Sunday, May 4, 2014

Running Disney.

The month of April always seems to be a busy month for us. This year being no exception. (And now it's already May!) Spring has finally come to stay, it seems. The school year will be coming to an end fairly soon, which is hard to believe. It's as if we started this school year living an entirely different life than we will end it with. Last week marked 7 months since Wyatt died.

For the last few weeks I've been pulling out all the warm weather clothes and making sure everyone has enough of all that they will need. You may remember, I mentioned a few months ago that we would be traveling back to Disney World: Wyatt's very favorite place in the world. This has been emotional for us, but we felt we needed to come back. For the four of us, but also for Wyatt...if only it be for the reason that it was his very favorite place in the world! He asked me to go to Disney World every day for quite some time before he died...up until the very point he wasn't able to speak anymore. But I'm sure he was still thinking it! All was right in his world when he was here. I only hoped we would feel a little of that magic this time when we were here too.

We returned to 'run Disney' in celebration of Wyatt's unbelievable and beautiful life. Unfortunately, healing was something we were unable to give Wyatt on this side of Heaven, but we now celebrate his eternal healing there (in Heaven). Though we have struggled to continue life without him, he's now free of the body that held him back, which is an amazing thought. The first thing he hoped to do in Heaven was run again.

Yesterday, our family ran in celebration of all that Wyatt is, was and will always be to us. In celebration of the amazing boy who pushed beyond the limits, the labels, the tubes and machines. We ran for him, 'with' him and because of him in his favorite place, Disney World.

Jilly and Grandma ("Nanny") ran as a team in the "Family Edition" race at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at 10am. While, Bryan, Maggie and I ran 5+ miles throughout Animal Kingdom starting 12 hours later at approximately 10pm. We completed the race in a respectable time and were far, far from last -- which always feels good. ;) It rained for both of the races, but it didn't dampen the fun. We each ran through the soggy finish lines with smiles (and a little relief that we accomplished it!) We mentioned multiple times to each other how much Wyatt would have LOVED this race. There was so much excitement around. He would have been thrilled with it all.

For you, with you and because of you, buddy. We're missing you and loving you so much!

(I posted more pictures and video on Instagram. They will scroll through on the sidebar under the small "Our view of life." banner. You can click on them to see them larger and to play the short video clips.)
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