Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Scott and Brenna heading out on a Saturday morning for a ten mile "training run".

I am not a marathon runner or even an around the block kind of runner. I don't like to run. I do love the role of "marathon cheerleader". I have loved standing with the kids at various mile markers along the course ready to cheer for Scott in the past two Houston Marathons. How often do kids really get to cheer for their dad...it's usually the other way around. This year I will be cheering for Scott and Brenna as they run the half-marathon together in just a couple weeks. I love that they are having this experience together. I love to hear them chat about how to best succeed. I love thinking about them on their long training runs each Saturday morning...a father and his daughter pushing each other, encouraging each other, getting to know each other just a little bit better, working together to achieve a major goal and creating amazing memories along the way. Way to go guys. I'm already so proud of you and you haven't even run the marathon yet! I'll be cheering for you the whole way!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

He's looking like an agent!

Scott on the day he reached his reserve agent goals and became a career agent!!

After five months of school and four months of getting his agency started, Scott has completed the requirements of a reserve agent and is now considered a "career" agent for Farmers Insurance Group. What a journey it has been so far! If you're wanting to eliminate stress, I wouldn't suggest changing careers when you are in your early forties and supporting a wife and five children! I will say this, Scott has always been an amazing provider and takes that role very seriously. For that very reason, I was open to the idea of a career change when Scott first started talking about it. Even though it was totally scarey, was a huge step out of my comfort zone, and didn't make a lot of financial sense at the time; we both felt like a our path was being guided by Heavenly Father and we both felt a sense of peace. When I start to panic (which I often do) about how it's all going to work out, I go back to those feelings of peace, take a deep breath, and put my trust in the Lord and in Scott's feelings of urgency to make this whole thing work. Along the way there have been MANY tender mercies, MANY acts of kindness and MANY life lessons learned.
I am grateful for Scott...he's the real deal...a kind, thoughtful, humble, unconditional love kind of guy. I applaud his success, admire his commitment to things that REALLY matter and I wish him joy in our journey.