Monday, July 31, 2006

Great Weekend

Tdub and I had a great weekend. It was one of the last weekends of summer as it's all coming to a speedy end. Tdub is usually quite anxious for the start of school so that the rest of the house will get back to a normal bedtime routine.

The highlight of our weekend was the Goatneck bicycle ride. Tdub and a friend did the 41 mile route (there was also a 100K). I was SO proud of him! I found a picture of him that I'll link to if I get his permission when he gets home later. It was exciting to be at the finish line and cheer him on as he made his way across. We've been looking for an activity we'd enjoy together and we both think this would be a good one. I'm not anticipating doing a 41 mile ride to start, but, there was a shorter 27 mile route I could have taken if I'd been ready. The 41 pushed Tdub really hard but he made it in fine shape with only a bit of soreness to show for it.

After the ride, several friends joined us at our house for an evening of food, drink, and lots of laughter. We were all reminded, yet again, how small our big world can be as we found all sorts of common friends and connections among the group we had gathered together. Sometimes I sense that God works in themes, or maybe I just relate to Him that way, and the theme of our life for the past several months has been COMMUNITY. We have been blown away by the blessing that God provides and continues to provide through the bonds we share and continue to build with our brothers and sisters in Him. We are not meant to journey in isolation but, in the Spirit, ministering grace, love, admonition, and hope to one another as we go along.

It seems to me that the very popularity of blogs and online communities are a testament to this sort of God-infused drive we have to operate within that sort of framework. It's something worth thinking about.

love,
grace

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me recommend the Optimist Club ride in the Spring. Usually April.
Also, there is a ride in Glen Rose in the Fall I think.

grace said...

Anonymous,
Thanks very much! We will definitely check into those!
:) grace

CrackerLilo said...

I respect anyone who can do a bike ride like that in summer! I looked at the site. Is it for any kind of charity?

I also think blogging is about finding connections, and reaching out, and seeing that nobody's as alone as they may think.

robert said...

I would be impressed that Tdub, or anyone for that matter, could do the 41 miles without appreciable soreness. With this ongoing heatwave, I am amazed! Congrats on finishing the ride!

grace said...

Jayelle: I'm not sure how much...but a certain amount of the proceeds did go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Robert: It really was impressive...he was using a borrowed bike and it's not even the right sort for that type of ride. Go Tdub! :)

Jay said...

Wow. 41 miles is more than I could do. Who am I kidding; I barely know how to ride a bike! :)

Anyway, good to hear from you. And you're right about God working through the blogging community. Can't you just see God sitting in his pajamas, sipping coffee and keeping track of his comments? :)

I hope to get my blog started soon. Any suggestions, anybody?

grace said...

Hey Jay! I'll email you about the blog thing, even though I know very little in the way of technical information that could help you. I just follow the directions and push "publish post". BUT....as soon as you get one, let me know and I'll add you to my links.
love,
grace

chris said...

"It seems to me that the very popularity of blogs and online communities are a testament to this sort of God-infused drive we have to operate within that sort of framework. It's something worth thinking about"

Even though I consider myself a private person, I have found many Christian friends since I began blogging. It has in many ways helped in my spiritual walk by seeing different perspectives from other Christians.