This summer, their plan was to do the same.
The 1st triathlon was in July at the YMCA, and they competed like champs!
The children try so hard to do their best. My favorite part is watching my kids' intense expressions on their faces. I truly love the excitement of competition... whether they win or lose!!
My children couldn't wait for their next triathlon on August 10th. They would actually swim in the lake. They competed in it last year, and I couldn't wait for it either. As the date got closer, we realized we wouldn't be able to register for the race for reasons beyond our control.
I broke the news to the children that we would have to wait for next year's triathlon. The children took it well, but I hated not being able to give them the opportunity. I hated missing the experience they had waited so long to be a part of!!
This experience was gone, but a much better blessing and experience came: an invitation to Jefferson's birthday party.
Guess what Jefferson's mother decided to do for him on August 10th?
She planned a mini-triathlon for him!!
I couldn't believe it would be a triathlon of all the things! I knew the kids would be excited to still do a triathlon and to of course celebrate Jefferson's birthday.
When Jefferson was a young child, Abe's music (Jericho Road) was his favorite music. It calmed his little spirit and gave him great joy.
Abe felt honored for the opportunity to sing for Jefferson on his special day. Many of us cried with love for Jefferson's brave spirit as Abe sang these words:
...and just like any great birthday party, presents were next. His father held him tenderly while his dear mother opened the many gifts of love.
It was a sweet miracle to consider the timing that my children would still have the opportunity to do a triathlon on the very same day as the one they would be missing- August 10th!! However, the GREATER miracle rested in the fact that God turned one missed opportunity into an even richer, life changing opportunity. To race with Jefferson, the purest of souls, brought a greater love into all of our hearts.
No competition could have matched this day's experience. God wants us to experience the greatest of what HE has to offer. I'm sure the triathlon in the lake would have been fun, but a triathlon with Jefferson was life-changing. I should have known better than to feel discouraged about a missed experience for the children. God knows how to orchestrate the very best life experiences as long we trust in HIS process.
I will always cherish the look on my children's faces as they ran for a greater, more meaningful purpose... in celebration of Jefferson... who cannot run on his earthly legs.
We thank Jefferson and his family for allowing us to be a part of this very special day.