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6 years ago today...............

Monday, May 16, 2011

So Imagine this......6 incredible years ago the Lord blessed our family with Sydney Faith JinYan in Nanning, Guangzi, China. What a blessing she has been and will continue to be. Below is an excerpt from the blog I wrote at the time of our trip. I hope you enjoy this. (If you want to read the entire journal of our trip, sparkmail me)



16 May 2005 09:19 CDT
We have Sydney
It's 9:35pm Monday Night
This day started at 4:10am with a very early wake up call. We had to have breakfast out of the way and on the bus by 6:15 to catch the flight to Nanning today. We had a good flight and arrived all in one piece just fine. The airport here is sort of in the middle of farm land. It was awesome to fly in and see the different crops and workers working their fields. These are an amazing people what I admire very much. We met a second guide named Roger who will help Li from here forward. While riding to the hotel he explained how the day would work.
1. Go directly to hotel room and wait for luggage.
2. Back down stairs for lunch
3. directly after lunch we meet in business center to do paperwork.
4. Leave at 4pm to meet the babies
5. rest of day off to do what we needed.

When we got to the hotel where we met the babies, there were tons of nannies in the lobby apparently looking for parents of babies they took care of. Chelle and I were approached by a younger girl with her parents. This girl spoke great English and explained that they are Jin, YanKong's foster family.(Sydney's's foster family). This was a blessing to meet them. They explained that they had sent some gifts for Sydney's and Emily both and a note telling us more about Sydney's life with them. We were having good conversation when the director of Mother's Love came over,and made them leave, and tried to take the note out of Chelle's hand. Chelle's quick thinking told the director that her Mother had given her the note and that was that. She let her have the note and left us alone. Time to go upstairs.....

We were led into a room with many flags and a small stage at the front. No air conditioning of course, that's too much to ask for. The official from the civil affairs office came in and greeted us. From that point it was organized chaos. Name after name, family after family. One right after another to greet their baby. When they called us, we handed out cameras and stuff off and went up. Sydney, being independent, walked into the room on her own. She wasn't sure about going to Chelle so she had to reach out and pick her up. They handed us 4 bags of stuff from her foster family. Sydney did cry a little bit, then not, then cry again. Naturally she is very confused.Yes, Chelle cried some and so did I. We just talked to her while waiting to leave that hotel. She calmed down and actually fell asleep in Chelle's arms on the bus on the way back to our hotel. When we got back to the room, we stopped her and put a diaper on. She is attempting to potty train I guess and didn't have a diaper on. Nor did she have panties on. Just her shorts. She relaxed and got to playing and laughing with Emily. Emily has been great thus far, infact almost too helpful if you can imagine that.

Sydney's hasn't been feeling well according to her foster family and had a low grade fever. We gave her some motrin right before bed time. She really didn't eat much for dinner. Just some sweet milk that the foster family gave to us and cherrios. Yum!So far, she has adjusted very well. She and Emily were asleep by about 8:30ish tonight which is good, we have an early wake up call again tomorrow. Tomorrow we'll go to Civil affairs office and finalize the adoption. She will official be ours as of tomorrow. We had a rash of different issues today also. My laptop would not connect in the room. Imagine this, they blamed my laptop. Well I fought and fought. Basically, the NIC wouldn't connect. Turns out that I'm on at 10MB connected LAN and my NIC was set to 100FULL. They didn't play well together. I changed that setting to auto detect and it worked great. The first room they put us in at the hotel wasn't being cooled by the AC. ARGH!!! They moved us down the hall, and now we have had to turn the thing all they way down to keep from freezing.

Well, it now really late....and we're really tired.

Good night

Picture taken the day we got her (that's big sister Emily with her and Chelle)


This was Sydney at our "Gotcha Day celebration day" at the Texas Rangers game

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/2/2011 10:14AM

    Did you ever write anything comparing the two experiences or were they fairly similar?

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KANSASCHICA 6/1/2011 9:16AM

    Wow! What a great story! What beautiful girls you have!! All 3 of them!

