I had the most fabulous birthday! Luke and I left Raegan with my parents (for our first overnight away from her) and went to Kansas City Saturday afternoon. I got to do some shopping at Legends, and eat fettucine (i.e. manna from heaven) at Olive Garden. Our main reason for the trip was to go to Nebraska Furniture Mart pick out furniture for our bedroom. We still have the mismatched bedroom furniture and headboard-less bed that Luke has had since he graduated from high school almost 12 years ago. We found a very nice set (at a closeout price!) that is set to be delivered next Wednesday. (They would have delivered it this Wednesday, but since that's the day Luke and Zane leave for their ski trip, we'll just have to wait another week.) We ended up staying at a Country Inn and Suites, which I highly recommend. Our room was very spacious and clean and the bed was super comfy. Other than the breakfasts we got at the hotel we stayed at in Cancun, this was the best continental breakfast I've ever had at a hotel. There was bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, cereal, muffins, 3 kinds of juice, yogurt, fruit, and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting. I always remember the food, people. Always. :)
Well, I finally did it, and ran my first 5K Saturday morning. I ran the whole thing without stopping, and did it in a little under 35 minutes. My goal had been to only stop twice, and to do it in under 40, so I was pretty pleased with myself. And considering that it had snowed on Thursday, and there was still a lot of snow and ice on the path, I considered that to be a pretty decent time. The distance was well over double what I have ran in practice, so I was e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y sore that evening and yesterday. I will say that I probably will never cry at a race as much as I did Saturday. It was to raise money for Reed's medical bills, which is part of why I wanted it to be my first run. The ladies who organized it had put up signs all along the route where people had written words of encouragement and comfort to Reed and his family. It was beautiful, but man did I cry.
Please keep Reed and his family in your prayers more than ever right now. They have run out of options at this point, because he is too weak to go to St. Jude's. My daycare provider went to visit today, and she said he was too weak to even grab hold of her hand. His parents said that he is no longer eating or having bowel movements. It's such a horrible thing to even contemplate. I'm so thankful that his parents know God, and will be able to find some measure of peace eventually.
If you are interested, you can read about the family's journey at Reed's CaringBridge website.