Thursday, February 24, 2011

9 Days until RACE DAY!

Hello bloggy friends! My appologies for the delay in shirt information... we had some issues with the shirts that should all be squared away. The shirts are going to be GREAT and designed by Elizabeth herself! They are slightly v-necked, steel blue in color, with white, dark blue and brown writing on the front and back. I appolgize that we still do not have a final price, but I will have that for you before race day! I am confident that they should not be more than $20 and hopefully less. At this time, those of you who ordered a shirt will PAY and PICK UP your shirt on Saturday, March 5th BEFORE the race! The race begins at 8 am so it is best to plan to be there by 7:30 to ensure you get your shirt to wear before the race starts. Anyone who ordered a shirt but will not be there race day, please make sure you email the account with your mailing information and we will mail you your shirt. We will reply to your message about where to send your check. We will have a few extra shirts available, but not many. If you did not pre-order one, then bring your cash as we may have extras. If you pre-ordered a shirt and do not want it, please let us know ASAP!

You can still sign up for the 5K. Please visit THIS LINK to register online. Please email us at and let us know you are coming!

The race will start and finish near the Little Rock Riverfront Ampitheatre (400 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock). The Marathon has not yet posted a parking map for the race. I am going to try to park in the FREE parking lot under the I-30 overpass in downtown. HERE is a map of the 5K race. The lot I am talking about is in the center of the race course, so it is likely that it will not be open on race day. Again, we need to make sure we arrive in plenty of time to park and meet up together before the race starts at 8!  No matter where you park, we should all plan to meet at the Starting Line at 7:30. I will be holding a large bouquet of PINK balloons or will have a poster board that says TEAM ELIZABETH! Someone at the starting line will have your t-shirt and will take your t-shirt money. If you did not order a shirt, feel free to wear your gray "Praying for Elizabeth" shirt or anything blue or gray.

If you plan to cheer from the sidelines, feel free to bring signs etc! We are so appreciative of your support!

After the race, Elizabeth would like to invite anyone- whether they are particpating in the 5K race or not, to join her and her family and friends at Dizzy's Grill in downtown Little Rock (200 Commerce Street, Little Rock) for lunch after the race. They open at 11 am and I anticipate us being there at that time.

As always... if you have ANY questions... please email us at

Update on our girl (the REAL reason for this blog!).... Ms. Elizabeth Parsley

Elizabeth PASSED her driving test! 2 weeks ago she drove a real car... on a real interstate... for the FIRST time in 5 months. She did AWESOME and is now approved to drive in town. Since she is still experiencing some problems with vision (PRAYER REQUEST), she will retest in 1 month for approval to drive outside of town on the interstate. Join me in congratulating Elizabeth!

Elizabeth will be DONE with Physical and Occupational Therapy at the end of February (PRAISE!) She will continue speech therapy for a few more weeks since she has not been in it as long as the other 2. Elizabeth's speech is perfect, but she experiences many cognitive benefits from speech therapy so she will continue for a few more sessions.

Elizabeth has come a long, long, LONG way. Almost 6 months ago, she was in a wreck that almost claimed her life. The past 1/2 year has been filled with many life interruptions. Elizabeth and her family are most gracious to God for not only sparing her life, but taking them through this trial. They realize that there are others that have not been as fortunate as she. Not only is she alive, but she will soon be back  to life as "normal." Elizabeth asks that you pray for those like our friend Mark, that are still fighting for their life after a traumatic brain injury. She also asks that you continue to pray for her as therapy sessions come to a close and she is expected to "get back to life" after 6 months of rehab. Most importantly, she asks that you put your trust in the same Jesus that has carried her and her family through this trial. His love is never ending and His grace is sufficient.

Lastly, I leave you with this video that Mrs. Michelle, E's mom asked that I post. May their faith encourage you as it has me!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Race Day Shirts!

The 5K race is fast approaching! I am so excited about the wonderful turn out we are going to have! Many of you have signed up to walk with Elizabeth in the Little Rock Marathon's 5K race on Saturday, March 5th. You can still sign up HERE through 2/25 for $30. You can also sign up the Friday before the event at EXPO if the event is not sold out for $35. 

Remember if you do not want to walk, you can come and cheer along the sidelines for free! We will also be having a "post race party" for anyone who wants to attend around lunch time on Saturday, March 5th after the 5K.  (Details TBA!) Many of you have also chosen to participate in the relay, half marathon, or marathon on Sunday, March 6th in honor of Elizabeth. Elizabeth will not be participating in the races on the 6th, but she is so appreciative of your thought to honor her and will be there to cheer you on! We hope you marathon participants will join us on the 5th for lunch! Please let us know if you have signed up or plan to sign up for any of these races by emailing Please forward us your receipt you receive from registering online, or simply send a message stating your name and which race you are participating in.

T-SHIRTS! We will be having a t-shirt made specifically for the Little Rock 5K/marathon that Elizabeth is designing herself! If you are participating in the race in Elizabeth's honor you are by no means required to purchase one and likewise, even if you are not participating you may still order one.  These shirts will be v-neck in a bright color- likely turquoise.  We will post the official design soon, but need a general idea of who wants one before we can know the official design and price. These shirts will not be sold as a fundraiser, but instead will be sold at cost so I don't anticipate them being more than $20 a piece and hopefully less!

**If  you would like a race day shirt, please email us at by Wednesday, February 9th with
  • name
  • number of shirts and sizes
  • put "race day shirt" in the subject line
I will have a picture of the shirt and final price by the following Monday.