Saturday, February 11, 2012

Remembering...and Why we Need to...

Everyone in the running/blogging/exercise world out there is reflecting today...

Every post I have read...every blog I have visited...

is remembering,
and celebrating the life of someone special...

May this tragedy always remind us of How lucky we are...
 to be awake right now,
to be breathing
and to never take for granted what we have...

Our loved ones
our children
our faith
our health
our shelter
our strength
our empathy
our purpose
our minds
our souls
our grace
and our passions....

Once our day has come, how do we want people to remember us?
for how fast we ran?
how far we went?
who we beat?
whose plan we chose?
how much we sacrificed?
how much it controlled us?

maybe some do...I could be wrong...but I don't think I am.

 When my day comes, god willing..I hope people remember me
for my inner soul...
my reflections...
my gifts..
my grace...
my heart...

while we take this day to "honor" and "remember" someone very much like ourselves,
someone who most of us have never met...but wish we had,

let's make sure to embrace what we still have...and use our days wisely with them! 
In her honor...

Let's cuddle more with our kids, 
play more pretend games with them
sleep in...
 wake up later
have more dessert...even before dinner
make music with them
believe in Santa longer...

Brady, me and Tanner on Mothers Day...

Tanner...aka "the tut"

Cooper...still believing...

Brady and Dave making music together...

Let's love our husbands and wives more honestly
more deeply
more passionately
Let's have more date nights
hold hands more often
kiss more, play more, love more
the love of my life...

Let's be more aware of others in need

others in pain
others in poor health
others who need our time
our energy
our patience
our prayers...


And then when we run...
we can do so knowing that our time was well spent,
well deserved,
and well earned!

So do something special tonight...and make the most of it!

to sherry and her family...may the grace of god be with you, always and forever

compliments of SUAR


  1. This brought tears to my eyes...
    And although I didn't run, I thought of her all day. My daughter's wanted to spend the day with ME, all day, and I couldn't say no to my run for her will not only be tomorrow, but every run in the future holds a place in my heart for Sherry.

    1. i know what you mean Michelle...I spent the day just hanging with my kids too...tomorrow I am "swimming" for Sherry...but today, well...the family had me!

  2. well said.....we all need to be more appreciative of all of the gifts in our lives. We all take far too much for granted....and that might not be a bad thing. But occasionally, we should pause and consider......

    1. Thanks!

      I am going to try and "pause and consider"...a bit more often!

  3. Definitely made me reflect - and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to run for Sherry this morning, and come home to this beautiful family I'm so lucky to have. Thank you for a beautiful post!

  4. I've been teary reading all these Sherry Arnold blogs. You've officially bumped me over to tears. Beautiful post. Hold on to your hubby, kids, and life tight! We are all so fortunate!

  5. One of the most beautiful posts on the event yet. I was really moved by your words and images...just lovely.

    1. Thank you! As I am always moved by yours as well!

  6. What a wonderful post. And so true, every word of it!

    1. Michael...thank you! you and your husband seem to depict in your actions what I was trying to say...and I am grateful for your comment:)

  7. Thank you for this post - my only regret is that I didn't read it before I was "Monster Mommy" with my kids today! Reflecting, remembering, cherishing, forgiving...

    1. Hey...whatever it takes to remind us right? We've all had our moments...and will continue to do so. Hopefully we will all take more time to appreciate having those moments...rather than ranting about them next time...

      you sound like an awesome mom...I mean...even your kids friends say that right???

  8. This was a very nice post. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Beautifully written! So true--life is precious. Cherish every second. Love that top pic--awesome.

  10. This is one of the most touching posts remembering Sherry I've read! Thanks!

  11. Love this post! You summed up so well what I've been processing, without even realizing all of it was swarming around in there. I love your writing style!

  12. WOW! such a beautifully written post and a great reminder to us all that it is the deeper sense of the word living that we are remembered by...not just the daily numbers or surface things. your family is beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful day!

  13. Thanks for the reminder. It seems we share the same thoughts. I love your photos! The family is gorgeous! :) Cuddling mine closer today.

    Firm Foundations is a Bible study I have only just started. It asks questions about scripture- then you use discussion/scripture to answer them. One question we discussed was, "What if Eve ate from the other tree in the Garden of Eden?" Another was, "What if only Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil?". Anyway, we get some good discussions going. :)

    1. Sounds like it!! I love "what if" questions.......

  14. Hi there! Just found your blog. Super post, thank you!


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