The course was two laps around the park. Mike and I set up chairs at the finish line and cheered for everyone who passed - especially those in the teal shirts! It was a good morning to be out in the world. Because this 5K was to raise money for fetal care, there were so many children and babies there, but that didn't bother me. Not today.
After the main race, all of the children were given a pink balloon. The kids ran from one section of the park to the finish line, where they each released their balloon. I know they were to honor Brianna Marie, but in my heart, they were also for Kenley. They were for all babies lost too soon. Today, the sky was filled with pink balloons. As I watched the balloons begin to rise, someone handed me a string. A pink balloon specifically for my baby. Guess what happened when I let that string go? Kenley's balloon rose higher and faster than the others - even the ones that had a several second head start. Her balloon whisked to the side, away from the group, and went on its own path in the sky. Again. She did it again. I am a proud momma today - and for all days. What a great birthday - spent with good friends who all came together to honor a baby they never met. My beautiful, wonderful, and obviously independent, Kenley Evelyn. As long as I'm living, my baby she'll be.
Kelly and Casey - the T-shirt designers!
My mom and Katie's son Jay - both placed in their age divison!
The Entire Krew
The Pink Balloons!
Getting ready to release Kenley's balloon
There she goes - the other way - my independent daughter!