September 27, 2014

Mudder Nation

I can barely walk. My knee is swollen and cut up a little. I kind of think the Tough Mudder is for young guns looking for fun and for old farts trying to prove they still got what it takes to complete a challenge. And they do.  

Before and After
This year my team consisted of my brother and his wife's brother. We were roped into joining a guy in our office's team...but he also had some other friends on the team and well, they're 15 years younger and a bit quicker than us and they ended up going on ahead. We stuck together for the warm up, though. Ha ha.

Our shoes...yikes!

My favorite part about the Tough Mudder is the camaraderie between participants.  We were a small team and limited on the number of people to help overcome each obstacle. There were so many others graciously helping us to scale walls and get through obstacles. It's not often I'm a part of a group that is willing to see a need and fill it. Not only that, but there is genuine joy in helping others.

It feels good to finish. I couldn't believe I made it up the Everest challenge again. In my head, I'd planned to walk around it. Last year it was too hard. But then I decided to try it...and slipped down. Twice. And for the third try, I reached one of the hands coming down from the top. Then another guy got my other hand. I walked the wall with and got my feet up and then let the guys pull the rest of me up. It's crazy to be without strength when you really do need it. They were awesome. 

Today, I'm happy for the very physical reminder that I can do hard things. 

September 21, 2014


Elliott had surgery on his arm Friday, a week ago. The surgeon put in two titanium rods to stabilize the bones so they would heal straight and Elliott would be able to have a fully functioning arm again. He got a cast a few days ago after the initial swelling had gone down. 

He's got this angry face on. I promise it's not pain. He did well without any painkillers after leaving the hospital. He only took ibuprofen a couple times a day for swelling. So, I'm thinking Mr. Grumpypants, who was happy before I started taking photos, might be embarrassed. 

Of what? I don't know. Because most kids who break an arm or a leg have a pretty lame story to go with it. Elliott's story on the other hand keeps getting better and better the more questions I ask. 

Thus far, I've ascertained that Elliott and a neighbor boy were each on top a 55 gallon drum and racing to the top of a slope in our yard. The neighbor went down first, without incident. Elliott fell forward and somehow snapped his forearm in half. Both bones. Clean break. 

I asked if he'll ever get on a barrel again. He said yes. Good thing the circus is leaving town this weekend. Elliott needs to work on perfecting his act before they come back again. 

Bend knees, 
Lowering center of gravity 
And above all, BE ready to jump, if necessary.

We had no idea how troublesome these barrels would become when we got them a few months ago. They were fun to roll on in the level area of the yard. And even funner to float on in the lake. But barrel racing up a hill just wasn't ideal.

September 11, 2014

Prayer Call

Yesterday after school, Elliott fell while barrel rolling and broke his arm, both the ulna and radius bones. Pretty much snapped them in half. The doctor at the ER basically pulled his arm back into place, but it shifted and he had to do it again. I've never seen one of my children in so much pain. And there's nothing I can do to make it feel better. Bones are so awesome. I think we've been taking them for granted around here.

Today, the orthopedic doctor recommended surgery to put a couple of titanium rods in Elliott's arm to keep it from moving and allow it to heal correctly.

The surgery is set for tomorrow morning at 6:30. Yikes! That's early. We ask for your love and prayers in Elliott's behalf. And blessings on the surgeon, that his hands will be guided so Elliott's arm will heal properly. Thank you, dear friends. 

September 4, 2014

First Day of School

The boys started yesterday. The girls, today.

Kira was so excited to go to Shauna's house when we went to work this morning. She calls it school, which is cute. So are all of her faces lately. Especially the ones when she winks. Cracks me up every time.

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