Tell Me Something Good – A Kind Older Man

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hot dang – it’s july 1 and the year is already half over! if you’re reading from the states then you hopefully get a long weekend due to the 4th of july so cheers to that!

today’s tell me something good comes from my husband. did you know he’s training for an ironman?! he is. it’s insanely impressive. he said since i’m going to be going through something so physically and mentally challenging with childbirth, he wanted to challenge his mind and body too! i can only laugh that his ‘challenge’ puts him at the most physical fit of his entire life while i continue to literally expand in size. however at the end of his challenge he gets a medal and for mine – we get our daughter so it’s worth it!

we live near a river called the south platte river in colorado and it’s stretches over 38 miles! if you follow me on snapchat – that’s where i’m always walking along and showing off weird nature and my swollen digits.

south platte river

he was going for a long run earlier and saw a very old man walking quite slowly along the path. every few steps he would stop, bend down slowly, pick something up and then take a few more paces.

as he got closer to this elderly man, he saw that he was picking up any type of trash or litter along the trail! it obviously wasn’t super easy for him to walk or bend down and yet this sweet man was working to ensure his community remained beautiful.

ravery slowed down as he passed the man and said “thank you so much for doing that! i really appreciate it” (yes, my husband is the sweetest). the man responded with a kind wave and a “no problem, sonny jim” (okay he didn’t say the sonny jim part).

this whole interaction and action brought a smile to my face and i hope it did for you too!

oh and because i haven’t shown you a photo of sugar in a while – here’s the remedy:


please reference this post if you think i look tired.

tell me some goodness you have seen or experienced in the world recently!

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  1. Jennifer Haston

    July 1, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Ah Chelsea! I look so forward to this post every week! My “tell you something good”.. (hearing music) is that we picked out the colors for le petite baby’s room. Pink and Green! One of my newly discovered goals is to work on my french tous les jours (everyday) and a random conversation with a coworker is leading to just that! I am excited to make some traction on this goal! I also finally made it to the YMCA and swam yesterday. It was glorious.. I only lasted about 2 laps before I was tres fatiguee.. but such is life as a pregnant lady.. I met a nurse who was super nice and encouraged me to finish out the aqua zumba class so I was excited to do it.. (taking it nice and easy on the jumps) the instructor told me after – Just check with your doctor to be sure it’s okay for you.. and take it easy.. Meaning don’t push yourself.. oh but it felt so good to DANCE! IN WATER!!! This was my inspiration song! This is a truly awesome song.. because it sounds like an 80’s song but it’s current.. and I can’t hear this song without seeing that video that went viral a few months ago with all the dancing movie clips!– anyway! I hope you are having fun times and getting sleep while you can! Momma Chelsea! So excited for you and Ravery and Bavery! And Ryan, dang! IRONMAN! I hope one of his songs to work out is that one.. that would make my day!

    • chelsea

      July 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      yay! i am glad you look forward to this post jennifer and that you are utilizing facebook to get people more involved too! yay – pink and green for the baby’s room, how exciting! glad you are also working on french every day and joining the YMCA for a swim! don’t discount your “only” two laps – thats amazing and well done! hoooray dancing in the water – that does sound like fun! what a fun inspiration song to dance to!

      actually when you race in the ironman you aren’t allowed to have headphones in so no music, which means ravery has been doing all of his workouts (some 4 hours long) without music! it’s super impressive because i always need music when i work out! though all that quality time alone with his mind always makes him come back with some interesting and awesome ideas 🙂

  2. Audrey

    July 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Awwwww , Sugar!!

    I just started cracking up at your “sonny jim” improv. Hahaha. I read that in an older person voice, too! Hahaha!

    I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! I’m out of breath just thinking about running let alone an Iron Man!
    Audrey recently posted…What I Read… June 2016

    • chelsea

      July 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      i am SO glad you read it in an old person voice too audrey! that’s why we are friends – we get each other 🙂

      i am so impressed with him and his ironman training. it wears me out too (and also makes me envious that he’s constantly at a calorie deficit while i’m packing on the pounds). glad you are continuing to make it to the gym and run – GO YOU!

  3. Vivien

    July 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Every time I see Sugar now, I can only picture Ryan’s picture with Sugar with her priceless expression!

    Story gave me warm fuzzies, thank you!
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  4. Elyse

    July 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I love that story, Chelsea! I seriously love senior citizens. I really wish everyone else did too because they are SO smart and wise and always seem to do the right thing.
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