We did it Timberly...Woot Woot !! The walk is over and I am relieved. Its like this big weight lifted of our shoulders whenever we finish it.This year there just seemed to be much more pressure put on Kim and I for some reason. I am not sure is we put it on ourselves or if it was real or not. It felt real. I felt it more than anyone. Everyone else was like ...no big deal....I will worry about things the day of the walk and not a moment before...whereas I was like...OMG We haven't even planned for this and that...and probably causing all the stress for everyone else in the group. But oh well...Its just how I roll. I worry about the details. And having said that...I learned alot this year to apply to the next.
And I know that Kim , Taylor and I did our best...so what more can you do?
|Kim , Taylor and I|
We had been watching the weather a week prior and new we had a pretty good chance of rain the day of Timbers Walk. But what we weren't planning on is the 48 degree temperature and the high winds to boot. So if you haven't figured it out yet...It was miserable outside on this day. Putting up the tents that morning in the rain and the wind was nothing but freezing wind and cold rain. We are so thankful to have such wonderful friends who came out to help setup everything. Otherwise...I'm not sure if we would have a walk if it weren't for them. We certainly could not do it alone that's for sure.
But we managed to get set up as people started arriving around 11:30am. We had a dilemma with the tents because the pavilion was set up for the music and one tent was set up away from the pavilion and of course... had I of listened to Kim who had suggested keeping all the tents together around the Pavilion....we could have had more people covered underneath the tents. OK...so here's what I learned..... At least entertain the idea when your wife suggest something.
|Some of the Walkers|
|The Clowns didnt stay long because there wasnt many kids|
So with it being so miserable outside alot of people did not come....but the true blues...as Kim and I call them...all came out and had a wonderful time. The true Blues are the people who Loved Timber Very much or really good friends of ours...or both. We are so Thankful for our friends....they know how to make a good time out of any situation. Mainly because they can laugh at anything. We absolutely Love our True Blues. Having said that...We actually had a pretty darn good turn out...with over 200 people showing up. Some just came and said Hi and Left, others came bought a tee shirt and Bracelet and Left. Either way we really appreciate the fact they came out on such a miserable day. And for our friends who came and walked...I hope that had a good time and at least enjoyed the Balloon launch. Which to me is my favorite part. And the best part was that it stopped raining and the wind stopped for the balloon launch.
|Our Lupus Warriors|
|An Emotional Moment|
After the Balloon launch, Kim and I were given a wonderful Honor. The Director of the Lupus Alliance bestowed upon us a Lifetime membership with the Alliance. They gave us a Plaque, a very cool sweater and a Hat. We were very honored and thought that was a very nice gesture on the part of Lupus Alliance.
|We were honored|
|Hugs for everyone|
The walk itself was just cold...Ok I must admit...I didn't walk because my feet were freezing by then...but I went the opposite way and met up with everyone and greeted them at the finish line. I think it is important to thank each and every one for walking. Next year I hope to have an actual finish line for them to cross...I think that would be cool. If we can just improve a little something each year we should have a Wonderful event. I have always said this and I mean it whole heartily....Its not about the money we raise....Its about raising awareness so people...like employers, friends and Family of someone with Lupus...Understands what Lupus does to a their body and why we call them Warriors.
|Me and My Friends and new sponsors from Entech Staffing Solutions|