St. Jude from Another Perspective

I am finally back up on the Internet and able to blog about how I felt about the St. Jude run from a few weeks ago.

Amy brought up to me that she was thinking about running it this year, and it immediately made me think of a little girl. Her name is Lucy Krull, and her story is here . I have never met little Lucy or her family, but, having a love for children of all ages and her inspirational story of strength, I just knew I HAD to be at this St. Jude run, if not for Lucy then for every other child who needed our help.

I have not been a “runner” enough to run it comfortably, but I have capable hands and feet so I was in for the day to volunteer my time as a support person. I was a little nervous on the day of but was up at 3:30 AM and on the road by 4 AM to meet up with Amy and our friends. We got to the starting point, and I was told I would be working collecting donations from residents of the community. Now let me just let you all in on a not-so-secret… I do NOT enjoy collecting money from people. Moneyis a precious valuable, so I feel bad asking for it from anyone, but on this day I happily grabbed my milk jug and stood in the middle of the road at an intersection in the small town where the runners started. People pulled up in their cars, and my support team would ask different drivers “Would you like to help the children of St. Jude?” Let me tell you, the generosity of people out there is unbelievable. An older lady pulled up, rolled down her window and dropped a rather high-valued bill into my milk jug with the comment “I just took my dog to the vet and the vet didn’t charge me so I will give all of this to you guys.” That put a huge smile on my face, and I responded, “Thank you from the kids!”

A few cars later, a man pulled up with a badge on his sleeve. He said, “Guess where I am headed right now?” His response was “I’m headed to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee. My daughter just got admitted there, so please… please send some up for her. ” Of course I will! I hope his little girl is fighting a winning battle. I think about her often, even though, once again, I do not know her. On and on through the morning hours, people pulled up and dropped money in my jug. We thanked, they honked, they waved, and, most of all, we all smiled!

The strong people running (including Amy) came galloping past us, Amy with a huge smile and an outstretched hand waiting for a high-five. Shortly after I saw her running, I received a text message from her saying “I am having so much fun!” I was too!!

I had heard so much about this day, especially about how the whole team gathers at the end of the day to run the last mile and into a huge reception for all running teams (as Amy has mentioned there was a team of runners that ran to Illinois from Tennessee) and all volunteers and families of St. Jude children. I ran in with Amy and, let me just tell you, the feeling that ran through my body was one of the best I have felt in my whole life. There was a little girl with her hand out yelling “Thank you,” and we smiled and waved at her as we ran by. I saw her again later and got a better look; her purple shirt said, in glittery writing, “I am a St. Jude kid,” and, at that point, my heart was full. I had done enough in that one day to give me a life time of happiness, and I will again next year– hopefully joining the runners out on the road to contribute a few miles to the run.

Even though Amy and I have concentrated on this St. Jude run a lot lately, who can really say they ran 20 miles in 1 day for these children (like Amy did), and who will stand behind them 150% every step of the way like I will?

And Lucy- If you ever get a chance to read this, even though you don’t know meand I have never met you, I will continue to keep up with your story through your mom’s blog. I just want to thank you for helping me want to start running so I can help you and all of your friends get better!

Simple Things A to Z

As I’ve been blog surfing recently in my time off from work, I stumbled upon several of my favorite blogs, including Tina’s, Janetha’s, and Paige’s, that we’re doing a “Simple Things” survey. It’s always good to stop and appreciate the smaller things, so I thought this would be a good weekend post for the sister and I.

A Appreciation
The smallest expression of appreciation from another person can mean so much, right? Feeling appreciated can make a bad day good again.

B Baby giggles
I have been babysitting one of my best friends’ son once a week this summer. He is just a little too adorable.
(Ashley) A baby giggle is why I am in love with having a profession in Early Childhood Education.

C Coffee
I am typing this before going to the store on a morning that I am out of coffee…so I REALLY appreciate it today! Haha
(Ashley) I don’t like Coffee very much so my “C” will be carefree because sometimes you just have to be!

D Dog noses
Wet, yes, but adorable.
(Ashley) Makes me think of my “niece dog”-Libby

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E Eating
We all have to do it… does any one get paranoid about it like I do and not eat past 7pm?

F Friday evenings
There is nothing quite like having two days off freedom ahead of you!

G Grilled cheese
…but only if it’s made correctly. 🙂

H Happiness
What we feel when we run and after a good run.

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I Iced coffee
Can you tell I’m really missing it this morning?

J Jimmy Johns
I don’t know why, but a beach club on whole wheat bread makes me a little more happy than it should.

K Karate
(Ashley) I have a very weird ambition to try to learn karate.

L Listening
Sometimes listening is all you really can do in a situation when you don’t know what else to do.

M MapmyRUN
(Ashley) This is a feature I add to my runs that I almost cannot live without.

N Not having to set an alarm
No explanation needed here.

O One
(Ashley) Today is my godsons 1st birthday.

P Photography
(Ashley) I’ve been getting back into my love for it lately.

Q “Quiet” running
Some people refuse to run without music…I find it kind of awesome.

R Running
This is a given word for us at the moment.

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S St. Jude
Amy is running in a huge St. Jude Children’s Hospital event next week. I don’t feel confident enough in my running yet, but I’ll still tag along beside her as a volunteer!

T Text messages
I don’t know about you, but when I’m at work and check my phone to see a text waiting for me, I get excited. 🙂

U Update
I really hope you are all liking this update!

V Variation
Who wants to get bored with the same old thing?

W Water
I pretty much love sitting outside by the water on a nice summer night.

X – HELP??

Y Yes!
(Ashley) Totally the word that was running through my head over and over today when I realized I had run for the longest I have ever run at 1 time. It was Fantastic!

Z PiZza
Yeah…I cheated. But is there anything better than a good pizza?

Pick a letter…what simple thing comes to mind?