The Struggle For Excellence

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[flickr id=”6087274981″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”left”]We aren’t really a sports family.  Denver never really was a sports kid. He played soccer for a while, but then the cost outweighed his enjoyment factor and we let it go.  For a while he played an instrument, but again he didn’t care for it as much. So just before 7th grade he told us he wanted to run. And he ran. Last year in 8th grade he excelled beyond measure, his pride in his abilities grew. The kid was on his game. We were proud of him, he was proud of himself. It was a pretty stellar way to end middle school. This year he’s in high school and joined the team again. But this year there’s a problem. Pain in his knees – and a new severe pain in his back are crippling his ability to run. He barely makes it a mile in practice. So tomorrow we go and do something I never thought this family would see.  A sports medicine doctor.  Try to help his pain levels before the season is over.  So that maybe he can again enjoy the sport he loves so much – and achieve the excellence we all know he has in him. Read more »

Some Much Needed Awesome (Friday Fragments)

[flickr id=”7665949676″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”left”]I’ve been having a good week…month…year. Whatevs, it’s all good.  Okay, so there’s been ups and downs, but as I said recently I feel like I’ve hit my prime. But for whatever reason my mind can’t wrap around a cohesive lengthy post today so you get the ever-marvelous bullet list of awesome. School starts in less than a week.  Three kids. Gone all day. Makes me salivate at the thought of all that might get accomplished. Erik is doing a lot better. We’ve had a change in diagnosis & treatment plan, and things are looking up. Hopefully soon we’ll dive more into it – when he’s ready. In case you missed it – I’m being published.  I so cannot wait until February to cross that sucker off my 45X45 list. The teen is entering high school. Honestly, not sure if this goes on a list of awesome b/c it sort of freaks me out – but it is happening. He’s in JV Cross Country practices now. We’re going to the State Fair on Monday. I’m actually pretty excited for this. Been a long time since I’ve done this. Erik & I have started walking together every night.  It gives us added exercise & some time for just the two of us. I still have this 5k coming up but with the heat I have lapsed on training. Starting again real soon because time is running out (pardon the unintentional pun) Did I mention school starts soon?  No?  Well, it DOES. Oh, make sure you come by here tomorrow…I’m having a fun, flirty, sexy giveaway you do NOT want to miss.   Read more »

by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.

I Can’t Stop Gushing. I WON’T Stop Gushing…

[flickr id=”6083043811″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”left”]In the past several weeks, Brandon has gone from being improved over the previous year and turned into a DYNAMO. In just two weeks he’s gone from a best time of 12:21 for the 1.9 mile race… To a best time of 11:40!!! 40 seconds improvement. While watching the race today, several of the female team members were standing near us (near the finish line).  As the runners came in, our team was in 1st, 3rd, 5th…and then several more runners started trucking in.  As they came into view the girls were saying, “Oh, there’s one of ours. It must be…” And they rattled off another kids name.  Once he was in full view they all gasped, “It’s BRANDON!!” Shocked and thrilled, screaming for him like we were. He’s now 4th on his team.  He’s competing in ALL the meets, where last year he had to sit out because they only let in the top 7 runners. He’s kicking ass.  Competing against himself and winning. And we couldn’t be more proud. So expect to keep hearing about it for the next couple of weeks. (Don’t worry. The season is over by mid- October)   Read more »