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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Sunday!!!

Online registration for the 8th Annual Run For Row 5K has closed, but don't worry! If you didn't get a chance to register online, you can do it in person on the morning of the race!

This Sunday, August 14th at Como Park in Lancaster- race starts promptly at 10am, so give yourself enough time to register and join us for all the fun! ☀️
If you're not able to make it this Sunday and would still like to make a donation, you can send a check payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation to P.O. Box 931, Buffalo, NY 14225.

This year, The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation has awarded a college scholarship to two local high school seniors in the amount of $2,500 each. In addition, we offered their remaining parent/guardian a paid registration to one of the Camp Widow® programs offered by Soaring Spirits International.

This is the first time we're able to award scholarships, so we are very eager to reach as many people as possible so we can continue doing so!

Please help spread the word by liking and sharing this post- just that simple act can make a difference. Thank you!

SAVE THE DATE!


Join us for the 8th annual Run for Row 5K on Sunday,

August 14, 2016


LOCATION:       Como Lake Park, 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, NY 14086

REGISTRATION:    $25 pre-registration until August 1; $30 after deadline. Register through www.active.com or come early and register the day of at the race. First 300 registered receive a high tech moisture wicking running shirt and other goodies in the swag bag.

START TIMES:     Registration and check in begin at 9 AM on race day. Race begins at 10 AM sharp.

POST RACE:      Known for having one of the best post race parties in town featuring Awards Ceremony, DJ Music, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Chinese Auction, kids’ activities, great food, beer/ refreshments…

Not a runner? That’s OK! Come out and enjoy the day; $5 gets you all you can eat and drink! 

Proceeds fund The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. 
This year’s scholarship recipients will be announced at the party! 

Run, walk, or just join in for the fun and support a great cause! 

Check us out on:
Facebookbuffalorunners.comactive.com (search “Run for Row”)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Run for Row 5K date...

This year's Run for Row 5K date is either going to be on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Como Park in Lancaster, NY.  As soon as we have final confirmation of the date, we will post an update.  Please stay tuned!! =) 

Monday, April 4, 2016

8th Annual Run for Row 5K

The Run for Row is presently our only source of funds for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, so we also rely heavily on donations. Please consider making a donation either through our Go Fund Me page, or you can send a check to P.O. Box 931, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. Every dollar goes to the scholarship awards.

The 2016 application period is now closed, and we are looking forward to reviewing all of the application packages we have received. We are excited to award two deserving students with a $2,500 scholarship each, but it will be so difficult to choose only two!

Please stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation

Here is the most recent post from the Foundation's blog - please check it out!

Things are getting exciting now - we have received several applications so far, and are expecting to receive more before the deadline in April!

It's heartbreaking to see these applications because it just confirms that these kids have lost one or both of their parents, but it gives us so much joy to be able at least give two of them a substantial scholarship award to help with college tuition.

It will be so difficult to choose only two recipients, but it's my hope that someday we can increase that number.

Check out the Foundation's blog post, and if you know someone eligible to apply, please pass the information along. If you or anyone you know are in a position to make a donation, we would be so very grateful!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

...and that's all I'll say about that.

I've taken away something very positive from any negative experiences I've had with relationships (of any kind) the last six or so years:

I will not beat myself up anymore for being "stupid" or "naive." I give people the benefit of the doubt to a fault. I do my best to communicate well and honestly. I know how to love. I mean, I'm doing my part. And I don't ever want to stop because I happen to think those are good qualities in a person.

I've come to the conclusion that no matter how many times I might end up disappointed, I'm still gonna be the person I want someone to be for me.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Dance.

This article was recently posted on Soaring Spirits International's website, and I have to say - not only is this timely, but I could not have worded what's been on my heart any better than Sarah just did... 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Caulk.

I was going to post a link to a very inspiring post from a page on my Foundation's blog tonight, but something absolutely hilarious just happened that I have to write down first before I forget...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The softer side.

On August 19, 2008, Matt's good friend and hockey buddy, Rick, lost his wife, Maxine, to cancer. I remember how deeply Matt was affected and how helpless he felt at the thought of his good friend's devastating loss.

Shortly after Matt's unexpected death only three months later, Rick reached out to me and told me how touched he was by a message that Matt had sent to him just eight days before Maxine's death. He said he would read it to give him strength when he felt sorrowful.  I'll always be so grateful that Rick shared that message with me because it revealed the softer side of Matt that not everyone got to see:

Friday, January 29, 2016

So....

That declaration I made a few posts back... It kinda scares the shit out of me. I'm afraid to get into too much detail about it (especially publicly) because experience and PTSD has programmed me to believe that these kinds of good things don't last and the rug will soon get ripped out from underneath me. But I'm really working to stay positive about it and not let that overshadow the amazingness that's been happening.


Hard to imagine...

It was thirty years ago yesterday that the Challenger's launch was televised around the world. Thousands of children watched in awe from their old clunky classroom television sets as the Challenger launched - knowing that it was also the first time that a teacher was part of the crew. A teacher, just like the one they were with while watching this historical event take place.

My 7th grade class and I watched in horror as the Challenger exploded into smoky pieces right before our eyes. It was so hard to believe that it actually happened. I don't think anyone who watched this on live TV could ever forget that moment.

I was twelve at the time, and had no idea what life had in store for me. Jacob is almost the same age I was when I watched those events unfold. With that in mind, I think about things from his perspective; he's already experienced the unthinkable in his own real life which has now become his normal. I know he has many hopes and dreams for his future, which I would imagine that to him right now are probably pretty hard to imagine.



Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Seven...

There seems to be something magical about the number seven... I wrote a little bit about it here, but seven years does seem to be the length of time required for a complete regeneration. Not only do I feel like I found my way out of that rut, but I came out of it a little more evolved.

Since I'm still trying to build my energy level back up, I've had to learn to conserve and use my energy for the most necessary things and let go of the rest. I truly believe this is one of the reasons we go through trials in our lives - it's all for the lessons they give. I have to believe that because I wouldn't even want to consider that it's all for nothing... Fortunately, I've been able to learn a lot - much more than I ever wanted to learn, but grateful that I can always take away something positive from a negative experience, make sense of it, and apply it going forward. It's interesting to note, too, that sometimes it takes years to understand why certain things happened they way they did.

I've learned to say no and remove myself from unhealthy situations that have sucked the life out of me. I've learned to let go of people I've tried too hard to hang on to (if it's that much work to keep someone in your life, then it's time to let go). I'm learning to trust my gut. I'm learning to simplify (this is a tough one -believe it or not- since keeping things simple is not how I was raised). I'm learning to recognize and acknowledge the people in our lives who really want to be there and give them more of our time and love. I'm learning to say yes to the people and situations in our lives that are good for us and will lift us up. And, I'm remembering that God is an integral part of that equation.

Thank you, God, for all of our blessings, and even our lessons. But if you wouldn't mind, God, I'd really like some time off from the lessons for a little while to just enjoy things the way they are before the next shoe drops. Pretty please? 

I'm still working on learning how to trust the good things that are happening in our lives, and that it's okay to be happy. Trust without fear... This is my next big lesson (hopefully it won't be too painful).