We’ve Moved!

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Folks!

It is time… WordPress has been GREAT for us, but The Sassy Salmon is moving!

No worries, we aren’t going far… and we’re not peacing out forever, just changing our address!

So go on over to

www.TheSassySalmon.com

and check out our new home!

Much Love!

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26.2 (barely)

Whew… Well I’m back in Raleigh after a crazy fun weekend in Ohio.Β  We saw lots of friends that I miss DEARLY and I absolutely loved getting to introduce the husband to “my Cedarville-world.” My years at Cedarville were so formative and I had such a wonderful “Cedarville experience,” so it was really important for him to meet the folks who had such an impact on my life! Loved every second of it. Definitely TOO short of a trip.

Race day was crazy. The weather at first was a little yucky, but it turned out to be decent running weather after about mile 8. Cool – not too hot or cold – and a little drizzle. Praise God for no thunderstorms!!!

Trashbags to keep us from getting soaked before the race…

Alicia and her husband Pat. Pat did the half and Alicia conquered her first full! WAY TO GO ALICIA!!!!!

This race was significantly more difficult for me in comparison to my first marathon in Raleigh. And if you think I’m just being modest, you can tell from my time alone. In raleigh, I finished in approx. 4 hrs. and 40 min. This time, I added an entire hour. Last time when I finished I was sore. This time, I’m in pain. Last time, I didn’t walk except through water stations. This time, I walked at least 2 full miles after mile 21 and then when I did start running again, I was being passed by fast walkers. πŸ™‚ I even passed by a race medic and they asked if I wanted my leg wrapped (evidently I looked ridiculous while running/limping/gimping).

That’s right. I was in the back of the pack, finishing with the elderly, injured, and the walkers.

But I finished.

This fella was such a good man… texting me… making sure I was ok… having friends shoot me texts. It was really encouraging to have family and friends communicating encouragement/prayers/support during those difficult miles. Especially when I was so disappointed with my time and race performance.

I’m thrilled that I finished, but what I’m MOST excited about is the $2500 that will go directly to water projects in Uganda through Samaritan’s Purse. I loved being a part of Team Samaritan’s Purse and am so excited about the work that they do! So THANK YOU to many of you who helped bring water to the Kihuura community. Your generosity far outweighs the joys of finishing a marathon. You made it worth every mile.

Tonight… the sweet Mister got me a deep tissue massage for some post-race body therapy and I can’t wait!!!!!!!!! Seriously… I think I NEED it. And I’m fairly certain that if you saw me walking today you would agree. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

Q: Why? A: Love

The Mister and I started reading 1 John on Tuesday night and last night I read chapters 3 & 4. Wow, they really resonated with my soul. When I start to loose perspective, it’s amazing how the Holy Spirit can smack me bring me back to reality. These chapters reminded me once again why I do what I’m doing. I could speak more on the subject, but I’ll let the Scripture speak for itself.

1 John 3

(1) See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are… (16) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (17) But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? (18) Little children, let us not love in word or in talk, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 4

(7) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (8) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (10) In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (12) No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us… (18) There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because he first loved us. (20) If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (21) And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Why do I run? It’s a simple answer: Love.

I pray that through Team Samaritan’s Purse and the Samaritan’s Purse field workers on the ground, the people of Kihuura, Uganda come to know the LOVE of our great Savior.

Much love – B

Leaving on a jet plane…

Whew… well today is the day…We’re leaving for ohio! I’m pretty excited/nervous/excited/pumped/nervous. My bag is packed and I’m trying to get pumped for 26.2 miles.

It’s going to be a whirlwind. Tomorrow, we’re going up to my old college stomping grounds to introduce The Mister to all the folks at Cedarville that I love. Can’t wait!!! We’re staying with my sweet friend Alicia who is also running on Sunday! (She also has an awesome blog and card company that you should probably check out!). We’re also going to stay one night with a dear friend Kirsten, who shares my love of food like none other… yes she did have a food club in college… yes I did join it. She’s fantastic! πŸ™‚ Then ALL DAY friday I’m visiting with friends and seeing people that were so formative during my college years. I can’t stinkin’ wait for the Mister to meet all of these dear, dear friends.

Saturday is going to be registration day where I go pick up my bib and running chip… EEK! So excited/nervous/excited/pumped/nervous. Then I’m taking the hubby to see meet the community of believers that I worshiped with when I was in college. I LOVE that church. Seriously, if you live in the Dayton area, Apex Community Church is a phenomenal church to check out! I can’t wait for my stud husband to see the church that significantly helped me make my faith “my own.”

THEN… (dum dum dum) SUNDAY… RACE DAY. I have a few things that I’m a little nervous/excited about.

1. I’m so excited that thus far we’ve raised over $2000 for water projects in Kihuura, Uganda. I’m so thankful for friends and family who have supported me and caught the vision of Samaritan’s Purse!! So thankful! I’m excited to see how God uses this money to transform a community for His glory. If you want to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, click on the “Samaritan’s Purse” tab above. If you want to support the water projects, click HERE.

