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adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

Team Tessa Take 2!

on July 19, 2015

Events in life that really, truly merit a 3:30 AM alarm clock buzz are few and far between.  For labor, I’ll allow it.  A flight to some exotic paradise, it’s not off the table. Otherwise, 3:30 is not an hour that I have any appreciation for.

For Team Tessa, I’ll make an exception.

When we woke the girls up at that ungodly hour (which was so appropriately deemed “night time” by Ellie), they were rarin’ to go.  Bleary eyed adults piled into our van for the trek to the city, wondering what in the world we were thinking getting up so early but the girls?  The girls were ON.



In case you can’t tell, that’s me looking exhausted, Ellie looking annoyed at another picture being taken and Tessa with her best “I’m not impressed” face.

We had an amazing team running for UPS for DownS again this year.  With the help of friends, family, coworkers and totally random, awesome people (seriously), we raised over $4,000 for the group.  It takes a lot of courage to sign up for any running event in Chicago in July and today’s heat and humidity were unrelenting.  I’m so thankful for these amazing people and their dedication to running for Tessa.


And of course, the spectators are pretty awesome, too.


The rock, the glue, the heart of this team, John has fought through late night and early morning runs, calf pain, exhaustion, and an irritated wife to make this happen.  His dedication to the cause, like his dedication to our girl, is unbelievable.



Despite the 90 degree heat and 95% humidity, we had a great day!  And since I’ve been up since night time, rather than lots of words, you’ll have to settle for photo evidence…



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One response to “Team Tessa Take 2!

  1. Judy Lay says:

    Johnny! Plaid shorts?! Lol! Proud day!

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