Saturday, September 17, 2011

All Different Kinds of Winners

The bad news is, our Saturday started around 5:45 a.m. Cory headed out bright and early for his second half-marathon. Since my two oldest could hear thread slide through a needle, they bounced out of bed in the pitch dark, ready for the day, at the exact moment Daddy left the house.

I always try to tell them, "It's still the middle of the night!", but I think they're on to me.

The good news is, by 9:30, we were here. Granted, this is the first finish line I've ever waited at, but I've got to believe that it's the prettiest one in the history of the universe. Or at least Indiana.

Cory organized Team Crossing as a fundraiser. Go Team!
(Photo taken after the run and they're all still standing. Some are even smiling!)

While we waited for Daddies and friends to cross the line, the kids played in the rocks.

My friend Heather crossed and I teared up. Then my friend Alison crossed and I teared up. Then I was struck by how dear the timekeeper at the finish line was and I teared up.

Then I saw him...

And I teared up. I am so proud of him. I love that he has pushed himself and trained so hard. He's rallied the team and encouraged them. He takes his job at The Crossing so seriously. So proud! He ran over 13 miles. So proud! He has calves of steel. So proud!

The kids and assorted nephews cheered him and Uncle Kevin on.

I made it my personal duty to hoot and holler as everyone crossed the line. And cry. That was another part of my contribution. You run 13.something miles. I'll cry for you a little.

*Don't. Do. It!*

After the race, we browsed around a bit at the Amish Acres Fall Festival.

Then the kids played on the rocks.

It was a really fun, really inspiring morning.

But wait! I have 3 Grace for the Good Girl winners!

1. Alison: I'm looking very much forward to reading this book. I want to be a GG with Jesus' help.

2. Jodyfoznot: Ever since I can remember, I've struggled with the lie that I need to earn God's love and approval. And I've built up some fairly impenetrable walls of my own in the process. It's taking years and years to take those walls down brick by brick.

3. Sylvia: I'm here via Emily's link on Facebook. I'm a first time visitor :) Oooh, how I'd love to dive into her book. It sounds amazing!

Girls, email me with your mailing address (My email is up under "contact" at the top of my blog.) I can't wait to hear what you think of the book!


  1. I am sentimental at every darn moment that comes along these days. Throw me a finish line, an old lady waving a flag, or a cute baby with and adoption shirt on, and be prepared for the flood.

    What a lovely picture of Siley throwing a rock at his Mama's camera... he may need to contact me about that. My client has nothing to say. Do not badger him.

    Been thinking about you all day. I read Chapters 1 and 2 of Grace for the Good Girl. I feel like a filthy mess... with hope.


  2. what a fun, fallish day! it looks so pretty there! i've run a few 1/2's and i know that feeling of cool! way to go, farmgirl's hubby!! yeah!!

  3. What?! I won? I'm so excited!!!! Can't WAIT to read this book! Thank-you!!!!! xoxo

    P.S. Photo of barn with happy runner reflected in the mirrors/windows? A.Maz.Ing.

  4. Girl...where in the world do you live...Heaven? :) I *heart* the Midwest...whether that be Michigan, Ohio (I'm a daughter!), Iowa, Missouri, Kansas...

    ...well you get the idea!

    Congrats to your sweet hubby on his accomplishment! Wow...The Crossing looks like such a wonderful opportunity for so many of today's hurting youth.

    Blessings, Shannan!


  5. I'm cracking up! "You run 13 miles? I'll cry for you." I am the same way! I'm even a little teary eyed reading this post. Love your humor and sensitive heart!

  6. Oh what great photos! Picture perfect. My husband also runs and you can't help but be proud of them. Kit

  7. Love that you're crying for anyone who runs 13 miles. I would cry too. So, did my boy throw the rocks or was he just pretending? He's so sweet. I just love him.

  8. Those are the most beautiful pictures - I just want to click my heels and be transported into the first one.

  9. Congrats to Cory + the book winners! These photos are just beautiful. My favorite is Don't. Do. It. That kid is a little firecracker, isn't he? I have a firecracker kid and I think he has outgrown it. We celebrated at the end of 8th grade because it was the first year I didn't get a call from the school!

