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Happy Halloween!

May your day be filled with yummy candy!

What candy are you hoping your kids will get so you can eat it?

Me? Hershey minibars with almonds!

Run for the Little Flowers link up

I hope you all have had a good run!!!  Now is the time to share your experiences here.  Below is a linky where you can leave a link to the post on your blog about the run.

We had a great run in MD!  The weather was perfect.  I was not able to run, but I loved every moment of it.  God is so good and I feel so blessed to be a part of this.



A thank you, taking an online hiatus, and wrapping up the run

I am going to make this quick.  First, I want to thank you all so much for your support of this fundraiser.  In brief, there were 216 of you from 38 different states and two countries.  Together we raised $3,391.17 for Little Flower Projects.  All of the paypal money has been sent to China Little Flower and the checks will be sent tomorrow.

And I feel blessed beyond measure.  The emails and comments, I have gotten leading up to yesterday were inspiring because so many of you have inspirational stories.  YOU ALL made this fundraiser a success. It would have been nothing without each and every one of you!  You made it go. You spread the word and for that I am grateful.

And now, I get such a big smile when I see all your pictures from your runs.  I love it.

I promise you will get a more, well thought out thank you email from me, but please give me a few days. The run has taken a lot of time the last few weeks, compounded by the fact that my husband has been gone for work for most of thi…

Sponsor Spotlight: Aspaeris Pivot Compression Shorts

For any of you runners out there, you understand what a good pair of compression shorts can do for you.  They are great for recovery, but, in my opinion, even better for those long runs.  And Aspaeris Pivot Shorts are the best I have tried.  Here is a brief description of the shorts from their website:

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ have a triple purpose:


Improved PerformanceThe patent pending Dual Sensory Compression BandsTM guide your muscles into proper alignment. This guidance reduces your muscle fatigue allowing your body to move in the most efficient possible way. You’ll feel lighter and stronger as you push your body to the limits.

Runners know that the less energy used worrying about form, the more energy available to run a faster race.

Faster RecoveryRunning in Pivot Shorts sets you up for an easier recovery period through improved muscle alignment. However, if you only wear Pivot Shorts for recovery, the Dual Sensory Compression BandsTM serve a secondary purpose in holding muscles in p…

Sponsor Spotlight: Bia Sport

Ingenuity.  Find a need and fill it.  Isn't that what this fundraiser for the Little Flower Projects is all about?  So, I do not think it is accidental that Bia Sport so graciously donated one of their tech tees to the run!

Bia Sport was started by Cheryl Kellond and Sylvia Marino, two busy moms to seven between the two.  both of these women love their sport and they saw a need.  A sports GPS watch designed for women.  Check out the video here.



My favorite, unique, part about the watch is the safety alert system.   If, like me, you run alone most of the time, this gives some peace of mind. If you get hurt, or something happens to you on the run, just hold down the button for 3-seconds and an audible alarm sounds and your location is sent to a loved one and emergency services so they know you need help.  LOVE this idea!!


And thanks to Bia, one of you will win one of their cute tech tees (color may vary).  So thank them, by checking out their website or liking them on Facebook.

Sponsor Spotlight: 147 Million Orphans

If there is any company, created by moms, out there, that has inspired me and convinced me that I could do this fundraiser for orphans, it is 147 Million Oprhans. I LOVE them and their work!  I will not bore you with my own words.  The following is from their website:


The 147 Million Orphans Mission:
1. To provide food, water and medicine to children in need worldwide
2. To bring awareness to the orphan crisis
3. To assist adoptive families with fundraising through the sale of original and handmade products



During this past year, 147 Million Orphans focused on its Mission by:
1. Providing over 100,000 meals for children in Uganda
*Helping to build water wells in Ethiopia and Honduras
*Providing funding for HIV education and medicine
*Giving funds to ministry partners in the United States, Ethiopia, Haiti, China and Honduras to provide meals for children

2. Selling over 20,000 products to raise awareness and ignite discussion about the orphan crisis

3. Pa…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!

1. My hubby has been gone for work for a week now. He is in Rome. At the Vatican. This is a view from the roof of where he is staying.  He took this picture so I could see where he goes to pray. 


Did I mention he will be gone for 3 1/2 weeks?
Oh, and this guy shows up at the same meetings my hubby is at . . .

This is a view from where my hubby sits during the meetings.



Yes, I am a little jealous!  I have never been to Rome.  But, I am so happy and excited for my husband! What an amazing experience!  He has been to mass at the Vatican twice now. Once in the FIRST ROW and once for the start of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

2. It is a good thing he is not around.
He would have no where to sit! The shirts for the Run for the Little Flowers have taken over our couch!

3. Wine-less
And since my hubby is gone, I could really use a glass of red wine some nights to unwind.  But we have NO WINE in the house.  Wine is not sold in grocery stor…

Update on Run for the Little Flowers

This will be quick. Two things.


1. I am temporarily closing registration.  This is to save my sanity and so that I do not miss anyone who registers in the next few days.  I am in the process of sending out shirts and medals and want to make sure I have everyone accounted for.  Plus, I will be able to give a more accurate count of the number of shirts and medals I have left after this weekend.  All numbers were based on an "error rate" in the medals and shirts and so I may have more than I actually said I do.

2. The medals are here!

Sponor Spotlight: Tough Chik

First, I have to say that I love Tough Chick!!  I have been a part of Team Tough Chik this past year and the women on the team are the most supportive, encouraging women I have met in running/athletic circles.  If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete, etc, I highly recommend checking out Team Tough Chick.



