration?

All I can say is that we live and we learn. My goodness did GOD teach us a lesson this year (and still is teaching us for that matter). We both learned that true healing cannot happen overnight. It takes time. It takes sacrifice. Sacrificing a want over a need. Letting your body heal and then rebuilding it again from scratch, making it stronger.

We learned that healing comes from nurturing. Nurturing each other with love, kindness, gentleness, and patience. As for me, I learned that I need to let God do some healing in me in order to nurture this marriage! I need to let God not only heal me  but restore me, both physically and spiritually.

That’s one major reason why we decided to “temporarily” move to New Zealand. It will give us time to heal, to rest, to rebuild, and to nurture. These past trials may have had lots of errors, but they did not take away our hope!

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Here I stand, by my man, never letting Go, it’s in God’s hands………

Cheers,

LC (aka, the wife)

p.s.

I almost forgot! the winner of the Ice Tee giveaway is STEPH from Run for Fun!! Yea steph! Email me your address friend.