Thursday, March 31, 2016

Is there anybody out there?

Hello all!  Wow, 4 years since our last update.  Looks like we're still getting a few hits on here every once in awhile.  Let me give you the quick rundown on what's happened over the last 4 years.  First of all, we pulled out of the Ethiopia adoption program @ Children's Hope amid all the international adoption turmoil that has occurred and all the bureaucracy (some warranted) that has clogged the international adoption pipelines for potential adopting parents...Let's just say I'm amazed that governments would rather have children languishing in orphanages instead of going to loving homes.  Top that with the fact that the State of Missouri has since decided to not consider international adoption as "Special Needs" thus taking away the state tax credits that families used to be eligible for.  Good Lord, I could go on and on but I digress...

We are doing great!  Marley is currently in Kindergarten and loving it.  She's a very smart little gal (if you don't believe me just ask her, she'll tell you).  Have I mentioned her sass?  Good grief!  She's 6 going on 16.  Can't wait for those teenage years!  She's currently in dance, soccer and t-ball.  She's also my biggest cheerleader at my races.  I can't imagine life without her. 

Our family is doing great!  I started running in January of 2013 and am currently down 120lbs.  I ran my first full marathon in 2014 and a bunch of 1/2 marathons in between.  I'm currently down almost 120 lbs and feeling awesome!  This brings me to my main purpose of this post in an effort to reach those with a heart for Africa.  I am running my 2nd full marathon this October @ the KC Marathon.  This time I have decided to join Team World Vision and run for a great cause.  Every member of Team World Vision has a goal of raising $1310 for clean water in Africa.  Your $50 donation will provide fresh water to 1 person in Africa.  $1310 divided by $50 = 26.2, that means for every mile I run this October, 1 person will get access to lifesaving fresh water.  Did you know that the average person in Africa has to walk 6 kilometers for fresh water every day?  Did you know that 1,000 children under the age of 5 die EVERY DAY because of diarrhea caused by the consumption of dirty water?  All of this for a commodity you and I take for granted every day.

If you feel led to give to this great cause you can do so at my World Vision fundraising page:

Thank you for joining me on this awesome journey and God bless!


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