Thursday, June 11, 2009

2009 Endeavor Games

It's been forever since we've posted anything and there is so much to talk about- travels around Texas and to New York, swimming, summer time fun, Family Day 2009, etc. But for now I just have to post a few pics from our first afternoon at the 2009 Endeavor Games.

We found out about the Endeavor Games a few weeks ago and jumped on the opportunity to come and be surrounded by amputee athletes (and those with other disabilities) from all over the world. This couldn't have come at a better time for Elias who is starting to really struggle with being "different" and wishing he had "two yellow legs like Mom."

We arrived in Oklahoma this afternoon and attended a running clinic. Elias had post-nap grump and it took him a while to warm up. Actually he acted quite serious the whole time and hardly ever even cracked a smile. I think it was a lot for him to take in, seeing all these amputees of all ages and sizes running and exercising around the track.

I took him on the track to show him where he would be running in his 60m race on Saturday. We did a few practice runs, but then he said he wanted to run with the other athletes. So, he bravely went and asked the fastest guy out there if he would run with him on the track.

The guy was so kind to Elias. He took some time to give him a few tips and coach him a little, then they ran the track together. He had some very encouraging and inspiring words for Elias that I hope he remembers for the rest of his years.

Tomorrow we'll practice more at the track, watch an amputee basketball tournament, watch some swimming, and then participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Saturday morning is Elias' big race, then we'll spend the rest of the weekend watching the other events.

This is exciting stuff!













14 comments:

Heather said...

That is sooooo awesome! I'm glad you found time to post this. Love my nephew!

Erin said...

Wow. This made my day (and made me cry). So proud of Elias. Tell him the girl with the blue jacket says hello. Love you guys!

Liz Lindow said...

WOW - seriously have tears running down my face. This really really touched me. SO PROUD OF MY NEPHEW!! Tell him LemonTizz loves him and are excited to hear about his race.

Papa said...

I am delighted, thrilled, thankful, joyously happy, grateful, delighted, proud, when I see these pictures!! W0w!!

Gordon said...

I can hardly see through my tears. I am so blessed and so proud of my grandson. So thankful for others who are so encouraging.

Gordon said...

I can hardly see through my tears. I am so blessed and so proud of my grandson. So thankful for others who are so encouraging.

Jayana said...

I love that little guy so much!!! I cannot wait to see him in a few weeks. I'm just proud if him. Praise Jesus for His great love for Elias and all that He has blessed Elias with. I know I'm gushing but his story just brings that out in me. Love Ya!

Kelly Rae said...

Okay...this made me cry! God is so gracious and I love seeing your love for your son shine so brilliantly. I am so proud of him and can't wait to meet this little guy one day!

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