This is my last day of summer before school starts on Wednesday. It is a bittersweet time, but exciting things lay ahead. We start our house church (The Joshua Tree Network) on Sept. 9 with the first one being at our house, I have a new stamp club beginning Sept. 7, I start teaching sign language again for work which is always fun, and Troy's cousin, Abby is coming to live with us while she does her internship at the YMCA. In addition, Troy and I are competing in the LazyMan 140.6 Triathlon in September that the Y is sponsoring. We have 6 weeks to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2. ! It should be a lot of fun! We did one while living in St. Louis and it is motivation to get you moving! Speaking of moving, Troy and I competed in the Lytle Park Sprint Triathlon (300m swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run) in Mattoon on Saturday. This was my first tri in 4 years, but I did the AquaBike. I don't do well in heat and low and behold, the temperature was in the low 80's. I could have done the whole thing, but it was fun to try something new! Troy did fabulous! This was his first tri that he didn't take home any "hardware". He has been racing in the Clydesdale division for bigger men, but decided to race in his age group instead. Had he raced in Clydesdale, he would have won by 5 minutes, but he got 6th in his age division. It was his best race ever! I got 2nd in the AquaBike, but there were only 2 of us! Had I done the entire thing, I would have won my age group! I laugh because I am not a competitive person and do not consider myself an athlete at all! I consider it a true joy to just cross the finish line!