Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Holiday Running Streak Challenge 2016/17 is Complete!!

Today was the last day (of 39) of running!     Woohoo!!!   November 24th through January 1st!   We did it!!   I am SO proud of my family and of all our friends (28 on all!)who did the challenge this year!

Here are a few of the runners who sent me pics:
(The drastic difference in running apparel is because some of these people are in Florida and some are in Kansas or Canada!)

Philip's sister, Jessica



 My brother, Mark

 Emerson (his sister, Violet did some, too and his parents, Ellen and Jason both completed the challenge)


 Jade and Eden

 Philip's brother, Isaac

 Katie (her mom, Erin did it as well)

 Jessica and her friend, Jackie
 Moriah, Philip and Keenan

Philip and I out for a late night run

We had toyed with the idea of doing our final run right after midnight and getting it over with, but by the time midnight came around, we were all too tired to head out into the dark and cold! =)   We had a nice family run later this morning...

After our last mile

WOOHOO, it's over!!

I ordered medals for all the runners who completed the challenge, so after we finished it was time for the "medal ceremony" at our house =)

Shaking hands even, very official ;)

I gave Keenan and Moriah each a certificate, entitling them each to a breakfast date with me and a new book.  I'm sooo proud of them!

Keenan's turn

Way to go, Bud!


Giving each other our medals

Love this guy!   I was really surprised when he decided to get in on the challenge, and I'm so proud of him for sticking with it, even though it meant that most of his runs were late at night in the dark after he got home from work!!

Family snap

This is what the medals look like

I was hoping to match the mileage of the first time I did this challenge, back in 2013, and did do that, finishing with 80 miles (105 total, since I actually started running daily on November 14th).  I will not continue to run every day, but plan to run three times a week from here on out.   Not sure yet if we'll do this again next year.    What about you?  Would you join us?  =)

2016 In Review

Here is an abbreviated (well, as abbreviated as I could manage... believe me, this IS the trimmed down list!) overview of our 2016!


We started the year with a great visit from Andrew and Bethany!

The kids and I did a Major de-cluttering of the whole house!

Philip started his new job as Program Director!

Dad D came to visit!


Keenan and I snuck into Philip's office and "decorated" it for his birthday

For Valentines, Philip did a couple's Paint Nite with me!!


Keenan turned Nine!

The Storeys came to visit!!

We hosted a big Seder celebration dinner

We had house guests for a while and made new friends - the Longa family!

The craziest Easter weather ever!!

Philip's trusty Honda Civic was stolen =0/


The kids and I flew to Florida to visit Myrtle

...and hoped over to Alabama to see the Grays

...and then Grandma Eberts surprised the kids and showed up to!

The Longa's baby, Joshua was born!

Keenan and Moriah finished another year of Classical Conversations

I had six kids for six days while Devin and Melissa took some time for themselves

We took a trip to Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska

Our friends, the Stephens, adopted Tam!

I had a very special 35th birthday

We went to Ah Rim and Min Soo's wedding

We first met Jane Winny, and her family, from Uganda!
(We had no idea they would become such a big part of our lives!)


Via Christi Graduation

Father's Day

Tim and Steph and Crew visited again on their way North!

Canada Day!

We visited the Strataca Underground Salt Museum

July 4th

 Trip to Canada to see my family and celebrate Tim's 40th birthday

Lake house in Michigan

Crystal Mountain Resort

Conference in Kansas City

Back to school!

My second Tiara Triathlon!

Keenan and Moriah did a triathlon in our neighborhood


Museum of World Treasures

Our first Via Christi Bike Trip to Colorado!

The Pennys adopted twins were born - Grace and Justus!

My mom came to visit and watch the kids!

Philip and I visited Andrew and Bethany in South Carolina

We celebrated our 12th anniversary by climbing Mount LeConte

Keenan and Moriah ran their first 5K!

Nathan, Laura and Ciara came for Canadian Thanksgiving

*I deleted my Facebook Account*



Caleb turned Five!

Keenan and Moriah ran the Turkey Trot
(and brought home a 26 pound turkey!)

We celebrated their first American Thanksgiving with our Ugandan friends

Our family and a bunch of friends started The Holiday Running Streak!

We took a trip to Lindsborg, KS with the Pennys

Moriah turned 8 and got her ears pierced!

Mom, Jeff and Isaac came for five days and it SNOWED!

Christmas Eve with Jane's family

Christmas Day at home, just the five of us

Rob and Ada and the kids came for three days

New Year's Eve!

What a year!   It has been fun, it has been exciting, it has been incredibly busy, it has been hard, it has been a year of humbling, and learning and new experiences.   We are grateful as we look back and excited as we look ahead!   Happy New Year!