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I can't believe it's the last race of the year

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The final race of 2012... bittersweet. It wasn't the most organized race, but it was for a good cause. The cause was in support of rescue greyhound dogs. They told us at the start that they didn't get the medals in time, and they had to use left over medals from 2 years ago.. but if we wanted the proper ones we would have to put our names down for new ones.. Yes of course I want the correct medal, thank you!!!!!
The weather was perfect, the route was along the river, the trees were all beautiful in fall colors, it looked so amazing, that part was great. It was wonderful to be able to run with my husband to celebrate our anniversary! They only had 3 water stations for the whole course, thank goodness we had our water belts! But still could have used more. My poor husband was battling a cold for the last few weeks which then turned into bronchitis, so I could hear him hacking and coughing up phlem, several times he urged me to just go and take off, but I wasn't there to run my all time personal best, it was a run to do something we enjoyed, to run for our anniversary... so by his side I stayed... we even took walking breaks which NEVER happens when we run.... oh and of course my watch didn't charge properly so it died, I had no clue what pace we were running at or how long we taking, my guess was 2:11-2:18, but I didn't care... just kept following Eddie's lead, I felt so bad for him, he said he couldn't breathe. I was looking forward to the chocolate milk at the finish line........ We grabbed hands and cross the finish line, I was surprised we finished at 2:06! So I am very proud of that time, my hubby did great considering how he was feeling, and it wasn't about the end time.... AND at the finish line there was no chocolate milk :( They had the finish line at a local landmark diner and provided pop, fries and a burger or hot dog.

This has been a fantastic year of half marathons, being able to run with my husband, together we became half fanatics, achieved personal bests, and have met a lot of nice runners during this time. We ran 7 this year... and I have now completed 15!!! As I write this I am enjoying my post race chocolate milk... and am ready for the rest of the day and weekend with my family!!

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WONDERWOMAN 10/3/2012 9:30AM

    Way to go! Now time to start planning next year's race calendar. ;)

What strange post-race food. I think that would just turn my stomach.

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    What a great way to celebrate your anniversary!

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RUNNER12COM 9/30/2012 2:16PM

    I'm so proud of you both. And what a great finish, especially with your need to slow down a bit and walk during the race.

Congrats! You both deserve it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/30/2012 12:53PM

    what an emoticon year of running emoticon emoticon

How great that you have discovered something you love together and can share this together!

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KIPPER15 9/30/2012 10:15AM

    Well done you two. Congrats. Happy anniversary. emoticon emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/30/2012 7:23AM

    The togetherness and love you guys share is inspiring. I love reading about your races together!

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MARITIMER3 9/30/2012 5:30AM

    I love reading about your runs together and especially the way you support each other.

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JENNNY135 9/29/2012 8:04PM

    You two are an inspiration, great job both of you. Enjoy the anniversary.

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MELROSE13 9/29/2012 7:37PM

    Well done for you both! Great thing to be addicted too :) emoticon

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COOP9002 9/29/2012 6:24PM

    Nice job on your race. Great time as well!

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2012 5:43PM

    What a great way to celebrate you anniversary! Hope he feels better soon as I have been battling the same thing. Here I'm just starting to get ready to run because we have a lot of races in New Mexico during the fall and winter months. I can't run in the heat so I'm just getting geared up. Of course you want the right bling!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 9/29/2012 5:32PM


Brenda - I am so impressed with you and Eddie..... What a great way to celebrate you love and marriage!!!! I have a feeling the there will be more than 7 races next year!!

Are you two signed up for the Fargo half next May???



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TWINZMOM7 9/29/2012 5:27PM

  You guys are amazing! My race is in 2 weeks, only my second half but I'm pumped! Congratulations!

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READINGACE 9/29/2012 5:21PM

    Chocolate milk is my favorite recovery drink, too. Congrats on a great last race of the season. I hope you both rest up before tackling your marathon training.

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DIANNEMT 9/29/2012 3:36PM

    What a great (and crazy) way to celebrate an anniversary!

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MARATHONDAD 9/29/2012 3:13PM

    thank you so much for helping me through the end of our race might not have finished without you!!!!

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Another race.. Hills are so much fun

Monday, September 10, 2012

This was my 6th half of the year, and my 14th half in total. The race we picked was 2 hours out of the city, and it's called "run for the hills" it's a Very, VERY hilly course!!!

