This weekend I attended a funeral for a Louisiana State Police Officer. I did not know this officer personally, but I knew his daughter through my husbands family.
Sgt. Tracy Morgan was a wonderful, loving, and honorable man to his family and to his Brothers in Blue. He died last week, leaving this earth incredibly to soon. He loved his family more than words could express and always made time for them even when time was limited. He was an expert crisis negotiator which takes a certain kind of person to be able to take on. He trained numerous officers in this field and was alwasy there to help one of his fellow officers.
One thing that I noticed more than anything at the funeral was Mr. Morgan’s wife. Anytime that I saw her she had such composure and calmness. I was told that she is a strong woman of faith and this was very true on this day. As a troopers wife you worry everyday about your husband, but never speak about it. They put theirself on the line day in and day out, but if you let that take over your mind and your heart, it will take over your life.
Being the wife of a Texas State Peace Officer this funeral hit incredibly close to home. There were officers from many different parishes in the state of Louisiana. My husband and I felt that since we knew the family we should come to support the family. My husband dressed in his Class A uniform and represented Texas with pride. On a side note, one person from the church even told my sister-in-law that she saw a Texas Ranger at the funeral. :0)
For all the people out there that are married to an officer, whether it be husband or wife, know that my thoughts are with you daily as you struggle with the fear, anxiety, and uncertantity of their job. Always tell them that you love them before they get in their patrol car with that gun belt and vest on. There are never enough hours in the day to spend with them, so spend what time you do have together and cherish every minute. You never know when it will be the last.
In the coming days and months, times will be hard for this family. My deepest prayers go out to them. From one State Peace Officers wife to another all my love goes to you, your family and friends that knew Sgt. Tracy Morgan.
I am not one that usually sets resolutions for each year. I like to set a few goals for the year and once I achieve them, I add some goals to that. In 2016 there were a lot of medical expenses, small trips and other odds and ends that made it a very tough year. This year I have set a few goals to start with and also a few long term goals as well.
Pay off Medical Debt from 2016
Between different procedures that my husband and I both had our medical expenses were stretched, so my goal for this year is to pay off this debt however it can be done.
2. Take care of my injury in my back and start training for a Full Marathon (if that is not possible), at least another half or more.
I found out last month that I have what is called a disc extrusion in my lower back. I have to see a specialist and I am hoping to have that taken care of very soon so that I can get back to my normal workout routines.
3. Complete another Sprint Tri and spend time with these awesome ladies!
I completed a Sprint Tri in October 2016 and loved it! I am hoping to do at least 1 more this year! These two girls are simply amazing and always go along with my crazy adventures!
4. Grow closer in my walk with Christ.
This is a very important part of my life. My goal here is to do more Bible studies this year and to grow stronger in what God has planned for my future.
5. Explore more parks with my husband.
There are so many National Parks out there that I want to explore and visit. I am hoping to see more of those this year within Texas.
6. Find and ride in more bike races.
Since I am currently in the process of purchasing a new road bike and practicing with it I would like to gain more experience with it this year. It is very new to me and I have been working to gain more experience on it and on the different roads.
Have you come up with goals of your own or maybe you created resolutions for this year? What is one of yours?
This year has proven to be a very tough one for me…physically, mentally, financially and emotionaly. I think my husband and I hit every high level of these topics this year but we battled through and are stronger now than we were. As my husband told me, it builds character and only makes us stronger! I am grateful for the answers that we got in 2016, but am ready to move forward with the solutions at this point. More on that later though in my goals post.
Gone for a Run was hosting the Resolution Run Virtual 5K and I decided to participate in it this year. I am not able to run for a long distance (more than a mile) right now due to my back, so I decided to ride my bike for 5.5 miles and run half a mile to make 6 miles.
I love that Gone for a Run sends you an actual bib and medal for these races! I have a wonderful neighborhood to run in and it makes getting 3-6 miles easy. I was also about to use my new Garmin 235 watch, which I LOVE! The bib this year had fireworks on it and the medal was New Year glasses.
I did the biking first and then proceded with the run which felt great to get back out there. If you want to participate in Gone for a Run’s Virtual Races they usually host one every month!
My goal for working out this year is to figure out what is going on with my back, fix it and get back out there doing whatever I can do!
Did you participate in a Resolution Run this year? Virtual or in your hometown?