Sunday, October 7, 2012

Various types of marathons

The Appleton family is participating in a season of marathons.

Most triumphantly, Peter ran another marathon today along the shores of Lake Michigan.  (For those of you who are counting -- yes, it has been exactly two weeks since his last marathon.  I can't believe it either!)  My sister Alicia, who is also a runner, joined him for the last eight miles for moral support during the toughest part of the run.  I am truly inspired by the endurance and sheer force of will it takes to accomplish a 26.2 mile run, and now my dear man has done it twice in two weeks.  I am so proud of him.

This is Peter at mile 18, and then just before the finish line.  It was COLD again -- 46 degrees at 18 miles.  Then, blessedly, the sun came out and it was a balmy 54 degrees for the finish. He is holding a picture of K in his raised hand as he heads for the finish line.

Another marathon for us is redoing our dossier for India.  We completed our dossier nearly two years ago, before the shut-down and redesign of out-of-country adoptions in India.  Needless to say, it's looking a little out of date.  So, to be proactive (and not get bogged down during the wait for Article 5 and NOC), we redid the whole shebang.  We have one last document to be notarized tomorrow, then we're sending things off to be apostilled.  And then we will be done with round two of the dossier marathon.

The third, and saddest little marathon, is that Anya Rashi has been sick for most of the past month.  She had a bad cold that turned into a sinus infection, and now she's developed a horrible cough that is making her gag (along with other unpleasant things I won't mention here . . . I'm sure most moms know the drill).  She has a low fever again tonight after four days on an antibiotic, poor thing.  I remember kindergarten and first grade being very germy experiences for the boys, and we're sure off to a flying start with Anya Rashi.  We are headed back to the doctor tomorrow -- please pray that we find some relief for her.

Edited to add: We just got back from the doctor . . . her x-rays show that she has broncho-pneumonia.  Yikes -- we're starting her on a different antibiotic, and praying it is stopped in its tracks because we caught it early.


Sarah said...

Oh dear. Those last two marathons sound very difficult. But, congratulations to your hubby for two marathons in two weeks!!!

No Greater Love said...

Woohooo for Peter!!!! That is INCREDIBLE that he ran two marathons in 2 weeks. WOW, WOW, WOW. And yay for the dossier being almost finished. You need to CELEBRATE that. If I lived anywhere near you I'd take you out to lunch and celebrate with you.

And, I am so sorry about your little one being so sick. That is so tough to watch, especially when it has been for so long. I'm praying for some relief A.S.A.P.

Oh...and one more thing. That picture of Peter at the 18th mile is BEAUTIFUL. Oh my goodness, the fall colors are gorgeous where you are. :)

Julie & Patrick said...

Great job Peter! 2 in 2 weeks is very inspirational. I am squinting as hard as I can, but sadly am unable to make out the picture he is holding. I can't wait to get a glimpse of her!!

Amazing how quickly a second dossier can come together, isn't it? Those documents sort of get embossed on your brain with all the waiting.

Sorry to hear about poor Anya Rashi. I hope you find some resolve at the doctor's office today. Feel better Anya!!