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Have you ever been at the Zoo where they evacuate due to a loose animal? I have!  A couple of weeks ago was the annual Lupus Walk held at our local Zoo. The day started out like any other. I woke up late, frantically tried to get my family and myself out the door in time for registration by 7:45. When we arrived there was about half our team already there waiting for us. After checking-in and the rest of the team arrived we went inside the Zoo for the opening ceremonies. Everyone huddled in their own groups talking and waiting for the festivities to begin. I was snapping pictures of our team. Then we hear a voice on a megaphone “please move to the right of the Zoo, there is any animal loose.”

My family and friends that joined me, so thankful for them!

My family and friends that joined me, so thankful for them!

No one moved. Honestly, this had to be a joke. There was no way that an animal could be out, roaming around!

“I am not kidding, there is seriously an animal loose in the Zoo! Please exit to your right.” Now are we talking a flamingo or a lion? I mean there is seriously a difference! 

At that we all took what he was saying as fact and there was a sea of people making their way to the nearest exist. Once everyone was out the doors closed and there we were, a large group of Lupus Walkers with no walk to be had. Everyone found their area in front of the Zoo to wait it out. We were told that it wouldn’t be long before everything would be secure and we could enter again.

I guess it's fitting that my dog is a Canis lupus familiaris, aka Siberian Husky!

I guess it’s fitting that my dog is a Canis lupus familiaris, aka Siberian Husky!

During the waiting period we slowly gathered more information. There was not only an animal loose, there were three wolves.

Do you know what the scientific name for a wolf is? Canis Lupus.

Now that is priceless! They just wanted to take part in the walk just like everyone else, I mean it’s practically like they are the Lupus mascot.

Daniel Orton from the OKC Thunder

Daniel Orton from the OKC Thunder

As we continued to hang around I was able to meet an OKC Thunder player, Daniel Orton. He was joining the walk in honor of his mom who lost the battle to Lupus in her early fifties. He shared his story on the website and it was so neat seeing him and his family there joining us as we all fight the illness. That is one of the amazing things about these events, we may not know each other, but we have a connection. As we walked I was able to talk to other people with Lupus and hear their story, share mine. We all have a different battle to face, yet we understand what the other is facing at the same time, we support one another!

So back to our mascots roaming the Zoo- apparently there was flooding from the storm the night before which caused them to be able to get out of their habitat. About two hours went by before all three were caught and the Zoo was secure. By this point everyone was ready to get the walk started. They opened the gates and we moved in. There was some confusion because we were not sure if there was going to be the opening ceremonies or not, they never actually had them. I’m not sure if there was any set plan but everyone headed for the course and the walk had begun.

I feel pretty confident to say that there has probably never been a walk quite like this before, and probably never will!

 

About a year ago I created The Original 30 before 30 list. Through the year I second guessed some of the items that I had on my list for one reason or another. I had put several items on about going green and I really wanted to focus less on the things that interested me at the time and more on goals, plans and things for the future. I also mentioned having two more kids. With my Lupus there is just no telling. God might give us two more children or He might decide that we are meant to only have the beautiful baby we already have. I am not putting a magic number on our family anymore, we will be given the family that we were meant to have!

I know some of you might be saying that once I finalized my list there is no changing it. That was how I felt at first. Then I decided that it’s my list, filled with things that I want to do… so I can make whatever changes to it that I want because it’s for me in the first place. I hope you enjoy my newly refurbished 30 before 30 list!

30before30 new

1. Grow my hair out to my waist
2. Get my family tattoo
3. Finish my novel
4. Participate every year in the “Walk to end Lupus Now” event
5. Get Lasik eye surgery
6. Take a baking/cake class
7. Start/get involved with a ministry to teach people to transition to a green life
8. Paint our kitchen cabinets
9. Be debt FREE!
10. Plant a vegetable garden
11. Finally go skiing
12. Create my own pie recipe
13. Hang pictures from Chase’s documentary
14. Go on a family vacation to California
15. Read 30 books
17. Go parasailing
18. Pay for a strangers meal at a restaurant
19. Go on a train ride as a family
20. See a movie at the drive-in (I seriously have never done this)
21. Find my favorite brand of all natural make up
22. Try a really fancy bottle of wine
23. Go on a trip out of the country
24. Go to a dinner show
25. Take a spontaneous family day trip to new places in our home state
26. Finally decorate our bedroom
27. Finish scrapbook (you seriously have no idea how long this has taken me!)
28. Actually start and complete a knitting project
29. Watch and stay awake for the entire movie, Stand by me (I have attempted and failed twice)
30. Play Christmas carols for a family sing along on the piano