2. The last marathon I ran was in November 2009: City of Oaks Marathon… and it POURED and was REALLY cold. I picked a May marathon hoping for warmer weather and after looking at the Flying Pigs weather record, I was thrilled that most of the races were in good weather + sun. Please look at the weather forecast:

Yes, that is rain & thunderstorms listed. I think I cried 3 times in my last marathon, not because of the pain but because of the rain and cold. I’m a pansy when it comes to inclimate weather. I mean, at least it’s not COLD. But I would love it if you could pray for the rain to hold off until around 1pm.

3. I’m so excited about running with this sweet friend!!!

We lived in the same dorm unit our freshman year, lived in a hotel together for a summer during an internship in Orlando, and lived together our senior year in a house full of girls. I cannot wait to see her and her husband again and to get to run with her! It’s going to be so fun to catch up and then bust a move on Sunday!

4. I’m pumped to see & meet the rest of Team Samaritan’s Purse! Can’t wait to get to know other like-minded runners who are running for more than just the thrill of a race.

5. I’m really excited about the goodie bag and expo afterwards! Seriously, I love going booth to booth getting free sports stuff that I won’t really be able to carry back on the plane with me. πŸ™‚ Speaking of goodie bags, I received a virtual goodie bag link from the Flying Pig race organization this morning. Clicked on it, scrolled down, and look who you see!!!!!

You can see the Mister and Me!!! See us? In the Join Team Samaritan’s Purse grey box?! See the blurry handsome fella holding a red and white State umbrella in the background??? Yes, that was the mister staying free from the rain during the November 2009 City of Oaks race. Yes, I’m smiling here, but don’t let that fool you. I think this was around mile 15… just prior to the first cry.

Alright… those are the things I’m excited/nervous about. But first I must get my tush to work, sit on a panel, organize a lunch, and then I can hop on a plane and get to Cincy.

See you on the flip side! Much love – B

Items for Adding Anna

Last week during staycation I also got some sewing time so I made some items for Adding Anna Carson! Fun little goodies to bring baby girl home! πŸ™‚

I’ve really enjoyed learning to sew these past few months. It’s been a fun thing to mess with when I have some free time.

Anyways, If you’re interested in these items or would like to participate in bringing Anna Carson home to the Dempsey family you can contact Marisa on facebook.

Much love! – B

Staycation Over.

I’m sorry. I know… I’ve been a bad blogger this past weekend. πŸ™‚ Sorry for the absence. BUT as a result… here is a jammed pack crazy review of the past few days and the staycation.

First thing you should know… I wrote LOTS of papers… Which means (drum roll) I am DONE with all of my seminary papers. BOOYAH. May 18th can’t come soon enough.

Second, I learned how to make Strawberry jam from my Mil (mother-in-law) during our hiatus to Rose Hill. If you know me… you know that strawberries might be on my top 5 fav. things in this world, so this was a really good thing. I thought it was going to be really complicated, but it wasn’t nearly as crazy of an event as I thought it would be.

(sorry for the pic quality… taken from my phone… not as great as my camera… I know)

the jam cooking

and then we returned to Raleigh, I used some extra fabric and made a few of these:

Cute eh?

Then we had a wedding this weekend that was pretty much a high school reunion for the Mister. I think my fav. thing about weddings from his home town is that it’s guaranteed family time with the Salmon crew… and what a crazy crew they are! I know not everyone adores their in-laws like I do… so I am TRULY blessed.

And then last night (I told you we had a lot of catching up to do…) we went and grabbed some Froyo with some of my fav’s. With all of the “adults” plus all the kiddos, I think we took over yogurt mountain’s patio area. Folks didn’t know what hit them. Here are some of my fav photos from the evening.

First things first: the Watermelon Sorbet is fantastic. I tried it skeptically and am now addicted. Add fresh fruit and sour gummy worms and it is to die for. Seriously, go get you some.

Disclaimer: Some of my friends’ kids are so stinkin’ cute. I couldn’t help but keep snapping shots of them. So sorry about the surplus of kiddy photos, but seriously how can you not love these faces. πŸ™‚

This cutie kept asking me to take photos of her, YES. Yes I will, gladly.

The Mister with sweet Em. I love this photo!

I love the little leaf on her dress!

Caption, “Taylor, what are you doing to my baby?” I kinda love these ladies.

Sweet Eve!

I also love this one of Callie and her girls.

Ok… now that I’ve just overwhelmed you with lots of photos… (SORRY! I just couldn’t help myself!) I must go…

Oh one more thing… I also sewed a lot but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see all the fun little goodies that were made for Adding Anna Carson.

Much love!

Rose Hill Bound!

Guys, it’s going to be a great rest of the week. The beginning of the week I spent the majority of my time reading and writing on these:

No, my project is still unfinished (only 5 pages shy), but we Salmon’s were feeling the need for some rest, relaxation, and family time! So yesterday after I went to NC State, met with some folks in my department, picked up this handy thing (see below), Β AND then we hopped in the car and headed to Rose Hill, North Carolina. Home of the world’s LARGEST frying pan and the Salmon family.

GO PACK!

Love this. See I wasn’t lying! It’s huge!

Anyways, so me and blogging may not happen these next few days… we shall see. I might be too busy making strawberry jam and sleeping.

Much love! B