Monday, November 30, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 27 + Cans for Comments Blogathon

Today I am thankful for:

One more day of vacation.

A hilly run with some amazing views of the Colorado Rockies.  I get to enjoy this view every day that I run if I just pay attention.

My wife left her laptop at home for me to take to Panera Bread for an Ice Tea Fest :)

30 days of Thanks has something planned as a follow up in December!

For this inspirational post about being thankful every day.

For the Reiki Creed:  I think this fits in very well with the 30 days of thanks.

I will give thanks for my many blessings

I will be happy and look at the positive

I will be worry-free and deal with anger appropriately

I will do my work honestly

I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.

Please leave a comment for the Cans for Comments Blogathon!  The more comments, the bigger the donation to Food Bank of the Rockies :)

"Be a blessing in someones life"-Sarah Ellen Stanley

Sunday, November 29, 2009

30 days of 'Thanks: Day 26

Today I am thankful for:

Attending the children dedication ceremony at church this morning.

Going shopping with Laura for her first road bike. 

Having one more day of vacation.

The many blessings in my life.

Being able to raise money for a local food bank for every comment left
on my blog between now and December 2.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 25 + Cans for Comments Blogathon

Today I am thankful for:

Being able to run in one of my favorite races:  Remembering Steve "Flagman" Muniz 5K.

Steve was a Vietnam veteran and a fixture for many years at all of the local running races.  Steve passed away at the two mile mark on Halloween in 2002 while running a 5K.

Steve always ran with two American flags long before it was fashionable to do so.  I look forward every year to be able to run in his memory and proudly carry on his tradition of running with the American flag.

Today Laura and I both ran with the American flags that Potts(Parenthia Jones) as she is affectionately called  provided to all of the runners at the start of the race.

I am so thankful for Potts for her support of the running community. After September 11, Potts immediately organized a 5K to benefit the first responders and provide an outlet for a community that was grieving. 

Potts was one of the runners selected to carry the Olympic Torch as it passed through Colorado in 2004!

Do you have someone that inspires you?

                                                  Laura, Potts and me at the finish line.

Please take a moment and leave a comment for the Cans for Comments Blogathon that is running through December 2.  The more comments, the more canned goods that I will donate to a local food bank.

Friday, November 27, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 24 + Cans for Comments Blogathon

Today I am thankful for:

Being Kelly's runner

Running with Laura

Bonus time with Laura and Adam

My life with my wife and best friend

Being able to focus on gratitude

For my Dad teaching me to work hard.                                                                               

For my kids to have a great relationship with my sister(The world's coolest Aunt)

For all of the things my Mother does to help us.

For all of the creative ways to provide support and hope to to others in our communities.

I am participating the the Cans for Comments Blogathon

For everyone that leaves a comment on my blog,  between November 27 and December 2, I will make a donation to a local food bank, so please help support this cause.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 23

Today I am thankful for: 

Beautiful weather at the Turkey Trot!

For 9,000 runners coming out to support the Mile High United Way.

Being able to run for Cathy Collins Villarreal at the Turkey Trot today and support her in her battle with breast cancer.

A nice Thanksgiving dinner with Sue, Laura and Adam.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 22

Today I am thankful for:

Getting a free breakfast this morning at Panera Bread from the staff!

The start of a 5 day weekend!

Running one of my favorite routes and feeling connected to Kelly!

Running towards the sunset :)

Special time with Sue!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 21

Today I am thankful for:

Just one more day of work before a 5 day weekend!

The life I have with my family.

Squeezing in a short run before it got dark tonight. 

Trying new things and what that opens up for me.

Monday, November 23, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 20

Today I am thankful for: 

A short week at work.

Standing my ground at work today.

A five day weekend!

A nice talk with Sue and Laura tonight.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 19

Today I am thankful for:

A post from Marcy on Facebook about Kelly.

It brought back a wonderful memory for me on one of the many trips to Seattle to visit Kelly.

We had walked down towards the water from the aparment that Kelly and her family lived in.  I think this was probably in Spring 2003.

I remember Kelly writing her name in the sand, "Kelly Grubb was here".   It is one of my favorite memories.

It was a simple, yet profound statement. I am here, I matter.  I make a difference.  Every day.

I experienced a profound moment of healing three weeks ago.  I finally let Kelly go to the divine light, towards the divinity of her soul and waited for sign from her...

Seeing her name again in the sand was such a gift, a sign from Kelly.

Love and light x 19, x forever.

Her smile continues to melt my heart.  I love you Kelly!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 18

Today I am thankful for: 

The weekend

Movie night with my wife.  We watched the Reader with Kate Winslett.  My wife informed me it was all about redemption.

Keegan's 3rd birthday party.


Keegan, Kristin, Lori

Reading this wonderful article from Carolyn Rubenstein. 

50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Day

Friday, November 20, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 17

Today I am thankful for:  

My health is so much better than it was at this time last year.

The upcoming weekend and the short week next week at work.

Taking a deep breath and feeling at peace. 