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B-N-ME 5/20/2011 5:40PM

    What a blessing! She changed your life as you have changed hers!
May God bless your family.
Thank you for sharing.

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MAKONIS1 5/20/2011 11:46AM

    Very touching blog. Thank you!

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SHORTSGIRL 5/19/2011 10:13AM

    Lovely blog...thank you for sharing emoticon

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ERIN4771 5/19/2011 8:31AM

    any girl that is a hello kitty fan has GOT to be a cool kid!!!! congrats!!! what a great story, thanks for sharing!!

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ALESHABEE 5/19/2011 8:30AM

    Awww...so beautiful!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/19/2011 8:23AM

    That is so so sweet.

What a beautiful family.

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DARINGR8LY 5/18/2011 8:59PM

    How precious. This is so heart warming.

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NANHBH 5/18/2011 2:29PM

    J-man,

What an awesome story! Love that you celebrate "Gotcha Day!"
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    That was beautiful! emoticon

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DMGABBETT 5/17/2011 12:54PM

    Thanks for sharing, J-man.
God Bless you and your family.

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FORWARDMOTION 5/16/2011 6:02PM

    Happy Gotcha Day Sydney!!! What a wonderful journal you kept!!

Love the picture! They grow up so fast.......!!

Mary Jane

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BTWCOACH 5/16/2011 4:40PM

    Thanks for sharing the story of both your girls! They are so beautiful!!! I know you and Chelle are so proud of them!


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ABSOLUTZER0 5/16/2011 4:03PM

    Another super special post bro! Again, thrilled that you shared this with us!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/16/2011 1:51PM

    Hooray for All the Blessings in your life!

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JENNI329 5/16/2011 1:39PM

    What a great story & a beautiful family you have.

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-KATHERINE- 5/16/2011 1:37PM

    That's an awesome story of how you got your daughter! That is just very sweet and she will cherish this when she is older. How she came to be with you guys...Beautiful family
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KINSBAILE 5/16/2011 1:14PM

    AWESOME! You're a great dad!

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K_FUHRMAN 5/16/2011 11:57AM

    Awesome story. Blessings to you and your family.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/16/2011 11:43AM

    What a fantastic history you have there.

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IOWEIT2ME 5/16/2011 11:40AM

    Heartwarming man ... Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful family with us. Many continued blessings to the Merlau clan always! You have a tremendous heart bro! -- wiley

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10 years ago today.....

Friday, May 13, 2011

......we got to meet our oldest daughter for the very first time, in a conference room of the Bestride Hotel in Changsha, Hunan, China! It's hard to believe it's been 10 years!! As I think about that day, I went back to my journal that I kept while on the trip to China, how fun to re-read so much of this. Below is an excerpt of my journal from the day we met Emily. (the entire journal is on our personal website which is http:\\romeyville.com).

