10 Reasons Why I Need To Go Running


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10.  Blue Lily is taking our photograph THIS FRIDAY! {Squeal!}

Going running now,

Perseverance Can Lead to Accomplishment

Thank you very much for all the well wishes {& Prayers} everyone sent me via Family Brings Joy’s Facebook Page, my personal Facebook Page, Instagram, texts and comments written here.  I felt everyone’s love and encouragement.  It means the world to me!

All photos of me running & scenery are taken by PBC Sports Photography


We can persevere,

Running Dedications

On our way to the start line here in Hilton Head.  My friend, Monica, is running with me. I wanted to take a few minutes for dedications.

Every mile will be devoted to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The first 6.5 miles I’m dedicating to my family.  Not just my immediate family.  My whole family, present & past…extended…ancestors.

The second 6.5 miles, I’m dedicating to you, my friends/readership.

I could not do this without all of you.

Show time! 13.1…

Running Music for 40 Somethings

Training for a half marathon gives you time to think, ponder and reflect.

Last Saturday I ran 10 miles in preparation for my half marathon I’m running this Saturday.

Running for 2 hours requires your ipod/mp3 player to be full of good high energy music to keep you motivated!

I decided to share the tunes that keep me running in hopes to help others stay motivated. 😉



Tears For Fears

  • Shout
  • Head Over Heels
  • Mad World
  • Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)
  • Mothers Talk
  • Change

Book of Love

  • I Touch Roses
  • Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
  • Alice Everyday
  • Getting Faster
  • Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls
  • Tubular Bells
  • Counting The Rosaries

Depeche Mode

  • Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Everything Counts (Huntemann Remix)
  • Strangelove
  • Peace
  • Walking In My Shoes
  • Shake The Disease (Tiga Remix)

Various 80’s Songs

  • Music Box Dancer by Pepe
  • The Walk (Infusion Mix) by The Cure

Various 90’s Songs

  • Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay
  • Twilight Zone (Rave Version) by 2 Unlimited
  • Move Any Mountain by The Shamen
  • Popcorn by Crazy Frog
  • Get Ready For This by Crazy Frog
  • Blue by Eiffel 65

Various 2000’s

  • Hello by Martin Solveig
  • Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke
  • Let’s Get Lost by Beck
  • I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ (Paper Factory Version) by Scissor Sisters
  • Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • One More Time by Daft Punk
  • Shake It by Metro Station
  • Atlas by Battles
  • Ambling Alp by Yeasayer
  • My Body by Young the Giant
  • Till The World Ends by Britney Spears
  • Forward Motion by Meese
  • Tell Me It’s Over by Meese
  • Love And Affection by Neon Trees
  • Girls And Boys in School by Neon Trees
  • Farther Down by Neon Trees
  • Running Up That Hill by Placebo
  • Amazing (Kaskade Remix) by Seal
  • Sunrise by Simply Red
  • Punching In A Dream by The Naked And Famous
  • Young Blood by The Naked And Famous

Owl City

  • Galaxies
  • Deer In the Headlights
  • The Real World
  • Angels
  • Honey and the Bee
  • Kamikaze
  • Alligator Sky

Mat Kearney

  • Ships In The Night
  • Count On Me
  • Sooner Or Later
  • Chasing The Light
  • Learning To Love Again
  • Down
  • She Got The Honey
  • Young Dumb And In Love
  • Hey Mama

Ellie Goulding

    • Run Into the Light (Whole Album)

This album has been a favorite of mine while training this time.  Ellie is a runner.  You can tell she remixed these songs for running!  It’s perfect for 3 miles.

Christian Running Music

  • Fields of Grace by Big Daddy Weave
  • In My Heart by Jump5
  • With All of My Heart by Zoe Girl
  • R U Sure About That? by Zoe Girl
  • Here and Now by Zoe Girl
  • Mega-Mix (from Shine) by Newsboys
  • 02 Avalon Remixed (whole album) by Avalon
  • Come Together by Third Day
  • Get On by Third Day
  • Revolutionary Love by David Crowder Band
  • No One Like You by David Crowder Band
  • Flood by Jars Of Clay
  • Get Back Up by Toby Mac

Fitness Mix Album by K2 Groove

  • Ride Like The Wind
  • I Ran
  • Chariots of Fire
  • All I Need Is A Miracle

Shan’s TIP: I highly recommend you DO NOT listen to your running music when you are NOT RUNNING.  This ensures you will not get tired/bored of the song while running.

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A Child’s Love

Thursday was a crummy day for me.

My sensitive and sweet 8 year old Daughter brought me this note after overhearing my tirade.

Doesn’t it just make your heart melt?

Usually her notes say “I love you” and end with her name.  It truly touched my soul to see her write “sorry that happened.”

Of course you know I absolutely LOVE the big heart with her writing “happy family” inside it.

Had to share it with you.

I’m off to run my long run…8 miles.

I know!

It is CRAZY!

Price I pay to sign up for a half marathon.  {Hilton Head next month}

Lost about 5 pounds and I haven’t measured in inches.

By the way my clothes are fitting, I’d say I’ve lost some inches as well.

Last but not least, I just want to say Thank You…

For what?

For YOU…you being here…you leaving me comments…


You are special,

10 Reasons Why This Family LOVES Puerto Rico

There’s nothing like a family vacation to help strengthen and bring unity.

