Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day 2010

If you missed the post regarding Friday with Friends - and our topic for this week - please check here. I hope you will be able to join in...either on Friday or any day this week and I will link you in. Hopefully, we can all "share a chat" with friends - and learn just a bit more about one another.

Simple Woman's Daybook for Memorial Day (May 31 2010)
Outside my is a beautiful day. I've already been on the patio this morning - the birds were thrilled with a gorgeous new morning...and so was I.
I am thinking....about yesterday's Sunday school lesson on contentment. Such a short amount of time each morning before the main worship service but some of the best lessons all week. Our world can really make contentment a struggle - Satan so wants us discontent. I grabbed onto this thought: The opposite of contentment is comparison. Ouch.
I am wearing.....a white shirt - no kidding! Too funny.
I am many that are fighting and serving our country overseas - both in war zones and all over the world. Someone mentioned yesterday, a letter they had received from a friend in Afghanistan who said it is 117! We truly have NO IDEA what these men and women do and endure in order to protect our freedoms and defend our country. Certainly, the least we can do is remember them faithfully in prayer each day - and thank them however and whenever we have opportunity.
I am enjoy another day with my Hubbie before this long weekend in over. We have some casual plans with friends this afternoon - but the weather is iffy. He and I enjoyed our day trip on Friday. We drove out to Ruckersville - and, is as country as it sounds! We stopped several times along the way and just made a day of it. Didn't even buy much but had lots of fun looking:)
I am reading....a new magazine - Life:Beautiful that I heard about while blogging. My first issue just arrived and I really like this new magazine. Much like other woman's magazines - recipes, decorating ideas, makeovers and advice....but with a Christian focus. It is beautifully done and I earmarked a ton of pages. (Not that I can ever remember where I saw an idea...but, I have great intentions!)
I am hoping....Nellie continues to improve - two weeks in the hospital is a long time. And that tomorrow is a great day for Miss Em (I'll be praying for you!)
On my mind...this quote from Abraham Lincoln: America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
From the kitchen.....hopefully, kabobs soon. Hubbie and I both have had such a taste for these but not one night this weekend has it worked out to have them. Right now, we don't have a grill so making kabobs without one will new for us. Honestly, our old grill did not make the move and we were not in a hurry to replace it - we thought we wouldn't really miss it as we didn't use one tons when we had it.....who knew? We have said many a time this spring, "Sure would like such and such...but, oh, we don't have a grill!"
Around the house.....things are quiet. Ahhhh..........
Plans for the with a sweet friend on Wednesday - its been quite a bit since we've been able to get together - and then Ladies Day Out on Thursday....can it possibly be the first Thursday of the month again already???
One of the favorite own precious Air Man serving our country - he will be leaving for Afghanistan in August (did your read about the 117 degrees, bud?) I am so proud of this boy!!

I love you, Smith!

Friday, May 28, 2010

A New Idea

Friday with Friends topic: Tell us about your favorite teacher - or one who made a lasting impression on you. Share a thought, a story or even a picture. Post any day next week, just leave me a comment letting me know so I can include you on Friday.

Good Friday morning - and the beginning of a long weekend! Hubbie has off today so it is an extra-nice long weekend for us. Today we are going to spend the day "out" together...take a drive - headed down to the extra large Plow and Hearth store. There is one closer to us but it is a smaller one in a shopping center - and, besides, we will stop at all the antique and thrift stores along the way! So much fun:)

Tomorrow we hope to finish the flower beds inside the patio. We are so enjoying our patio. Yesterday was really hot but the evenings cool off so nicely and we were sitting outside enjoying a latte when a storm started brewing....the lightning was so cool and the breeze was great. Well, at least Hubbie and I thought so - the dogs not so much!

Have been meaning all week to tell you about Donna's giveaway.....check it out here. Donna is a sweet friend of mine (even in "real life" and not just through blogging!) and she is having her first giveaway - for 100 posts! What fun. You could win a new magazine subscription to any of the Taste of Home magazines! I thoroughly enjoy reading magazines - I've been wondering where my subscriptions have been since we moved...apparently they did not make the move well; however, yesterday I went to the mailbox, which I rarely do, and there were THREE magazines! Woo hoo for me - and just in time for a lazy, long weekend:) If you enjoy magazines as well, be sure to check out Donna's give away.

