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Above all…love each other deeply.

Above all, love each other deeply…for love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

This past week we remember greatly how strong love can actually be. Many things are happening in the lives of the relay runners, but this week I find a similarity in Michelle’s story (our current runner) and my story..the thing that ties them together is love. Michelle was unable to finish her weekend miles due to Rhabdomyolysis, which is a rapid breakdown of muscles. Doctors had strictly told her she was unable to run until Monday or else she would be starting dialysis or worse, her kidney’s would start failing. Michelle’s husband Justin, without another thought jumped in and explained how he wanted to finish her weekend miles for her. Together they would be team Jacobi. Why? Because he loves her. Love is the driving force.


Now my story is a little different. First I was able to not only witness, but be apart of mine and Ashley’s cousin Krystal wedding and watch her get married on Saturday. It was a beautiful wedding to say the least, which is drivin’ by love. Ashley was unable to attend as she is with our relay runners, which shows incredible love and dedication to this relay run. She is sacrificing 6 months of her life because she loves her dreams enough to make them happen.

But I was also reminded of a different kind of love this past week, the love of a furry child. For those of you who know me, my kitty Meemoo is one of thee most important things in my life. I love that cat so much and he truly makes me life brighter by just being in it. I have loved and cared for him for the past 7 years, and I have loved every minute of it. On Tuesday night however, my little man would not stop throwing up, and on top of that had stopped eating or drinking. I took him to the vet on Wednesday as soon as I could, which was not until the afternoon. Long story short, after the doctor finding a mass on his stomach and fearing it could be cancer we took action. I love that cat so much, I was not ready to give him up…so I allowed the vet to do emergency surgery on him. As emotional as this was for me, my boyfriend who was in OK for a work trip assured me we would do whatever it took to get him better. Which is quite a step seeing as how him and my cat aren’t necessarily the best of buds. But he said it why? Because he loves me. Love is the driving force. After surgery was completed, we found out that Meemoo had swallowed a long black string that was wrapped around his intestines and stomach. They removed the string and he is recovering nicely. The doctor that did his surgery and owns the vet I took him to is an absolute saint. She worked with me every single step of the way and even allowed me to work out a payment plan. She did this because of her love for

I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to her for saving my kitty, for Krystal and Jordan to get married, and for Michelle to be okay and have her husband step in and tackle her miles. Love is all around us…I am reminded of this now more than ever. So when you wake up tomorrow morning, or when you get home from work..take a moment to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you. Say “I love you” as often as you can. Life is too short, and in the blink of an eye it all might be gone. Let love make the world go round.

  • by Dawn Kumlien
  • posted at 8:09 PM
  • May 20, 2013