Monday, November 21, 2011

Inspire

I am not the kind of person that pushes my interests, beliefs, loves etc. on to other people. I am a very open book and share easily, but my style is more to just "put it out there" and let the people who are interested take what they will from it. I try to live in such a way that my faith, priorities, and passions are evident and obvious by my words, actions, and my life.

And I hope that my words, actions, and life can inspire others in certain ways.

I hope that by seeing my beautiful, amazing, totally rocking family, that others will be aware of the millions of children in the U.S. and around the world that do not have families, and will be inspired to consider adoption as a way to add to their family. Adoption has blessed Josh and I nine times, and each time it was just as much a miracle as it was the times I gave birth. (November is National Adoption Month!)


I hope that by sharing my love for our sweet Noah, the fun and special spirit that he brings to our family, and the amazing progress he continues to make every day, that I can inspire others to consider adopting a special needs child, or at least change the way they look at and think about people with disabilities. Noah was a baby that the world had given up on, but he is so very much more than a bunch of labels (cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cortical vision impairment, feeding disorder, developmental delays, blah blah) and the challenges he faces. He is pure joy and it is a privilege to be his mom. He is truly a miracle, a blessing, and an inspiration.


I hope that by sharing basic, factual information and living the way that we do that others will learn that HIV is a chronic but manageable disease, that people with HIV can live long, healthy lives and that HIV can not be transmitted in any casual/household contact. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles). (Two of our children are HIV+ and I am an adoption coordinator for HIV+ kids and kids with other special needs. Fighting the stigma that surrounds HIV is something I am passionate about).


I hope that by the choices I make, the priorities I have set, the way that I treat people, and the life that I live, that my faith in Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father is evident.  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my faith is an extremely important part of who I am, how I live, and all that I do. I hope that the true happiness I have in my life may inspire others to seek out that happiness.

  I hope that by sharing how I lost weight slowly but surely by eating in a healthier way and exercising regularly (without gimmicks or diets), that I can inspire others to find for themselves how great it feels to be healthy and in shape, and the motivation to make a change. At the age of 32 I finally got sick and tired enough of being overweight and out of shape that I did something about it. I started eating healthy. I started exercising. I started taking care of myself and my body. I lost over 75lbs and gained so much more.
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And if you have ever spent more than a few minutes on my blog, you know that I am a runner. I love running. I love racing. I love marathons. I am committed to training hard and putting a lot of effort and heart into my running, so that I can be the best that I can. I hope that by sharing my passion for running, and how much strength, courage, power, confidence, fun, excitement, and joy that I get from running that I will inspire others to give running a try.



This week I have two fun opportunities to inspire others to get active and get running. Tomorrow, the elementary school that three of my kids go to is having a Turkey Trot. Each grade is having their own race and prizes. I will have Solomon in the Kindergarten race and Marcus and Belane in the second grade race. I have not pushed my kids into running at all. With 12 kids, they ALL are very unique and have their own talents, interests, and passions. I want all of my kids to be active and healthy, but we encourage them to pursue their own "thing" whether it be sports, art, music, etc.

It has been SUPER fun though to see these three kids be so excited about the race. They want to "run like Mom" and "race like Mom". I love it! And I can't wait to go cheer them on.

And then I decided to throw together a very informal Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. It will be a simple 5K course fun run. There will not be any timing or prizes, it is just about getting family, neighbors, and friends out and active on a holiday morning. The response has been really great though and I am excited to share my love of running with my community, even in a very small and simple way. (I am hoping to build on this next year into a more official event). It should be a lot of fun and a great way to start Thanksgiving Day.

This week of Thanksgiving (and always) I am thankful for much, but tonight I am especially grateful for all of the people in my life who have inspired me with their words, actions, and lives. I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people who inspire me in endless ways.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
- Mohandas Gandhi



22 comments:

Caroline said...

Fantastic post Erin. I can say to you that you do inspire me. I tell my friends about you. I admire you a lot. You truly are a special gal. I hope one day I will get to meet you!
happy Thanksgiving week to you!

