Ok, that's totally cheesy, but a few weeks ago my kids attended a fabulous vacation Bible school and they now sing the theme song constantly: "Be a neighbor, be friendly!". In addition, we took a fun (& brief!) road trip this weekend and on the way, we visited with X the Owl (from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood). Wanna see him/her/it?
Hey, when we find a semi-hollow tree, we simply CAN'T resist shoving our kids inside... especially when the tree has a naturally occurring platform under the hole! This tree was found on the North Country Trail in Butler.
My husband LOVES road trips with random, unplanned stops & adventures. I LOVE schedules, itineraries and tend to hurry from place to place. After I get over the impatience of stopping at a random stop, worrying that we're trespassing & worrying about being late (according to my own schedule), I DO enjoy these little side trips... especially when I get to shove my kids in trees!
Heidi tends to take after me and as you can clearly see, wasn't as thrilled with this side trip as we thought she should be :)
On this particular trip, we briefly visited Lutherlyn, attempted to see the girls' favorite horse (who was far off in the pasture and caused much disappointment), enjoyed a camp dinner, and then spent the evening with our friends from Life Under A Blue Roof.
In the early morning hourse, we tiptoed out of their house and headed to a 5K which raised funds for a friend battling leukemia. As you know, this is a cause I am passionate about. I beg of you to click on the Be the Match link in my sidebar and sign up to be a donor. Lymphoma & Leukemia are not discerning in who they attack, but for some, the disease is curable...but only with the right donor. Follow Allie's journey here: www.livestrongarmstrong.com.
Super dad ran this 5k in under 25-minutes, pushing the kids and starting at the end of the pack. He is such a natural runner! I don't think he's gone for a run since our last leukemia society fundraiser in October. What a freak ;)
Running next to him is Allie's father-in-law and husband. I admire that family so much. I snapped this pic during the pre-race announcements. Hundreds of friends & strangers bowed their heads, united in prayers for healing and of thanksgiving for the Armstrong family. Never have I witnessed so many people united in prayer, outside of a church-sponsored occasion. Despite the incredible hardships this family has faced, their faith guides them and inspires others. If faith was tangible, I feel like I could chips tiny sections from them and spread those tiny chips to others and immediately the world would be brighter, more full of love & acceptance, radiating peace & happiness.
Next our weekend travels took us a little farther down the road where I got to connect with a few of my closest friends from college...actually I just realized that I was a bridesmaid in every one of their weddings!
One of these friends, I hadn't seen SINCE my wedding, and yet they quickly organized a little reunion once I let them know I'd be near their neck of the woods. It blows me away the strength of these friendships. I'm not a phone talker, I'm not a letter writer, but in the moments that matter...they are there. They were the driving force behind the apple orchard that my husband is preparing to plant in memory of my father. I love them!
|The Stutzman family even joined us at the 5k! I just wish it had been a longer course 'cause we had SO much to talk about :)|
|Nato (my roomie), Kelly, Jen & I (who simply must learn to stop stooping when standing next to vertically challenged friends).|