Wednesday, December 26, 2012
I hope that your socks are getting blessed off in Christ. I could say so much more but for now I will refrain.
It is my hope in the new year to be able to join the Fuller Center Bike Adventure once more! Please join me in praying that plans and such would work out so I would be able to be a part of the Spring Ride, March 15th-23rd. FCBA Spring Ride!
It would be another adventure in serving God and others. I will give an update sometime in January once more details for the new year are set. Thank you all for your prayers and support and I will talk to you soon!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I started another blog about what I am learning about becoming a writer. I don't know what I am doing really and I have lots to learn. But I am sharing some of the process here: The Developing Character
I think I remember now, its Piaget and schemas...maybe?
Anyway, this is what keeps me busy when I am not on my bike. Which I will soon be riding again; hopefully on another adventure with the Fuller Center!
Until then I hope your socks are getting blessed off in Christ!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
True confession: I only rode 12 miles...
There is a quality to the FCBA trips that I miss when I am at home. I think it is the freedom and the adventure, and the community is pretty great too. I think that there is a freedom to a ride like this because it exist in almost its own time and space. When I am on the trip I am responsible for very little other than riding my bike from point A to point B. This translates a little to what I am calling freedom but that might not be the best word, perhaps vacation is a better one. Now that I am home and back into the swing of things I am realizing how rare it is to truly get away and just ride. I think I get a little spoiled getting to ride all day.
The adventure I miss as well. When I ride at home I don't often get to see new things or go to places I have never been with every ride. When I am at home I have time restrictions and not as many friends to adventure with.
This might sound like I am complaining but that is not my intent. Instead, I share the things I miss as a reminder to myself how special a trip like this is. I have really wrestled about what cycling means to me and how I can serve others as of late. I am continually thankful for FCBA rides which provide the opportunity to do both. But that question remains of how to glean some of the adventure out of the trip and bring it to everyday life. It is a one of a kind experience but that's not were we live in reality.
The families we ride to help know all about that and are rarely spoiled with such adventures. Therefore, I don't want to take for granted the experience or squander the opportunity to continue to help even in the everyday.
Thank you to those who have been a part of these adventure and those who have been a part of my everyday life. Praise God that He uses all of you to bless my socks of in Christ! I pray He does the same for you whether you get six hours a day on a bike or not! :)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This was especially true since I lost my phone and was "disconnected" from our now traditional forms of communication. Because of that I also neglected sharing the tales of the road which I hope to do over the next few weeks. I know that sharing this way might limit the immediate feeling of participating in the adventure. But I hope the stories will be sweeter because I will have actually had time to process what I share.
|On the beach in San Diego, we made it!|
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Today we rode through the strawberry fields and saw them picked. I love seeing how things are made! (grown) The picture included is from a strawberry package in Pittsburgh and today's strawberries were the same brand. It was really cool to see thing first hand. And for the record strawberry fields smell a thousand times better than those with livestock. :)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Above is the link to the blog I wrote for the Fuller Center site last week. A post from this week is in the works and will be here soon :)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
We have had the pleasure of riding through the Redwood Forests of Northern California that last two days and I have been in awe of these huge, ancient trees. If you haven’t had the chance to see a Redwood, I would recommend it.
The sight of these trees that are hundreds of years has got me pondering why God would create them. Why would God make a tree that would live for so many years? They are the oldest living thing I can think of and seeing and touching their rough bark makes me feel a little like a time traveler. I am romanticizing a bit but the question still remains. Why would you make these trees God? Or any of the other beautiful sights we have seen on this journey?
The answer that has resonated with me is because He could. Because these trees reveal His glory and His pleasure in revealing it to us.
Perhaps Psalm 19:1-4 explains what I am thinking best, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
I know that these verses don’t necessarily speak about trees but they are certainly declaring God’s glory to me so it seems fitting.
Well, that’s all for now from Redway, CA. I hope your socks are getting blessed off in Christ! Please keep praying for us and sometime soon I will share some amazing facts I have learned from my Uncle Tom. Thanks Everyone for your support!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Week One of riding is complete! We rode seven days straight and roughly 500 miles this week most of which kept us along the beautiful Oregon coast! The view was spectacular and so were a few of the climbs! I would have written sooner but I was pretty tired. I also would think of “brilliant” things to write while riding but forget them all by the time the day was over. So I will attempt to give you a summation of a few of those thoughts in no particular order.