...........Mandy our HOPE WorldWide guide met us at the airport. We immediately swung into action. We checked our luggage for the flight to Changsha, China, then exchanged some money. This day was full of bus tours and killing time. Jenna told us at the airport, after being in China about an hour that we would meet our babies tonight. We went to McDonalds for a quick snack and then rode around Guangzhou just seeing some of the sites. We learned that this is a city of about 10 million people. We saw Sun Yat-Sen’s museum and theater. This man is known as the father of China. All we really wanted to do was go to Changsha, shower and sleep. We had been in the same clothes since we left Dallas on Friday afternoon and it’s HOT here. I thought humidity in Dallas was bad, GEEZ, this place is awful. Finally we were off to the airport again to check in and fly to Changsha. There was only one flight that day and it was like 4:30 or something like that. We met our China Travel Services guide at the airport in Changsha, Julie. We loaded up on the bus and started to the Hunan Bestride Hotel in Changsha. This was about a 40-minute ride. Julie told us how lucky she thought the children were to get adopted. She explained how the next few days would work and the schedule for the evening. We were to go directly to our rooms and meet in the conference room at 7:00pm to do our paperwork. We got to the hotel at about 6:30pm. The bellboys were bringing up our luggage when Chelle got in the shower, really quickly. I jumped in and washed off the slim quickly myself. We were in the hall waiting on the elevator to come up to 23 when it stopped at 16. I jokingly told Chelle, “that’s the babies”. She said, “NO, they aren’t bringing up the babies until we’re done with the paperwork”. Well, we got in the elevator and went to 16, stepped out of the elevator and there she was. Both of us knew the second we saw her, NO questions. We had to walk right past her to get in the conference room. Chelle rubbed Emily’s arm and told her “I’ll be right back.” We hurried into the room, which was already full of crying babies. I got the camcorder out as quickly as I could, and just in time to hear Julie yell out, Guo YuEr. Chelle started toward the front to get her. Another parent on the trip had hurried to the front before Chelle and had taken Emily from the nanny. On the video you can hear me say, that’s our baby. Chelle had to weave around a few people and then she had to tap on this mother’s shoulder 3 times to make her understand that was NOT their baby. Her baby looked nothing like Emily so it was kind of upsetting that she took Emily first. When Chelle finally got Emily she didn’t cry, didn’t fuss at all. She was very curious about what was going on, but no tears. She watched every move I made, not wanting to come to me just yet. We sort of just stood there for a while trying to get aquatinted, then did the paperwork. Basically, we had to hand write that we would never abandoned her, hurt her; we would educate her, and so on. I did the paperwork so Chelle could hold Emily. After finishing the paperwork, we went back to our room. Julie brought the nanny by our room so we could talk to her about Emily’s schedule, eating habits and so on. We got some good information from her. Found out that Emily is eating table food and drinks just water. We undressed her just to get a good look at her. She looks very healthy. We put her on the floor, and she walks!! We fed each other cheerios, and we’ve already seen her smile!! By the end of the night, she let me hold her, and all I could do was cry. I was really scared that I wouldn’t get to do that for quite a while and she let me on our first night together. She slept about 9 hours the first night, not even waking up once. We had to wake her up this morning to meet the rest of the group. Our first night together went very well.

This is Emily the day we got home: (May 24th, 2001)


This is Emily on April 17th, 2011:

  
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KANSASCHICA 6/1/2011 9:23AM

    Wow! Gives me goosebumps!! She is such a beautiful little girl. I'm just curious, do you keep in contact with the birth parents of either child? Just curious how that works. Didn't know if you send them updates, or if when you picked the little beauties up for the first time, that was the last contact they had. I think it's amazing the life you have given these girls!!

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DMGABBETT 5/16/2011 11:01AM

    Beautiful story. Beautiful Daughters. You and Chelle are truly blessed, my friend.

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PIXIEMOM13 5/14/2011 9:55AM

    Happy Gotcha day a bit belatedly from the proud mom to a Jiangsu beauty! My daughter's reaction to seeing me was to scream and cry...until I gave her a lollipop. (It makes her laugh to hear that story now.)

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MEGA_MILES 5/14/2011 8:52AM

    Great blog Jerome!!!!!!!

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FORWARDMOTION 5/14/2011 7:35AM

    Happy Gotcha Day!!! From a Hunan mom!

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FORWARDMOTION 5/13/2011 9:41PM

    Happy Family Day! My oldest is also from Hunan, so we went to Changsha in Nov. 2000

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/13/2011 4:59PM

    WOW!This is such a sweet story! thank you for sharing with us. What a precious little (well, not so little anymore)girl you have.

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-KATHERINE- 5/13/2011 3:34PM

    That is so sweet!!! What a beautiful girl God has blessed you with. Great story.

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3CHIHUAHUA 5/13/2011 2:14PM

    That is very nice
it makes me think of my addoptive parents

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/13/2011 1:23PM

    Thanks for sharing this part of yourself with us. Time flies, eh?

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RUNTRILAUGH 5/13/2011 1:05PM

    So awesome to see and read your story! Who knows what her life would have been like if not for your family!

