The New Normal & Team Madrero! – Race #11

We are learning how to settle into our new norm.  The kids started back into school fully online.   It’s cool to see how the teachers stay connected to their students.  I love hearing how excited the kids are when they get into an online Classroom Meeting. I have been working from home exclusively now. It is very nice to not have the stress of worrying about extra exposure.

Rachelle has been amazing with how she has been taking care of us.  Always the amazing homemaker, she continues to go above and beyond making sure we are all protected from catching the virus. She has been exclusively home cooking every meal which tastes amazing and anything that delivers to our door she fully wipes down and disinfects to keep us safe.

It’s also a blessing to see how this blog has been helping people.  When I started the running journey, I was just trying to find a new way with grief and am here to follow what God wants me to do. As I have met people on this journey, I have been starting to get calls from radio and news stations.   This week I was blessed to have my story broadcast in the Positive Connections story on KSN Channel 3 and also do a phone interview on KGSO 33.9 – KGSO.

Rachelle had an amazing idea to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.  She came up with the name #REVOLUTION LOVE.  We ended up buying a bunch of wristbands to sell and will donate 100% of the proceeds to add in coronavirus relief.  We made sure to get the individually wrapped and shipping at no additional charge.

Click here to get your Wristband or Donate for COVID-19 Relief.

April is Autism Awareness Month.  I was hoping to do some events to raise awareness.  One of the events being the Heartspring Autism Care Walk. We had joined a team with our extended family from church, the Madrigal family.

Robbie, Jennifer, Steve & Deona Madrigal have been amazing friends with us for many years. We first met them many years ago as I coached their kids Cari and Ricky in basketball.  As our family’s relationship grew, we became the adopted Aunt and Uncles. Now there is not a day that Rachelle is not talking to the ladies.  Also, Jennifer started playing drums and she and daughter Jackie and I with Bella have been playing in the worship group at church going on a good couple years now.  They are all truly family to us.

Robbie and Jennifer’s son Alex was diagnosed with Autism.  He is truly one of the funniest and most entertaining kids I have met in my life.  He always brings us joy when he is around us and I am always awaiting what words are gonna come out of his mouth.

Since we were unable to come together for the Autism walk. I challenged Robbie to a 5k race from afar.  We signed up for the Easter Egg 5k. Robbie started running also probably a good half a year ago.  At the last minute I told him that, knowing Robbie’s competitive nature, I told him I would donate 10 dollars for every 30 seconds he beat me if he beat me…

He won even though I got a new PR!  While the time was about over a minute apart, we donated 50 bucks to Team Alex Madrigal.

You can donate to Team Alex Madrigal’s Autism Walk by clicking on the link below.

4/4/2020 – Easter Egg 5k – 33:41 (Robbie Madrigal – 32:20)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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