Saturday, October 22, 2011


::day 71::  Saturday, October 22.  It's been a bit of a long week.  On Thursday I had a chemistry lab, which added exactly one hour to my total time.  As of then, I was up to 44 hours.  Then, today I had a marching band competition and that added several hours.  Eight to be exact.  The grand total is up to 52, getting us past the two day mark.  It was the last competition of the season though, so I won't be adding any more hours for a while.  Last night we had a home football game, in which I marched barefoot.  It was undoubtedly the coldest my feet have ever been.  While the football field was wet and freezing, so it was a terrible combination.  The air temperature was around 40 degrees, but I'm suspicious it was colder.  I could see my breath, after all.  Being that cold was a whole new kind of pain.  It's gonna take a whole new level of endurance than what I'm used to to get through this winter.  I can't even describe the pain.  It was on a whole new level from anything I've experienced before.  I will need your prayers now more than ever, especially as it continues to get even colder!  Until next time, good night and God bless!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


::day 65::  Sunday, October 16.  A couple days ago was AYWOS 2 month anniversary! I'm officially two months in to the game.  That's about one sixth of my journey complete.  As of today, there are exactly 300 more days of barefoot-ness.  It's really weird to think about how far into this I am.  To say the least, there's no turning back now.  Also in big news,  if anyone wants to write a check for A Year Without Shoes,  You can make it out to Freshwater Community Church.  We haven't gotten the pay-pal deal set up yet, so electronic giving isn't an option yet.  We're so far in, and yet there's still so much to do!  I'm especially going to need prayer over the next few months as it gets colder, so if everyone could keep me toes in their thoughts and prayers, it would be greatly appreciated.  Until next time, good bye and God bless.

Monday, October 10, 2011


::day 59::  Monday, October 10.  Wow!  This last week has been craaaazy! First and fore-most, my birthday was on October 5th!  I'm officially 17 years old!  I guess that makes the video a little bit out of date, but it's ok, the video is still pretty awesome if you ask me. As a joke, my parents put all of my shoes in shoe boxes.  Crazy Mom and Dad.  On Friday, my friend Kate Jacobs went to something called Art Hop in Kalamazoo.  During Art Hop,  a lot of the local businesses stay open later than normal and display Art Work.  My friends at Rhino Media had a pretty hoppin' party going with hot cider and some cool jazz.  On Saturday, I had a band competition.  Luckily, I only wore the socks before and while we competing, so I didn't add to many hours.  I'm now up to 45 hours.  three more  and I'm at two extra days.  Jeesh, it seems like the time is really adding up! It's definitely worth it though.  On Sunday, yesterday, I had the priviledge of speaking to the Junior High group at Journey Family Church, so a big thanks goes out to Deb Milward for inviting to speak to them!  That's pretty much all the AYWOS news, so good talk to you guys later!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


::day 53::  Tuesday, October 4.  It's been exactly a week since I blogged last, and in that time I've added about seven hours to the amount of hours I have to make up at the end of the week.  Total number of hours is now at 39.  A couple more band competitions, and I'll be at two days.  Last Friday was definitely the coldest weather my feet have experienced.  I don't know know the exact temperature, but I do know this: metal bleachers when it's cold are not a friend of bare feet.  I had to sit in the bleachers during our football game, because I'm in the band.  It got so band that I took the rain coat I was supposed to be wearing and wrapped it around my feet.  That provided a little warmth, but next time I'm definitely bringing a blanket to wrap my feet in.  Little interesting factoid for you guys:  I think my feet are actually getting wider from not wearing shoes.  I know it sounds ridiculous, since my feet are massively wide any way, but I honestly think it's getting worse.  My mom even pointed it out the other day.  Sometimes when I'm standing, my toes don't even touch each other because they're so far apart.  My feet could very well suffer permanent wideness from this year.  I'm hoping that any damage will be reversible.  Pray that my feet won't get any wider! It's hard enough to find shoes as it is.  Granted, it's been a while since I looked for shoes, but when I did, it was difficult because of  my hobbit feet.  yikes! Until next time, good night and God bless.