It’s humbling to ride near the ocean. It puts great perspective on my actual size. I usually consider myself pretty important and “big” but next to the ocean I am reminded how small I am. God has created so many amazing things and He really doesn’t have to bother with me, a breath in the grand scheme of things, but God does and He proves it in Christ.
I am riding with a wonderful group of people. We are bonding more each day and a trip like this creates such a unique community. Please pray for us and our safety as we travel, especially that we don’t crash our bikes from gazing at the sights.
Apparently, that is all the thoughts I have had. (haha) We have had a great time when we aren’t on the bikes testing swing sets, walking around towns and eating ice cream. Tonight we walked down to the beach to see the sunset. Our view was obscured by a giant rock formation but it was a refreshing walk none the less.
Tomorrow is our first day off and it is much needed before we begin our time in California. I am looking forward to that! I have been enjoying my first journey to Oregon and would recommend it to anyone!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Today we finished our second day of riding bring us to Chehalis, WA! We left Seattle yesterday but not before going on a Ferry Ride!!! It is rumored that tomorrow we will arrive at the waters of the Pacific. I am thrilled that we will have an ocean view for much of our ride! That is much more water than I see in Pittsburgh, despite the Three Rivers. I am looking forward also to knowing that as long as there water is to my right I am traveling in the right direction.
Having my family here has been so enjoyable. We are beginning to get to know each other in ways that just aren’t possible when you spend a week together every other year. My Aunt and Uncle and I get to share life in whole new ways with the rest of the FCBA family.
I have met so many wonderful people and some real characters who I already knew from previous rides. I am continually amazed at how the group comes together and shares its time on this adventure, which I anticipate to develop more as we continue to travel.
I am praying that on this adventure God would reveal Himself to me so that I may become even more confident of who I am in Christ and grow up in Him. I don’t know how that will translate to informing my steps during and after this trip but knowing whose I am will only help me rest in becoming who I am.
Please pray for us and I hope your summer is just as much an adventure in growing up in Christ as I am sure this will be for me. Please let me know how I can be praying for you. I have plenty of time to pray while riding, for example today’s ride was 60 miles and it took about 4 hours. This isn’t a race but a chance to have an amazing time serving others so it would be an honor to be able to serve you, my supporters in this way.
Thank you!!! And talk to you soon!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tomorrow the ride begins!!! So today my Aunt Sher and I went on our first ride together in final preparations before joining up with the FCBA team tomorrow. We are both excited and looking forward to all that is in store for us!
Look out West Coast here we come!
(Seriously, please watch out for us on the roads and pass with plenty of room :)
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This year is going to be different for me because my Aunt and Uncle will be on the ride. My Aunt Sher is riding and my Uncle Tom will be driving the FCBA support van. I am really excited to share this adventure with them! This will be the first time I have been able to spend this much time with them and I am looking forward to getting to know them better.
I have so enjoyed making friends and getting to know my FCBA family that it will be really special to also get to know my family members as well!
If you can't tell I am pretty excited to get this adventure underway!!!
I will be blogging from the road again this year and sharing stories from the ride. Please join me in this adventure! Please pray for us and let me know how I can be praying for you. (I will have lots of time each day while riding) Thank you all so much for your support! Here we go!!!
Monday, February 27, 2012
This adventure is starting to take some shape, although not as I had originally expected. Due to some family circumstances and scheduling issues. I have decided it is best for me not to participate in the Spring Ride. It was a tough decision to make but I believe it was the correct one.
I will be continuing as planned to Ride the West Coast this summer and enjoy God's plan through this adventure along the way!
My fundraising goal of $7000 for the Greenville PA Fuller Center for Housing has not changed.
To help meet this goal, I will be having a garage sale this spring. As you are doing your spring cleaning please contact me if there is anything you might like to donate towards this event. I would really appreciate it!
THANK YOU for all your support!
This adventure is just getting started. Many a sock may be lost...(due to the blessings of Christ!)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
And this year my goal is to raise $7000 for the first Pennsylvania Fuller Center in Greenville, PA!!! I am so excited to be able to help families so close to home! That's a story in itself about watching God work. (more on that later)
Also, its going to be really fun to have my Aunt Sher riding with me, as well. So, I thinks its safe to say I am excited and curious to see what God has planned.
I really hope that you will all come along on this adventure with me again this year. Last year I was so blessed by all the support and encouragement. Yinz are great! and to God be the glory!
Please stay tuned for more details for follow about how you can partner with me in this adventure. (once I win the battle again the computer...haha)
Thanks Everyone! I hope Jesus is blessing your socks off too.