I started the preparation the day before made pancakes for breakfast for the family, and made extra for hubby and I to have pre-race for breakfast. Packed our bags, waited until parents arrived to babysit our 3 boys, and then we picked up my MIL to come with us because our daughter is still nursing and we needed someone to watch her while we ran our race.

As we get into the town, I realize... damn I forgot the pancakes! Now what are we going to have?? I am apologizing to Eddie about forgetting them... we get to our room, we discover no microwave! So we wouldn't have been able to heat them up anyway! Thankfully I was able to use the restaurant next door to heat up my daughters supper. We went to the grocery store and Eddie picked up some bagels and peanut butter for our breakfast!

Before we went to the pre -race dinner, we drove the course to take some pictures and show my Mother in law.... She couldn't believe what we had to run!!

We went to the pre-race past dinner, which is by far the best pre-race dinner, being that it's smaller event, it's all home cooked food, pasta, lasagne, vegetarian option, a gluten free option, spaghetti, a few kinds of salads, and 6 different desserts!!

The course is all on country dirt gravel road, with beautiful scenery BUT the roads are very hilly!!!

Got up at 5am... had our breakfast, drank some water, they had no coffee maker so I had to go without my one cup of coffee, sigh, I managed.

The race started at 8am... we drove briefly by some houses and then the course takes off down all the country roads, it's very scenic, a lot of farm land, cows in the fields... the smaller hills were not too bad, but there are 3 really bad hills, I took some pictures, but they really don't do any justice.

I love running beside Eddie, we are so in tune with one another, when the other person is hurting we know something is up, I asked him what was wrong, and he said he was hurting, we had 3 miles to go... he told me I could run ahead, but I chose to stay with him, and when we came to cross the finish line we grabbed each others hand, and the announcer called both our names and finished our run at 2:02!!!

As hard as the race is, it's very challenging but so worth it. Even if every leg muscle is aching today!!

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LACYME 9/21/2012 9:13AM

    wow- what a hill!!! That is so great you and your husband grab hands to cross the finish the race. WOW ! Great job!

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    Congratulations for finishing together and getting such a great time on the clock! It is so nice that you and your husband are both passionate about running. Good for you!

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GABIBEAR 9/15/2012 11:14PM

    That is so wonderful. Sounds like such good time with hubby and at the same time good exercise and time for you too! Great job! I would have done the same! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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KIPPER15 9/15/2012 10:11PM

    Wow, the picture did do it justice. Looks like a challenge. Great job.

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SPEEDYDOG 9/12/2012 7:49AM

    I love the photo of the course. It sounds like you had a great time. I actually like hilly races because I am good at running hills. I am very competitive on a steep course and less so on something that is flat.

Of course, I live in the Colorado mountains and train on hills all the time. Running a hilly half in 2 hours is fantastic! Congratulations.


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WONDERWOMAN 9/12/2012 7:31AM

    So funny! You say "hills are fun" - Eddie says "hills are hell." :) What a great couple you are!

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READINGACE 9/12/2012 7:30AM

    My husband and I run a lot of races together, too. I know that feeling of crossing challenging finish lines together- it's great.

Congratulations on a great finish time for such a tough race,

And, thanks for adding me as a Spark Friend.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 9/11/2012 8:20PM

    You are such an inspiration ... I don't know where you find the energy to manage training and a young family! When my daughters were younger - I had no time for me.... now that they are older and I have a job that requires to be physically fit , I have no excuse!
You are fantastic motivators - thanks for sharing !!! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/11/2012 6:17PM

    Congratulations to the both of you. You two are an amazing couple. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/11/2012 9:04AM

    sounds like a fantastic race. love that you and hubby are in this together. and what a GREAT time-hills and all!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/11/2012 7:49AM

    got tears in my eyes! running across the finish together hand in hand is freaking awesome! congrats my dear! keep up the wonderful work!

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/11/2012 6:39AM

    You guys are so blessed to have one another. :) Sounds like it was a great race!

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LYNNIERN 9/10/2012 10:37PM

    Great blog, love how you guys are so supportive of each other, that's so awesome!! emoticon

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MARATHONDAD 9/10/2012 10:26PM

    very nice blog thanks for running with me and being the best running partner

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MARITIMER3 9/10/2012 10:18PM

    As I said to your husband, you two are an amazing pair! It's great to read about your accomplishments - congratulations.

