Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new chapter in life

"Life's roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors."

Sometimes things happen in life that completely rock your world.  Your life shouldn't be labeled by these tragedies.  A friend of mine recently suffered one of those life altering situations.
Yes, each day is a struggle and not a day goes by where she doesn't feel loss, anger and pain.  But she isn't going to let these feelings consume her.  She has chosen to find strength in God and channel her inner strength as we embark on a new adventurous chapter in life together!
We have begun our training and have decided that this event is practice for the many more adventurous chapters that we will write together!  I'm looking forward to these adventures and also excited to share them with all of you!

Since I have your attention I would like to take the time to introduce you to a couple that just recently suffered a tragedy and could use your support.  Jessica and Patrick Downes were just two of the many injured during the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  I am a friend to Patrick's cousin Ryan and his wife.  Ryan's wife Ashley is a friend of mine from childhood.  Ryan and Ashley not only share the Downes family name with Patrick and Jessica, but they also share a love of running.  Ryan and Ashley will be participating in the Boulder Ironman in honor of Jessica and Patrick.  Please take the time to visit The Downes Strong website to see the full story, find out ways you can support them and to keep informed of their progress. 
Often when the days and months go by and the news coverage is over we think that things are better and the suffering is over.  But that's not the case. It's the weeks and months that follow where our support is needed most!


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