Thursday, April 16, 2009

About my Family

My beautiful wife, Rachel, and I met in the spring of 1994 shortly after I returned home from my mission to Chile. She was 18 and I was 21. After a break up during the summer of 1994 we got back together and soon we were engaged. 2 months later at the end of October we were married for time and eternity in the Mesa, Arizona Temple.

[Our Wedding Announcement Photo]

[Married in the Mesa, AZ Temple for time and eternity]

Over the years we have lived in a variety of cities and towns in 3 states, Arizona, Utah, and Indiana. We have enjoyed the births of 7 children. Our family is large by today's standards and life is difficult with a large family. That being said our children are our pride and joy. They teach us as much as we teach them about the purpose of life.

I want to take this time and space to thank my wife for all her love and support over the years. She is truly a one of a kind. She is my angel sent from heaven. Lately she has been especially supportive as I have been going through a lot of life changing events. Thank you so much Rachel.

[My family at the Grand Canyon, Summer 2006]

[My kids, Easter 2009]


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Purpose of This Blog

We all have our stories.

We all have our dreams and goals.

This is a way for me to journal my successes and failures. It will serve as a reminder of where I come from, why I am where I am now, and where I plan to go.

Through this blog I hope to capture my progress on the way to achieving and surpassing my goal to race in my first Century. It will motivate me to stay the course and make progress as I will make myself accountable by tracking my training, logging my miles, and capturing my weight loss for all the world to see.

I am also creating this blog so that family, friends, and supporters can have a convenient way to learn about my life and its recent changes.

I also would like to "pay it forward" as many before me have inspired me through their weight loss and their successes in running marathons, cycling Centuries, or even competing in triathlons. I thank them for achieving their goals and sharing them with me. I have been inspired.

I plan on enjoying the Journey, feel free to join me in My Journey to the Century.


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