The wonderful Aunt Zuzu stayed behind to take care of our kiddos for the weekend. They had a blast and we were so grateful for her help.
We made it!! Memories from the day: how COLD it was!, running beside two of my favorite people in all the world- my husband and bestie Mandy and how much they encouraged me and pushed me along, seeing all these wild deer on the course, how much fun we had with Mandy and the Adkins, how beautiful the course was, the emotions and how I wanted to thank every runner for helping us with our adoption, the amazing feeling of unity and spirit of encouragement among the racers, the winner of the marathon (who PASSED us!) and how joyful he was as he praised God running to the finish line, the wall I hit at mile 8 and how wonderful it felt to cross the finish line holding hands with my husband, and how emotional I was after the race knowing we would get to share one day with our kiddo from Africa about this amazing journey The Lord has taken us on before we ever even met them.
The race was such a picture of how this adoption journey has been for us. Training is like all the paperwork, training videos, books and home study we have had to do. The anticipation (and fear) of the race weekend feels the same as our anticipation for the child on the other side of the world who we will bring home in the next year. We can wait to see their sweet face and to hold them for the first time. We can't wait to see how their personality develops and watch The Lord capture their heart and give them a passion for His kingdom. We can't wait to have our family complete and to be on the other side encores going others through the adoption process.
We raised $2,000 from our Chosen race experience! That was more than expected and we were so excited! It was totally worth it and was a completely incredible weekend! We are coming for you, sweet one!
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18