My mother has been bothering me for years to write a blog. Every year I have the same answer… “What would I have to say that people would want to read?” I tell her when I have an answer for that question, I will write a blog. I seriously don’t know how people have time to write them. I don’t even have time to take a shower. Literally. It’s a problem. I don’t know how all these women out there write blogs. Not only are they writing blogs, they are writing blogs about all the crafts and food they make. How are they finding time for that? And most of them have more than one child. I only have one, and I need a shower, badly.
Now, I have something to write about. It’s been a long time coming and I stay up at nights thinking about it. I have been waiting for the perfect time, and I realized, there is no perfect time. I have to stop wasting time and do it …now. Four years ago, I went to Africa. Four years ago I made promises to people there that I would not forget them, that I would tell their stories. Four years ago. What have I done in four years?
My mom thought of the title “Before and Africa” and I actually love it. There are a lot of things my mom and I agree on, but usually when she has an idea “for” me, I politely turn her down. But this title struck a chord in me. I thought about all the blogs out there about style and fashion and craftiness and I thought about how my blog would probably be the antithesis of that. Maybe I do always buy the same long sleeved shirts at the GAP every three years when the old ones get holes in them. Maybe I do still have the same tennis shoes I bought for 30 bucks 6 years ago. Maybe I do only get my hair cut once a year. Maybe I am in desperate need of a style makeover, but I think this blog is more of a before and after of my soul. My soul before and now my soul (after) Africa…
So thanks mom, for the title and for recognizing there has been a change in me and that even though I have a hard time finding the words, it’s time to start trying.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Well, “we’ve” had about a week to recover from our big weekend in Detroit.  Tony didn’t even need a week, he felt good after about one day.  He was sore the day after but that was about it.  Show off.  But seriously, I am so proud of him.  He ran his very first marathon in 4 hours and 25 minutes!

 We had a blast in Detroit. Some of our dearest friends hosted us and we felt right at home.  Josh and April are two of the most open hearted, fun loving, beautiful people and we are priveledged to call them friends.  They shared their beautiful home with us....not to mention the fact that they let me snuggle their sweet baby boy Luke. Bliss.  Our friend Danae was gracious enough to feed us while we were there and provided much of the laughter.  She is a definite fav in the Schmid house…we so badly miss living within walking distance of her, and it felt like old times sharing a meal together topped off, of course, with her famous raspberry bars for dessert.    And last but not least our pals Jay and Liz, what an inspiration these two are.  They spent their six year anniversary running for an amazing cause.  Check out this video from Kensington church , they raised an insane amount of money for clean water in Kenya.  It’s a tear jerker.  So proud to know many people who ran for this cause. 

click here if you want to be inspired>

Also side note; Liz beat the boys with a time of 4 hours and 4 minutes (I think that was her official time) Nice work guys! So proud of them!  April and Josh’s house was right on the marathon route (mile 17) so we were able to see them all pass while we snapped pictures and cheered them on... right before it got really hard.  

Thanks for all of the support for Tony and for our baby…Tony says it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done and he couldn’t have done it without the support and prayers so THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tony the Tiger

We are three days away from Tony’s big run.  I have always wondered how a human being can run a marathon, compete in an iron man…etc.  But humans do it, all the time.  Not this human, but other ones.  Now my other half will join those humans…or maybe we should call them ‘super’ humans, because that is more appropriate.  I will continue on my path as a sub par human, but seeing as he is my other half,  I will bask in his super humanness this week.   The most attractive thing in the world is to see the man you love work hard to bring home your baby.  Obsessed with my family.  Obsessed with our friends who have supported us.  Here we come Detroit. I will make sure Tony is cheering for the Tigers before we cross the state border...I will pretend I didn't just hear him say he's rooting for Boston.

There’s still time to donate to Tony’s big race!!! 
We're just over 50% of our big goal!

Our fundraising page can be found here:

Pure Charity