Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Hero's Wings...

I have not posted since May 10...when I spoke of Andrew Small and his courageous battle with cancer. It is with a very heavy heart this morning that I share that Andrew was granted his angel wings yesterday, May 23.

I do not personally know the Small family but we know their friends...Please join me in praying for his family and friends during this difficult time.

Read more about Andrew's journey.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day - Mother's Fears - Mother's Prayers

I've been debating and struggling to write this post for a couple days...mainly because I'm not sure part of the story is mine to share nor do I have the words to get it out. But my goal of this blog is simply to bring awareness and share Will and I's journey as we train for different events. Right now neither of us are in the "heat" of major training. I am signed up for the Chicago full marathon so come June my training will pick up considerly. But right now I'm mentoring summer season and I've been posting each week about our honored heros...this past Saturday we did not have our typically mission moment but there will be a mission moment towards the end of this post.

Sunday was Mother's day and if you saw my facebook post it was the BEST. MOTHERS. DAY. EVER. I got to sleep in (till 8:15), woke to quiet, smiling, healthy children who were so eager to have me open their mothers day cards, we went to church, had brunch, swam for the first time in our pool with friends, ordered pizza and finally called it a night by saying prayers and kissing tired little heads. I think that is one of the best days I've ever had since I became a mother. Absolutely perfect. I felt so very blessed...it just doesn't get much better.

Later that night I climbed into bed with the iPad and checked some of the sites/blogs I follow. Right now I've been keeping up with Andrew Small...he is a family friend of Georgia, our friend and honored hero in Austin. Andrew was diagnosed with Leukemia on in July 2005 at the age of 5 and he received a Bone Marrow Transplant from his sister. He did well for four years and then in April 2010 a mass was found in his brain. It's a mother's worst fear to hear the words, "your child has cancer"...it is heartbreaking for me to hear stories such as this one week after week but it continues to push me to put one foot in front of the other mile after mile and it makes me want to continue to tell everyone about Team in Training's mission and how it helps find new treatments.

Unfortunately, the update on Andrew's caringbridge site that evening brought me to tears. I knew he wasn't doing well but the first line...well I don't have the words. This morning his parents posted another update which is the reason I made the decision to post. My heart aches for Andrew and his family. I won't even try to understand what they are going through...it is not my place but I can offer my prayers and I can ask others to pray for them. So that is what I'm asking each of you who reads this blog...please pray for the Small family.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Who you calling trashy?

Sunday was the first event for our summer team...we had 10 team members participating in the Heels and Hills HALF marathon. Overall there were 150 TNT participants from the surrounding areas. Jessica, Robin and I decided not to run the event but instead go out to support all the runners and walkers.

We met at 6:30am at a grocery store...and as we were all loading into my car it started to rain...not a good sign for race day. I quickly went into the store and bought a pack of trash bags. Yes, large black trash bags...they are a runner's saving grace on race day when its cold or raining. You'd be suprised at how warm they keep you and obviously will keep you dry. Plus they are completely disposable unlike a $50 running jacket you don't want to toss or ruin.

And come to find out they work really well for supporters too as seen above! The only negative about the trash bag...you couldn't see our TEAM IN TRAINING shirts.

On a more serious note...CONGRATULATIONS to all the runners/walkers who completed Sunday's event. It was definitely not an easy morning. The event was stopped several times and participants had to take cover due to the rain and storms. Our TNT participants in Oklahoma City at the OK City Memorial full and half marathon endured the same conditions...so hats off to them as well. We are very proud of each of you!

Train Endure Achieve Matter!


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