Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's a Wrap!

December was special in so many ways.
It is not what we did as much as who we did it with that made for a remarkable month.
Our daughter Morgan coordinated our first holiday open house at Stertz Construction.
It was a smashing success and very festive! 
I had a great time documenting the month with a photo and story every day.
Here is a peek at the 6 x 8 book that holds the memories.
Each day tells a story and is inspired by a class led by

Hey Bert!
Hmmm...Could we, should we, would we meet this guy?

 But of course so off we went to the 
Happiest Place on Earth.
It truly is a Magic Kingdom!
The Disney app rocked!
These fans could not have been more impressed with the Disneyland experience.
We were entertained at every turn.  
The adults just might have loved the rides as much as the kiddos.
 The spontaneous appearance of parades, personalities and iconic characters are so uplifting.
Thanks to this crew for allowing me to take hundreds of photos.
Taking pictures was a challenge since there were so many people AND the subjects were constantly moving! 
Adventure Land includes a real time city from the Pixar movie Cars.
It is sooooo realistic that even our imaginations took us to Radiator Springs.
The kids were ecstatic and were trying to comprehend it all.
 We took several RESTS through the day and we may have been the only people there that did not have Mickey apparel of some kind!
 The Christmas decor, aromas, and music inspired a relaxing atmosphere in spite of the constant activity and stimulation. 
Trees of all types decked the streets.
This is the tallest tree that I have ever seen.
For a little perspective you can see the building behind the tree.

This one was built of giant truck tires.
Garlands galore. Check this out! It was made from wrenches and air filters.
Disneyland thrills even their youngest guests.
The sense of protection that we felt was exceptional given the crowds.
We are not strangers to Southern California where Carlsbad has become a home away from home and  a place of REST. On our last day we visited our favorite pier.

 These two had so much fun digging for shells.
 Can I just say that the birds in these parts are proof that fresh fish is good to eat!
 There were GIANT seagulls, ducks, pelicans, blue herons and american coots. 

As a matter of fact the leaves and pine cones were huge.
 I think we have lived in the desert for too long.
 Be still my heart! 
Meanwhile in Tucson the support team was keeping it all together for us.
 The newest member of our family is already in on our fun and games.
Joyeux Noel mes amis!
Happy New Year to all our friends and family!
We are excited to see what God has planned for us in 2017!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Do Not Judge my Story by the Chapter you Walked in On

Here is my story. 
Triathlon Week 2016.
This was a good day mixed in with a little sweat and a lot of sunscreen!
But let's back up.
September 17, 2016
Crossing the finish line and that was the fastest I had run all day!
Tasting the finish
 Run distance 5k
Last turn toward finish line
'go fast it will be over soon'
credit Ryan Stertz

Happy girl!
13.1 miles open road with traffic
Still pedaling and no flats!

300 meter swim (it's only 6 laps/12 lengths)
That is me in foreground with the black cap
water 82f air 63f - downright goosebump weather in Tucson!
 She awaits me in the early morning hours. 
Mine is the one with the helmet on the seat.
Way more room to transition than is typical!
ready, set, go
Listen up athletes!
Good Morning Tucson
La Mariposa
Detour 'cause what are the chances of this!
33 years earlier I was on this same hill with our daughter Chelsea (on right)
What is even more amazing is that I remembered and could find the photo!
Fun times Betsy Mackey! (Averyn Mackey on left)
Second place for my age group!
Thanks to the these beautiful pink timing chips 
I could calculate a gain of 5 min 22 seconds from my previous time. 
A special thanks to my adorable life coach, without whom I could never have trained.
Thank you to my support team and everyone that sent me photos!
I love you all!
Switching gears to share the week that followed.
Most memorable week in recent history continues at the Tucson Botanical Gardens with a friend and award winning photographer. 
A very special celebration of that baby on the hill!
dessert sharing
went rock climbing a couple of times
love to see these active kiddos establishing a 
lifetime habit of fitness 

 and in no time the helmets and belays are removed and they are off

You could just watch Ryan rock climb if you missed the Spiderman movie.
 Hang on 'cause Dad cannot assist!
The last escape brought our grown up team together to deactivate a bomb
all in the name of fun. 
 laughter and love 
and gratitude to Auntie Lynda for our deficits in morse code
This week has provided the most amazing highs and the most devasting lows. 
a glorious new life and an untimely death 
One thing I know for sure.
God is faithful.
I am grateful to so many for so much.
Today I thank all the wonderful people at BSF that volunteer to provide the study of John.