Good thing this is for a very understanding child

Green Sombrero

Far from perfect, but the journey was educational. This pattern kicked my ass.

What a wonderful weekend this has been; another gorgeous baby born to a  Ya Ya — Emerson Louise, 8 pounds, 21 inches! Rebecca is the gladiator of labor and her husband couldn’t be more perfect for her. They were at the brink of hysterical exhaustion yesterday before the birth and yet Matt was her rock. Along with her family, she was surrounded by love when the new sweet (and loud) baby arrived. Emme is just perfect.

In between hospital runs and kitchen adventures, I’m tying up loose ends this weekend. A sewing project here that needs one final step, a garden that needed weeding and new coffee grounds, a home that needed cleaning and stacks of ironing now completed. I think the gift of time is the most precious. Time to do whatever you want, however you want — does life get better?

I’m back to running with several Fall races in mind. I find that my day is much more structured when I get up to run first thing. I can plan and meditate on how the day will unfold. I am more disciplined in my thoughts and what I eat — both key to my overall mood and happiness. Running any sort of distance is a spiritual practice; I have to turn off the music and tune into my breath, reconnecting. There needs to be a word for the rush of emotion at the end of a great run — when you take a huge gulp of intensely satisfying water, feeling the rivulets of sweat falling from your limbs and brow and your heart beginning to calm. Everything is tingling in exhaustion and relief.

I feel invincible in this moment.

Now, to carry forward that strength and resolve into the day,


9 Replies to “Shady”

  1. I also run first thing in the morning and it always shapes my day for the better. What distances are you gonna run in the fall? 10k? 21k? (gasp) 42k? I ran my first competitive 10k Saturday and my amazing mother ran 5k. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you gave you’re all.

    And I love the hat! Great color 🙂

  2. Hmmm, I have that pattern but I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet. Yours is cute even if it did kick your butt- love the fabric choice.
    Your gladiator of labor comment makes me smile, glad I have been there, done that, and don’t ever need to do it again! ; )

  3. That is one cute hat. I was wishing I had a crushable one to put in my backpack when I go out walking. I think a little ass-kicking may be on order for me now!

  4. The hat is simply but very nice, I’d like to see a pic of you wearing it….I think the green color just suits you.

  5. Welcome to the world, little Emerson Louise! The fabric you used for the hat is so pretty, Kelli. Your plan for running first thing in the morning is a good one. I’m doing the same with my walking program. It’s such a motivating way to start a fresh new day.

  6. I want to run (jog). Would love for you to write more about your running. What is your advice on getting started?

    And, I’m w/ you on the precious gift of time. As I job search, I am sorting/purging/organizing/cleaning and it is such a leap of quality of life. Time is a great resource!

  7. That hat is adorable!!! You’re so talented! When’s your next giveaway (hint, hint, hint)! It does look very difficult though!!! 🙂

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