So, if you are still is my thought. I love conversation. I always enjoy being with a group of family or friends and tossing out a topic and hearing everyone's thoughts/ideas/memories on the subject. And I thought it would be great to something similar with my blogging friends. (How I enjoy reading each of your posts and learning snipets of your life...wouldn't it be wonderful to have actual conversations?) With that in mind, next week I will be starting Friday with Friends.

It is simple, really. I'll toss out a thought or an idea each Friday. You will have all week to think about it and write a post about it to share the next Friday. You can share your post any day the following week. Just let me know that you did and on Friday, I will link in everyone that has joined the conversation (I know about Mr. McLinky, etc. but right now that is over my head....but I will include everyone.) I think it will be fun - and I will look forward to hearing from everyone each Friday. (Yes, occasionally I might skip a Friday just so I can slip in Foto Friday and satisfy my urge to share my pictures of Miss Roo....who, by the way, is doing fantastic! The swelling and bruising is going down even faster than the doctor predicted. Thank you so much for your comments - and prayers.) Back to Friday with Friends....I hope that you will join in! and even ask your friends to join!!

With the end of school on my mind, I have been thinking about school days past. So, next Friday, let's share about a favorite teacher from your school days. Share a thought or even a specific memory....if you have any pictures, even better! Let's hear it for the all the teachers with the beehive hairdos!!:)

Hope you have a great weekend - I look forward to hearing from everyone:)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Praises for His Hand of Protection

THANKFUL THURSDAY...and a huge praise!

Yes, yesterday, I finished the treatments...without a hitch! I am glad to be done and so grateful for the ease of these treatments - and even for the forced "pause" in my schedule. Yesterday, I enjoyed over an hour of wonderful Bible study with a friend on the phone that so encouraged, and challenged!, me...and I'm grateful for the time I had to do that. If you've never shared a Bible study one-on-one with a special friend, it truly is a joy and very much worth the investment of time - even while I share my heart with my girlfriend, God is "exposing" my heart to me. It is a blessing.
My huge praise this Thursday is for this sweet girlie - and God's hand of protection on her Monday night. While trying to reach a bowl on top of her momma's jewelry chest (which is the size of a small dresser), she pulled the chest over and on top her. The chest landed on her face, pinning her to the bed that was behind her. (Even writing this, horrifies me.)
They live within minutes of a pediatric after hours center and Riley was seen right away. As horrible and pitiful as her swollen and thoroughly black and blue face looks, there were no broken bones, no teeth lost and no damage to her nose or nasal passages. She never lost consciousness and there is no damage to her head or her brain.
All of the horrible "what if" scenarios have played through my mind (as well as her momma's, I'm sure)...but God was protecting her and helping Erica as well. When we talked to Erica that night, Riley was already giggling in the background and she is back to her playdates - although inside and not quite to the park yet! As He always is, God was mighty on Monday night. Thank you, Lord, for protecting sweet Riley from an injury that, although was terrible, could have been so much worse. Thank you for the compassionate nurses, good doctor and the healing already taking place. Thank you, Lord, for Riley...we love this precious gift you have given our family.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - be forewarned...I am a TERRIBLE photographer!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Yard Sale Bargains

Do you enjoy yard saleing? As much as I enjoy consignment stores and some thrift stores, I really am not that much of a yard saler (is that a word?). Specifically, I don't often get up on Saturday mornings at the crack of dawn, head out with my cup of coffee and drive all over town in search of "the jackpot" yardsale. (As far as having a yard sale - we won't even go there!) To me, it seems like a lot of effort - and gas - for a little payoff...but then again, I'm sure many could make similar arguments against thrift stores.

Nevertheless, this past weekend, our neighborhood had its first annual community yard sale. I was actually looking forward to it. I was really looking forward to alot of the neighbors being outside and a chance to meet some new folks....which I did! but I also came across a few real treasures - and all while walking!

