Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Saturday run...

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.

By this time the sun was sneaking a peek out of the morning cloudcover.  Which do you like better, a pink Missouri River, or a golden one?  Wow.

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...



and Daniel!

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!


  1. What a fun day Susan! Gorgeous photos! I cannot believe you didn't know that park was there! SOOO beautiful! Now you do, so you will have to go there more. :)

    I think the photo of the four younger boys in their matching shorts is too cute. :)

    How fun that you caught your Daniel mid-air! :)

    Such wonderful news about your hip! Yaaay!! Now, don't overdo it!!!! I agree with you, exercising indoors is not nearly as envigorating, but occasionally is necessary. Enjoy your new freedom!


  2. What beautiful pictures!!! And what a beautiful family! And your hair is GORGEOUS!!! Very becoming! I am so glad you are healing so well!

  3. I love all your runners!! Such handsome guys and TALL!

    And the picture of all the kids~ precious~

    What a fun day. I think I like the pink better than golden :-)

    I'm so glad you were able to cancel your surgery!! What a blessing to be healing!!

    Thanks for sharing your fun day~


  4. You have a good-looking family...and how fun that they could participate in a running event together. Y ou sure do have "many" children :) :) :) :) What a grandfather was the youngest of 10 kids...and I remember getting to meet all the siblings when I was very little. In any case...glad you had a great time. The photos are gorgeous and I thought the skies about the MO river were really reminded me very much of the way the artist Thomas Kincaid paints the skies...with that special light/glow :) :)...and yours was natural :) :) :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  5. WHat pretty pictures! I like the pink river the best! Doesn't having your very own cheering squad make everything better?!
    So glad to hear the great news about your hip!

  6. the river at sunrise is totally beautiful - noone ever really appreciates what is on their doorstep until they look at it for a special reason. just like i didnt realise how luck i was to live so near Bath until i saw your photos. Your family did so well with their races and you all look like you had so much fun.

  7. I too, love the haircut. It's just beautiful!

    What an amazing sky, and wonderful day you all had. What a blessing. Glad to hear you are getting around better, and getting back to the bike soon. Praying you continue to heal properly.


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