Happy Birthday –

P7050071Today is Steve’s birthday, the first one without his actual presence.  He never liked to make a big deal about his birthday, so I won’t do it now, but I want to acknowledge the day as we always did and share some thoughts.

Erin and Tommy will be meeting up with some of Steve’s rafting family in Arizona today.  They will begin a 10 day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.  Steve had rafted the Grand Canyon a few years ago and had the opportunity to go again this year; this was to be a trip he and Tommy would do.  Erin is taking Steve’s place, this being her maiden voyage on an extended raft trip.  I am so happy that my children are going to be able to spend 10 days together.  The time they share bonding, sharing stories with other rafters about their Dad will be something they will remember forever.  Here are some pictures from Steve’s previous trip –




I will be in Washington today with my daughter-in-law Lindsey, my Sister Teri and my granddaughter Harlow.  We will honor Steve today on the Cedar River along the Cedar River Trail.  Steve has spent time running this trail on past visits.

We are still trying to move forward without the leader of our family, each of us struggle at different times but have the support of each other to help us along.  We are all trying to make him proud and ask ourselves WWSD (What Would Steve Do) when faced with uncertainties.

I am still a crazy bundle of emotions ranging from shock (I often still expect him to come home), disappointment, sadness, anger, loneliness to being grateful for the amazing times that we had and the memories that I have.  It is one heck of a rollercoaster ride!!!

Shortly after Steve passed I received a video from a firefighter brother of Steve’s singing Garth Brooks’ song “The Dance” – It is such a profound and honest song and truly I could have missed the pain, but I would have missed the dance!  And I wouldn’t have missed that for the world!!!!

Happy Birthday to you Steve, I hope someone bakes him a german chocolate cake ~





Project Repat Blanket Review

I want to share an incredible way to re-purpose your race tech shirts, your children’s team t-shirts and jerseys and all of those 5k t-shirts!!

If you are like me, I couldn’t get rid of any of the above mentioned items! I mean really… I could never wear them all enough and they were taking up a bunch of room in my closet.  Here is the perfect way to keep them and enjoy them often!


Project Repat is a company that will take your shirts and turn them into an awesome blanket – AND the company creates new jobs, they recycle, they are friendly, and the blankets are made in USA – YEAH!!!

When placing your order you are given the choice of blanket size; lap, full, twin, queen or king. You will also choose the color of backing (polar fleece) you would like. Once your order is placed Project Repat sends you an email with instructions on how to prepare your shirts for shipment. The number of shirts needed is dependent upon the size blanket you choose. You will need to cut the shirts and send the back or front (or both if you have logos/writing on both) to Project Repat for processing.  Once your shirt panels arrive at Project Repat you will be notified via email and the sewing will begin!!!  Another email is sent when your blanket is finished and being sent back to you.  Turnaround time for my blanket was less than 10 days!

I took a walk down memory lane while preparing my shirts to ship, recalling each race and remembering something about each one.  That was a special moment, but when I received my finished blanket it was even better!  Imagine being able to look at all of your shirts at one time with fond memories while being wrapped up in their warmth 🙂

Do yourself a favor… Order a keepsake blanket full of memories!!  When you place your order using this link  you will receive a 10% discount as my referred friend!!!  You.Are.Welcome 🙂   P.S.  You can place your order and send in your shirts at your leisure…

Remember to use the link above for your discount!!

Here are a couple of pictures of my blanket (I ordered the twin size, 24 panels) –

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Enjoy my friends!!!

The Mermaid Club

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I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to be a 2015 ambassador for “The Mermaid Club”!!! The Mermaid Club is a relatively new club, established in September 2013 and is still evolving. It is an online community to promote … Continue reading

Inspirational video about running

I saw this on a running blog that I follow; RunnersOnTheGo and wanted to share –  I loved all of the quotes shared, although I’ve heard them or seen them before it was a good reminder of what running/fitness is all about!!!

I encourage you to take the time to watch this 2:31 minute video for a little motivation ~

Be sure to watch to the end for a little laugh!!!  Have a great day!!