  10. I love how you said that your kids can hear thread sliding through a needle - especially first thing in the morning. Mine do too.

    It's amazing.

  11. I cried too,
    Seriously. I cried every time you wrote that you cried.
    Go, runners, go!

  12. i'm running my first marathon in january. i'm scared and excited all at once. i'll cry for sure.

  13. I agree, what a beautiful ~ peaceful finish line! Amish lady sneaked into that last photo! ;)
    Speaking of...who's going to blog from the Amish with me now? :(
    I Love You (I love Christ in you) Sweet Shannan!

  14. Oh & I suspicion there is MORE to those tears than just a race ~ todays race anyways! You are in my prayers tonight!!!

  15. such sweet photos.
    and love to hear of another wife who cries over their husband . . . in a good way! :)

  16. Oh! There's so much to say about this post!
    The pictures! Being a Bremen girl, I was teary-eyed as I saw Northern Indiana landscape. Pictures of home for me. Thank you!
    And speaking of pictures! You have such an eye for beauty. Your pictures are gorgeous! I also love your you speak "love of family" in your posts.
    And...thank you for introducing me to "Grace for the Good Girl." That sounds like one that I am in need of reading.
    :) Jodi

  17. Good for him! Beautiful capture of the day.

  18. What a great accomplishment! And the location is gorgeous!! But of course Silas steals the show, especially with that "Don't Do It" that made me laugh out loud!

  19. Oh how I wish I would have stuck around, instead of hurrying off to shower to make the parade...cry. I love you and seeing you there made me cry (alittle more). Running for something bigger than myself (cry alot more). I was truly blessed to have been a part of something greater than me. I loved the post!

  20. I agree. If you can run and not die for thirteen miles, I'd cry for you too. And wave signs that say "You're a rock star" and "Way to go on not dying."

    I love this. And it makes me miss the Midwest a little. Midwest in the fall is my very favorite thing ever. Three days! woot!

  21. I'm busy being jealous of the fallness I see. There is NO need for anything long-sleeved in South Texas yet! We are still in the high 90's with some 100's slipped in!

  22. shannan, this post. i love the photos and warm, dreamy autumn i feel in it. kudos to cute maintenance boy :), and wishing good things for his endeavors w the crossing.

  23. Rock STAR! Yes he is. Can't even imagine!

  24. Beautiful post!
    Love all your photos and love the "autumn" I see here :)

    Deborah xoxo

  25. Love all of this.

    Love the pictures.

    Love the kids in the dirt.

    The Apples sign.

    The fall grandeur..the colors, the barn..

    Silas getting ready to throw dirt and I believe about to say "you're goin' DOWN!"

    I cried the first time I did the Race for the Cure. So I guess I am also a crier at races?

    looks like it 'twas a lovely day.

    Horror of Horrors: My new puppy wakes up EVERY morning between 6-6:30AM! I am not a morning person! I've tried everything...keeping him up later...keeping doors and blinds tightly shut.

    Nope. Doesn't work.

    And it completely freaks me out.

    I'm now one of those peeps who starts yawning at 8pm and can barely keep my eyes open after 9:45!

    Have I mentioned I'm super excited about your move?

    I IS!



  26. What a wonderful day! I wept, too! I weep at those who press themselves onward to the line, especially in the name of something greater than themselves (1 Cor 9:24-27). Such inspiration!

  27. wait, how did this make ME cry? oh goodness.

    love the photos, love your family. praying for all!

  28. Ever since I was a little girl, running races in track meets, I have cried at every.single.race. My family albums have plenty of pictures to prove this. I'm not sure why, but I cry. It probably has something to do with trying your best and pushing through the hard.
    Congrats to Cory and the Crossing team! What a fun event.
    Amish Acres is on our list o' fun for Fall!

  29. 2 half marathons, eh? So now you can proudly boast that he ran a marathon?!? Maybe not... It is a very lovely finish line; completely photo-worthy, for oh so many reasons! Congrats to Cory!