Friday, January 27, 2012

Say cheese!

A photographer from Runner's World is coming to our house this weekend to take pics of my family and I. Crazy! The kids are super excited about getting to be in a magazine. It is exciting, but I have to say I am feeling a little "funny" about it.

On one hand, I see how marathon-running-mom-of-12 is a good story, but on the other hand I do not think I have really done anything worthy of a lot of attention.

Yes, I have a big family. But there are lots of big families out there, and as I often say, ALL moms are busy, and all moms have a lot on their plates. Show me a mom - any mom - and I'll show you a busy person.

Yes, we have adopted a bunch of kids. But I know so many wonderful adoptive families that it is hard to feel unique or special about that. My family is special because of who is in it, not because of how we came together. We have a good story, but so do many other families.

Yes, I have lost a lot of weight. But countless people lose a lot of weight (and considerably more than I did) and keep it off.

Yes, I run a lot.  But truth be told, there are oodles of runners who run more than I do, and there are tons of runners who run faster than I do.

Basically, I don't really do anything that isn't being done by lots of other people out there, so I just am not sure I deserve the attention.

What I hope though, is that maybe the article will inspire someone. I hope that someone, somewhere reads it, and realizes that they can make a change in their life, and that they can put some time and energy in to themselves, and that they will be better off for it in so many ways. If one woman realizes that she does not have to feel guilty about chasing her own dreams and that she will be a better mother and wife for taking care of herself, it will be well worth it.

My sister-in-law is a Registered Dietician and she recently wrote a series of articles on healthy weight loss that was featured in some of her local newspapers, and finished the series by interviewing me. She had to edit it down to fit in the space the newspapers gave her so I am way less long-winded than usual. :) If you want to read it you can find it here.



I don't want these articles to lead to a  bunch of people thinking that I am great. I want these articles to lead to people choosing to find their own greatness. I have gotten so much inspiration, encouragement, information, and motivation from other runners. I just want to pay it forward.

Now wish us luck in getting a good photo of a running mom, her awesome husband, and 12 kids. :)

21 comments:

Christy said...

I am excited to read it. That's exciting!

Michelle said...

This is great! Enjoy it and know that you are inspiring people every day! We like extraoridnary ordinary moms! Make us proud!

misszippy said...

You have a totally inspiring story, one that is well worthy of RW. Can't wait to see it!

christa said...

I can't wait to read the article. I just devoured this month's episode. You are a great mom, runner and should be inthe mag!

Kelly said...

Ok Erin...let's get things straight! :)

I have been reading your blog since you were featured in RLAM. You are the only running blog I have in my Google Reader because I felt connected to you. I, like you, lost some weight (not as much as you), I, like you, have an adopted special needs child (I have one...not 12!) and I, like you, love to run. So...I love your blog and your story.

From the time we have spent together (virtually :) I can tell that you were born with a gift for running as well as a wicked determination. Those two things are what make you different. You have a truly unique quality that makes you an excellent feature for a running magazine. My running buds hear about you all the time and I will be so excited to say, "Yeah...I know her (virtually...)!!"

So darn excited for you to share you story, enthusiasm and gift with everyone!

Kelly in SC

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting! Listen you do deserve the attention!! As another runner and an adoption social worker- you are cut above most! Have fun and get some great family photos- take advantage of a professional photographer!! Carol- WV

Jen said...

This is so stinking exciting!!! And while other people run, lose weight, or adopt children (including some with special needs), very few people have done or are doing all three...and you do it with such a positive attitude. I think that sharing your story gives other "busy" people hope that if they put their minds to something, they really might actually could make it happen. You show us that it IS possible. You don't know how many lives will be touched by your story - seeds of hope for weight loss, running, adoption (domestic, foreign, and special needs) will be planted and many lives may quite literally be changed. Don't underestimate that. You are more inspirational than you give yourself credit for!

julie said...

You are very inspiring!! I love reading your blog and check in often. Keep it up!

Mary said...

Congrats! You will set a great example for other moms who think they don't have the time!!!

ConnieKay said...

Wow - congratulations! Your right.other people moght run farther or faster, other priple might have big families. The difference is you do it all at once. it is difficult to juggle everything. You hsve gounf s prrfect balance that you csn share with othes. I can't wait to read the article.

Anonymous said...

Don't sell yourself short.
Embrace your awesomeness!
Can't wait to read it.
You are such an inspiration.
Paying it forward is what it's all about. Congratulations! You've arrived. :)
Jamie in Arkansas

Terzah said...

Everybody above said it all already! I love how humble you are, just yourself. You (and your family) deserve to enjoy this!

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

Good luck with the picture. Getting a decent picture of our two kids is hard enough, I can not imagine 12! I think photoshop might be your friend here!! I think it is great they are doing an article on your family and I do hope, like you said, that it inspires other to be active and change their life! Congrats on the Runner's World article and enjoy the opportunity!

Caroline said...

dear Erin, you are a special person. Humility is one quality I love and admire most in someone. Yes others have lots of kids, others adopt children, others have lost weight, others run, others run FAST, others BQ. The thing is you, Erin have done it ALL. I am looking forward to that special RW issue.

Majda said...

I love what Jen said above. You inspire a lot of people through sharing your story on your blog. That's not a small thing, it's huge!
Majda, Czech Republic, Europe

Majda said...

And you share with us how the photoshoot went, do you? :)

Andrea said...

With all those amazing kiddos... I know they will smile perfectly! :) LOVE it! :)
YOU ROCK!! Love you

coach dion said...

As you said there are lots of big families and lots of people who run a lot, people who have lost weight,need to loss weight ect ect...

So let them read your story, maybe it will help 1 person... and I bet that will make you smile!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

This is so so exciting. I can not wait to read it! I hope you don't mind but I blogged about you today.

jillconyers said...

How cool! Can't wait to read the article (and see the pics!)

lindsay said...

Hope the photo shoot went well! I was once interviewed for an article in RW. I felt like a celebrity haha. People I hadn't talked to in awhile would say "hey I saw you(r name) in runners world!" can't wait to see the final product!