At one home, this lady apparently had done some redecorating and had out quite a bit of home decor items....almost all of which were Pottery Barn and several things still in the original packaging. And she had the best prices ever! I picked up this Cafe Latte sign for fifty looks right at home in my butler's pantry. (The butler's pantry is a serving area between my kitchen and dining for the butler, see below!!)

I also bought from her two khaki pillow covers - 25 cents a piece, a plate stand and a cute ivory aluminum vase/urn for another 50 cents! I'm telling you, my kind of deals:)

I don't often buy clothes at yard sales but I came across an entire selection of men's shirts - still in the dryer cleaner bags, name brand shirts (like Ralph Lauren) and Hubbie's exact size. I couldn't pass them up....and for 50 cents to a dollar! Woo Hoo.

So, here is picture of sweet Hubbie "modeling" one of his new shirt (he's a good sport!)

Sure could use some paint on those walls.....but that is a whole other blog post!!

Glad It is a New Week

Simple Woman's Daybook for Monday, May 24, 2010

Outside my is cloudy, grey and misty rain. I truly could snuggle under an afghan all morning but I am really hoping for a more productive Monday:)

I am thinking....about our recent reservations for travel plans this fall to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary - more about that later! (I am excited!!)

I am wearing....a white shirt - my favorite! I have a slight obsession with white shirts - I could have twenty in my closet and be perfectly happy not to have any other shirts?!?!

I am remembering...all the events from graduation week last week. I thought I was prepared (whatever that might be for me right now) but it was a very difficult week. It was also a special time for so many of the teenagers. I am also remembering the pastor's sweet rememberance of Tyler on Friday evening.

I am try and stay home today but I may go visit Nellie in the hospital later this afternoon. She has been so very sick and my heart has been so heavy for her and her dear husband. I thought she seemed to be improving yesterday but last evening, she was definitely struggling. She - and Paul - are in need of much prayer.

I am reading....a book of autobiographies/testimonies that the seniors compiled. It is so fun to read their salvation stories as well as their dreams for the future. The book also included "Remembrances of Tyler" written by each of the seniors. Some of the stories shared even I had forgotten - and all of their comments have been a true joy to my heart.

I am hoping.....that Nellie's family will begin to support her, that Morgan has a great "first week of freedom" :), that Debbie continues to feel the peace that passes understanding even as she starts her cancer journey with all the doctor visits, test and decisions, and that Jordan can come home soon.

On my mind....this quote from Henry Ford: If you think you can or you think you can't, you are right.

From the kitchen....are the pre-packaged meals from my new diet. I mentioned that I was reading about it last week and everything I could find was postivie, healthy, encouraging and seemed right for me - so I ordered it and started on Saturday. It is the Medifast diet and on day three, things are going great. I probably will not blog much about my dieting but I will let you know later on what I thought about this plan - like I said, for now, it was only been two days! But, I am psyched for this:)

Around the house....I am lighting candles! The weather has been humid and things just smell too much rain. I really need to freshen the air - and its either light candles or bake cookies - which if you read the previous paragraph is not my best option.

Plans for the week....the last of the last of the last treatments on Wednesday!! Can you hear my Woo Hoo??

One of my favorite things......pedicures - I know, that was rather random but I do feel rather spoiled when I go to get a pedicure...and I love bright, fun colors on my toes! I don't get a pedicure too often but just my reward myself after I loose my first ten pounds:)

Friday, May 21, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

So Glad I Don't Commute

THANKFUL THURSDAY....but first a prayer request. My friend, Nellie, that I mentioned on Monday after celebrating her birthday on Sunday is in ICU with several health issues. Her husband is also very frail and quite dependent on her at home. There are so many needs for these two dear saints - please lift them up in prayer when you think of it.

I am also thankful this Thursday...

* my latest - and last - round of maintenance treatments for my lymphoma is almost complete. The third one in this round was yesterday so that means the last treatment will be next Wednesday. I am thankful that I seem to tolerate these treatments very well - no side effects - and they appear to be effective, as I feel terrific. I am thankful for all the advances that have been made in cancer treatments as well as a wonderful doctor...and the staff that work with me each week.

