16 weeks, that is the approximate amount of weeks that this family has until Derek goes to Afghanistan. Derek and I don't spend much time alone together because we don't have family in Washington, we have many acquaintances but very few friends here so we definitely lack in the babysitting department. Derek and I had been have been talking a lot recently about spending more time together and have realized that over the course of our marriage we have had so little help that we have neglected our marriage. It wasn't something that happened purposely, I think it is something that happened out of life's circumstances and to some extent it is the price we pay for moving often with the military. In an attempt to have more one on one time together Derek and I have trying to find new ways to spend time alone together. Last month Derek and I did the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Down and Dirty Mud Run Series. It was so fun! There is nothing like running with your best friend and acting like real life G.I Joe's (I guess I should say I get to act like a G.I Joe, Derek is a real life G.I Joe)!
Mud Run! Derek and I holding our participant coins!
Derek and I enjoy running together, and our love for the outdoors, as well as running and hiking is something that we have always had in common. So, in my effort to spend more time with my hubby I planned a date for us each and every Saturday. I signed Faith up for hourly daycare for 2 hours each Saturday and Derek and I joined a running group. We joined a group in DuPont, Washington called Wear Blue:Run to Remember. The group was founded by Lisa Hallett. In 2009 Lisa lost her husband in Afghanistan. In an effort to survive her loss she turned to running. She found that there was a need among the military community, a need for support and a way to deal with grief and way to move on. So each Saturday Run to Remember gathers at a park in DuPont and the names of the fallen soldiers for that week are read off, a prayer is said, and a sea of blue shirts run through the streets of DuPont. Each Saturday Run to Remember runners run with the purpose of remembering the fallen, the fighting and the families. (Run to Remember is actually spreading nationwide and chapters are popping up all over the United States.)
Wearing Blue, Running to Remember!
Last Saturday as Derek and I ran through the beautiful town of DuPont, Washington, I thought about the fallen, those I know who are in Afghanistan fighting right now, and I thought about my family. Because the fact of the matter is, as a military family, it could be me. It could be me answering the door to 2 soldiers standing there on my doorstep to deliver unthinkable news. So, it is my honor to lace up my shoes, put on my blue shirt and to run each and every Saturday. It is my honor to remember.