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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Year Adventures!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

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

Schemas?

I can't remember what its called when you learn how to take a lesson from one area of your life and apply it to another. I can hear my grad school professors groaning after pounding developmental theory into my head. However, I wanted to share with you a little something new and my most recent post relates to cycling, so it seems appropriate to share here.

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

THANK YOU!!!



Dear Friends and Family,

I have considered many times since the trip to try to put into words my appreciation for your support. This trip was incredible in many ways and so different from the other rides I have been on with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. This ride was all about family for me.
I got to share this adventure with my Aunt Sher and Uncle Tom (pictured right) as we traveled from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA spreading the word about The Fuller Center for Housing. The 1630 mile journey took us down the Pacific coast with many breath-taking views. One of my favorite sights had to be the Redwoods of Northern California. It is amazing to consider the works of God and how families working together can help other families, whether they are blood or bike related.
However, not being physically present on the trip does not exclude you from being a part of this family. I wouldn’t have been able to go without your prayers, encouragement and support.
Together, we raised $3,725 to help Pennsylvania families get into simple, decent homes!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Thank you for being my family and sharing in this adventure! I am humbled by this blessing of family in all its forms. I think we can safely declare together, look what God has done! Only time will tell how this blessing and the work that God is doing through this adventure will impact others. I am looking forward to seeing what that is and again so thankful for your support.

I hope your socks are getting blessed off in Christ,
Sarah




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A month later

True confession: Last Friday was the first time I rode my bike since the trip. It took nearly a month to get back on and cruise around.
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

Back in the 'Burgh

Home again. When I woke up the other morning I felt as thought I had just had a wonderful dream about going on a bike trip. It almost seemed unreal and from another time and place. I think that is part of what I love about the bike trips other than the scenery, helping others and many other things; its outside of normal time and space. Life is simplified and a wonderful break from the normal routine.

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!
So stay tuned and thank you so much for all your support! We are a team and together we raised $3700 to help Pennsylvania families! Thanks again!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Strawberries!

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

Fuller Center Blog

Crescent City, CA to Eureka, CA: Something for Everyone! | The Fuller Center for Housing

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

Redwoods!!!


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!!!

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

Day 2!

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

Pre-Adventure Adventure!

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

One Week!

What a spring it has been! Now I am just one week away from leaving for Seattle to begin this year's pre-ride adventure! I will be spending a few days in Washington state with my family before we begin the ride on Friday July 13th.
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

It's Update Time!

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

Pedaling for Pennsylvanians!

Greetings Friends and Family!!!

I hope this new year has been full of God's grace and all that comes with it, both adventure and challenge. I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your support and friendship through the adventures of last year. As this year begins, so do more adventures and I would like to ask you to join me in them.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to ride my bike cross country with the Fuller Center for Housing Bike Adventure. http://www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure I was so blessed by that adventure and to see how God used you to help many families along the way. It was a great trip and I am still amazed at simple it can be to help someone else with a little time, effort, and generosity. I am hoping that this year can be more of the same. For more information about the Fuller Center for Housing visit: http://www.fullercenter.org/

Therefore, I would like you to consider joining me in this year's adventure! I will be riding a total of 2000 miles with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure through both the Spring and West Coast rides. The Spring ride is March 10th-17th, 2012 from Nashville, TN to Jackson, MS. This is a 400 mile one week ride complete with a build day where we will stop and help a current Fuller Center project. http://www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure/springride
The West Coast ride is July 13th-August 12 from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA. This is a four week 1600 mile ride with two build days, one of which will be at the San Diego Fuller Center, where the ride began five years ago. http://www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure/westcoast I will be joined on the West Coast ride by my Aunt Sher!!! I am thrilled that we as a family can help other families!!! http://www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure/meettheriders#Sher

In its five year history the Fuller Center Bike Adventure (FCBA) has raise over $500,000 to eliminate poverty housing! This year we are hoping to raise another $200,000! However, it is my personal goal to raise $7,000. I will be riding on behalf of the Greenville (PA) Area Fuller Center. This will be the first Fuller Center be established in Pennsylvania!!! I am really excited to be helping families close to home. This Fuller Center is still in the development process and needs $2000 more in funding to become fully functional. I would like to raise that amount as well as an addition $5000 for them to have for building projects. Getting connected with the Greenville (PA) Area Fuller Center is a story in itself of seeing God at work. I am looking forward to seeing how God continues to work in Northwestern PA through the Fuller Center.

I would like to ask you to consider joining with me in this adventure, so that families in Pennsylvania can have a place to call home. Here's a few ways to join:

1. Please pray for the Greenville (PA) Area Fuller Center as it in the development process. That all the things between their current position and the beginning of building projects would be completed and established for the glory of God.

2. Please consider donating funds. Keep in mind that all of your donations go to the Greenville (PA) Area Fuller Center and are tax deductible. You are not paying for me to ride my bike, I will take care of that.

You can donate online through my fundraising page: http://www.fullercenter.org/civicrm/contribute/pcp/info?reset=1&id=99
OR
By mailing a check, with my name in the memo to:


The Fuller Center for Housing
Attn: Fuller Center Bike Adventure
701 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Americus, GA 31719

3. Please consider joining me. Whether that is on the ride like my Aunt, in training or through other fundraising events, details to follow soon. And feel free to follow the adventure of read tales of last year at my blog: http://sarahdcycles.blogspot.com/

Thank you all so much!!! I really appreciate your support because I can't do this without you. May this all be for God's glory.

I hope Jesus is  blessing your socks off!

Talk to you soon,

Sarah
sarahdcycles@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A New Year. A New Adventure.

Its official! I will (Lord willing) be riding with the Fuller Center for Housing again this year! I am will be riding both the Spring and West Coast rides totaling 2000 miles to eliminate poverty housing!!!

http://www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure

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.