After I calm down, the excitement comes. I seriously can not believe that this is happening. I probably say this too much, but really.....this is an insane idea that I am actually competing in an IRONMAN! I am now at the point to where I am thinking that this is actually a possibility. Instead of saying "If I finish" I am slowly transitioning to "When I finish..." (pending I don't drown....) (kidding,.........kind of)
I feel like (actually, I KNOW) I have not given enough thanks, glory, love, attention.... to the ONE who is getting me through. Without Christ, I am nothing. But with Him, all things are possible.
He gives me strength, endurance, courage and so much more on a daily basis. With just small verses, a word of encouragement from friends and family (and strangers) and a great long run...... He is the One I owe everything to. I am forever grateful to Him for giving me the ability and strength to do this. For this being such a learning experience for not only me, but my entire family. For showing me that love has no bounds. For making it SO apparent that our parents are here for us and will watch our children every weekend for 5 months (for hours on end). For this experience showing our kids about never giving up, reaching our goals and facing our fears. For our kids seeing us working so hard for something or someone that we have a such a huge passion and love for. (#endNF) Amazing.
This isn't about me...it never was. It's about Christ giving us this experience. Not only the learning experience and the growth but the opportunity to raise almost $20,000 for hope for a cure for NF. ($3,400 away from $20,000).
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Here is proof that God has given me so much. I swam a mile IN A LAKE!!!! OPEN WATER PEOPLE...and I didn't panic. I actually swam, like a real person!
Although it was a short swim (and I could mostly touch the whole time), I did it and my confidence is growing daily. Thank you to everyone who has given. To those who have donated, your support means more than you will ever know. The Children's Tumor Foundation may be just a charity to you, but the are my family. They are my hope that one day, Denver will live a life without NF. For those that give encouragement, kids words, emails, and PRAYERS.....THANK YOU. We need them...we need them SO MUCH!
My love to everyone!