A Marathon and a Wedding {The Non-DIY Moments in My Life}


I wanted to share with you a couple of things that have gone on in our family’s life that are not about our kitchen renovation or home addition.

Yes.  I do have a life outside of DIY.  Smile

The first thing I want to do is brag about my husband.

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He ran and completed his very first marathon in Columbus, Ohio in October!

This is a big, big deal, and I am so very proud of him.


He hasn’t always been a runner.   Basketball was his main sport, and he played it through college.

But he had a buddy, Chip, challenge him to pick up running almost two years ago, and he hasn’t stopped running since.

He’s like a different man.  He has trained and trained and trained.  Running is his passion now. 

He has completed several half marathons, but his goal was to run a full marathon.

And he did it!

We had such a special trip as a family up to Columbus to cheer him on.

Here is a picture of the boys anxiously waiting their daddy’s arrival toward the finish line.


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When we finally spotted him, the boys ran out into the road to cheer him on.


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The race day atmosphere is like magic.  Everyone is so positive and excited, and so many people are accomplishing a goal that they have worked so very hard for.

I was honored to be there and see it.


Here we are after the race, 26 miles later….

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They boys were soooooo proud of their daddy!!!

Cy said the boys are what kept him going during the race.  He knew they would be waiting for him at the finish line.

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They were so worried about Cy after the race, and wanted to take good care of him.

They were so relieved to have daddy back.  Smile

Adam (in the front) was still very worried about daddy’s legs. 

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It was a very, very special day.

I am so thankful that my boys have a daddy who shows them that they can achieve anything if they set a goal and stick to it. 

He continually amazes me.


So you know I love it when I get a chance to spend time with just him.

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Like this past Saturday, when we dropped the boys off at our neighbors’ house (she was expecting them Smile ) and went to my cousin, Kelly’s wedding.


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The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and so was Kelly!!!  (Don’cha think we look like sisters?)

It was an evening wedding which explains why my pictures did not turn out very well.

I had to use my flash for the pictures to show up.

But I took just a few to share with you.

The cake was amazing!


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Here I am with my precious Aunt Pat, the mother of the bride. 

Aunt Pat is my mom’s younger sister, and she is soooo much like my mom.  I love every minute I get to spend with her because it is the closest thing to being with Mom.

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And I wanted to show you a picture of my beautiful sister in law.

Ande is my brother, Blake’s wife.  I love her sooooo much!

I feel so blessed to have her as my sister. 

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Blake sure knew what he was doing when he married her!!!


I caught a picture of my precious sister, Cyndi, and her daughter, Courtney.

(Both of which have blogs, so click on their names if you want to check them out.)

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There was a photo booth set up at the reception for guests to take pictures.

They had a bunch of props to choose from, so Cy and I picked ours out and had some fun!



Let’s just say my boys loved these pictures when I showed them to them.

I think they will get a kick out of these pictures 20 years from now.


So that’s it!

Just a little break from the kitchen renovation to show you what else I’ve been up to.

I’ll be back later with an update on our kitchen floors.  I love they way they look so far!


Also, if you didn’t enter the Nest of Posies giveaway for a chance to win the bag of your choice, click HERE to do so.

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                                      We love our Nest of Posies bags!!!


Have a blessed day!


  1. Oh these pictures are great!!! Congrats to your hubby…thats so huge!! Ans you two are just the picture-perfect couple…and your boys are tooooo cute :)

  2. You have such a beautiful family. How sweet it is to be so blessed! Thank you so much for sharing all that you do. Every single thing is so inspiring. And tell your hubby congrats on such an outstanding accomplishment!

  3. That’s amazing that your husband was able to train for & run a marathon with kids! Marathon training is SO time consuming, I can’t imagine doing it with children. He must have a very supportive awesome wife ;) I’ve run 3 – Detroit (4:20), Cincinnati Flying Pig (3:45) & Chicago (3:56). (I blogged a little about Chicago, which was just a couple of months ago). Love them! I find training to be easier in the winter though, even though there’s snow, for some reason. Your cousin DOES look like she’s your sister by the way. Love when that happens!

  4. You are absolutely one of the sweetest bloggers I have ever ‘met’. You make me smile all the time and your spirit{even online] is such a blessing! Congrats to your hubby on the marathon, and your boys concern for him just melts my heart. You are so beautiful inside AND out!
    Have a lovely day!

    1. I second every single thing that Mary said! I just love your blog, Traci. It is my hands down favorite. LOVE the picture of you and your husband- gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your life with us. It really is such a blessing!

  5. What a hoot!! I think if I were to redo my wedding, I’d want a cake just like that! Congrats on finishing the marathon- the kitchen must seem easy in comparison!! :)

  6. What a beautiful family you have! Congrats to your hubby…that’s GREAT! My daughter is a runner and it is sooo much fun seeing her accomplish her goals!

  7. Girl, I got tears in my eyes reading about Cy and the boys. How precious! I am really proud for Cy–running a full marathon is a HUGE accomplishment!!

    Love the wedding pics. What fun! You are blessed to have such a wonderful family.

  8. How amazing that your hubby could run a marathon. Running is such great exercise. I can’t run because I have arthritis in my knees and injured one knee this past October. Before that hubby and I were running together. The picture of the boys with your husband after the race is so sweet.
    Gorgeous cake for the wedding and I do think you and your cousin look like sisters. Beautiful bride and family.


  9. Congratulations to Cy! The boys with their Dad are just precious! Love the wedding pictures and that you posted them, because I don’t have any yet! Thanks so much! You and Kelly do look alike which makes sense since me and Wanda look alike. Thanks for the sweet comments and I love our family so much!!!!!!

  10. I am pretty close to Columbus. Let me know if you are in the area and I will recommend some great destinations for children.

    You have such a busy family. Congratulations to your husband!

  11. Cy – congrats on the marathon!!! Awesome!!!!

    Oh Tracy, I just love that pic of Cy and the boys all hugging each other. I hope your boys will always be close to each other as they grow older. What a beautiful family you have.

    Your cousin was beautiful on her wedding day, so was her cousin Tracy! LOL! Please congratulate her for me. I wish them nothing but BLESSINGS for the rest of their lives.

    TRACY – I totally loved the photo booth idea. That was soo great



    Marilyn C.

  12. Wow! Way to go Cy….just thinking about running 26 miles makes me tired. LOL The boys looked so sweet checking on their dad. That last pic of your concerned little one was so sweet it made me tear up a little. You guys looked great in your funny pics. Love the piggy nose!

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