Also, while I am tethered to an IV pole:), I have several hours to myself - to read devotionals, to catch up on phone calls, and an out-of-town girlfriend and I take an hour and do a Bible study together. I am thankful for that time she and I have together.

** for my hubbie's job. He loves his job and that by itself is enough reason to rejoice. I also love that he works from home, basically sets his own schedule which allows him to work around the worst times of traffic. He does not have to commute which is such a tremendous blessing. Many of our friends - and thousands of others I don't know - spend HOURS each day just getting to and from work...driving themselves, catching the bus or metro, or the always-crazy-to-me slugging! (Please tell me...does anyone else in the country SLUG to work?!?!) As I sat in traffic yesterday on the way to the doctor, I was grateful than neither of us has to do that on a daily basis. I was also gone yesterday from 7:00 until 9:30 last night and I am so grateful that is not an everyday thing for me either.

Since Hubbie makes his own appointments, he was able to schedule lunch with me yesterday, which was extra nice since I was gone all day. It was just an extra treat to be able to spend an hour or so together in the afternoon. I am thankful, today, for those "little things."

** for a few more of those "little things"
- my puppy's unconditional love...and his cute new haircut:)
- hearing from a girlfriend last night that I haven't seen in way too long
- homemade soap made my former neighbor - I love that stuff!
- a garage
- my new table from the antique store (it was still there!)
- blooming hydrangeas - yes, mine actually bloomed and that's a first
- wandering around Crate and Barrel....just for fun
- cell phones - I'm not addicted but they sure are convenient

and for the excitement of the end of the school year! It has been quite awhile since I was involved with end of the year cupcakes and parties...but this time of year is just exciting and energizing! Hooray for all my little friends, and my nephews, who are finishing another year...and hooray for their mommy's being on summer schedules:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good Buddies, Great Friends

Remember the party - for Tyler's 13th birthday - I mentioned on Monday....and all of his buddies who are graduating?? Just had to share a quick picture. All of these guys have really grown (for some...literally!! The guy in the burgundy t-shirt is 6'7" now!) into handsome young men! I am so excited for all of them!!

Have a great Wednesday!

Morgan, Tyler, Sam, Brandon and Xavier!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

God's Been Good

I know I just recently shared some lyrics but I wanted to share some more once again. I love music. And I love when music - either instrumental or with lyrics - really connects with your soul. I suppose there are some days (...or weeks or entire phases!) in life where music is the best way to not only express yourself but to understand your own heart.

Last night at the seniors' banquet, all of the graduating seniors sang this song - God's Been Good. This is just part of the song (second verse, I think) and the chorus. They - the teens -were beautiful, the song was beautiful and the words are precious. It was a sweet evening - bittersweet - but a sweet evening, indeed.

Times replay and I can see that I've cried some bitter tears
But I felt His arms around me, as I faced my greatest fears
You see I've had more gains than losses
and I've known more joy than hurt
As His grace rolled down upon me undeserved
God's been good in my life
I feel blessed beyond measure when I go to sleep each night
And though I've had my share of hard times,
I wouldn't change them if I could
'Cause through it all, God's been good.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Week of Mixed Emotions

Simple Womans Daybook for May 17, 2010:

Outside my window...there is a steady, soft rain that is making the house feel cozy - and making it hard for me the wake up my brain!

I am thinking.....about Deb (at The Way We Are) and her biopsy this morning. The waiting has been difficult and I am glad that she is finally getting the procedure done - and now praying not only for the results but also for the days of waiting for those.

I am thankful for.....all of Tyler's classmates graduating this week - what a great moment! It is exciting to see what direction God is leading many of them...especially having watched many of them grow up from just babies in our nursery:)

I am remembering....Tyler's 13th birthday that included several of those boys graduating on Friday. We went to laser tag, then bowling and to the always popular Cici's Pizza! Then they all stayed the night at my house - what fun! We all laughed and then laughed some more - until I was crying! They were all really special friends...and are such good boys. (And some of them have grown incredibly tall!)