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RUNNINGWILD 5/13/2011 1:01PM

    She's beautiful Jerome. What an awesome story. Thanks for sharing.

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ETTEZEUS 5/13/2011 12:03PM

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful part of your life!
She's a very pretty girl!

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CASILAYNE 5/13/2011 11:41AM

    What a gorgeous child and a beautiful blessing! Congratulations on your anniversary! :)

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PURPLE180 5/13/2011 11:39AM

    Such a blessing! They grow up so fast. :-)

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K_FUHRMAN 5/13/2011 11:34AM

    What a blessing! Happy anniversary. She was certianly lucky to be adopted by you guys. They sure grow up fast don't they?



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MCJULIEO 5/13/2011 11:32AM

    Oh, what a wonderful story! I am blessed just hearing it!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/13/2011 11:07AM

    Jerome, that is so sweet and touching. and Emily is so Blessed to have you and Chelle for parents!

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CBAILEYC 5/13/2011 10:58AM

    What a great blog and story. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Talk about a wonderful anniversary.
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IMSMILEY88 5/13/2011 10:58AM

    What a beautiful post! She was a beautiful baby & is a beautiful young lady. How blessed your family is!

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MADZOE 5/13/2011 10:53AM

    What a touching story. What a lucky girl and what lucky parents!

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SWEETNEENI 5/13/2011 10:52AM

    She's lovely! You are both blessed!

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Water 4 KIDS......READ THIS...COPY IT....SPREAD THE WORD

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

THIS is an AWESOME CAUSE. Copy this blog(Thanks Kurt)...SPREAD THE SPARK...SPREAD THE WORD....let's get THOUSANDS on board to raise money and dig a fresh water well for kids who don't have that basic necessity.


Did you know? Over one billion people in this world are living without access to safe drinkable water among other basic necessities. We all know the importance of water in our own daily diet. So many do not have the luxury to drink their 8 cups a day. In fact many have to walk miles to get to a water supply and it is usually a stagnant, diseased pond that spreads illness among them.



It only costs $10,150 to drill a well that will provide fresh water to thousands of people and it can work almost maintenance free for 30 years. That is a great return on investment.



And I am determined to help them. I am organizing a first ever Virtual Charity 5K and I need your help. I need everyone to get involved. Go to the Spark Team I set up for the race for all the details. We will be doing the race in September, however I need everyone to get involved now. We have the summer to collect sponsors and I have some mini challenges to help us all keep motivated this summer. It's going to be a great way to spread the spark and get sparked.

Sparkpeople has changed all of our lives now we have the opportunity to change the lives of others.

How you can help:

1. Go to the Sparkteam and join the race.
2. Tell others about this opportunity.
3. Like this blog to get it popular to help spread the word.

teams.sparkpeople.com/wa
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GREENCAT1 5/12/2011 1:48PM

    Checking it out! Sounds great!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/12/2011 1:06PM

    Thanks for sharing! I will check it out!

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SKHENDRIX 5/12/2011 10:40AM

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/12/2011 8:29AM

    Definitely a cool thing. Our church does a shoe drive to support this as well.

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DAYHIKER 5/12/2011 7:26AM

    We support Gospel for Asia which provides many wells in India. We take our blessings for granted don't we?

Cindy

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GARDENCHRIS 5/12/2011 7:16AM

    Great Idea! My church supports a similar thing to bring water to under resourced areas.

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DEE797 5/12/2011 6:59AM

    What a nice idea. Thanks for sharing the info with us.

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TODDJAMES 5/11/2011 12:38PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/11/2011 8:29AM

    Wow!!! What a cool thing to do~heading to the team right now!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/11/2011 8:09AM

    Awesome!! headed over there NOW!

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White Rock Lake Centennial Half Marathon (my 2nd half)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

May 7th, 2011
Dallas Running Club White Rock Lake Centennial Half Marathon
White Rock Lake, Dallas, Tx


I'll spare all the details about the night's sleep I didn't get the night before the race. Restless, nervous, excited, are just a few words to describe how I felt. I was extremely excited about this race since my family was going to be there to cheer me on!