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a month of changes...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

My twin boys start Kindergarten tomorrow, I can't believe it!! Where did the time go?? With the cost of daycare it was a very easy choice to stay at home with my boys once my 1 year of mat leave ended.... and since Ethan and Julian were born, we were blessed to have two more children. Aidan ( 3 years old) is starting pre-school on Friday. We felt it would be good for him because he can meet other kids his age, so we have 3 excited boys starting a new adventure!!!!
And the baby of the family, Abigail she is growing way too fast, learning to say a few words, she stands up by herself and so determined to walk, she has the best personality with her many facial expressions and smile that just melts your heart.

I am so excited for my boys starting school but so sad to have had them home this long, and seeing how fast time has flown, it seems like yesterday I could hold my two babies in my arms, and now seeing them grow into these individuals, the way they love to ask questions about everything, and how they have such a vivid imagination it makes me so happy for this new beginning, but so sad that they are growing up!

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KIPPER15 9/9/2012 9:06PM

    They are so cute and grow too fast. It's hard sometimes to let them go and grow, but rewarding all the same. Hats off to you for doing so much with all these cuties at home. emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/7/2012 5:13PM

    Wow I didn't know that amongst running all those races with your man that you guys had all those cuties at home! And you guys are fast to boot. Don't know where you find the time to get in your training, but hats off to you for sure.

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    They are all so cute! I wish them all luck in school. Hope they have a wonderful first day and an amazing year.

We are going through a transition here 5 year old started first grade yesterday and my 3 year old will start nursery school on Monday. I have also been a stay at home mom and I am so sad to see this part of my life ending but excited in some ways as well.

Good luck to you all as you deal with this milestone and may it be a wonderful school year.

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GRANDMAPATTYV 9/6/2012 10:04AM

    Kids grow up soooo fast!! 3 of my grandchildren went to school this year!!! k-grade 2!!
I can't believe that it seems like only yesterday their mums (my 2 daughters) were starting school for the first time! Life does go by too fast!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/6/2012 8:26AM

    Your kids are adorable. Time does fly so we must remember to live with purpose every single day. Happy changes to you:)
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MARATHONDAD 9/6/2012 8:02AM

    cant believe they are starting school today

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/5/2012 9:57PM

    Happy for you! You have a beautiful family! emoticon

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WILDFLOWER521 9/5/2012 8:13PM

    Doesn't it just make your heart squeeze to watch them come into their own!
Even though it is somewhat sad, it is such a wonderful time in their lives.

Your babies (that are not so much babies anymore :) are all so adorable.

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    I hope they all enjoy school. This will give you an opportunity for one-on-one time with Abigail, which will be fun I'm sure. And now you will get to hear all about their adventures!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/5/2012 5:15PM

    Yup, big milestones ahead for you and for them.

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KAREN_NY 9/5/2012 2:12PM

    Congratulations - such blessings!!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 9/5/2012 2:04PM

    What a beautiful family. Inside and out.

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WORTHEYMOM 9/5/2012 1:52PM

    got to love those major life milestones! They grow up so fast - enjoy very moment with them! Mine are in 8th grade and 1st grade this year! wow - time does go so fast!

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lucky number 13

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today I now have 13 halfs under my belt!! It's hard to believe I have completed 5 so far this year, with plans for 2 more this year!!
In May my husband and I ran 3 halfs, giving us the opportunity to qualify to become half fanatics, we wore wear our shirts with pride for the first time for this race today.

I wasn't sure how this race would go because I have been sick with a cold for the last 2 weeks, no energy, running on fumes and haven't ran at all. I have 4 kids under 5 and getting rest and taking it easy is not an option, so it's go for walks, go to the park, wading pool, splash pad and everything else in our daily activities.

I went to bed at 8:30...
my princess Abigail picked last night of all nights that she wanted to nurse all night long, just for comfort... so not much sleep :(
Alarm goes off at 4am, of course princess was sleeping!!
Made my coffee ( I have to have at least 1 cup of coffee)
Drank some water, had some waffles..
Woke up Abby, nursed her... and was out the door shortly after 5am

It was a very scenic route along a river, and a lot of countryside, beautiful homes, and the weather was perfect! I ran with my DH for a few km... but he was in a zone and could not keep up to his pace.....
We crossed paths at the half way point, we blew each other kisses and we parted ways. I was so excited to use my garmin watch that my hubby got me for my early birthday present, it really helped me focus on keeping my pace, and letting me know how far I was, since the race we were doing was very small and had barely any route markers.

I wasn't striving for a personal best, but I knew I wanted to get 2 hours... so I kept my pace..and as always at the last 2 km I get a surge of energy that comes out of nowhere and I pick up the pace and thank goodness I did, I got my 2:00 finish!! So even though my husband and I can't always run the same pace, it is so rewarding to be able to see my wonderful husband at the finish line!!!!!

