Cycle to Break the Cycle Day One Recap [photos]
April is child abuse prevention month and there's nothing we won't do to help victims and survivors of abuse. I've stayed up for 8 days without sleep on year and took on 7 marathons in 7 days. This was my life before meeting my amazing wife and lucky enough to be raising two unbelievable little ones in our life.
My days end by rushing home to help my wife for a few minutes so you can get herself. We have our 4-year-old and 7-month old that takes priority now. My time tonight wasn't hectic but having a conversation with my wife is a damn challenge! Then again, my son and daughter are waiting for their turn with dad also. This is the juggling act that I'm nowhere near mastering yet.
It's 10:50 P.M. and my wife is desperately trying to give me some time while getting every asleep. Nobody sleeps well and I'm not sure when Paige has gotten a minimal four-hour sleep break yet. She never complains.
It's April and that also means we're deep into child abuse prevention month. I was fortunate enough to see some familiar faces, new twists on this event and some change mixed in. We have an entirely different management structure now and most of them don't know anything about Cycle to Break the Cycle. That's okay. I also realized that thousands are moving into the Treasure Valley by the month and it's time we reintroduced what we do all over again.
The Cycle on a bike represents the pattern of abuse that repeats when not stopped. You could have been abused when you were 5 years old, fell into an abusive relationship in high school through college. You then stayed in that toxic relationship but now it's marriage. The next thing you know you're letting him abuse them - your kids. That is the vicious cycle. This week we aim to break that cycle and help free some people through our message, "It shouldn't hurt to be a child."
We cycled with the Sheriff's office, Mayor Tammy of Meridian, Miss Idaho, some amazing mommy warriors, teachers from Boise High that included their students, my good friends that don't let special needs hold them back, and survivors that cycled for the ones who aren't quite ready yet.
PAUSE: My son stumbled in and now I have to finish this on Friday. Daddy duty calls and it's late! See ya Friday!
RESUME: I'm back!
It's 1:51 P.M. and I'm finally getting the opportunity to finish up a recap and get right into another few blogs. It's been an emotional and fun few days already.
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