Ok, first of all... are you guys nice, or what? Talk about sweet comments in reference to my new hair cut! Thanks so much! Now on to our adventure today...
The rewards of getting up early...
Today we left the house at 6:20am to drive to a race that Tom and the boys were running.
I am embarrased to tell you that I had no idea how beautiful this park area near the Missouri River in Riverside MO was. (And it is only 30 minutes from my house!) It is especially beautiful at 6:35 in the morning. Especially.
With the sun rising over the Missouri River.
The runners all ready to go.
I had to grab everyone for at least *one* photo, don't you think? Did you see Gabe standing on tip-toes so he's "for sure" taller than Tom? (Not that he really *needs* to do that, at 6'3" he is a good 3" taller than his dad!)
Tom, Jake and Caleb ready to start their race. Tom was running a 10K, Jake and Caleb a 5K. Both started at the same time, Tom just had to go out and back further.
We didn't have to wait long for Jake to finish his 5K. As you can imagine, it is pretty cool to have your very own (loud) cheering squad! Go Jake!
Next in, Caleb, finishing his 5K to loud and loyal cheers as well~ "Run Caleb, run!"
Before we knew it, Tom was finishing his 10K. (He ended up winning 3rd place in his division!) Again, more loud cheering as he neared the finish. "Go Daddy, go!"
Then we had a little time to kill before the children's "fun run."
Cute boys and a camera help the time pass though...
Before we knew it, the moment the little boys had been anxiously awaiting all week arrived~ the children's fun run! WooHoo!
Here comes Joshua...
A big thanks to everyone who has prayed and asked about how my hip is doing! I was originally scheduled to have surgery to have my hip pinned this coming Monday, but the past week it has been doing so much better that I was able to cancel. I have been walking without crutches ~ and without limping, I might add. Limp-free for the first time since last February!
Don't worry, I'm not going out running any time soon. For femoral neck stress fractures the protocol is 3 months pain-free before running. But I can get back out and ride my bike, swim, do some weight-lifting, etc. I'm super-excited to get back outside and ride my bike! Sweating a puddle in the living room on my bike attached to a trainer just isn't the same somehow....
Grateful for beautiful landscape, active family, no crutches, God's faithfulness in my life, and you, my online friends! I do feel rich!