Having so many blessings in my life and being present to them.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 16

Today I am thankful for: 

Keegan's 3rd birthday!  Keegan is such a blessing in our lives.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 15

Today I am thankful for:

A fun lunch with Brenda and Sue at the Firebowl.

An evening at Casa Bonita with Kristin, Cassie, Laura, Adam and Keegan as part of his birthday tradition! 

A good laugh about how Adam finally got his wish for a way cool little brother when Laura turned 20 and became obsessed with sports.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 14

Today I am thankful for:

A thoughtful e-mail from a Team in Training friend who passed along a quote from a friend:

'Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.'

A nice note from Kelly's Dad.

A special memory I had today of Kelly and I have so many special memories :)

All of the people I know that are making a stand in the fight against cancer!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 13

Today I am thankful for:

A fun day at work, actually laughing with a good friend and feeling like I was making a contribution.

For Jenna and Brenna raising $936.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at their sweet 16 birthday party!!!  WOW!!!

A fun night with my wife at a Colorado Youth at Risk celebration.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 12

Today I am thankful for:

A surpise visit from Keegan while I was at Panera Bread.

A trip to the Denver Musuem where we saw some dinasours and I found out something new about my wife!

Lunch with my kids where Adam taught Keegan how to pinky swear :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 11

Today I am thankful for:

For being asked to speak at the last minute at the Team in Training kickoff meeting.

For a very special moment Brittany and I shared with each other at the end of my talk.

For being able to talk about my love for Kelly.

For the gratitude I feel in my heart.

Friday, November 13, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 10

Today I am thankful for:

For the abundant love and grace I am receiving in my life.

For the selfless act of teenage girl about to celebrate her sweet sixteen birthday.  Instead of presents she is asking all of her friends to donate $16.00 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   I don't know what called her heart to do this.  I am honored to know this wonderful young person.   Jenna is also a runner!

For the wonderful memories that Sue and both have of running a marathon for Kelly on her 16th birthday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 9

Today I am thankful for:

A nice text message from a friend.

A nice message on Facebook from a friend.

Feeling more connected.

Feeling more balanced.

Laughing more.

Worrying less.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 8

Today I am thankful for:

The men and women of our armed service who have fought to defend our freedom and those who continue to serve our country today.

For some true healing that is happening in my life.

For finding so many things to be thankful for.

For this wonderful thought:

"To live for yourself is to live selfishly, but to live for others is to live in divinity." Wyclef Jean

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 7

Today I am thankful for:

For the inspirational stories that were shared at the Colorado Youth at Risk breakfast this morning.   This program is changing the lives of these young adults.  

For having jobs that gives us an opportunity to give back to the community we live in.

Having a great time with Sue and Laura,  watching  the cast of Wicked at the Bluebird Theater last night doing a benefit for Broadway Cares.   It is so inspiring to see people with such amazing talent perform with such joy.

Monday, November 9, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 6

Today I am thankful for:

The wonderful friendship that Laura and Adam share with one another!

Seeing the love that Laura and Adam have for Keegan!

Sharing my life with my amazing wife and best friend!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 5

Today I am thankful for:

Being able to run with Laura and Keegan at the Race for Fetal Hope 5K.

Seeing all of the young girls from the Girls on the Run. 

Being a part of a community of runners that come together to support a great cause.

Hearing an inspirational message at a church we visited tonight.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 4

Today I am thankful for:

Hugging my wife before starting the day.

Being able to enjoy a six mile run on a beautiful fall day in Colorado.

Being invited to Yoga class with my daughter, even though the instructor didn't show up today.

Having lunch with Laura at PF Chang's.

Feeling more at peace and joyful with who I am.

Friday, November 6, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 3

Today I am thankful for:

My daughter Laura telling me to come look outside her bedroom window and I was treated to this wonderful sunrise to start the day. We have lived in the same house Laura's entire life and I don't know if we have ever shared a sunrise together like this. What a beautiful way to start the day.

I am thankful for finally waking from what seemed to be a dream only to find myself wide awake and realizing that I had fallen in love with my wife again.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 2

Today I am thankful for:

Enjoying watching the end of the World Series with my son last night.

Being invited to Yoga class tonight with my daughter.

"Winning" three items at a silent auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Buying a book called Under the Sea to give to our great nephew, Keegan and one for the future for Sue and I to give to our first grandchild.

Having a fun date night with my wife.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

30 days of Thanks: Day 1

I found a really cool idea on Facebook this morning. Please click here to check it out and join in the 30 days of thanks campaign.

Today I am thankful for:

A beautiful fall day in Colorado.
My Aunt who sent me a check to help fix my bike that I wrecked in August.
My running and blogging friends that inspire me, make me laugh, sometimes move me to tears.


My special friend, Brittany who inspires me with her relentless pursuit of finding a cure for blood cancers.

Thursday night runs at the Irish Snug with Laura and Nate.

I am thankful for the life I have with my family.

I still get to live with both of my children, Laura and Adam. Every day with them is a blessing.

I am so thankful for the amazing person I am married to. My wife Sue, who has given me this amazing life with her and our children.