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Jul 6Liked by Katie Blackburn

And it’s all just got me thinking, isn't it amazing how God uses everything in our life to prepare us for the rest of our life?Β  -😭😭😭😭

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Laughed out loud at the line β€œis she really still talking about the bike?” πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

This could very well be a section in your second book. β€œThe Peleton Years.” Cheering you on from afar as you train for TWO FREAKING TRIATHLONS!! and as you continue to share your beautiful words about your beautiful messy real life.

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Jul 6Liked by Katie Blackburn

So so true and so encouraging. I needed to hear this! ✨

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Jul 6Liked by Katie Blackburn

Can't stop smiling - vivid memories of your soccer skills. Beautiful, important, powerful article. Thanks for sharing yourself.

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This blog is like another piece of an answer for the struggle I'm in right now. I have a nearly 2 month old, and 2 and 4 year old boys, the eldest of whom is undiagnosed, but I suspect has autism. We are struggling. Thank God, my parents take care of the boys at their house a day or two each week, but when all 3 are here I'm 10/10 overwhelmed about 80% of our waking hours. I've been feeling discouraged and at a loss today, and your words encourage me to search for the hard things that I've made it through before, the knowledge that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that things aren't permanently hard. And to recall that this baby lets me sleep better than either of the first two and makes me grateful for small blessings. Thank you for sharing.

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As always, Katie, thank you for your words, these beautiful words of encouragement and honesty. I will now hear your voice every time I face yet another challenge in this special needs/disability life. When that next public meltdown arrives with one of the 9 year olds (twins) but the 2 year old needs me at the same time. When we are adding yet another therapy to our already booked therapy schedule. When further testing leads to another diagnosis. I will hear you say, "You can do this, Crystal, you remember what a challenge feels like." Also, I am highly impressed by your juggling skills and triathlon racing!!

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"But we can say we know what a challenge feels like. We’ve put in some reps of hard work in this life, because life demands that from us. And that, friends, is a really good thing." Definitely needed these words today. Your writing is always a bright spot in my day.

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Love this, Katie. Hope you have some great races! β€œisn't it amazing how God uses everything in our life to prepare us for the rest of our life?” Yes & amen

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Love this, Katie. "isn't it amazing how God uses everything in our life to prepare us for the rest of our life?" I honestly think about this all the time. <3

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Incredible. Thank you for sharing Katie. I really needed this reminder.

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I relate so strongly to the feeling of familiarity in juggling a soccer ball. Some skills are drilled very very deeply into who we are.

The reminder that we've done challenging things before is so, so good right now. I'm in the middle of intense language learning. Our whole family us feeling the fatigue..... but we've had lots of experiences of God's grace and provision before. I know he will help us through again!!! Thanks for your real stories and truth filled reminders. You go, biker gal!!! πŸ’ͺ

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Katie, as a fellow Peloton obsessed mom, I related to this story in so many ways. I often have said that being able to do hard things on the bike has prepared me for hard things in life. It may sound silly to some, but when you are pushed to your limit during a Peloton ride with your heart rate at 184 and feeling like you can't breathe, you realize you can do just about anything. Life will always be hard in some way or at some point in time and I choose to think of my Peloton training as the physical and mental prep for what lies ahead.

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I needed this. Currently sidelined with tendonitis from marathon training and I’m so sad. The runner is still in there...similar to you with the soccer athlete and picking up the ball and juggling it.

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Loved this piece, Katie. I was literally just talking to someone about this yesterday; when my anxiety begins to spiral out of control as I think about an anxiety-inducing, I remind myself of all the times I've conquered something similar. Thank you for sharing this!

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