My fondest childhood memories are the times spent with my family on vacation.

It’s a time away from the everyday pressures and schedules…away from the phones…away from the television & computer.

A time to be together.

It was a little weird not being with our extended family for Thanksgiving.  We never before have vacationed {went on a trip} during Thanksgiving week as a family.  I felt ambivalent about going.  So why did we plan to go?

Several years ago my husband & I invested in a vacation club {timeshare.}  It was important to me that we vacation as a family.  This investment has been well worth the money.  Our vacation club keeps us planning and traveling.  Sometimes I think if we didn’t have it, my husband would be tempted to work all the time.  So it was because of our Hyatt Vacation Club that we chose our destination of Puerto Rico.  Without sounding like a commercial for Hyatt, {because I’m not being paid to write this} the Hacienda Del Mar is one of the 9 properties we can choose to be our home away from home.  Otherwise, honestly, I would have never thought about traveling to Puerto Rico.  Oh, but what I would have missed…

1. The Beach is breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL.  I absolutely adore the color of sand and blue hues of the water.  The water is somewhat clear and clean.

Photo taken from our balcony

I captured a Rainbow!

2. Perfect Temperature, both the weather and water.  It was in the 80’s while visiting.  The lows were in the 70’s.  I worried the water might be a little cool.  Instead, it was the perfect temperature, not too cold and not too hot.  The breeze always kept me feeling just right.  I never sat on the beach sweating.

3.  It was our first time to visit a RAIN FOREST.  We visited the La Coca Falls and a tower where you can see for miles and miles.  It is incredibly gorgeous.

4. Planned Activities for the Kids.  Our resort was good about not OVER planning activities.  There were only a couple a day, just enough to give us a little break and something different for the kids to do.  There was a hula hoop competition, relay race at their Olympic size pool, Salsa Dancing, volley ball game, penny dive, movie night, and their favorite was Bingo.

I have to highlight one other: the scavenger hunt.  The kids were given a list of things to find on the resort such as a shell, leaves, rocks, etc.  The hardest one to find was a feather.  My Son, being the competitive person he is, decided he would pluck a feather off a LIVE bird since he couldn’t find one just laying around.  He wanted to be the first to find everything, ya know.  Well, he did it alright, but the bird did not like that and it scratched his arm. LOL…I couldn’t believe he did that!  Poor bird!

5. Our Resort was fabulous!  It is right on the beach.  Not only that, it has it’s own private beach.

6. Puerto Rican food is delicious!  I don’t know why I didn’t take a photo of Puerto Rico’s Red Beans & Rice.  It is the side dish to serve and we all loved them!  DH cooked some last night and did a wonderful job. {Thanks, Honey!} The top left photo is also a favorite of mine…fried sweet plantains {kind of banana.}  I ate too many of those while we were there, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to have any when we returned home.  The avocados there are HUGE!  Too bad you can’t tell that by looking in the photo.  Oh well.  There was a bakery there we fell in love with.  I had to take a photo of one of their cakes on Thanksgiving, the Turkey.  The bread bowl was another item at the Bakery I wish I could have been able to bring home…yummy bread!  The trees on the beach had many coconuts on them.  Hubby found one that was cracked and I took a photo of it.  The outside of it was green.  Don’t worry, we didn’t eat that coconut we found right off the beach.  We bought ours at the grocery store and it was fresh and a tasty snack while sitting on the beach.

7. Made New Friends.  We were blessed to make lots of friends at the resort.  The photo below is one of my daughter’s friends from North Carolina.  I want to say “Hi!” to Luci, Tony and their kids Evan & Kelly, Joanne, Kevin & Madison and Betty & her ‘gang.’  We had so much fun getting to know them. :)

8. Run on the Beach. 😀  You know you are a runner when you run while you’re on vacation. lol…but what better place to run than on the beach!  A definite work out!  I have to keep up with my half marathon training.  It was fun running with the hubster on the beach too. 😉

9. Fun times in the sand & water bring our family great joy.  As a matter of fact, every time we were on the beach {except toward the end of the week} the kids got along and seemed to enjoy being around one another.  Another reason to LOVE the beach for me!  It was high tide almost the whole time we were there.  It didn’t bother the kids at all.  They enjoyed jumping into the waves and riding the tube into the beach on the water.  This beach in Dorado, Puerto Rico didn’t have many shells but we found LOTS of coral!  Make sure you look for the crab below.  It was exciting for me to be able to capture the shot of him before he scurried off into his hole. {he he}

10.  The Beach is my most favorite place on the earth.  There is a great sense of profound peace I feel as I sit on the beach and hear the crashing of the ocean waves.  On Monday morning I woke early, got up {didn’t wake the family} and went first thing to the beach.  There was not another soul there.  It was quiet and magnificent.  As I looked upon the beauty of the water and landscape I felt an overflowing amount of Love from my Heavenly Father.  Tears and gratitude come as I remember.  

Family Vacation SUCCESS!

We loved our trip to Puerto Rico so much we are planning on returning next Summer.  By the way, since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, there is no need for a passport and we could use our cell phones without any additional charges.

If you have any other questions about our trip or more information about the Hyatt Vacation Club, please contact me via my email address at familybringsjoy @ gmail dot com

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