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Take LOTS of pictures of me please!

TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF ME PLEASE! 

 

Photo Credit Emily Davis http://emiedavis.wordpress.com/

Photo Credit Emily Davis http://emiedavis.wordpress.com/

 

Tomorrow will be a history making day in the Davis household!

For the first time EVER we are having “REAL” family photos taken by my friend, and fellow runner,

Julia Cantley, of  Julia Cantley Photography!

 

Besides the fact that I could fill a suitcase with “awkward” pictures taken of myself during the last 40 years….I’ve also been “losing 20 lbs” for the last 10 years or so, thinking that THEN we could have a picture made.  This year I changed my mind.  We’re having a photo session despite my own self criticisms.  I know that as my children get older & move away it will be more difficult to arrange this & I didn’t want to miss out.

This year, the value of a photo was made ever so clear to me with the passing of my sweet Mother-in-law, Mary, from this earth into Heaven.

I had the pleasure of making a movie of pictures that we all had collected of her through the years.  I’m happy to say that we had MANY.  Each one suddenly became a treasure.  Scanning through each picture was very therapeutic for me.  My favorites were the ones that showed the REAL Mary.  They were very  likely the pictures that she didn’t even like of herself.  There was the one while she was sleeping that showed her crooked toes & calloused feet, another of the sweet curve of her shoulders and even the perfect space between her front teeth that she disliked with a passion.  There were others of her at all stages of life.  With each picture, I only saw the essence of Mary:  loving & selfless, proud mother to Matt, sweet Gran to my children.  The weight, wrinkles, & as the song says “perfect imperfections” were the things that I cherished the most.

Now that she’s not here with us on this earth, there still aren’t enough pictures, or videos of her.  Those along with any handwritten notes or cards are our most sought after possessions.  When anyone shares another, it’s as if they are sharing another piece of her with us.  Priceless.

So, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF ME PLEASE!

 Sleeping, chewing, talking, laughing, 20 lbs overweight, bad hair, good hair…whatever….just snap away!

It’s a gift!  With love from me to you.

…and if you’re reading this, be sure to do the same. 

It’s not about you,

but it IS very much about special moments with those who love you.

 

 

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My lovely MIL, Mary Culpepper

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon recap. Part 1….”J squared”

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…well, maybe not EVERYTHING…but pretty close to it!

I knew I was going to like this woman before we even met!
I mean she has such a lovely name and all. 
We share the same name, Julia, and dubbed ourselves
the Julia’s“.
However, I am kind of fond of the updated name that her husband gave us of….

 

We started training together this year before her first half marathon.  She’s my weekend, long run buddy.  I was there when she hurt her leg before her half, and I’ve watched her rest, ice, go to PT, run through the pain, try out her options, finish her 1st half, be frustrated…the whole time doing everything right & by the book.  We’ve now spent the last few months(in this winter’s crazy mix of weather) training for the Mercedes…her second Half Marathon & my second Full.  We’ve discussed running, diet, exercise, life, kids, beliefs, pretty much everything you can think of.  She has become a dear friend.

I’m not typically the kind that has a lot of “girl friends”…but on race day I felt very much “girly” and full of emotions.  I had Julia call me at 4am to make sure I woke up.  I think that would be one of the worst feelings ever…to complete all that training and then sleep through the whole marathon!  We texted all morning, and then the last contact we had was…”I’m going to the bathroom in the Boutwell.”  I didn’t have room for my phone AND food for the race, so I didn’t have any way to call Julia…I just assumed it would be easy to find her by the bathroom.  WRONG.

Long story short…

Tip for next race:  use the porta-potties outside, not the bathrooms with the 15 minute wait inside the building.  AND meet your running friends somewhere away from the crowds of 5,000+ people.

I was so disappointed to think that after all those miles of training, we wouldn’t be able to run this race together.  I headed to the sign that was around the pace we had decided we wanted to run.  Just before start time, I heard her call my name!  I was overly excited(for me) and we gave each other a big hug and joined the throng of runners.

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You try finding one skinny momma in this crowd of people! Photo courtesy of http://www.mRuns.com

I LOVED sharing this experience with Julia.  I was excited for her to be part of something that I had only told her about before.  The excitement of the crowds, the gummy bears, the music, the signs, the 1st place winner lapping us with the police escort and all….those were all things I had wanted to share with her.  I was concerned for her when she started experiencing pain at mile 4…but she kept going, like a trooper.  Then all of a sudden the course split.  Half-marathoners to the left, full marathoners to the right.  I knew it was going to happen, I just thought it was later in the race.  Once again…I was surprised by the emotions that I felt.  I wasn’t expecting to feel sad to leave her.  We quickly gave a teary(for me) hug and went on our way.  Knowing that she was in pain I was concerned for her.  I was also disappointed for her because I thought there was no way she could catch up to her goal time of 2:30.

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LEFT or RIGHT 😦 Photo Courtesy http://www.mruns.com

But, I was wrong.  Here is a picture that I stole off of her FB page.  🙂

Even in her pain, she missed her goal by only 1 minute!

I was SO surprised…and I’m very proud of her accomplishment!

Just look at that beautiful smile!

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…and even though I missed my goal by almost 30 minutes…

I’d say she was pretty proud of me that day too ❤

That’s her with her hands up, cheering me on towards the finish line.  (I’m the pink, black and white blur in the back there.)

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We all need a few crazy friends who are willing to run the extra mile…or 12 with us.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

“Runners are some of the best kinds of people that I know.”

Thank you Julia Cantley

&

Congratulations!

  It was a blast ❤


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THE perfect “baby’s on the way” announcement!

Go ahead and Pin it! You know you want to! 🙂

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With 3 children of my own, unless we adopt….I should never need this again!!!  When I saw this photograph on fellow runner, Julia Cantley Photography’s Facebook page, I immediately thought how perfect it would be for runners. I had to share it with you!  Don’t you just love it?

So, if you’re someone who sees this and is actually going to use the idea….

CONGRATULATIONS on your new little runner!

Babies are so precious.

If you live in or around central Alabama, you should contact my weekend long run friend, Julia Cantley for a fantastic photo shoot!