We left home around 5:30am for a race that started at 8am. I wanted to be in the parking lot around 6, just to avoid traffic that could have turned into a nightmare fairly easily. The race started at Winfrey Point and there wasn't much parking available onsite at all. I knew there would be several fellow Spark People friends at the race as well. I met Brian Cooper in the church parking lot where we parked. He and I go back several years as we worked together before becoming Spark Friends. Eventually, I guess around 6:30 we all walked over to Winfrey Point. Already lots of activity with vendors, etc. We found a place to park my family for a bit so the girls could eat a little breakfast. Brian and I went for a walk to find the start line, the finish line and just chat a bit. When we came back to the hill, we ran into Coach Nancy! She always brings a smile to my face and is such a blessing to call a friend! Of course there were hugs and talk all around for a while. THEN, Shelly (Iusecrayons) walked up. She was there as moral support for us, and to met Jen, LOL.

Nancy, Jerome and Brian PRE race


Me and my girls pre race


My girls Pre Race - energized and ready to go


My wife found a spot on top of the hill, set up the blanket for the girls and made that 'home' for a while. I made my way down to the trail and started getting my legs warmed up, stretching, etc. Then another friend finally showed up. John isn't on Spark, but it was great to see him anyway! I made my way to the 2 hour pace group and was trying to 'get into the zone'. I was actually busy talking to those around me, everybody wanted to know about the RockTape on my legs again. (I'd like to report that since I wore that three weeks ago, I've had very little piriformis/sciatic nerve pain). I got my itunes going and my walk meter running just fine with plenty of time to spare. I think we started a few minutes late, but it's all good, we finally started. I was using my walk meter on the iPhone to post my mile stats automatically, AND the app read the comments back to me. It was awesome to hear the things my family and friends were saying to encourage me, loved that.

Miles 1-3 took us around to the east of White Rock Lake (WRL) which I've never run before. Very nice area that has tons of trees and some really nice very small almost cottage style homes. I really enjoyed running back here. Just taking all of it in. I felt pretty good during this part of the race holding 9:19, 9:11 and 8:53 per mile respectively.

Miles 4-6 took us right back past what was the start line around Winfrey Point back toward the west, which I've run several times. There were only 2200 runners at this race (actually I think 1800 are what showed up) and the course was very crowded since it's not very wide. I had actually hooked up with a few runners and we were in a pack about 20 yards behind the 2 hour pace group, keeping good time, holding strong. I held a strong pace for these miles at 9:02, 9:12, 9:18 per mile. As I past Winfrey Point again, my family was on the side of the trail cheering me on, along with Shelly (who was taking pictures of every man wearing green apparently, lol). My wife captured this picture, which is awesome:


Miles 7-9 - Running part of the lake now that I've never run before, several rolling hills, one small mountain to get up on the damn, the temperature rising, my legs going south. I ran 9:01, 9:06 and 9:28 for this portion of the journey. The hills took a toll on my calves which started to cramp severely around mile 9.

Miles 10-12 - TOUGH miles for me. I've never had cramps in my legs so badly that they actually altered where I wanted to put my foot down mid stride. I would be in the middle of my stride, the calve would cramp and cause a spasm to force my leg off to the side or something stupid. I was getting angry, frustrated even embarrassed at my performance. I don' think I walked in mile 10, but I'm certain I did in miles 11 and 12, which is frustrating, but it was necessary.

I even stopped in mile 13 and stretched my calves using a tree to stabilize myself. I felt as though I was barely moving when I came around the corner to the finish line and probably looked even worse, LOL. Here are a few pictures:





Thanks to Coach Nancy's husband for the pics(I borrowed them from facebook)

Yes, you might notice something on my shirt, it's called blood. The bandaid on my nipple came off around mile 6 and I bled the rest of the way! I'm told that when I ran past my family, my daughters freaked out and sprinted to the finish line to make sure I was OK. It didn't really hurt, not compared to my calves anyway, LOL.