Owlhaven said...

Thanks for being an inspiration, Erin! One of these days we really should meet for lunch,maybe in Twin Falls when you are headed to SLC for med stuff.
Let me know!
Mary, mom to 10

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

That is a great looking family Erin! I think you have a great inspirational story and thanks for sharing it. Have fun with the Turkey Trot. I think it is pretty cool that you are doing that!

Run with Jess said...

You are so inspiring Erin! Happy Thanksgiving week to you!

June said...

You are pretty much the personification of the word 'inspiration', Erin!

fancy nancy said...

Oh my word Erin! I love love love the picture of your beautiful children!!! You have, since I have started reading, been leading by example...how to love like Christ does, how to be healthy, how to find peace. You are an inspiration to anyone who knows you!

Kaitlyn said...

You are remarkable and truly an inspiration. Continue to pursue life with a passion and all will come into harmony.

Katie said...

Great post Erin! Your adoption stories and the pics of your children are inspiring and comforting. We are staring the process of adoption soon . . . hopefully twin boys from Paupa New Guinea . . . Please pray for us!

Penny said...

Erin you inspire me to do better everyday. You have accomplished so much. Your family is beautiful.

ReneighRuns said...

The way you share so openly about your children and their challenges is very touching. As a runner, I was drawn to your blog to read about your races. It was great to also learn about your wonderful family! Happy Thanksgiving.

runningforthree said...

Great post! A big part of the reason I follow your blog is because of your adoption stories. My husband and I decided to adopt another child once our boys are a little older. We are clueless about the process, but we have about four years or so to learn. I figured this would be a great resource and source of encouragement. Those kids are lucky to have you.

Lacey Sue said...

Amazing post!! I too am a huge advocate for adoption (I have 2 amazing children - a niece and a nephew) that I would not have if it wasn't for the amazing chance to participate in adoption. I also share a love of running and a love for the Gospel. Thank you for sharing your testimony, your example, and your love with those of us in the blogging world. Your an amazing Mom, woman, runner, wife, and Daughter of God. Thank you for inspiring ME!

Jill said...

Great post! If I was a little closer, I would definitely come do the Turkey Trot. I was thinking that I wish we had one here, so maybe I'll have to organize it myself. You've inspired me. :)

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

Erin, this is beautiful. You are beautiful! You are truly inspiring in more ways than I can count. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!

Meaghan said...

You inspire me. Thank you for this moving post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your entire family..

Terzah said...

Your words, deeds and life are truly aligned, and you are an inspiration to so many of us. Happy Thanksgiving! I know your Turkey Trots (both of them) will be a blast.

Suz and Allan said...

Absolutely wonderful post! I'm sure your Turkey Trot will be a great success!

lindsay said...

you are such an inspiration and role model! happy thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Lizzard said...

Erin, I followed your personal blog since you brought Ben home. I followed it through your next 3 adoptions, as we brought home our 3 children at roughly the same times (and ours are similar ages to your last 3). I also am passionate about 'special needs' adoptions. I kind of faded once you started running, thinking 'I can't really relate to that'. However, since June of this year I have started running myself(!), and got back full force into following your running blog. You have always been an inspiration to me and I have learned so much from you. Thank you. Liz
ps. If your family blog ever goes back for public viewers, I would love to know as I 'miss' your kids! :)

Ash said...

What a touching post. You are truly an inspiration! I read your family blog for years before it went private and I have really enjoyed reading this one as well. Thank you for sharing your life and journey.

P.S. I came across this on pinterest and thought of you: http://pinterest.com/pin/124412008425698091/

Liana said...

AWESOME post. You really are an inspiration. And you didn't even mention the loving and mutually respectful relationship you have with your husband. They way you speak about, praise, love and build-up Josh is awesome. And how marriage should be. Happy Thanksgiving!
Ps- I too followed the family blog for a long time and love (miss) hearing about the kids!

Monica said...

I just came across your blog in this search. What an incredible inspiration you are. Your post brought me to tears. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family.