The great outdoors...never really seemed all that great to me.  It's so hot out there and sweaty and I feel so uncomfortable doing outside things....like people were looking at me and making snide comments in their head or outloud.  And truthfully, I didn't have the energy to do anything but sit in a lawn chair (that I may or may not be able to get of) on the driveway or patio and watch the kids play, ride bikes, etc. Well my friends... I am on the sidelines no more. Today I got on my new bike and set off with my family like a line of little ducklings to the park to have a little picnic.  I took the picture above from a park bench that I stretched out on to look at the sky.  Wow.
I have missed so much being unhealthy, out of shape and scared.  The kids had such a great time watching mom venture out, wobbly and uncertain on the bike.  They were encouraging me and of course laughing at me a bit.  It was so great to have this time together to enjoy one of the most beautiful days God has given us outside in it.  Off the couch, out in the sun and the breeze.  Out smelling the flowers.
I'm not going to say it was easy and all idyllic.  There was lots of uphill and the whole stopping and starting is still difficult and awkward but I'm not scared to try anymore. I actually did better than Liberty.  With her little bike and legs she struggled up the hills. But how can she stop when her mother is doing it?

Brenda Howell
4/21/2013 12:39:52

Isn't it nice to be able to enjoy life.

4/22/2013 00:31:57

wow! you are making me feel like l should get out of my chair.


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