At the end of the race we all got a nice surprise with a nice patch and glass with the race logo on it as seen below.


I also got to meet Jen (JensFitJourney) which was awesome! She's a rockstar! She ran the race with her mother, a very cool way to spend Mother's Day weekend. We hung out in the vendor area for a while enjoying some cold water, beer, pizza (yep, I ate a piece). My daughters enjoyed snow cones, etc.

A few more pictures:
My girls post race - all they wanted was a snow cone at this point


Nancy and I showing off our finisher medals, Brian showing off the beer. LOL


just me and a little blood:


My overall time ended at 2:07:25 with an average pace of 9:39 per mile. Not what I wanted, but I'll take it. I learned the hard way that I MUST hydrate the day before a long run like this. My calves would have been much happier if I'd have done that. Bad, Jerome, bad!!

My proudest moment of the day was simply having my family there, taking it all in, cheering for me, cheering for others!!

My garmin stats are here:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/84055
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IMSMILEY88 5/12/2011 11:20AM

    Wonderful!I loved reading about your race. All the more fun with family & friends! Too bad about the cramping & bleeding, but you MADE IT! And, I'd love to have a time like that! I know it isn't quite what you wanted, though. Oh, and I love the medal! I was disappointed that my triathlon this weekend did NOT have medals. Boo!

CONGRATS!

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MINNA72 5/12/2011 8:16AM

    Congrats! Sounds like you had a great day, despite cramps, bleeding and being taped up!

Good job!

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PURPLE180 5/10/2011 5:05PM

    Have I told you how emoticon you were today? Well you are emoticon, and your girls are soooo cute.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/10/2011 3:10PM

    Look at my bro doing it again! You continue to push through the pain and come out victorious. Even with hydration issues, bloody nipples, and cramps, you pulled off a great time! Glad the family was there to cheer for you! That is always a great feeling! I see your bib matches your age! AWESOME!

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DRB13_1 5/9/2011 8:45PM

    Inspiring!

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MCSNYDER1 5/9/2011 5:15PM

    Bloody nippless---ouch!
Free stuff---cool!
Finisher's Medal---priceless!

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BTWCOACH 5/9/2011 4:35PM

    Try some Enduralites next time - and while you are training in the heat.... That might help those cramps. And of course plenty of water... :-)

I'm proud of you Jerome! You ROCKED it!!! I'm glad you could hear our comments on your run! Todd had some good ones. hahaha!
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So what's next?


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TODDJAMES 5/9/2011 4:18PM

    Nice blog! Congrats! And...you lived to tell about it! On to the next adventure...

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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 5/9/2011 2:04PM

    Awesome job on your race!! Congratulations on a great time, even it wasn't your goal. You'll get it next time!!

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KKINNEA 5/9/2011 1:44PM

    Great job on your race! You kept going regardless of any problems you encountered. Your time looks really good and the next one will be event better!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/9/2011 11:09AM

    AWESOME! great race that you ran..sorry about the 'owie' and the calf cramps sound awful!!!
Big lucky dog, you are to meet Jensfitjourney!!! she's awesome!
the pics of your girls are great~~

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CBAILEYC 5/9/2011 9:39AM

    Congrats! What a fabulous day, and fantastic finish. So glad you, collectively, had a great time.
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K_FUHRMAN 5/9/2011 8:24AM

    Wow! Sounds like a great day. You really inspire me. Our story and stats are so close. I just happen to be at the beginning of the journey. You help me to see where I WILL be someday if I keep to it and don't give up. Thank you for the example and encouragement.

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ROOT4HOME 5/9/2011 1:25AM

    Congratulations on your HM & great time - despite the calf cramps - impressive! Sounds like the perfect time spent w/family and friends! emoticon

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EUPHRATES 5/9/2011 12:18AM

    Congrats!
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MEGA_MILES 5/8/2011 8:57PM

    Congrats Jerome. No, I've never had a bloddy nipple. Can't wait!!!

