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Making it through

In the spirit of dual blog entries, here are two for today. First, from Sharon, then from Ned….

I completed my ultrasound training this week and scanned at least 20 babies and observed 40 more! It was thrilling. I scanned one baby that was 5 weeks 5 days old who’s heart began to beat 5 weeks 1 day so I saw that tiny flicker 4 days after it began. This was 3 1/2 weeks after mom conceived. There were some very active bigger babies. I have a little more practicing to do next week and then I will be on my own.  A friend funded my tuition to make this possible. I plan to pay that forward some day and do the same. That could be an excellent designation for our fundraising- for scholarships to send our volunteer nurses to training.  The needs are numerous. Maybe you can come up with your own. I am more psyched than ever after spending 4 days scanning the Miracle through the Window To The Womb. Thanks to Jim, my instructor, and a very patient man. He made the class fun but also impressed upon us the importance of excellent technique. It’s a week I will never forget. We are past the 5 week point in our journey and our hearts are beating strong.

Sharon – limited ultrasound Nurse.

Not much to report on the paddling front, the weather is turning cold – too cold to get out on the lake. But, today is the running of the White Rock Marathon (now called the Dallas Marathon), so thousands of runners will be circling by our house as they compete in this event. And, it has me thinking about our daughter, Elisabeth.

You may remember that she’s our intrepid communications officer. Every kayak/canoe race she takes the job of posting our progress on the blog while we’re out paddling. Running is her passion. A few years ago she started lacing up the running shoes and getting in shape and has now completed a couple of half marathons. Sharon and I are both very proud of the grit she’s shown pushing through the pain and putting in the road miles to get ready for these events and she’s now planning two races within the next year. One’s out in the LA area, where she lives, and the second will be further north in San Francisco.

She doesn’t sound too worried about the first but the second involves hills – a lot of hills! They call the kind of racing I do “flat water” and I’m really grateful that I don’t have to go up, then down, then up…..

That’s the beauty of it, though. You try something new and then set another goal for yourself. Elisabeth found she could finish a half marathon on fairly flat land and has challenged herself to something tougher. Sharon got out of her comfort zone by volunteering to do something different then went after the next challenge of an intensive week long class and learned another new skill. I’m so very impressed with these two strong women in my life.

226 days left until the MR340




I mentioned in my last post that I’d be racing for a different cause in 2013. Here’s Sharon to tell you about it.


Since Ned learned last month that our son, Christian, was planning to enter the 2013 MR340 canoe/kayak race he has been living vicariously through him; but I was waiting for “the discussion.” Our daughter, Elisabeth, was toying with the idea of being Christian’s ground crew. Ned again was all over this – maybe if she couldn’t do it he could (still waiting for “the discussion”). I had suspected Ned had gone through the amnesia phase a pregnant woman does after childbirth – memories of the grueling training, laboring, and final “D” days of the 2010 MR340 had faded and were replaced with romantic memories of the great adventure. I remember transition on that race, when I looked at Ned and thought “who are you?'” I believe he has even blocked the  adventure’s complications of flooding the entire summer so that the race was first canceled then rescheduled for a month later.

During this same time I was trying to get him involved with me brainstorming ideas about how we could raise awareness of BirthChoice, the women’s pregnancy resource center where I recently became employed as a limited ultrasound nurse and peer counselor. And, also what we could do for fundraisers.

On November 10, 2012 the idea of Ned racing in the MR340 to raise awareness and funds for BirthChoice was conceived. Our “due date” would be July 23 – 8 1/2 months later. So…. fast forward to today, November 27. We are about four weeks “pregnant.” Week 4; the baby’s heart has begun to beat. Eyes, ears, and lungs have begun to form. I am excited to be part of the White Rock Navy blog this time. As this “pregnancy” continues we will try not to moan and groan too much, and will share our joy and anticipation – finally I get to be the labor coach.