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Hi friends. How was your weekend? Mine was really nice. Catch up on part one – a yoga teacher training reunion, a 9-mile long run, meeting up with a PBR reader and more. Part two of my weekend was equally as fantastic and involved an Italian dinner, going to see Bridesmaids, teaching yoga, getting an iPhone (!!!!) and a family birthday celebration. Unfortunately, I’m not up for blogging about it tonight.

I have a lot on my mind right now. Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago in my “Let’s Get Real” post that a family member was having heart surgery? Well, the day is here. My grandmother is having open heart surgery on Monday. Needless to say she is on my mind tonight.

I am the oldest of four grandchildren and my grandmother and I have been extremely close since day one. She has always been active and in great health so this surgery has come as a bit of a surprise. She is having a valve replacement and will be in the hospital for the next week.

I would appreciate your prayers, positive thoughts and support as she goes through this. I will let you know how everything goes.

While we’re on the topic of family, happy Father’s Day to my dad.

I have my dad to thank for my love of cooking and Brandon’s love for grilling on his Big Green Egg! I can’t even tell you how many questions he’s answered about cooking and grilling and how much advice he’s given. We are so lucky to have him as a resource! He is a totally self taught cook who can pull off anything from a 14-layer cake to prime rib on the grill. Ah-mazing!

I’ll see you guys tomorrow with more news. Love to you all.

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  • pamela June 19, 2011, 11:06 pm

    The power of prayer is so powerful! I wish your grandmother peace, comfort, and vibrant, vibrant health.

    Much love,

  • Danielle June 19, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Prayers for you, your grandmother and family during this difficult time <3



  • gadabout June 20, 2011, 12:43 am

    prayers go to you and your loved ones.

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 1:47 am

    My dad had valve replacement surgery when I was in high school, that was… let’s just say quite a few years ago and since then we ran a marathon together. Doctors can do amazing things.

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:29 pm

      megan – that is incredible. thank you so much for sharing it.

  • ~Jessica~ June 20, 2011, 6:09 am

    Best wishes to your amazing grandmother: I hope all goes well.


  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) June 20, 2011, 6:14 am

    Of course I’ll pray for your Grandmother, God is with both of you 🙂 <3

  • Becky June 20, 2011, 6:17 am

    Your grandmother will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m wishing her a quick recovery and sending you strength to deal with worrisome days.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 20, 2011, 8:08 am

    Sending thoughts and prayers to your grandmother, and to you, too. Let us know how it all goes.

  • Kamaile June 20, 2011, 8:09 am

    Positive thoughts for your amazing Grandmother!

  • Jessica W. June 20, 2011, 8:16 am

    Praying for your Grandmother!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 20, 2011, 8:26 am

    My thoughts are with you and your grandma!

  • Angie June 20, 2011, 8:30 am

    Jen-I will be praying for your grandmother all day today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Love you!

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:30 pm

      thank you angie – i’m so glad i got to see you this morning. love you too – xoxo.

  • erin June 20, 2011, 8:31 am

    Prayers said for you, your grandmother, and your family.

    My grandpa had open heart surgery at 73. He was extremely active as well and came through with flying colors. I hope the same for your grandmother.

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:30 pm

      erin – thank you. it really helps to hear that other have been through this too.

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad June 20, 2011, 8:51 am

    I know exactly how you feel…my dad had an (emergency) double-bypass last October. I was on vacation in Australia at the time and my dad didn’t want anyone to mention it to me. I figured out something was going on (my mom is a terrible liar and was acting so strange on the phone). My family finally told me about my dad’s surgery with 3 days left of my vacation. Naturally, I hated being that far away and was totally shocked and upset. I must have called my dad at least twice a day from Australia. But it all worked out for the best; my dad is back to his old self and feels fantastic.

    I’m sending good thoughts and prayers your way today. Hang in there.

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:32 pm

      kristy – wow, i can’t even imagine that. i’m so happy that everything turned out well and that your dad is going well. thank you for sharing your experience. it really helps.

  • Becca B June 20, 2011, 8:55 am

    I will be thinking of you and your family! My grandmother had a triple bypass not too terribly long ago and everything turned out well with her (and she is not as active as your grandmother it seems!) so stay positive! I will be sending positive thoughts your way!

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:32 pm

      thank you becca. i really appreciate the encouraging words.

  • Lori June 20, 2011, 8:58 am

    Your grandmother seems like a strong lady and will do great!! Positive thoughts your way!

  • Alaina June 20, 2011, 9:02 am

    All my thoughts and prayers to your grandmother!!!

  • Michele June 20, 2011, 9:16 am

    Prayers for your grandmother Jen

  • LeeAnn June 20, 2011, 9:31 am

    Sending prayers to you and your grandma!!

  • ashley June 20, 2011, 10:04 am

    Oh Jen! BIG prayers for your grandmother, you and your family. I know how difficult and scary this is – been here too many times. Hang in there! She’s a tough cookie!

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 10:34 am

    Sending lots of prayers and love your way. I know how hard it is to be away from family during times like this.

  • Jenn June 20, 2011, 10:45 am

    Prayers and healing thoughts to your grandmother and peaceful thoughts to you and your family.
    Be well

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 10:46 am

    Praying for your grandmother, Jen! God is in control!

  • Brindi June 20, 2011, 10:54 am

    Your grandma is in my prayers! I’m sure everything will turn out just fine 🙂

  • Mary June 20, 2011, 11:52 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your grandmother! I wish her a speedy recovery! And thank you for letting all of us in on this part of your life, you are very inspiring!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh June 20, 2011, 11:53 am

    I will definitely keep your grandmother in my prayers. I am also the oldest of four grandchildren and am very close to my grandparents. If either of them were going under serious surgery, I would need all the good thoughts I could get, so I’m sending some your way. 🙂

  • Jen June 20, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Praying for your grandma Jen! I hope it’s an easy fix and she’ll be back to herself in no time.

    On a totally random topic, I got an Iphone this weekend too 🙂

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:34 pm

      thanks, jen!

      i am obsessed with my iphone already. it’s trouble.

  • Ash June 20, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Keeping your grandmother, you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Jen Williamson June 20, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Will pray for your family and to keep your Grandma safe. <3

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms June 20, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Praying for your family <3 Hope everything went well today.

  • Nathalie June 20, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I’ll be thinking of you and your grandma today and wish her a very speedy recovery! Sending all the very best wishes to you all!!!
    Lots of love xxx

  • Heather June 20, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Your grandmother (as well as you & the rest of your family) will be in my prayers today. I can’t imagine how scary this must be.

  • Marian June 20, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Praying for your grandmother and sending you a big hug, Jen.


    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:35 pm

      thank you marian. hope all is well in tx.

  • Hollie June 20, 2011, 5:54 pm


    I will be praying for your dear mema. I know how close you are to her and I hope that she heals fast. Thanks for your prayers for wesley’s family too.

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:35 pm

      thank you hollie. love you!

  • Leigh June 20, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Prayers for you and your family!

  • Kerr June 20, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I’ll be thinking about you, your grandmother and your family in the coming days.

  • Debra June 20, 2011, 9:11 pm

    how was your grandmother’s valve replacement today?

    • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:36 pm

      debra – thank you so much for checking in. the surgery went very well. we are all so relieved. she is in good spirits and we should know more tomorrow.

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