Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Lineup!

So the weekend is fast approaching (never fast enough if you ask me) and I have a few things going on. I have 2 races, and 2 anniversaries (one joyful and one, is a remembrance). Right now, I am sitting in my living room watching the last episode of Oprah, which is crazy because I never get to watch it and now it's the last one! Of course the only reason I am not sitting in the closet I call an office, is because my baby girl has a double ear infection, and I wanted to be home with her this afternoon... She finally went down for a nap at 345pm, so I am typing fast incase this is one of her famous 30 minute power naps!

Anyway, my races, I am excited! Saturday is the Dirty Myrtle Mud Run which I am doing with my son, Joshua. I am pretty stoked to see him jump in mud pits and enjoy an event! I have been waiting for this event for a while - time to get down & dirty once again!

Sunday, well it starts off with the Military Appreciation Days 5k at 8am, I know it sounds crazy, mud run & then a 5k the next day BUT my registration was FREE - why? I served in the US Army :) So I would encourage anyone in the Grand Strand Area who are currently serving or have previously served this country to  come out and participate for FREE! The end of the day will be a BBQ at  a friends house, which is great because I won't have to cook!

Sunday also marks the 3rd Anniversary of my fathers passing... I am glad to have some very positive and uplifting activities planned for this day. I've been thinking about it a lot lately, probably because my neighbor/friend just lost her mother to cancer this past week. I think about all the things he missed, and all the things I missed seeing him enjoy. For one, walking me down the aisle, another, the birth of my daughter. Somedays are hard, I know it seems cliche to say 'time heals all wounds' or 'it gets easier with time'... I guess I think it just hurts less, not that it stops hurting (maybe it does and I just haven't gotten there yet). Nevertheless, Sunday will be full of mixed emotions, but mostly positive because all I can do is think about all the moments he was here for and not focus on what has been missed. I can't bring him back, so I have to believe he hasn't really missed anything, he's been with me all along.

I saved you a seat daddy...
So that brings us to Monday, I know this is going to probably sound crazy, seeing how the 29th was my fathers passing 3 years ago, my 2nd wedding anniversary is the 30th. It wasn't quite planned to piggy back like that. Honestly, we had picked the first weekend of May but chose to push it out so that family could be there. As I looked on the calendar in the month of May, it was the first weekend which wasn't going to work, then 3 weekends of bike weeks (which wasn't really how I imagined my wedding weekend) and then the last weekend... so I just picked it (for some reason I was set on a May wedding!)... It was weeks later I realized what date I had picked...

I had the most perfect wedding, it was beyond my expectations, it was the most beautiful day, all the people I love were there. My mom & son walked me down the aisle and I married my best friend. I was surrounded my family and friends, I felt like I was living a dream, and still feel like that! In the past two years we have faced some sad times, and a lot of joyous occasions and through it all, we have always been there for each other. Stephen, you are my best friend, my cheerleader and biggest fan... I am blessed to have found you and I couldn't imagine life without you. Together we make such a strong team and that is what inspired the creation of 'Team Epton' because everything we do, we do as a team.

I remember writing my vows and it still holds true:

Today we begin another chapter of our lives together. 
You are my best friend, you are the one I share everything with, my hopes, my fears, my dreams, and my secrets.  I have never felt I had to be anyone but who I am.  You have seen me at my best and at my worst;  you have cheered for my successes and comforted me thru my losses.  Today like yesterday and all the days that we have been together, and the days which lye ahead, I am committed to you thru the happiness and joy, the challenges, and everything we will see in the future. 
Before God, our families and our friends, I pledge my trust, faith and love to you and our marriage.  
Today I chose you. 


  1. Aww, this brought tears to my eyes. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  2. Hey, I am a new follower! Love your blog!

  3. Hope,
    I made the promise to you on our wedding day and I can say it with confidence now, 2 years later, that I will always be by your side and be there to cheer you on! I will forever be the person you can count on. You are my BFF!! I love you!

  4. This was a very touching post. Good luck this weekend! Enjoy all of the time you have with your family too. Sounds like you're one special momma!

  5. I'm sorry about your father. The photos on here are beautiful. Love your post. Good luck with the races.
    I'm new on VoiceBoks so I'm trying to meet others :)

  6. Wow! What a weekend! Some very big times you have going on. I hope that you have a very wonderful and blessed weekend! Those races sound fun, I am hoping to get into shape and run a 5K soon. I have been saying that for a while though, so hopefully I can actually put that plan into action soon! Happy Anniversary too. Nothing like marrying your best friend! Enjoy your weekend! I am also following you now, and hope to be able to check back in very soon!

    Mandy @ Atlanta Military Mom

  7. Gosh, just the title of your blog is incredibly energetic! The mud race sounds like fun! I enjoy running too, so am going to have to find something like that to do.
    Thanks for sharing:)

    Visiting for the first time,

  8. Emotionally packed weekend! Lots of love to help you through

    Visiting from VoiceBoks and also my firs time

    Ps: I selected anonymous because it´s the only way I´ve found so far to post comments... blogger´s been kind of having problems on that areas.
    Will be back to follow (hopefully)
    ; )

  9. I am sorry to hear about your dad, I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Your wedding pictures are beautiful, what a beautiful day too! You have fun this weekend, sounds like quite the busy one. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend. Following you from VoiceBoks!~Lisa

    I am all a twitter about life

  10. What a great post! I love the pictures of your wedding with your son and mother walking you down the asile, and I think the seat you saved for your father was such a beautiful way to remember him by! Have fun with the mud race! And, wishing you a wonderful anniversary! I found you on VoiceBoks, and am so glad I did!

  11. My dad passed 15 years ago & I'm not sure it's any easier. I still catch my fixing to call him, but then I remember...

    Stopping by from VoiceBok!

  12. You have quite the weekend going on! Full of memories and it. I know you will have a lot on your mind. Have a great anniversary, a good race, and love in your heart for loved ones here and gone.

    Gina from vB