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So it’s Friday.

David and I decided that since we live in a city with three professional sports teams, we should try to see at least two of them play. That said, we’re going to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game tonight! We’ve been told by natives of the Burgh that we shouldn’t go expecting the Pirates to win. They’re right. The Pirates are finishing up their 15th consecutive losing season.

Regardless, we’re excited about the whole atmosphere of the game–fans, black and gold, cheering, hot dogs and great baseball songs–hence this entry’s title. Take me out to the ball game…

As for football, the Steelers’ games are pretty much always televised; there’s even a channel you can buy called “Steelers 24/7” which provides (yes, you guessed it) all day long coverage of the team. I’m sure they show minute-by-minute updates of injured players and where the offensive coordinator went to lunch. Brilliant! We certainly haven’t become huge fans yet; we’re still super passionate about our Tigers. Perhaps the day will come-before we head back south-when we can finally call the team the Stillers. That’s how the truly hard-core fans pronounce it. Go figure.

On a similar note, we’re learning all sorts of Pittsburghese. Yes, it’s a language. They even have a website! For example, “For crying in the sink!” means “I don’t believe this!” And instead of something being a “piece of cake,” it’s a “can ‘a’ corn.” Excellent!

I’ll have to study up a bit and try to utilize some of these fantastic phrases at the game tonight.

I like to think that perhaps they will win today. A little late in the season for me to become a fan, but I might just start if they fight it out. I’m all about cheering for the underdog and believing in the unlikely and impossible. Makes life interesting!

Ah well, It’ll all come to a head when we go dahntahn to cheer on da Pi-rats.

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No, of course I wouldn’t jump, but when it comes to documenting life via a blog, seems like all the cool kids are taking part. Why shouldn’t I?

So, introductions. I’m 23 and nearly eight months into marriage; I love every moment of my time with David. Sure we have our struggles, but doesn’t everyone? David’s an awesome second place in my life. Second, of course, to Jesus. God has done some miraculous things for both David and me through our time knowing Him, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store.

We’re settled here in PA, looking forward to fall and bracing ourselves for the winter ahead. Being a native South Carolinian, the thought of snowfall gets me unabashedly excited, but based on the attitudes of those native to “the Burgh,” I might be in for something crazy intense in a few months.

Time will tell.

I love my friends and my family–as scattered across the world as they may be. Yes. I love and miss you all. Hopefully this will help to keep you more informed about where I am and what I’m up to. Enjoy!

So, why the blog title? (Aside, of course, from the fact that I’m an avid runner.) It’s a reference to 1 Corinthians 9:24-26, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.” (NLT).

I want to live for Christ. To glorify his name. I will run for the prize and bring as many people along with me as I can. Praise God!