I’ve been keeping a little secret, and it’s time to just say it.
No, we’re not expecting our ninth son.
It’s been on my life achievement list for quite some time to run a marathon. I point out the parallels of running a marathon and motherhood here all the time, and the time has come to actually train for the real-life running event.
I’ve put it off long enough and have run out of excuses. And I’ve accepted a challenge to run a marathon and help raise money for the people in Swaziland.
In six months, I will be participating in the San Antonio Rock n’ Roll Marathon, and my goal is to raise a minimum of $1000 which will go directly to help meet the needs of the people in the nation of Swaziland.
If you’ve never heard of Swaziland til now, please watch this short video about this kingdom whose prediction is extinction if we don’t intervene in a major way right now.
You can participate in helping the people of Swaziland in a number of ways:
Or donate using paypal:
2. Sign up to run with (me and) our team and raise $1000, too! The name of our team is Team Heart Swaziland, and you’ll need to make sure you’re registering for that team.
3. Sponsor me by making a donation towards my personal $1000 goal. I’m working on an official sponsor sign-up form, but until then, if you’d simply email me here letting me know you’re wanting to be a sponsor, we’d be so grateful. (We’ll email you back with more details.)
I’m scared silly. I feel pretty confident I could run a half marathon, but to make the commitment (and publicly) to run 26.2 miles all in one day leaves me sort of shaking in my shoes. But I have six months to the day to prepare.
And I believe in doing hard things, especially in light of the fact that in reality, it’s the least I can do to help orphans and widows in a nation predicted to become extinct. I don’t have to think too long or too hard to realize that my life circumstances are pretty luxurious and pretty posh compared to the folks dying of AIDS, homeless and hungry, in Africa. It doesn’t take my heart too long to respond with a “YES! I can do this! For them!” because I have so much to give and they have everything to lose.
So are you in with me? Will you cheer for me? Will you help me help them?