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RMX9822786 5/8/2011 8:54PM

    Another strong performance! You kicked butt man! Glad your family was there to cheer you on this time. Are you part of the Dallas Running Club? I am considering joining a local running club to get involved, maybe volunteer at some races, meet some new people and learn some tips.

I accidentally left my Garmin home today for my race. I was so lost, haha. It's amazing how reliant we can get on those things.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 5/8/2011 8:44PM

  What a fun day, even with the heat, humidity, wind, cramping calves, blood blisters and bloody nipples, it was still fun...who'd have thunk we would actually find joy in running in these conditions, when it would have been so much easier to stay home??? I still had the time of my life! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/8/2011 8:16PM

    Way To Go Jerome! bummer about your "owies". have you tried that stuff that looks like a deodorant tube? it is some sort of lubricant that is supposed to prevent that nipple problem. anti-chaffing stuff. good for all sorts of athlete things. i have not tried it. DwightyBob has some somewhere though.

Congratulations on a GREAT race!

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ELYMWX 5/8/2011 8:13PM

    Congratulations, Jerome!

(from one bloody nipple runner to another :-) )

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LAURIE5658 5/8/2011 7:46PM

    Jerome, what an awesome time and I bow down to you in reverence!!! You RAWK!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/8/2011 7:42PM

    Congratulations and ouch (on the nipple thang)!! Another great 1/2 under your belt..
Annie

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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/8/2011 7:39PM

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GOOD MORNING......

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I've heard it before, but when I heard it this morning on the drive to work, this song just sort of made me happy, so I thought i'd share! Such a GREAT message for all of us

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnmWwudeqfM


Wave away my yesterday
Cause I'm leaving it behind me.
Hello sunshine, come what may.
I feel something new inside me.
I hear the birds singing
Now my alarm's ringing
Get up, get up, hey!

It's a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I'm stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that's rising in me.
It's a good morning

Slow down, breathe in,
Don't move ahead
I'm just living in this moment
I've got my arms raised, un-phased
Jump out of bed
Gotta get this party going
I went to bed dreaming,
You woke me up singing
Get up, get up, hey!

It's a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I'm stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that's rising up in me.
It's a good morning

Now I'm smiling, and I'm kissing all my worries goodbye
Got the feeling, if I spread my wings I might even fly
You are my truth, my way
Give me the strength to say
Get up, get up, get up
Cause it's a good morning, hey

Mr. Mac to the mic

[Toby Mac]
Hey, top of the morning to you 'disa
You smoothie, me ice cold pizza
Cafe au lait, latte dah
You do the zumba, but I do not
Give me like half a marathon,
I'll give you the gospel of St. John.
Hits me like a wake-up bomb
Cuz' we both know that His mercy flows,
In the morning.

Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I'm stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
I can feel the hope that's rising up in me.
It's a good morning
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I'm stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength you give me just what I need
I can feel the hope that's rising up in me.
It's a good morning

[Toby Mac]
Top of the morning to you 'disa
Hey, top of the morning to you girl
To-to-top of the morning to you 'disa
Morning little Miss Sunshine.
[Spoken]
Man, you morning people.
No, I'm seriousa

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PINKCHEETAH175 5/29/2011 5:47PM

    LOVE IT!!!! adding it to my mp3 player asap and gonna start jogging mornings before work...nothing like a great song to get my legs moving!! Thanks!!

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TACONES 5/6/2011 10:35PM

    emoticonwake me up song. I need to play this every morning before I start my Insanity to wake up my brain. emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/28/2011 9:28PM

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NANNER2121 4/28/2011 7:58PM

    A great start to anyone's day!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/28/2011 7:33PM

    that is a MOOOVER!!

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KINSBAILE 4/28/2011 10:50AM

    Good morning to you! Have a GREAT Thursday! :)

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CHELLEJOBEAN 4/28/2011 10:43AM

    It is a good morning!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/28/2011 10:30AM

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ELSKAS 4/28/2011 10:26AM

    Have a great day!

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