Hundreds of Strangers [But Not Really]

There is something to be said when hundreds of people are standing under the same bright blue sky for the exact same reason:

To promote adoption as a positive option in Iowa.
I was honored to start off the the statewide Gingerbread Run for Adoption for the second year in a row.
The 5k raises money to promote adoption in Iowa.
My entire family joined us.
Some of our dear friends (and adoptive-parents-to-be) made it, too.

And you know what the coolest part was?


It wasn't the prizes or medals or post-race Panera bagels.

It was this:
We looped around a beautiful lake on a gorgeous fall day in the company of hundreds of strangers [but not really].
You see, even though we didn't know the people around us, we knew enough to know they were special.

We knew enough to know that we all share a piece of the same heart -- a heart for adoption.

And that's pretty powerful, friends.

That's pretty powerful.


  1. I heard about this event (I have an uncle who does a show on WHO Radio) and it made me want to fly to Iowa and join in! Looks awesome!

    1. What a small world! I hope you can fly to Iowa next year for the 5k! :)