t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.


2009 in Review

Here were my New Years Resolutions from 2009...

March 21: Moab 1/2 Marathon...Goal: 1:30. Run fast. Run hard. Pray for good weather.
April 20: Boston Marathon...Goal: Complete with a smile, and enjoy a fabulous vacation.

July: Spudman Triathlon...Goal: Conquer my fear of Open Water and achieve a PR.

Live my Religion More Fully by following The Word of Wisdom.
This is a three-fold mission...eat meat sparingly, use the grains/crops of the field as our staff of life, use herbs more effectively.

So how did I do?

Moab 1/2 marathon I did in 1:35 which was a PR on the hardest 1/2 course I have done. This was a great accomplishment. 1:30 was a very aggressive goal. I still think I can make this pace but on a different course.

Boston...well we all know this sad story. I didn't sign up in time. So we ended up with a great vacation but no marathon. I ran the Ogden marathon instead and came out with a 4 minute PR at 3:27.

Spudman was mission accomplished. With a serious dedicated effort I conquered my open water fear. I also came out with an amazing time and smashed my personal record. This one will be hard to beat.

Eat meat sparingly...yep. Definitely.

Grains and plants...lots of them everyday.

Herbs, I haven't made as much progress on this as I hoped. Mostly all my medicinal herbs were eaten by my chickens. And I am not any better at identifying than I was a year ago. Maybe a little. This one I better work on.

It was a year of growth and change. I believe in all the right directions. We read books like crazy. Brent and I. The children and I. We started a homeschooling adventure, a backyard poultry experiment, a new baby on the way, Emmett finally has some boy toys...it was a good year.

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