They were sponsors for Dave Good, a judge here in Cedar Rapids that is battling this disease. My own dad was also diagnosed with Alzheimer's over five years ago so this is a cause that really hits home for us. I'm not sure we were all that excited to do it initially but it was a beautiful day, we saw so many people that we knew and we really had a great time doing something beneficial.
I would guess there were over 500 participants including numerous teams of walkers honoring fathers, mothers, grandparents, and friends. Our team, Team Good, had 140 members and as a team raised close to 14,000 dollars. The Good family provided each of us with our shirts that were designed by Sherri Henderson. Judge Good always wore a bow tie in the court room so each tee shirt sported a differently designed tie. It was inspiring to take in the sea of so many neon green shirts. They were everywhere. When we were driving to the event we would spy them in other cars and smile knowing where those drivers were headed.
The family also treated everyone in the team to breakfast following the walk.
Therewere yummy breakfast burritos and coffee, juice, and cinnamon rolls. It was great.
It was a rewarding experience and we look forward to doing it next year.
I hope you will dust off your running shoes and think about joining in the Memory Walk 2009.
Fall is my favorite time of year but I can't believe it is approaching so soon. I was out on my walk/run this morning and couldn't help but notice the leaves that had fallen with last night's rain. That wasn't so unusual but what caught my eye was the obvious changes in the color of the leaves. Even for Iowa this all seems to be coming alarmingly early and I am wondering what it means. I'm sure not up for another winter like last year. Maybe all of the rain we have had this year will bring us a spectacularly colorful autumn. I always hear about how beautiful the falls are in the northeast but if you have ever seen a mid-west fall I think you would have to agree it really doesn't get much prettier than here. It really is our redeeming season. The winters are harsh, the summers can be suffocatingly humid, the springs often don't exist but autumn makes it all worth while. I love the colors, the cooler temperatures, and busting out favorite and maybe forgotten sweaters from last year. I love replacing my tortured summer flowers with forgiving mums. I like thinking about the holidays and planning table settings, thinking about where we will go to eat or where I will order the food from :) Yet, even though I love all of these things, I can't help feeling like it is all moving way too fast this year. We need just a few more weeks of summer. I'm just not ready to retire the flip flops for the year.
Some very good friends of ours marked their 30th wedding anniversary earlier this summer and we were invited down to Texas to help them celebrate. We were unable to make the trip but I wanted to do something to let them know how special they are to us. I usually would do a wine box for this kind of milestone but because they aren't big wine drinkers I opted for a memory box instead. We met these people for the first time at a business convention in Vegas. We hit it off right from the start and I knew that even though we were states apart that we would keep in touch. The lid of the box is representative of the carpet at the Bellagio and Wynn Hotels in Vegas as a nod to our connection with them. The flowers on the front were for the three decades and the date is, of course, their anniversary.
The one end I painted with a family tree that includes their daughters names and the other has a quote from Ferris Bueller that I thought was appropriate.
I struggled with what to do with the back side. I had so many dates, events, quotes that I wanted to use. In the end I went with a collage type design and did some major editing.
It was a fun project to do for some very fun people. Tony and Glynda we love you!
Hello again, it's you and me Kinda always like it used to be Sippin wine, killin time Tryin to solve life's mysteries
How's your life? It's been awhile God it's good to see you smile I see you reachin for your keys Lookin for a reason not to leave
It was six years ago this past weekend that we bought our home in Galena. This was our refuge after dropping off our first baby at Luther College. We cried all of the way from Decorah to Galena. It seems overly dramatic now, but I will never forget my first bath there in the jetted tub with candles and a glass of wine thinking my heart might break. I didn't know then how quickly I would adjust and how special a relationship can be with an adult daughter. The lump in my throat that weekend was somehow eased by the relaxed pace and change of scenery. It was just this past September we watched that same little girl walk down the aisle at the Point Patio at the Galena Eagle Ridge Resort . It seems the memories in this very special corner of the world just keep coming.
Welcome to our BeColorful Home. Ours is an older home, built in 1916 and it has been added on to several times. We have lived here for almost fifteen years now and the house has evolved from a traditional flavor to something a bit more eclectic.I have always loved big splashes of color but I'm finding that I am also drawn to more neutral shades as well. Welcome and enjoy looking around.