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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Contemplating Races

This past weekend I ran my first, and possibly last, big race- the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. It was an awesome experience and a tremendous accomplishment for a non-runner like me. My sister-in-law came up from FL to run it with me and we had a great time. I was so proud of us!

But even greater than that was celebrating a milestone of a race I'm still running. My little girl turned six this past weekend, marking another wonderful moment in the marathon of mommyhood.

Being mom to my three babies has been the most challenging and most rewarding experience of my entire life- and I'm sure all you moms know exactly what I'm talking about. It is truly awesome to watch as these precious little babies grow into little people, amazing little people who touch your heart like nothing else in the entire world.

But sometimes this amazing marathon brings us face to face with some hurdles, hurdles we wish never to face. Such is the case for another precious little boy I know and his wonderful parents. My friend Gavin is fighting Leukemia, something no 4 year old should ever have to fight. His race is filled with hurdles and obstacles, and his race has some pretty steep inclines right about now.

For much of my race this past weekend, I thought about Gavin and he inspired me to keep going. I wouldn't quit, I refused to stop and walk, because a brave and wonderful little boy kept me motivated.

I finished my race, and it was easy compared to the race that Gavin is still running. Please pray for Gavin, that God will supply him, his twin sister, and his dear parents with His love, comfort, peace, and power.

Gavin, keep running, buddy! You can do it! I'm cheering for you, praying for you, and I believe in you.

Jen
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