For the first day of #LIGHTtheWORLD let’s talk about the Turkey Trot. Because the people who helped with this thing are lighting the world, I’ll tell you that!
The Turkey Trot went off with flying colors on Thanksgiving morning.
Each year I sit in awe at that thing.
So it goes without saying that we have some major vested interest in this Turkey Trot dealio. And we LOVE what it has become.
It started in a little retention basin at the end of our neighborhood by word of mouth, and we had a couple hundred people show up.
Since then, each year it gets a little bigger and more wonderful. Over the years it has come to be this team of men who work their tails off to pull it off:
The fun-run comes first.
(my friend got right in there with the runners and I love these pics she got)
For the first time ever I ran the Fun Run with Lucy this year (usually I’m manning the Families Fighting Blindness stuff, but there were plenty of people there this year).
One of my very favorite things about the Turkey Trot was this idea Dave came up with last year:
Our brother-in-laws built that thing for us and my niece wrote the “I am Thankful for…” thing and people write all over it. They painted it white again and put it up again this year.
It started out like this:
…and evolved throughout the morning.
I adore that thing and the feeling around it as everyone reflects on their gratitude.
It ended like this this year:
This family I adore all gathered from their corners of the area…and different states, and came together to help. They put everything else aside and just gave their hearts in prep work and also on the big morning.
As I sat there looking at everyone in their glasses shirts I had this most profound gratitude come over me.
There are not words to express how I feel about that.
All these kids and families just giving their hearts to help us fight blindness.
…for Lucy as well as for kids all over the world who suffer from darkness.
It means the world to us.