Thursday, December 25, 2008

Harmonica to Running Gear

It was ten years ago this Christmas that I sat in this very house in Colorado Springs with my then boyfriend opening the most thoughtful gift I'd ever received. He had paid attention during our time of courting to a passion of mine: the harmonica. I had always loved hearing the harmonica and thought I'd be pretty good at it if I tried my mouth and hands at it. I was baffled that a guy could be such a great gift-giver.

Fast forward ten years and he still has it. He has paid attention to my desire to be able to run during these cold months. I wanted great gear to be able do just that. I love the fresh air of winter and can't stand to be out in it improperly fitted. I opened an excellent pair of REI running pants, smartwool running socks and (from my in-laws,) a Nike dry-fit hoodie (with the smartest built in finger warmers ever!)

So, on this Christmas Day morning, I put my mountain trail running shoes on and took of on the trails of my in-laws golf course. It was perfect. I survived the cold and the altitude and paced myself and enjoyed the view of the mountains and the geese and the snow covered trail beneath my feet.

If you read my last post, you'd know that my prayer was to experience the Prince of Peace. I believe that I have experienced the Peace of our King this Christmas. It is not the stuff or the people that give the stuff that I find my Peace. It was on this run that I felt His PEACE the passes every one's understanding. It was there that I quietly praised Him and now proclaim His goodness!

My husband, the great gift-giver gave me a platform to find such things and for that, my heart is happy on this Christmas Day!!!


Mrs. Troop said...

What a great gift!
And what a great blog!
Glad to find it~
Merry Christmas!

Mimi said...

You also look sooooo adorable in it!! It is great to enjoy the Creator of those gorgeous CO mountains as your Prince of Peace!! What an amazing reality!!

Staceystace said...

You make me want to go running! And boy do I need to after all the holiday treats.

Katester said...

Running in the cold. I'm glad someone enjoys it because that would not be MY Christmas miracle. :)

Mari Fontana said...

That's great! I, too, would not be thrilled about running at all...much less in the cold. Even though I know I could use it! :)
I'm glad your Christmas break was good.

Aron & Suz said...

what a sweet post! i love the pic of you. and a mountain run sounds pretty fantastic to me right about now. :)

Staceystace said...

Hey, Rachel! I left a comment for you on my blog. Hope you are having a happy new year.