Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Addition to the Lindsley Family

Arbor Hills 003-croppedI’ve been enjoying time off from work and spending time with my family.  Working with multiple projects, it’s sometimes hard to take a break from work.  However, during the Christmas season, it gets pretty quiet with my church customers.

We had Ursula’s sister, Cheryl and her boys stay with us during Christmas.  It was great to have her visit.  Ursula’s parents also came out for Christmas.  Like usual, John loaded up a suit case full of his awesome smoked meats and divided them up between the sisters.  Besides a great leader, he sure can smoke some awesome BBQ.

Cheryl brought 4 dogs and went home with 3 dogs.  She left Peanut, a little black poodle.  He’s a pretty good little guy and has really grown into the fold of our family.  He’s a lap dog and loves to be around everyone.  Jacob, our cat and Peanut have gotten along OK for now.  They keep their distance and have had a couple of funny interactions.  One funny interaction is when Peanut jumped on our bed, but didn’t realize that Jacob was on the bed.  Mid-air Peanut did an about face and retreated to the floor.  Priceless!

Peanut doesn’t yap and bark at every single noise which is a bonus. Cairo has claimed him as a sleep buddy.  The picture above is from a family walk that we took in Arbor Hills in Plano.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christianity in Action – The Abebefe Family

The Abebefe family has always been one of my favorite families that I’ve gotten to know over the last 10 years as I’ve grown as a Christian at Grace Outreach Center.  I don’t know any other family that loves God more them!  David is such an awesome man of God.  Karen is the epitome of love.  They both have the largest hearts for others.  They could be consumed by the satisfaction given to them by giving to others, but yet are humbled by wanting to give even more.

David and Karen were led to form Zoya Ministries.  This ministry allowed them to reach out to others in need through missions trips and other ways of care.  In their missions trips they came along orphaned children that were neglected.  God opened up possibilities to accept these children into their family. 

You will be blessed by this story that was aired on Channel 11 news.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Great Way to Spend 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

IMG00027I had a great time running the Half Marathon yesterday in the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  Thanks to all who were encouraging me and cheering me on near and far.  I thank God for the ability and courage to run.  My official time according to the website was 2:10:20.

startinglineThe course was challenging and toward the end very windy!  In the beginning I met up with my friends from the Dallas Running Club (DRC), Lucy, Polly, Paige, Christine, and Richard.  It was great to start out with them.  We started pretty close to the beginning of the pack.  I’m sure we weren’t suppose to be there.  However, we did get to be on TV because of it.  To the left is a picture of me on Channel 8’s race coverage.  You can check this out on www.ESPN360.com as they have it there as well. 

We started out at a slower pace and then were able to move quicker when the crowds thinned out.  After a couple of miles, I had to take a potty break.  I hate when that happens!

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Then after the 5th mile my heart started acting up.  My heart rate popped up to 250 beats per minute.  I really hate when that happens!  To try to fix this problem, I have to squat and simulate a bowel movement.  Don’t ask me… I just do what the Cardiologists tell me.  There must be a reset switch down there.  The great thing is that it only took a few minutes and my heart rate went back to normal.  I did have a spectator come and ask me if I was alright.  It sounds funny now, but I told him “Don’t worry, it’s just my heart.”  He was going to walk me to an Aid Station a couple of blocks up, but my heart went back to normal and I was back to running.  I couldn’t wait to get back to running!

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I lost about 4 minutes with that heart incident.  However, I’ve already planned on taking care of that… on Monday, January 5th, I have a surgery scheduled.  It’s called Catheter Ablation.  According to Wikipedia - Catheter ablation is an invasive procedure used to remove a faulty electrical pathway from the hearts of those who are prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  I should be back to work within a couple of days and physical activity in about a week.

It was great running with all of the bands, water stops, and spectators rooting you on.  It really makes the miles go by.

The last few miles were pretty darn windy.  It was my first time running on Katy Trail.  The race promoters said that it was mostly down hill, but it felt uphill.  Must have been the crazy wind.  During the last half mile I caught up to one of my friends from the DRC, Paige.  She was one of our pace leaders for our fall training team.  It was a such a great experience to finish the race with someone you know.  We cranked out that last few hundred yards together.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Day After the Marathon

I haven’t run a full marathon yet, but have felt like these people in this video.  I thought I was the only that felt like this after long runs!

3 more days until I run a Half Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  I cannot wait!  I think the weather will be in my favor.  The forecast for Sunday is a low of 52 and a high of 72.  My kind of running weather!  I’m a fair weather kind of runner.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

1 Week Until the Dallas White Rock Marathon

12-6-2008 8-52-27 PM1 more week until the White Rock Marathon on Sunday, December 14th.  I’ll be running the Half Marathon (13.1 miles).  You can follow me as I run by signing up for text messaging alerts.  If you do this, please turn your cell phone on vibrate as I’m sure you’ll be in church at the time of the race.

This morning I got in my last training run with my running group around White Rock Lake.  A great way to spend 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Afterwards we enjoyed breakfast at Chubby’s.  Great place for runners to eat, huh?  There were about 30 of us there.  Good times!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Am Second

12-4-2008 8-53-11 AMHanging out on Twitter, I came across a website called I Am Second.  This website is the best Christ centered website that I’ve seen in a long time.  Check it out!