Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Half Marathon - Check!

I can't believe it - we survived 13.1 miles and we had an AMAZING time being part of the Chosen Marathon!! It was so wonderful to come together with so many people (1200 registered!) and take part in something so big for such a great cause. From what I know, we ended up with at least 35 members (including us) on our team and we didn't know 15 of them personally. Wow - God continues to provide in a big way and confirm His plan for our lives!

My parents kept the girls Friday night so we could drive to New Braunfels to get our packets and then we stayed in Schertz with Neil's sister. It helped us tremendously since we had to be on site by 6:15 a.m. - that came really early!

Here we are so early it was so dark!! We had just greased up with sunscreen just in case =) I think Neil was falling back asleep (just kidding honey!)

So glad we got to see a few of our team members before we started! I randomly ran into my friend Rachel's cousin, Kayla, who flew down from Wisconsin just to run for our team. Isn't that incredible?! Thanks Kayla and so glad we got a chance to meet!

Here is a pic of Danny ready to run the half . We've known Danny since high school and he recruited a work friend to run for us too! Becky and I have gotten to know each other from church the past two years!
Can't remember what stop this was but got to see the sun rise with some wonderful ladies from church!! Monica, Georgia and Theresa (taking the pic!) were great walking buddies for a lot of the way.
LOVED the course (except the killer hills at the end) - after you completed half of your distance, you turned around so I got to see most everyone! Here is my amazing friend Kristi and her cousin's wife, Kathryn. Couldn't have been more overwhelmed when I saw them and gave huge sweaty hugs!
Kristin, Lauren and Erin are all great friends from church - so wonderful to see them become closer friends through training! You ladies are AWESOME!
Neil and I wore shirts that I made to thank everyone for their support! I especially wanted to do this for the people we didn't know at the race that were running for us. Again, overwhelmed.
Rounding the corner to the finish line - hand in hand with my groom =)
We're still standing!! A great pic of us with our medals and some wonderful people from church - Rob, Theresa, Monica and Georgia
Love these ladies
After we recovered a bit, we drove to Landa Park in New Braunfels for a celebratory picnic for our team. I wanted to do something for everyone who made such a huge sacrifice to run for our team. We didn't have a huge turn out but we had a great time! We had most of our family come and celebrate with us too!

Claire wearing Daddy's medal and the matching shirt I made for the girls.

Daddy and Eden - her hair was SO funny! It had been pulled back but once the rubber band feel out it stayed straight up like a rooster! The cutest rooster I've ever seen!
Rebecca and Cyndi ran the half for us! Rebecca and I knew each other in high school from choir - she was a freshman when I was a senior. She recruited Cyndi to run for us - thank you SO much!! My sister and Heather also came to celebrate with us =)
My mom made these awesome jello squares to resemble the colors in the Ethiopian flag - Green, Red and Yellow! The kids couldn't get enough of these and neither could I =) Takes me back to childhood!
Brandon ran the half marathon and the whole family came for the picnic. His wife, Samantha, and I taught together and Bush and we've continued our friendship while growing our families! Brandon was the first to sign up for our team and was such an encouragement to me from the very beginning. Believing I could do this when I was in major doubt!
WHAT?! A picture with all four cousins?! Can't wait to add our little one to this bunch =) These are the best pictures we've gotten of the kids together since Easter. They had such a great time playing together and riding the train.

Becky and her family - Alan, Sebastian and Sherri (her mother in law)
Heather came from Austin and Claire got a lot of love!
Grandma, Mimi and Eden - thanks for everything!
Gene and Elaine
Posing with my mom - she did so much to get the picnic together! Thanks to everyone who brought goodies to contribute to the picnic!
Heather (one of my child hood best friends) cam from Austin to celebrate too!
Riding the train - Claire is behind Kyle - Eden had the time of her life with Aunt Shannon
Talking with Mimi and licking her jello square
Cousins digging in the sand volleyball court!
Eden and Grandpa digging in the sand making castles!
Here is the back of the girl's shirts - they looked so cute!
Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who walked/ran for our team! We couldn't have done this without your support. I want to list everyone by name =)
Brandon Hopkins, Kristin and Josh Zimmer, Lauren and Troy Gibbins, Erin and Chris Torres, Becky Bounds, Monica Chapman, Theresa Turner, Georgia Ockerman, Rob Anderson, Kristi Seitz, Kathryn Stevens, Melanie Romero, Danny Gonzales, Rick Deaver, Debbie Lytton, Rebecca Gough, Kayla Hedland, Brianne Murphy, Courtney Collins, Erik Adams, Amy Birdwell, Cyndi Jetton, Kimberly Heimbecker, Elaine Karst, Elizabeth Culver, Melissa Whan, Dana and Travis Besselman, Alecia Murphy, Shara Zigmond

Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated/sponsored us. I haven't gotten a list or total from Bethesda yet but will let you know about that when I hear!

Also, till haven't heard how much we actually raised but I will post that once we hear. I know it will be an amazing, overwhelming amount - praying that we will have access to it by the end of November! We will be taking part of the Chosen next year as well - maybe forming another team to raise more for SA Lewis to Ethiopia but if we are all set, we will take part to help out other families! Maybe another family we know?! =)

(OK I still have about 10 other posts I need to catch up on so I might be going backwards but I had a lot of people ask me about the marathon! Btw, the movement on the waitlist has been incredible the past 2 weeks. Our unofficial number is already 56 which is crazy! We get official numbers once a month from agency but keep track on our listserv yahoo group with each other's referrals)


Alison said...

Congrats on the half marathon!! That is awesome!

dan and rachel said...

cool! I love it! wish I could've been there. glad it was such a success!

Tara said...

Looks like a great day--and a great team! Congrats!

Love the Jello squares-so creative.

E.T.'s Mom said...

Impressive! And I LOVE the Landa Park picnic. Such a great place with the train and all.