Mother's Day

I apologize in advance for the Declan/Mommy picture overload. I'm rarely on the other side of the lens. :)

Thursday, Declan's preschool hosted a Mother's Day tea. It was so sweet to walk in and hear "mommy!!!" yelled across they gym. He was so excited for me to be there during his school day.
Saturday, I was surprised with a beautiful bouquet of flowers "from Declan". I love Gerber daisies. They just make me happy.
 Today, we relaxed and did lunch after church and headed out to the Parade of Homes (new construction homes) to look around. I always work on Sundays so it was a gift just being off!
So blessed to be called mama!!! This boy lights my world. No matter how challenging or exhausting he can be, I'm thrilled he's my son. How can I be so lucky?!!


Happy Birthmother's Day!

Today we celebrated the woman that made me a Mama.

We had a great morning with C. I love that our agency has a get together every year on Birthmother's Day. 

This video sums up my gratitude to C:


Lincoln Marathon 2012

This past December, I signed up for the Lincoln Half Marathon. The thought of it nauseated me but I was up for the challenge. I trained hard for a couple months and was in LOVE with running. My long runs were the most exiting part of the week. Then, it happened. An injury. Ugggg. My Achilles caused me to take it easy for over a month. I felt pretty healed right around the time we were matched with baby girl. I was going to have a newborn so why train?! BAD CHOICE. Baby girl didn't work out and I lost nearly all endurance that I had worked so hard to build. Regardless, I decided to fully participate in all the Marathon festivities starting with the Expo on Saturday. I was super excited to listen to and meet Ben Davis. He blogs here where he writes about losing 120 lbs and igniting a movement called "Do Life" that encourages people to get out there, get moving and do life.
Meeting Ben:

My two running partners and I hit the pasta feed that night and drove the route of the race. I am under trained and unsure if my injury is totally healed but I vowed to jump in the race and finish the last 3-4 miles with my partner (she was the only one standing since our other partner has a hurt leg). Despite storms this morning that threatened the start of the race, it turned out to be beautiful. I was "bibbed cheerleader" so I could hop in and encourage when needed.
What a rush to cheer on all my friends! This race is off the hook- 10,000 runners from all over the place. Seeing familiar faces laced through the crowd is inspiring! I joined my partner for her last several miles and helped her push through. To say I'm proud of her is an understatement.
Mile 11:
Rounding the corner to the finish line (bawling our eyes out):
I'm totally unsure if I'll ever attempt this race again. Sara said "heck no" but a moment later said that maybe it is like child birth where you forget about the pain after awhile. Um, we'll see. Running is truly maxing yourself out physically--it is emotional and moving. Hard to explain but it has been one of the coolest things I've accomplished this past year. I'm excited to knock out more 5ks and 10ks this Summer and Fall. Next up: Color Run, Omaha!


Down on the farm...

It has been an insane couple of weeks since our adoption fell through. Most of the craziness is due to being uber busy in my real estate career. No complaints, my friends, but it is all a lot to handle at times. Fortunately, I re-set my spinning brain this past week when I snuck away with Declan in tow to my sister-in-law's parent's farm. There was a whole lot of sitting around, tractor riding, yummy food eating, late night movie watching and just plain ole' relaxing. Bliss. Even sweeter is that Decs got some serious cousin time with Asher.
 be still my heart. these cousins are too precious.