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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Sunday, May 17

Keep Calm and March On!

First of all and most importantly, a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated to our walk this year! It always amazes me who makes it a priority to donate and I really and truly appreciate each and every contribution.

Secondly, let's face it, there are lots of worthy causes out there and there's never enough money to go around, so when a donation is made to the March of Dimes, it means the world to us and together with you, we are changing families' lives. Your donation matters.

Third, what a blessing the walk today was! The weather was in question leading up to it but it seemed like it was going to be okay. And it was! It was in the low 60's, cloudy with a breeze. If it had been sunny, it might have gotten a bit warm. If it had rained, it would have been too cold. And if the breeze had stopped, it would have been too buggy! They did move the event inside since there was the threat of rain, but that was fine. There was a bouncy house, a caricature artist and a kids' dance party.

Fourth, we had the biggest team that we've ever had! I think the most we've had before was 7. But we had THIRTEEN walkers for this walk! It was so much fun to have such great representation for an event that means so much to us. Also, SEVEN of the thirteen were kids. We kept playing musical strollers when legs got a little tired. We should have brought our double stroller but I didn't even think of it. I knew we were in a bit of trouble when, after approximately THREE minutes, Korri was tired and wanted to be done!

Fifth, we changed our team name to "Early but Tough" this year and had new t-shirts made. And we won first place in the t-shirt contest! Dealing with the vendor was not easy, so it made me happy to know at least the end result was worth it. And they are noticeable! Korri got to pick a different color and she wanted to pick a different image, too, because she didn't like the dirt bike and monster truck! Ha...maybe she should just join a different team. LOL. There was one t-shirt there that I really liked. It said, "Keep Calm and March on (for Babies!). I loved it.

Sixth, this was our first year walking in the Monticello location. In years past, we've always done the Minneapolis walk. But since moving west, it made sense to move to this one and I'm very glad we did. We went from being a drop in the bucket in Minneapolis, to being the HIGHEST contributing team at this location! Again, thank you for making that happen.

If you haven't made a donation yet but would still like to, please click here now (it still counts to our team contributions!):
http://www.marchforbabies.org/sjwalsh97

Here are some pictures from the wonderful day:





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