Saturday, January 30, 2010

A relevant conversation

I have just included a widget on the sidebar of this blog that points to an important conversation.  I remember almost 20 years ago, our sisters brought the children on a field trip to Boston to the World Trade Center.  A smartly dressed woman in high heels came up to us and asked who we were.  When we told her we were a children's home, she replied that our children's home should not exist, and that the "problem" of these children could have been solved if they had been aborted.

We have had a lot of children with a lot of problems in our home, but I can't think of one child that I wish had not been born.  This woman felt differently.  The widget on the side is about a conversation surrounding a new web series about three fictional women in crisis pregnancies.  The web series hopes to provoke thoughtful conversation and real listening, regardless of which side of the debate people are on.  Abortion may not have much to do with the running theme of this blog, but it has everything to do with the theme of our children's home and the children my community of sisters is trying to help.  So check out the comments . . . check out the site . . . pass it around if you think the conversation is relevant and interesting.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Evolving Vision

Evolving vision for this blog, that is.  My last post was almost exactly a month ago . . . I am sorry it has been so long.  My hope when I returned to New Hampshire from San Diego over Christmas was that I would be able to get some additional contributers for this blog.  The original vision for this blog was to share our experiences and insights about running with the kids from our Children's Home.  However, I was the one with the bright idea, and I am 3,000 miles away from the daily St. Charles runs!  The sisters and volunteers who actually pound the pavement with the kids every day like the idea, but they are all busy people.  It is going to be harder to get posts out of them than I thought.
Next I thought about sharing my own journey of returning to running on this blog.  Lots of people start running and share their experiences with the community.  My story has a unique twist because it is about a return to running after fighting a major illness.  Right now, that journey is on temporary hold.  I am close to being ready to start training again, but my doctor does not agree that I am completely ready yet.  I need to make more progress in other parts of my recovery first (sigh).

Then it occurred to me that I should really write what is dear to my heart, which is our annual 5k race.  I am the coordinator of our race.  The first year I took over organizing the race was also the year I became sick.  The race has kept me going through many years of illness.  I could not participate in local road races any more with the other sisters & the kids, but I could put together an event for them & the whole local running community to enjoy.  Now that I am in school in California, coordinating the race from 3,000 miles away presents new challenges that keep me going.  It is exciting, though.  Our race has grown to 1,000 runners and I hope it grows more.  If any readers have thoughts about our 5k road race, please share them with me!