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Family Friday: Running and Finishing

Hong Kong Adoption Update

I’m back with another mini Hong Kong adoption update. Wednesday we sent off all of Esther’s immigration papers. It was a ton of work (so much that ML took Tuesday off to finish it) but completely worth it.

Now that her papers are out of her hands we now have to wait 1-2 months before moving on to the next step. So travel time to Hong Kong is still unknown… but every step gets us a little closer.

This weekend (I’m not sure when though) ML and I are going to work on getting the video together for her and working on a photo album for her. We thought Esther was going to receive the scrapbook pages we put together earlier this year but unfortunately those got sent to the Hong Kong government. Our social worker suggested that we compile a bunch of pictures in a 4×6 album for her. That way she can carry the album around with her. I’m going to try and reprint the scrapbook pages at a small scale to fit in the album and new pictures and stickers. Hopefully she will like it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

R(un) for One

This past weekend was Lifeline‘s (our adoption agency) second annual R(un) for One. A 5k run and 1 mile fun run benefitting (un)adopted, a ministry of Lifeline Children’s Services. (Un)adopted works with, educates, and prepares children who are aging out of the system. Their hope is to provide a hope and future for these children. Most children age out of the system at age 16 and are then sent to the streets to make a life of their own. Many times pimps and prostitutes are waiting on the corner for them… ready to offer them a “promising” job offer. With over 143 million orphans in the world this is a huge problem but with the help of (un)adopted the future for these children is being changed one child at a time.

We competed in this race last year and were really excited to get the chance to run again.20130912-145754.jpg Thankfully this year we recruited Michael Luke’s parents to watch Noah during the race. Like last year it was a cross country track and I just couldn’t push her in a stroller again. Even if it was a jogging stroller.

(Last year. Notice the yorkie?)

20130912-145808.jpgThis race sort of crept up on us and we only had three weeks to prepare. To some people… people who like to run this might not be a problem but for me this meant it was time to get down to business. I started running/walking at the gym a couple of days a week. Yeah, I run/walk, I just don’t like running enough to do it for 3.1 miles straight.  Give me a cardio class any day but please don’t make me run.

Anyway by the time last weekend got here I was feeling a little prepared but no where near as prepared as last year. The race started and stuck to my run/walk intervals and finished the race in 39 minutes and 59 seconds. Whahoo!

This was huge for me. It was the time I hoped to beat last year but wasn’t able to.

Change of Plans

I realize I’m not going to qualify for the Olympic Track and Field team with that score but it was my personal best and to me running is a game against yourself.20130912-145825.jpg

We had a great time running the race and celebrated with our team “1 Less” afterwards. I look forward to “running” it again next year but there is a huge possibility I won’t run until then.

Do you like running?  Maybe your like me and secretly wish you could do the kids fun run and be done with it?  What is your favorite type of excercise?  My favorites are dance classes like BodyJam and Zumba.  I don’t care how ridiculous I look, it’s fun!




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Family Friday: Let’s Head to the Races

This weekend we will be resting and relaxing because we have been busy running in two different 5K’s.  Well, technically I only ran in one and to get even more technical I only ran in part of that one but who needs to get technical!

So, here’s the rundown of where we’ve been running.

Race One

Two weekends ago, September 29 we ran in (Un)adopted, a race hosted by Lifeline Children’s Services, the adoption agency we are going through for our adoption.


(Un)adopted is a ministry that “exists to provide a hope and a future for orphans around the world by facilitating a safe environment to disciple and equip children in need.” (Lifeline Children’s Services,  (Un)adopted.org)  I challenge you to go check out their web page.  It truly is incredible what they are doing.

Back to the race.  ML and I signed up for this race a couple of months ago.  It wasn’t my first 5K but it was my first one with Noah and the first one I didn’t complete entirely by walking.  Let me be just be honest… I’m not a fan of running.  I’m really not even a fan of sweating that much but something got into me one day and I decided to give running a shot.

I use the Run Keeper app on my iPhone alternating in intervals of a minute thirty walking and a one minute run.  Not gonna win me any medals anytime soon but it’s a start.  To motivate me I had this flyer for the race hanging up in the kitchen with my time to beat on it.

Originally, it was set for 45 minutes but like the commercials during the Olympics once I beat that in training I dropped it to 40 minutes.  Which was my final goal for the race.  LIke I said, not gonna win any medals.


The race was loads of fun but I’m sad to report that I didn’t beat my 40 minute goal.  The last few days leading up to the race Emma started lagging behind.  I don’t think her body ever got to fully recover between runs.  So she ended up joining Noah in the stroller.  Somehow, I had also missed  the memo (there was none) that this was a cross country track with some pretty steep hills.

We did finish in under 44 minutes though and had loads of fun afterwards.

Noah got her picture taken by the Colombia booth, helped paint a canvas, and made (I did) a lanyard for her diaper bag.

We stuck around after the race to enjoy the festivities and medal presentations.


ML was completely shocked when they called his name for third place in his age division.I was so excited for him because he gave it his all in this race.

I also want to point out the cute shirt Noah is wearing.

My sister made/designed it for her.  Noah’s normal stroller is green and the baby has a “N” on her shirt for Noah.  Too cute!

Race Two

Last weekend we headed north of the city (Birmingham) about thirty minutes to Warrior, AL so ML could take part in another 5K, Warrior Dash.  Warrior Dash has several races all over the country that raises support for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  I opted out of this one for one obvious reason… it’s a mud race.

He had loads of fun tackling all the obstacles and mud though.

His finish time came closer to my time the previous week but that’s to be expected.  It was insane the number of people that participated.  Races started at 8:00 that morning with groups of 300 people (I think that’s right) running the course every thirty minutes.  This went on with all time slots full until well into the afternoon.

And like every good warrior ML received a warrior helmet.

Don’t think Noah and I got out of this event clean though.  My dreams of us laying on a blanket in the warm sun were smashed by the cold front and rain that came in earlier in the day.  It was cold and wet and The Weather Channel told us nothing about this.  So, I was unprepared.  Which led to me wrapping my Tom’s in garbage bags.

Since this race is mainly about having fun some people dressed up for the occasion.  Most who dressed up were in costume but these couples came dressed in their wedding dresses and tuxes.

And at the end was a massive shoe graveyard.

All in all we had a great time!

Afterwards, ML got semi cleaned up and we headed farther north of the city to the pumpkin patch where Noah got to experience her first petting zoo.

It was a nice way to end the afternoon before heading back for S’mores with friends at our house.

So that’s what we have been up to.  I know there are all kinds of fun races out there now.  What cool ones have you participated in?  Or maybe you’ve just been enjoying S’mores and hayrides. What’s on your Fall agenda?

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