Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Giveaway for last two items in Run for the Little Flowers giveaway!

I am trying to catch people where I can.  I have two items left for the Run for the Little Flowers giveaway and since they are more unique items that may not appeal to everyone who registered for the run, I am just going to do a drawing for the last two items out of the people that WANT them.

The items are:


1.. Fortunate Fall CD by Audrey Assad (donated by me)
 
I took the shrink wrap off but the CD is brand new.  I have a digital copy of this CD and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
 





And:

2. With an Open Heart book by Lisa Murphy (donated by Lisa Murphy)



This is a great book, read my review here.


So, if you ran the Run for the Little Flowers 5K and would like to win one of these items, comment below and tell me which one you would like to win (or both).  I will draw winners from the names here and on Facebook Friday!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Why I did not run the Run for the Little Flowers 5K

I really intended to sit down tonight, at the computer and write 7 Quick Takes, but, I realized that I have not shared ANYTHING about the Run for the Little Flowers.  So, I want to take this post to just share some things.
 
First, I have not done ANY totals.  Last year, I knew EVERY PENNY that was donated from the run to Little Flower Projects. This year, because the money went directly to Little Flower Projects, I have not kept track of it at all.  It is simple math after all:Multiply the total number of runners by $25 and then subtract the cost of the shirts.  But, I have not done it yet.  And I am happy to say I have not done it because more people are still registering!!  That is the beauty of the virtual run!  And, I thank all of you who have posted pictures of your run and shared it with others.  It is because of all of you that the run is growing.  With that being said, we are over 200 runners  and growing!
 
Some fun, quick stats:
 
- The Southern states topped in generosity and participation, with the Kansas leading in the number of participants (Texas was in the lead, until a late entry, a mom's group from KS ,registered.)
 
- My home state had the largest number of participants, truthfully, but I did not include it in the above statement.  That would be like saying you won an election when most of the votes came from your family.
 
- The furthest participant, in the US, was in ALASKA!
 
- The run was international, including Prince Edward Island, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark!
 
- One of the participants of the run was in China at the time of the run.  They were there to get the newest member of their family who had been cared for by Little Flower Projects!
 
 
For me, the run is a labor of love. It all started because I had pictures of three newborn orphans in Little Flower Project's care on our refrigerator; a reminder to pray for three orphans named Bo, Tao and Yu. And a desire to do something, was born from that.
 
On Saturday, the official day of the run, I hosted a meet-up for the run at a local park.  Both last year and this year, we had a great turn out.  I do not see the meet up as work, but as a morning for fun, with friends that somehow love the cause and are nice enough to me to wake up early and come out and run or walk 3 miles. 

 
But, what may surprise you, especially those of you who know how much I love running, is that I have not run my own virtual 5K.  Nor do I think I ever will. Last year, I was injured and couldn't. This year, I used the excuse that I had to watch the table of refreshments as to why I wasn't running.  But, as I got to take pictures this year and watch as friends and acquaintances run, I realized something.  Watching helped me to see something that, if running, I would have missed. . .
 
 
I got to see friends running together.  Some with his/her spouse.
 

Others, with their kids.
 
 
 

I got to see funny faces at the finish.
 
 
And a sea of red feeding fish.
 


I saw friends enjoying each other's company, rejoicing in the accomplishment of a 5K.


Some ran fast, others, not as fast, and some walked.  But all came for one reason . . .





They all came together to help orphans half a world a way.  Orphans that they will probably never meet. 



They came together to give hope that there may be one less orphan in this world.
 
And I am so happy that I did not run, so I could see that. So I could see the smiles, the laughter and the fun, all so those precious little children in China may have the hope of smiles, laughter and fun in their future too.
 
Finally, thank you all who participated near and far!  Your support of this run and Little Flower Projects means so much to me.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway Winners!

I am starting to draw giveaway winners!  The first two winners are:

Annie N.

Colleen M.

Congrats ladies!