I am going....back to an antiques store I visited this past weekend. We saw a table that "really caught our eye" so we came home, measured for, thought over, talked about....and decided, yes, it would be perfect in our family room. Now, let's just hope its still there. That's a chance I always take but I try not to impulse buy and so I just have to take the chance. Cross your fingers:)

I am reading....about a new diet plan (ugh) but I'm not willing to quit trying. I'll have to let you know what I think after I make a decision.

I am make it through this week - with all the senior activities and graduation.

On my mind....Tyler.

From the kitchen.....I was thinking about making these adorable graduation caps that I saw on Jenifer's blog - but I haven't made any promises and we will see how it goes:)

Around the house....the carpets are starting to look sad. The vacuum - my new vacuum - is not working well. What is it about me and vacuums?? I have way too many bum vacuums!

Plans for the week....senior banquet this evening, another meeting with the Parent Advisory Board at Children's, graduation on Friday night and the seniors' picnic on Saturday. Oh goodness.

One of my favorite things....just yesterday, my sweet friend, Nellie, celebrated her 84th birthday! Several of us took her (and her sweetheart of 63 years) to lunch at Olive Garden....and her face just beamed when they brought out the cake and sang Happy Birthday!! Why can I not ever remember my camera for these things?!?! Her friendship is a blessing.

Friday, May 14, 2010

History in Pictures

These pictures were recently shared with my husband in an email entitled "Long Live the Queen"....cute. I thought the pictures - and their timeline - fascinating! Not to mention the queen is just lovely. How cool would it be to assemble a photographic timeline, of sorts, of my life???

Enjoy these photos, as well as your weekend. Just curious - which photograph is your favorite? Not necessarily your favorite president but picture....(although that might be one and the same:). Me? Just love the one of Her Majesty and President Reagan - she in her glasses and looking so serious and he so relaxed and totally enjoying himself. Oh, to only know what she had just said!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some Cards Make You Cry......Laughing!

If two siblings live in different states and decide to work together for Mother's Day, it is really sweet....just be careful who is in charge of getting the card - it just might be this one! (Sorry Jordan!)

Inside: Happy Mother's Day from me and my brother!
HA...HA...Now, that was Laugh-Out-Loud funny for me! And, the funniest part?? If I'd had the opportunity in years past, I'd have chosen the exact same card!! Loved it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Watching the Sparrows

I mentioned yesterday that the theme for our Mother/Daughter banquet was "His Eye is on the Sparrow"....and our guest speaker shared the hymn story behind that song. Apparently the writer of the hymn was greatly impacted by a couple that both daily faced enormous physical challenges. In spite of their circumstances, this couple lived each day joyfully and contented. When asked how they did it, the hymn writer was told, "His eye is on the sparrow...and I know He watches me." She never forgot those words.

I have always enjoyed this hymn and when things are difficult - especially when I find myself not in control - this song can be a comfort. But it is more than just a reassurance that God is close by, watching over me and concerned about even the little things. This song is about genuine contentment. Contented no matter what the day may hold or what challenges, frustrations, disappointments may lie ahead. I like to hum this song and "assume" that God is - as I hum - "fixing" everything to make life easy again. However, I need to be content even in the midst of difficult days.

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely
And long for Heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled,
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth
But one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Good Monday morning - and a belated Happy Mother's Day! I hope that everyone had a wonderful day matter what stage you might be in, I pray that God blessed your day in a special way. I know there are many moms with hurting hearts - hurting for a wide variety of reasons but especially those moms with grieving hearts - and I pray that God comforted their hearts in a personal way yesterday.

My family went above and beyond yesterday to let me know that I am loved - and it was a great day for me. Indeed, it was a great weekend - and as I look back over the weekend....I feel privileged.

Privileged - to have been a part of organizing and putting on the annual Mother/Daughter banquet at our church. From the early planning meetings several months ago to watching it all come together on Saturday has been a highlight for me. So many ladies using the talents and abilities the Lord has give them and working together - it truly was a joy to be a part of the whole thing. The theme was His Eye is On the Sparrow. Our speaker did such a lovely job and the whole event was a blessing. I was privileged to be involved.