Ok, so on to the Sponsor Spotlight.  Tough Chik is a company that makes performance clothing for women.  They make cute, yet functional clothing for running, cycling and triathlons, as well as cute tees to for everyday wear that proclaim your love for the sport of your choice.  I have several items from tough Chick and they are comfortable and great to run in!


Tough Chik was started by Shannon and Angela.  To read how it all got strated, go here.  It is a cute story!  As I mentioned before about all of the companies that have so graciously offered to support the Run for the Little Flowers, Tough Chik is passionate about supporting women in their passion.  They aim to design clothing…

Wordless Wednesday - The shirts are here!

Sponsor Spotlight: Mamas Movin' with Mary

Today, I would like to introduce you to one of our other Sponsors, Mamas Movin' With Mary. Simply put, the Mamas are a group of moms who got together to pray a rosary while they walked together.  From these Saturday morning walks, grew a deeper devotion to Christ and praying the rosary (and some half marathons too!!).  And out of that came Mamas Movin' with Mary and their famous tee!


(The following is a review of the shirt and information about the Mama's charitable work.  This is being republished from a post I wrote in September 2010).

I ordered one right after I saw it. It came in the mail just a few days later. It was cutely wrapped with a blue ribbon, with a one decade rosary attached; perfect to pray with on your walks/runs. I do have to say that the shirt it A LOT cuter in person than the picture on their website shows. The shirt is black with blue lettering. It is more of a fitted cut, so be prepared to order one size larger if you do not like your shirts too t…

Sponsor Spotlight: Clay Rosaries by Sarah

The first sponsor for our Run for the Little Flowers 5K Giveaway  I would like to spotlight this week is Sarah Harkins of Clay Rosaries.  I was first introduced to Sarah's amazing creations through the wonderful world of blogs.  Sarah is a fellow Franciscan grad who has a beautiful gift for handcrafting rosary beads.  She is a homeschooling mom to three precious kids, and one on the way and has been making clay bead rosaries for 15 years.

Above is one of my favorite pieces of Sarah's, The Saint Andrew Chaplet.  Please take a moment to click over to Sarah's blog, The Clay Rosary Girl, to see the process of how these beautiful beads are made.  Do not worry, I will wait for you!


If you go to Sarah's store and check out any of the many rosaries, chaplets, or jewelry pieces, you will often find a link to the meanings of the beads and how they were made.  All of the items are handcrafted and unique.  They make the perfect gift for Confirmations, First Communions, and birthd…

Another Update on the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K

Please excuse the numerous updates, but I need to make sure that everyone sees this.  I will be cross posting, so that people know where we are at.  First, we are at 193 runners/walkers!  We have far surpassed the goal of having 147 runners/walkers; one runner for every 1 MILLION orphans.  I am amazed by your generosity! And, although I do not have an official total yet, we will have reached our goal of covering a Nanny's salary for 6 months! Praise God!

Now, to the "business" end of this email.  And this makes me both happy and sad. Happy, because it means we are reaching our goals. Sad, because we will not be able to accommodate many more runners/walkers who want shirts.

First, the medals are gone!!  So anyone who has registered starting mid-day October 4, 2012, will NOT receive a medal.  I only ordered 150.

Second, there are only a limited amount of shirts left.  I am trying to keep these numbers up to date. As of tonight, this is what I have left:

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A note about our sponsors

Before I actually get to the posts about our great sponsors, as I was looking at the list, I was struck by the things that these varied companies have in common.

1. They are all small companies started by women.

2. Most of these women are moms (awesome!).

3. All of these women love what they do.

4. They have all created unique items and products that other people love.

5. They are caring. And pretty darn giving too!

6. They have a passion for what they do. God has given each of them an incredible gift and they are passionate about sharing that gift for the betterment of others. Whether it is to help a woman athlete perform better, or feeding orphans in Uganda, they have put that passion to work to make the lives of others better.

I am honored that they have all decided to give to this run by offering giveaway items.  And I am proud to be able to "introduce" them all to you over the next two weeks. 


For now, you may see the items donated and links to the donor's sites,…

Update on the Run for the Little Flowers 5K

To anyone who reads my blog, my blog is being taken over for the next 18 days by Run for the Little Flower Virtual 5k posts.  You all will get updates on the run and get to meet our great sponsors.

For now, I need to just make you all aware of a few things:

1. We are at 136 runners/walkers/donors and I am so pleased!!  Please continue to spread the word. We are so close to meeting the goal of 1 walker/runner for everyone 1 MILLION Orphans (which means we will have raised enough money to cover a Nanny's salary for 6 months)

2. Due to the volume of registrants, I did order extra shirts.  So, I have plenty for those who still want to register.  Once we get down to the last few in each size, I will post here and on the run's facebook page to let you all know.

3. There are only about 17 medals left, so register ASAP to ensure you get one if you want one. 

4.  The shirts will, hopefully, be in my hands by the end of the week and the medals sometime next week.  If you registered via…

Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower Run for the Little Flowers 5k challenge!!

Ok, all, we are at 129 entries for the run!!

And I have a BIG goal for today!
Since it is the Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower, I know we can do this.
Let's hit 147 registrants today!!! And, if we do, I personally will give one lucky registrant their choice of t-shirts from 147 Million Orphans!!


So, if you have not registered, register today and spread the word!!