A Week of Celebrations - Up First The Diamond Duo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do you love celebrations? I love celebrations! And this week is full of them.

It's going to be a busy week here on Take Your Pic as four special events are being acknowledged - my one month matchiversary with Liam, Taylor's 25th birthday, my one year mark on beginning my "lifestyle change," and my parents 25th wedding anniversary which is this weekend.

The Diamond Duo
Yesterday marked one month since a little boy from Ireland has become a special part of my everyday life. Over the last month I have learned about Liam, his family and his illness. Liam is without a doubt the happiest little boy on this planet; always giggling, smiling and loving life as a 3 year old. He loves his Batman toys and you loves scrolling through YouTube and picking his own videos. He loves signing along to songs while stomping his feet and clapping his hands. His favorite hand gesture is a thumbs up (which I'm sure will change in about 10 years when he's more frequently in a car hahaha) He loves his cuddles with his mom, but especially loves them from his dad when he is off from work. I've learned his family (and extended family who luckily live right next door) truly are his rock as they all come together each day and support, assist and better Liam's everyday life.

For me, August 2014 will be a month I'll never forget. A month where I officially allowed running to not be solely about ME but more about US - The Diamond Duo. I'm sure many of you have been wondering why our team name is the Diamond Duo. So today I'm happy to share.

For a few weeks I thought very hard for a team name...Team LA, TeamLaLa, The Fighters. So many, but none that I LOVED. Then one day it clicked. Liam and myself are both born in the month of April and our birthstone is Diamond.

Adopted from the Greek work "adamas," meaning invincible… For those lucky individuals who are born in April, the diamond signifies love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection… Thought to be one of the toughest substances on the globe... holds significant meaning for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength... other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance.

If I do say so myself, I think Liam and myself match this meaning/description  of a diamond pretty spot on. Which is why right then I knew that Liam and myself ARE the Diamond Duo. From here on out, it's the two of us -- with each step and each mile. In August we logged 105 miles together. I can't wait to see what September brings!

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