Check your email and choose your prize!  Watch for more winners to be drawn daily until all the items are gone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Run for the Little Flowers Recap and Link-up


This past Saturday, we had a local meet-up for the run for the Little Flowers 5K.  I promise I will add actual details about it and stats on the run, but for now, I am leaving you with the link up. So, if you have posted pictures on your blog or blogged about your run, link up below!  Remember you will get entries in the giveaway if you link you before Thursday!

 
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The shirts are here!! And an update!

 
The shirts are here and I will be mailing shirts and medals starting Thursday!!  Woohoo! 
 
But, if you have NOT registered, there is still time.  I have lots of extra shirts and would love to sell out.  This is what I have left as of 10/9:
Youth Small- 2
Youth Med- 5
Youth Large- 8
Women's Small-4
Women's Medium-7
Women's Large-6
Unisex Small-5
Unisex Medium- 6
Unisex Large-7

Unisex XL-2
Unisex XXL-1
(This size does NOT show up on the registration form BUT you may message me and I will save this for you!)
 
Please continue to spread the word!  And register here!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Run for the Little Flowers . . . . it is coming soon!!


The medals came in yesterday!  I am really happy with how they turned out.   The shirts will be mailled on Monday and I should have them Wednesday.



And, do not worry if you are not registered yet, there is still time!  I was able to add more shirts to the order and I have several in each size, so please join us to run for these precious little flowers!!
 


 


 
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Restoration is spelled with an "I"

The last few months have been rough.  Emotionally, physically and spiritually.  We have had something pretty serious happen that has zapped me emotionally.  Physically, I have been worn down due to whatever I got from the kids.  I have not been able to exercise at all either, which has made me feel even more sluggish.  And although I have been praying a bunch lately, I feel pretty spiritually run down too.

I was really looking forward to going to Rome with my hubby.  Truthfully, I saw it as my life preserver.  It would be a spiritual pilgrimage.  Time away with my husband. Time to really get rejuvenated.  So, when my husband and I looked at reality and decided that it may not be best that I go, I felt a little lost. I was not quite sure what to do to restore myself.  Because that is exactly what I felt like I needed.

Restoration.

And I knew I needed to do something to get it.  We have been limping along in homeschool.  And as much as I try to fake enthusiasm and try to rouse the boys to work hard, my heart has not been in it.  Everyday, my pateince got shorter.  As each week started, I would think, "Just get through this week.  Take it easy over the weekend and next week will be so much better."  But the weekend would come and Sunday night would be upon me and nothing changed.  I was still coughing, my ribs were in pain and I was just tired.

So my hubby and I talked about.  I needed physical, spiritual, and just plain, personal restoration.

I began to work out a plan:

1. Spiritually - Go on a retreat. I registered for one that is this coming weekend!

2. Physically- I decided to do the Ultimate Reset again, starting next week.  After being sick, being on pain killers, and not being able to exercise, I felt like my body needed a detox and a reboot from the inside out.  I did the Reset last year and since I cannot exercise right now, I knew this was the right time and the right way to become physically restored.

3. Personally-  I needed unstructured, quiet time alone.  Separate from a retreat where you are going to talk after talk and your time is scheduled.  I needed time that had no agenda, no kids fighting, no laundry to fold or dishes to put away. 

But, you see, that #3- well, it is, combined with the other two, desperately needed.  I knew I was at a point that I needed that.  I needed a day.  Just 24 hours.  Not a week in Bermuda.  Or a month with a cloistered order of nuns.  Just a day where I did not have anyone asking me for something to eat. Yet, everytime I thought about taking that time, it seemed so, so, well, selfish.  I am a mom after all, my vocation is to take care of my family.

But I was at a point, all of us moms get to a point, where we need restoration.  We need time where we can focus on the "I" and not have to worry about someone else.  Because when we do that, when we allow ourselves that time of restoration, we are a whole lot better at being moms.  We are much better at taking care of the "we" and the "they" when the "I" has been restored.

A dear friend of mine offered to take my boys overnight while my hubby was in Rome so that I could get away for a little Restoration.

And that is exactly what I did.  I headed to a bed and breakfast for one glorious, quiet evening . . .

(To be continued)