Haaaaaapy Monday, everyone! [I kinda feel depressed when people call this first day of the week “Moanday…” – gotta think positive, you know?!] I hope it’s been an amazing day for you all and that your weekend was just what you needed – full and fun or relaxing and quiet. Ours was great, so I thought before launching into what’s next I’d give you a recap of a full day out on Sunday at Camp Kindle.
At this beautiful camp north of Cochrane, AB, a LOT of cool things go on for kids who have had cancer and their siblings including high ropes course elements, bouncy castles, an outdoor leadership program and the chance to be taken out of the hospital and sick scene. It was a great Kids’ Cancer Care event on National Survivorship Day and we were thrilled that Mikey was asked to be their guest speaker and to show the film later during the day.
Mikey did incredible! He received many compliments on his talk about living life without fear despite facing obstacles like cancer or other trials in life using the picture of lying down holding onto a balance beam or standing up, risking a fall and getting hurt and going for the flip! Powerful imagery for living a full life. After the talk, we heard from the CEO and the organizer of the day, Tracy, before launching into a lunch BBQ (I nabbed a veggie burger with some chips and macaroni salad) and jamming to DJ Fish’s tunes (the kids loved him!). There was a lot to do and much to explore under a gorgeous, warm sun and enjoyed the bouncy castles (Mikey ROCKED me in a race!), film screening, and a petting zoo!
It was a blast! The turnout for the film screening was good, but we realized in retrospect that it wasn’t the best day to show the film even though we were flattered to be asked. We’re becoming more sensitive to the audiences we show the film to, and it’s important that we stick with our gut and think about who it will be best for and in what setting rather than let any pride get in the way of our decisions. Oh well; live and learn! One great thing? The photobooth! We had so much fun doing this and I wanted to go again and again…but the day was about the kids, and they were waiting too.
Today has been spent getting everything in order as we leave for our 3rd kayaking trip with young adult cancer survivors TOMORROW! It’s crazy to think we’re here again…It’s exciting to know we are going on the river again after watching the film so many times in the past two months on our tour. We packed, we printed, we programmed O MY! Check out the downstairs (this is the cleaned-up version):
Lots of gear!
To celebrate finishing a long day, I finally took off for a run at 6 pm. The day was very overcast and forecasted for rain, so with all that we had to do I stayed inside all day. When I finally stepped out for some movement (my goal? ~8 miles), I was completely taken aback at the warmth of the air! It smelled fresh out, the gray clouds suddenly gave the sky more depth rather than frightened me off with scares of rain, and my body was grateful for the chance to move. This was not an “exercise run,” this was “one-of-my-last-chances-to-run-before-2-weeks-on-the-river” kind of run, and I absolutely loved it! I ended up going 9.28 miles in 1:21…not too bad! We leave fairly early tomorrow, so at this point I might squeeze in some push ups and call it good before a long road trip tomorrow! More celebrating included one little glass of Riesling with my man as we wrap up and hit the hay:
Hard to believe that at this point tomorrow we’ll be somewhere in the States with one more day of travel to get to the airport where we’ll greet the other participants and get on the Owyhee River! After this trip I’m staying down for an all-women’s’ trip and will be back June 30th – it’ll be a neat few weeks and I’m excited to see what God will do in all of us and for the life change that will occur amidst the physical challenges and beauty.
So, until next time, live well and love well, all! Have a great few weeks and I’ll touch base with you after a few weeks in the wilderness!