Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

One of Those Weeks

I've had "one of those weeks".  I've been cranky, tired, and hard to live with.  I hate my job, I'm fed up with politics, I hate the teams going to the super bowl name it, I've complained about it.  So, it's probably time to do a gratitude post.  What do you think? 

I'm thankful for my son.  He's 16 now, and starting to think about college, driving, and the typical things 16-year-olds think about.  I'm so incredibly proud of him.  At the end of May, as part of a requirement for earning a congressional award, he will be traveling to TURKEY for 21 days.  He will be taking classes there and teaching English for service credits.  Of course, he will also have plenty of time to explore.  As someone who has never been out of the country, I am incredibly grateful that he will have this wonderful opportunity. 

With his new passport...I'm kind of jealous that I don't have one. 
I'm thankful for my husband, who celebrated his birthday yesterday!  He inspires me every day to not focus on the negative and live for what we have today.  He is strong in his beliefs and values and does not back down from anyone who challenges his feelings.  Don't tell him I said this, but I kind of love that about him. 
I'm thankful for all of the material things with which we've been blessed.  A warm home, food to eat, clothes to wear, cars to drive, the things we daily take for granted. 
The car my son wants to drive
I'm thankful for my health.  I'm thankful for the ability to run and exercise when there are so many who can't. 
I'm thankful for music.  So often, when I feel sad or disheartened, I can sit and play the piano or just listen to music.  Soon, that sadness is replaced with peace and contentment. 

If anyone would like to buy me this as a gift, I would take it!
I'm thankful for living in Nevada.  Seriously, so beautiful!  God's creation is so prominently displayed in the mountains, the deserts, the lakes, look at these sunrises!
Driving in to work the other morning
The start of a run last week

I'm thankful for a GREAT 8-mile run today.  After a 6-miler earlier in the week, I felt like throwing in the towel altogether on this whole running thing.  My legs felt heavy, my breathing was labored, and it was just hard!  But, as always, every bad run will soon be replaced by a good one, and today was it.  It's the farthest I've run since the marathon, it was pain-free, and that love was back!  The sun was shining, the air was cool, and the sky was blue.  What more could you ask for?

What are you thankful for today?

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)


  1. Thanks again for another great verse :)

    Your son is going to have a life-changing time. I am not sure what his role is to be there in Turkey, but recently a college age young man we know went to turkey as part of a college school ministry organization I can't name here. It opened his eyes to the need for missionaries in a BIG way. People need the Word there. The students there think every American is a Christian and is like Paris Hilton. That's our image to the rest of the world.
    This is getting long and I should have emailed it to you!
    Yes- so many things to be thankful for. Your husband is an inspiration to more people than just you! Also- those are some beautiful sunrises!!

    Glad you got out to run, pain free.
    Have a great weekend, Jen. :)

  2. awwww. i just love this. i have definitely had my fair share of negative bouts lately but leave it to the blog world to change my mood right around :) your family is definitely one to be proud all never stop reaching for your goals which is so inspiring!

    today i am thankful for a supportive family, a loving pup and opportunities brought to me by my education!

  3. awww, this is precious!! u DO have sooo much to be thankful for and u're so smart to do a post about it when u feel the crappiest...wise thing m'lady! ;) umm, oh man, i'm admiring the heck outta ur son!! u should be so proud!! :)

    i'm thankful for my awesome sister and bro who i'm happy to live closer to. :)

    keep remembering the good things...but i hope the crappy things get better too.

  4. Those sunrises are heartbreakingly beautiful. I'm grateful for my health, and for my family's good health. May it last!