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NAOLEE 9/4/2012 9:17PM

    emoticon is the word to describe what you do. emoticon

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PALMETTOGIRL22 8/19/2012 9:26PM

    Thanks so much for adding me as a friend. I have added you as well. Congratulations on another half marathon!!! You and your husband are such an inspiration to all of us!



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    Congratulations on reaching your goal time! I have a nursling too and so I completely understand being up all night BFing. Usually I feel like I drag through the next day so I think it is absolutely amazing that you went on to run a half marathon at 5 a.m.! Wow! You are an inspiration!

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JEN-MN 8/19/2012 2:10PM

    Great job!! What an inspiration emoticon And with four kids under 5 to boot? My own little brood consists of three kids 5 & under, one just 5mos old... so I know just a fraction of the challenge. You are amazing!! emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 8/19/2012 8:46AM

    Congrats! You are very inspiring!!

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GABIBEAR 8/19/2012 2:22AM

    That is so fantastic.... emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/19/2012 2:11AM

    emoticon on your race. You did an emoticon job despite being sick. You guys are amazing! Cool shirts!

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RBETYOURASS 8/19/2012 12:32AM

Congrats on a great momentous run!

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MOMMARUNNER77 8/18/2012 10:47PM

    Thank you, I know it is strange to get a burst of energy... I just see the route marker or can see the finish line in the distance... and say to myself, this is it you can do it.. and all of a sudden... I am powered up...of course reading an article this is not the best thing and getting this sprint going on is horrible and can cause injury... it hasn't happened, YET... and
JOhn...that is awesome, and soon you will be on race 14.... that is pretty crazy though!!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/18/2012 10:42PM

    Great job with all you've had going on. I can't even hit 2 when I'm at my best. Still hoping for one in September. And yeah, I want that surge at the end too.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/18/2012 8:28PM

    Dang, you get a surge the last 2K? I WANT THAT! The last 5K are usually the hardest for me. Congrats on another race well-run!

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MARATHONDAD 8/18/2012 8:09PM

    It is always an honour to run with you and thank you for getting me into running!!!

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RUNNER12COM 8/18/2012 8:06PM

    Wow, you rock. My own personal best is a 2:00:24 and I have 13 half marathons done, too! What, are we running together?

Congrats on a great race!

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Dedicated to the love of my life

Thursday, July 26, 2012

As I write this, I am just thinking of how my last several years have turned out...
Around 7 years ago, I had a first date with a wonderful guy, it was a very memorable first date, we laughed, it wasn't at all awkward, it was so very comfortable, from the moment the date ended, there were no dating rules/games from either of us (don't call for 3 days) they have to call first etc) As soon as we both parted, and he going home, and I had to work (worked midnights then) we both emailed each other with the same subject line "Best first date ever"
It just amazes me how life turns out the way it does..... It didn't take too long to have serious talks, and get engaged after dating for 5 months... and 7 months after that get married!! In almost 6 years, we were blessed with twin boys, a 3rd boy, and our 4th a baby girl, WOW 4 beautiful children, I feel so blessed, not only to have an amazing husband who works 2 jobs for our family, but he's such a caring and compassionate person. I know he doesn't like having to work all day, then to spend 15 minutes to an hour at home before he has to go out again, and our kids don't understand when they ask "daddy, why do you have to go to work, again" I am so thankful how my husband is supporting our family.
so thank you hunny for all that you do, I love you.. I know this is only temporary and not forever.... but I really appreciate you working so hard for us.

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PALMETTOGIRL22 9/7/2012 10:03PM

    You are an awesome couple!!!!!!!!


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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/14/2012 9:46AM

    very sweet. love when a woman raves about her man!

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MBUSSAN210 7/27/2012 9:06AM

    You guys seem like the best team! I am so impressed and love that you are an example that Love is real!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/27/2012 8:31AM

    You guys are great!

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MARATHONDAD 7/27/2012 7:59AM

    awwwww thanks honey!!!!!!! I never believed in love at first until I met you. The past 6 yrs of marriage has been amazing. there isnt anything I wouldnt do for you or the family. I love the fact we get to share our passion of running!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/27/2012 1:05AM

    Sounds like you two are very well matched.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/26/2012 10:59PM

    What a great guy! You are blessed.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/26/2012 10:58PM

    Great tribute to your husband! You guys have a beautiful story!
And now you are running partners! So inspiring!
Thank you for sharing!

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