Privileged to grow up in a Christian home and to have the mom I did. I know many of us can say the same thing - but there are many who cannot and I don't ever want to take that for granted. My mom was beautiful, smart, talented, resourceful, fun (and funny!)....but, first and foremost, she was devoted to her husband and children. She poured her heart into loving my brother and me! And, if it were possible, she did the same for my children as well. I am so grateful for the influence she had on their lives....and how very much she loved each one of them so deeply and unconditionally. She went on to Heaven just seven months before Tyler....and I know she greeted, and hugged, and held my baby - and that helped my hurting heart.
And, of course, I am privileged to be not only a mother but also a Mimi, myself. And not just any mother - but mom to Emily, Jordan and Tyler!! And Mimi to Miss Riley!! I thank God for these privileges......

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Riley Makes My Heart Happy!

THANKFUL THURSDAY....just a few of favorite things with Riley!! I am thankful for -

The Mickey Mouse Club!! and
especially for the Hot Dog Dance!!
I don't watch a lot of tv and certainly don't see much children's tv,
but this show, The Mickey Mouse Club, is super cute!
Each episode ends with the Hot Dog Dance - so silly, so fun and
super cute when Miss Roo joins in!!
Riley says Mimi, Minnie, Mama and lots of other "M" words perfectly
but still squeals with delight when she sees her favorite mouse and cheers
"Nickey"!! Guess he will always be Nickey to her:)

Picnics at the zoo!!
and for chicken nuggets, too.
I suppose we had chicken nuggets when I was a kid -
but I'm tellin' ya, there is a whole generation of kiddos
that would be literally starving these days
if it weren't for chicken nuggets!
What is it about sleeping little ones that is so sweet?!?!

and Pigtails, too!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Don't Quit

Thanks so much for all the best wishes regarding Erica's run! It really was a great morning. If you were unable to read the poem that we included on Tyler's page for the Wall of Hope, I thought I would share it today.....and, then, just for good measure - one sweet shot of that cutie patootie (no doubt many more to follow!)

Don't Quit
(author unknown)
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low but the debts are high,
When you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver lining on the cloud of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst
That you must not quit!

Sniffin' pretty flowers......times like these are the exact reasons that I "cannot quit"!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Doing What We Do Because of Tyler

AWESOME!! That is exactly what my step-daughter, Erica, is saying here......and it truly was awesome! The entire morning:)

We were at a 5K Race to benefit the Brain Tumor Society. The weather was perfect. The energy and mood was exhilirating and we both felt so good doing something so positive to honor our sweet Tyler.

Actually this whole week that they have been here visiting has been fantastic and I wasn't sure I would really have (or make) much time for the computer but I just so wanted to share a few pictures from the race (and I'm sure I will share more later of Miss Roo!!)

The race was downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue and followed the same route that they use for the inaugural parade. Erica, who is a "new" runner, did the runner. I did the volunteering - and cheering!!

There were 10,000 (yea TEN THOUSAND) runners and walkers! Freedom Plaza was packed - runners/walkers of all ages...survivors...and supporters/loved ones of people affected by brain tumors.

There was a Wall of Hope filled with photos remembered by loved ones. Of course, Erica ran to honor her brother. It really was touching and heartbreaking to see all the faces...especially all the children and babies represented on the wall.

We lovedt that Tyler's page was located right under the words....Seek Peace!! Although most of the pictures were just of the individual - I chose a photo of Tyler and his sister:)

And what does 10,000 runners look like?? This is just a glimpse! This is a part of the survivor parade - the survivors were in yellow t-shirts with the yellow balloons - that started the parade. The cheering was overwhelming!
And what was I doing while Erica was "pounding the pavement"??? Enjoying the super cool buildings downtown:)

And all the cute puppies! This is so much more my speed on a humid morning downtown:)

Crossing the finish line!!
It was a winning moment for all of us - Erica (her best time yet!), proud of her, and all of us inspired - again..and still! - by Tyler:)