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March of Dimes walk in pictures

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today was the first time in 2 years that I walked in memory of my daughter Alicia Jean and surprisingly, I had a good time and didn't get emotional once. I was able to be happy and proud for the babies and families that survived prematurity and compassion for the families who also lost babies. I was in great spirits with great friends and my brother, sister and niece.

This is our team shirt as sported by my sister Sie.

Co-workers Tricia and Jennifer supported the cause and raised money on behalf of the cause.

And then it gets crazy . . . .

My niece even wore her pedometer and walked the whole course! She put in nearly 7,000 steps!

My niece and Alicia were only 3 weeks apart and spent 5 days of the week together. Andrialynn still remembers her cousin. She wouldn't smile for the camera and then I told her the picture was for her cousin Alicia and she put smiled for us. Here she is with my brother Blair.

It is still nice outside so I intend to go for a long walk later. I have been extremely exhausted lately to the point that yesterday evening I literally could not stand up straight. I felt weak and had pain in my abdomen. They sent me home from work because they said I looked horrible. I was in bed by 8. Of course I was worried because the walk was early in the morning. Thankfully, God gave me the energy and spirit I needed to get through it feeling awesome. I can say that I now feel tired and weak again so I am laying down. I may take a nap. My colleague said she went through the same thing when she was on the road for months and she suggested I talk to my boss like she did and ask for a travelling break. But I am already scheduled on the road for two weeks in May and once in June. I will just have to be honest because I am going to drop dead at this pace.

I hope to spend more time on Spark supporting my peeps. Thank you for being there for me Sparklers!
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    Aw Nik! I'm so glad you did it!!!!!! You are making great strides my friend! xo
    1846 days ago
    Hey, girl! I'm back!
    Soz for being MIA but I really needed a break!

    I'm so glad to read you are doing well, but I figured out you seriously need to rest for a bit. Even if you feel like you can do everything, give yourself some time to rest and relax!

    Your niece is adorable and you look amazing! I'm sure your little angel is sooo proud of you!

    1848 days ago
    Looks like you had a great time. I am glad you were able to get through it!
    1849 days ago
    I am happy that you were feeling well enough to do the walk to support your daughter. I loved the pictures you posted. :) Y'all look like you truly have a great time together! I hope that you are able to get some rest/break from traveling soon... Otherwise it will take a toll on your body! I know it's hard when you have so many irons in the fire, but take care of YOU. Get some rest!

    1849 days ago
    It's great that you were able to get up and do the walk. That's great and the pictures are perfect. Make sure your taking care of yourself and if that means asking for a traveling break at work do it. You have to remember to talk care of yourself as well.
    1849 days ago
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    I am soooooooooooooooooo happy you were able to do the walk and participate with great spirits that's truly amazing!!! I love the t-shirts as well. I love family that sticks together - it's such a blessing to have.

    Now Missy you must take care of yourself. Do "I" need to call your boss and tell him we need our Spark Motivator around so you've got to let her rest?!?! emoticon But in all seriousness please take care of yourself and get some rest - we don't want you passing out. But I'm truly proud of you and your family for making the event!!!
    1849 days ago
    This is so beautiful and such a stunning way to remember your beautiful little Alicia (I love love her name and the story behind it too!). I bet she is very proud of her mama! It is such a beautiful, selfless thing to be able to attend the walk and support all the other families as well. It's not something anyone ever wants to endure and I'm sure your support was helpful in not only your healing, but in other family's healing too.
    1849 days ago
    Awesome job! Way to go!
    1850 days ago
    Alicia's such a pretty name! Love the shirts & your team's spirit! Glad you were able to complete your walk. Definitely listen if your body is telling you that you need a break. Take care of yourself and continue to make strides to better your overall wellbeing and health! emoticon emoticon
    1850 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon Great job! You're strong & emoticon !!!
    1851 days ago
  • PURPLE180
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    1851 days ago
    emoticon and more big emoticon on this day. What a great way to celebrate your daughter's life. Having family and friends come together to help others is such a tribute to a little one that made such a difference in her, all too short, life.

    I can tell how much she touched others by the beauty of your face when you spoke of her. She is a blessed child of God.

    I hope your day continues to be a good one! Here's one more emoticon for you, my friend.
    1851 days ago
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