Team Nickerson! Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson, me, Pete, Amy, Jen

Well we did it! Saturday I got up long before dawn and my buddies and I made our way downtown to Race for the Cure, although I called mine “Walk for the Cure”, because I sure wasn’t racing anybody. :) I was ok with my time, averaging a little over 15 minutes a mile. I was at about 13 or 14 before I got sick, so I’m alright with that. My friends really rocked it; both Pete and Amy beat their goals. We had fun, and I’m glad I went. I’m hoping I can be much more participatory and competitive the next time I’m in a 5k.

Finish line! (that is not any of our times, by the way)

Then last night was quite a treat. My beloved Bible class from church wanted to go out to dinner to celebrate my new job (oh, I haven’t mentioned that yet, have I? heehee…). I got to choose the place, so we went to Cracker Barrel. I have been craving southern cooking!!! I am so blessed by such an amazing Christian community. These guys have cheered for me and encouraged me and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. And now they’re so sweet to celebrate with me. :) God is good!

Sherry and Bob, two of the most servant hearted people you’ll ever meet

Me, Auvrey, Kris

Tiffany, Amy, Rebecca

Tara and Ryan (in the baby rocking chair)

My cup is truly overflowing right now. God has been so gracious to me throughout my life, but especially now I feel just overwhelming gratitude. I believe I’m in a “daytime” of life– when things are good and peaceful. I’ve been through enough storms to know that life was not meant to stay perpetually in times like this, but I’ve also learned to praise God and relish them.

Hold on love, don’t give up
Don’t close your eyes
The light is breaking through the night

Step out into the day, all the clouds and all the rain are gone
It’s over now
Step out into the sun, for you have only begun to know
What it’s all about
As the hungering dark gives way to the dawn, my love
It’s over now
–Bebo Norman

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