Life Lessons Learned on a Leisurely Walk in the Rain

I love doing “firsts” and I especially love it when I have the opportunity to do them with my family.  Today we participated in the 4th Annual Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism in Wilmington, NC.  Funds raised benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports.  I believe everyone in attendance took away a few life lessons.

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” (Gilbert K. Chesterton)


“Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill.” (Michael Reagan) (I found it noteworthy that Michael Reagan is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan.)


“Fun is good.”  (Dr. Seuss)


“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” (Arthur Blank)


“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” (Michael J. Fox)




Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” (Wilma Rudolph)


and I just had to snap a picture of this Superhero with his autism puzzle piece cape of courage . . . 


In conclusion, to all of our family and friends who donated to Team Piano Man, please accept our family’s gratitude.  The ripple created in our hearts will remain forever.  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  (Mother Teresa)






13 thoughts on “Life Lessons Learned on a Leisurely Walk in the Rain

  1. Watching you, Larry, Adam, Sarah, and Thomas is a blessing to me and my family. Thank you for sharing the pictures!

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Beth. Adam does give some of the best hugs and his timing is impeccable! We received our autism awareness t-shirts and we’ll all be sporting them on Wednesday in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day!

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  3. Martha, to you and your family. I so much enjoyed the pictures but most of all the I really love each of you with such a life story and seeing God in it all just Amazes Me. Love and support always! rhonda

    • Thank you so much for your sincere and kind comments. We just love your family and being at Shady Grove United Methodist Church where, for me, the seeds for my current relationship with Christ were planted.

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