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Wordless Wednesday – My IronKids

I still see them as little. I often think they need my help with everything. But I recognize that part of being a good parent is giving your children room to reach out on their own.

This past weekend, my children rendered me speechless. I was in tears at how proud they made me.

Both my six year old daughter and my eight year old son competed in the IronKids triathlon. They weren't there to compete. Not really. I just wanted them to try it. They both like all three activities. I didn't even care if they placed. I just wanted them to try.

They both swam 50 yards (one length of an Olympic size pool), biked 2 miles and ran 500 yards.

My six year old daughter stood at the edge of that huge pool and said, “I cannot do this. I just can't do it.”

I was seconds away from telling her that she didn't have to. That if it was too much, she should just do what she can.

She looked up at me, with tears in her eyes and said, “Of course I can do this, Mama. You said I could do anything!” She gave me a hug and she went in the gate to wait for her start time.

I walked away with a lump in my throat trying not to cry.

I want to be like my kids some day… πŸ™‚

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  1. Alicia

    That is amazing! Way to go!

  2. How awesome is that. Cute photos.

  3. WOW! That is awesome and SO inspiring! You’re raising some amazing kids there πŸ™‚

  4. It’s hard to let them reach out and grow, but it’s so worth it!!

  5. That is just amazing. You have every right to be proud because I am proud of them and don’t even know them!

  6. So wonderful! And I want to be like my kids some day too…

  7. I’m so glad she pushed through it! Woohoo!

  8. AWWWW. Way to go momma! They sure look like they had a blast.

  9. Stacey Nerdin @ Tree, Root, and Twig

    Oh my gosh, what a moment! Those are the times I just breath in deeply and let it find a deep place to settle. Good job mom and kiddos! πŸ™‚

  10. That’s so very incredible!! My son (now 12) did a lot of kids’ tris but is now in a “down” phase – I can only hope thos experiences when he was younger come back to push him more!! Definitely savor these moments!

  11. Cecily R

    Yay THEM!! An what a great memory they’ve made for all of you!

  12. Wow! That’s amazing! I agree, I hope to be like my kid someday. She amazes me each day and I look forward to seeing what she can do!

  13. I am seriously so proud of them!!!

  14. Wow – very impressive! Good for you for exposing them to this cool event, and for teaching them how strong they are!

  15. OK, now I’m crying. What fabulous children you have.

  16. That is so awesome. I want to be like your kids one day too. πŸ™‚

  17. Wow, your kids are inspiring. I would’ve been in tears as well. Amazing they were able to finish something that probably would’ve killed me! LOL

  18. Wow! That is a real proud mama moment. Congrats on having such amazing (and adorable) kiddos!

  19. susie

    that’s so awesome! what great kids and a great mama!

  20. Your kids are rock stars, and so inspiring! You can tell they have a great mom!

  21. WOW that is fantastic and being active is great for kids too

  22. SaveOne

    Thanks for the WW linky πŸ™‚ Very cute photos!

  23. Your kids rock! That’s awesome! My near-4 year old completed her first one mile race this year and had a blast. Way to go keeping the kiddos fit and healthy!

  24. Wow, what an accomplishment for them.

  25. What a wonderful day of triumph and overcoming for your kids. I just know you were the proudest mom there. Incredibly sweet post to share; I wish I were more like my kid, too ;-D

  26. Congratulations…beautiful, strong kids!!!! I am your newest follower

  27. That’s awesome!! You have amazing kiddos (and they have an amazing mom)!! Congrats to you AND them!

  28. Thanks for the hop! I’m your newest follower!

    Love the photos you posted! πŸ™‚

  29. Lindsay

    That’s so awesome! You are right to be proud of them!

  30. Joyce@MommyTalkShow

    My eyes are welling up. It’s wonderful to know that your children are so confident.

  31. Kaylene

    Oh.my.goodness. This is the best. I am so proud of your kiddos!! I hope to inspire my daughter to feel they can do anything too. SUCH AN AMAZING STORY and the pictures are cute too.

  32. So awesome! Now where is the pic of you with the kids so we can see your beaming with pride face! πŸ™‚

  33. Des

    I have my IronKids inspiration up, too, and linked back to you (and included photos of you as a proud mama! hope you don’t mind!).

  34. Natalie

    WOW! Thats all I can say, WOW!

  35. We can learn a lot of lessons from our kids. What she did was amazing!! Happy WW

  36. Your kids are amazing. Great lesson for them and for you.

  37. Congrats to them! They are rockin’ by doing all of that.

  38. Ann at Mundane Magic

    What a priceless memory for your family. I just love how your daughter made it happen with only a glance towards you and then that reassured her. Fantastic job!

  39. I have a six and an eight year old, and I am absolutely amazed at what your kids accomplished. You should be a proud mama!

  40. I would have had tears in my eyes too! Your kids are awesome and those photos are gorgeous!

  41. Kim

    WOW! Can I grow up to be like your kids??? Touched my heart.

  42. Jessi G

    Your kids are beautiful. God bless you!

  43. Happy Wordless Wednesday!
    I am a new follower from and then, she {snapped}.

    I was starring at your sushi and decided I’m jealous! Lol.
    and love the picture of you and Whitney! Super pretty!

    Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for hosting a WW.
    If you ever need a co-host, please let me know.


  44. kids* not girls.. sorry..
    i’ll probably never be allowed to comment ever again..


  45. Deborah

    You have two wonderful amazing kids and you should be proud of them.

  46. Two genuine winners! Thanks for sharing this, & have a terrific WW.

  47. This is so awesome I didn’t know there was one for kids!

  48. That is truly a proud mommy moment!! Give them both a high five for me, I wish i could do that.

  49. What sweet children you have. Got tears in my eyes reading your post.

  50. Wow – those are the moments that tell you that you’re doing it right – great job, mom! and, congratulations to the kiddies too – looks like they had a great time!

  51. That is amazing, Stacie! I can tell you’re a proud mommy πŸ˜‰

  52. Beautiful pics! I love that you want to be like your kids one day. I do too πŸ™‚

  53. I think its awesome your kids run triathlons!

  54. Awww… This made ME tear up. What an awesome moment for all of you.

  55. Both you and your kiddos are AMAZING!
    Happy WW!

  56. Your kids are amazing! What your daughter said would have brought me instantly to tears if my kids said that to me.

  57. You should be proud of your kids! They are awesome.

  58. You have every right to be the proud Mommy. Thanks for sharing & have a great day!

  59. Carolyn G

    Your babies are so darling! That is so awesome!

  60. Tricia

    That is awesome! I would love to find something like that in our area. Congrats to your kiddos & to their proud mommy.

  61. That’s so impressive! What great kids!

  62. Love the picture of little sister hugging big brother! Shows how close they are. Very proud of you for the great job you are doing raising them and of them for competing and having fun.

  63. Oh my gosh…that’s so cool that she found the courage to do it because you had reinforced it with her! You have every right to be soooo very proud of them.

  64. What a great experience for all of you. I got goosebumps when you said that your said she could do anything!

    Isn’t it so cool that some of what we do say seeps in – even if we doubt it?

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