Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thank you so much for organizing this trip. I am so glad I was able to be a part of it. I feel both renewed and empowered by the experience. It was a blast!
Please pass along my thanks to Carin and Karen. The three of you make a wonderful team. I look forward to joining you on future adventures!
Natalie Hoppe

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Perfect conditions for Women on the Edge dogsled ski and snowshoe trip!

Kindred sisterhood: On the Edge everyday

I work out at my local "Y" on a regular basis and happen to go at a time of day when many of the "Silver Sneakers" members are there. These older folks are there faithfully and usually stay after their exercise time is through for some camaraderie and conversation around the tables in the Commons area. More often than not, their discussions are peppered with laughter.

In the locker room with the older women, many in their 70's and 80's, I'm always struck by their resilience and tenacity. Those old bodies show a history, tell the stories of lives that haven't always been easy. There are missing breasts, scars from surgeries, canes, walkers, glasses, gnarled joints and yet, here they are. They bolster each other, listen, share stories. They keep showing up, keep laughing, keep moving forward.

These are true "women on the edge", in fact we all are! Life is tough and no one is given a free pass to avoid what is unpleasant or difficult, but what God has given us are the gifts of compassion for others and an amazing strength of spirit. Exercising those gifts, along with a healthy dose of laughter, can do wonders to help ourselves and each other keep on moving down this path of life.

Karen Anderson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

C'mon, you know you want to! Join us on Jan. 20th at Camp Menogyn on the Gunflint Trail for a weekend of good company, hearty food, lovely (indoor) accomodations and a wonderland of snow. You'll feel your senses wake up and come alive again!! This is your year--sign up now!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Still Trying to shred

We are cancelling the Jan. 9th "Women on the Edge" snowboard event due to lack of participation for the 9th, but I found a new, even better, DEAL on Trollhaugen's website (see below for details).  I think two or three women from St. Andrew's might go on 1/16.  If you've ever thought about giving snowboarding a try, this is a super cheap way to try it and it would be fun to do with a group of WOMEN.  (And if you're worried about your wrists, wear wrist-guards.  I do!  Same ones you use for roller-blading.)
Link: http://www.trollhaugen.com/news.php?nID=60   $15 for Lift, Lesson, and Rental - By reservation only, Limited Space Available!  Ages 10+.  Lift Ticket becomes valid after lesson completion.  All those who complete the session will receive a voucher for a lift ticket, lesson, and rental for only $25.  This program is for beginners only.
What a bargain!  (Lift ticket alone normally costs $41.)  I can't go 1/8 or 1/29, but I will definitely be at Trollhaugen on 1/16.  This is filling up fast, even since just this morning.  Please pre-register yourself with Trollhaugen's website or phone # (not thru me or St. Andrew's) and let me know you're going.