Please Mr. Postman

I have a couple trivia questions for you all today…

What does every 3-Day walker love more than anything else? 

Answer: Cheerleaders!

What is a close second to that? 
Answer: Mail!

This is my 4th 3-Day and every year the cards and letters I get from friends and family help me keep my mind off my aching, blistered feet and focused on the reason I need to go out and walk 20 more miles the next day.  A little encouragement really goes a long way!

With just 66 days to go until the Tampa 3 Day, it’s time to get your letter writing skills polished up.  You can start sending mail to your favorite 3-Day walker today!

Send letters to:

3-Day for the Cure Post Office
PO Box 40013
St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0013

Envelopes only, please. No boxes or large packages. Mail must be postmarked no later than October 18 in order to ensure delivery at the 3-Day Camp Post Office.


Love You Through It

To all my friends and family who were there to love me through the most challenging time in my life…  Especially to you, Mom & Dad… Thank you.

I’m Gonna Love You Through It–Martina McBride


Why I Do What I Do: SOCS

We are only 10 short weeks away from this year’s Tampa Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure!  I have so much to do… from training to fundraising to gathering up all the necessary gear. (to do: order new socks asap!)

Yesterday the team had a fundraiser at Appearances Hair Salon in Johnson City, TN.  The 2 fabulous stylists donated their day to cut solely for donations – they are two truly amazing and fabulous people!  During the course of the day, we had a variety of customers but the one that touched us all the most was a little girl of maybe 10 years… 

As she was leaving with her mom, we asked if there was anyone they would like their donation to be in memory or in honor of.  The mom thought for a moment and then looked to her daughter who said a name immediately. We wrote down the name and they started out the door.  Suddenly the girl stopped and took off her little backpack.  Mom looked at her with curiosity and we all watched as she took out her little wallet and proceeded to fold up her money and put it in our donation jar.

As those of us left in the salon wiped away our tears, I was struck by how this little girl understood.  She knew what cancer was, and she personally knew someone going through it… Children shouldn’t have to know something like that and yet too many of them do.

It’s just one more reason why I find it hard to say no to the fundraising, training, and walking 60 miles in 3 days with feet covered in blisters…

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.

  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.

  • Link up by clicking on the button below!#SOCsunday


Lucky Me

VersatilebloggerLucky me!  I received a blogging award!  Now I really can say I don’t think this award is deserved as of late because… well because I haven’t been blogging… but I would like to send out a big Thank You to Jen over at Blenifer Uncorked for the award! She won the award and passed it along to 15 of her favorite blogs and as the rules of the award go…

The rules for accepting The Versatile Blogger award are:
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered/favorite blogs.

Here are your 7 fabulous Friday facts about yours truly…

  1. I have been a very bad blogger as of late because of 3 reasons… the first being the NEW job!  I fly in or out every Wednesday and between flights I work 80 hours and go back to the terribly slow hotel internet and then have a glorious 6 days off between to fit in time for the other 2 things…

  2. One of which is training for the Tampa 3-Day!  I am so far behind on training because of travel it’s futile at this point to try and make up all the miles BUT I will train all I can in the next 10 weeks and have a smile on my face through every blister because kicking cancer’s a$$ is so worth it! (fun little factoid of the day… the first 4 3-Day events in 2011 have raised over $15 Million towards finding a cure and there are still 10 events to go!)

  3. Which leads me to the other fabulous thing that has been taking up my blogging time… a certain Southern Gentleman.  He’s sweet, caring, thoughtful, supportive, generous… and most importantly… he makes me happy. :) (yup, just went public with that one)

  4. DSCN2681I am getting very close to having to purchase peanut butter and laundry detergent for the very fist time in my life.  Yes you read that right… I am used to a fully stocked shelf at the “Grandpa Store” that is open anytime I need to replenish my emotional or peanut butter needs!  Love you and miss you Grandpa!  I need to plan a trip home soon! kiddens

  5. I have 2 “kiddens” named Gilbert Sullivan (aka:Goose the Moose, Gilly Goo) and Moses Jean (aka: Chloe, Mokes) 

  6. I was raised in The Mitten but am now a transplant living down in the Appalachian mountains of The Volunteer State!

  7. I am a cancer survivor of a little over 2 years now.  I’m doing everything I can to fight back and am just waiting for the magical 5 year mark where I can say I am 100% cancer free and cured!

So there you have it – my 7 fabulous facts!  And here are some of my favo

rite bloggers for you to check out…

Coconutter Strutters

Dr. Grumpy

Dream Big. Stamp Often


Filling Our Bucket

Following Him


Hines-Sight Blog

In This Wonderful Life

Meanderings of a 3-Day Mom

My Big Girl Pants

Not Quite Legally Blonde

On Joyful Wings

Starving, Insatiable

Soaring on Wings


Once Upon A Time… (SOCS)

Once upon a time… I blogged solely to spread information as efficiently as possible and it turned into a place to dump my thoughts more often than not.  Lately this blog has been neglected as I focus on getting things back in order in my life. 

There has been less time spent on a computer {for fun} and more time spent in airports, airplanes, and hotels with bad internet connections.  I’ve been in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee since I last posted...  Spent about 8 hours on planes, nearly 12 hours in airports, and 16+ hours in cars.  I’m tired and my body aches trying to fight off something I probably picked up in the recirculated air on one of the planes.

But I’m happier and more stress free than I’ve been in such a long time. 

I will take the delays and endless hours spent reading in planes and hotel rooms over the crazy stress-filled existence I have lived since January any day.

Once upon a time I was hopeful, carefree, and happy… I’m finally getting back to that place once again!


“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness” – Unknown

<- Sunrise over Waco, TX

The Rack Pack in Atlanta, GA –>

We walk because we must.  We are strong because the journey demands it.  Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for this generation and the next.  This is our promise: a world without breast cancer.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Link up by clicking on the button below!