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MAY 2019

A LIFE-ALTERING RIDE

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THE WOMEN OF THE FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER

CLEANING FOR A REASON

THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE PIE


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2019 PUBLISHER

Jane Krzysiak | jane.krzysiak@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Stephanie Hasbrouck | stephanie.hasbrouck@lifestylepubs.com

The Merry Month of May “APRIL IS A PROMISE THAT MAY IS BOUND TO KEEP,” ACCORDING TO THE

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Stephanie Hasbrouck, Lucie Hasek, Jane Krzysiak CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Annemarie Hennes, Cara Price, Robert Ray Photography

AUTHOR HAL BORLAND. You understand this sentiment if you’ve already found yourself putting the top down, throwing open windows while you still can or perhaps sinking your toes into the grass. May brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, the celebration of mothers on May 12.   In this issue, we not only celebrate mothers but all the women in our community who make such a difference in our homes, schools, businesses, churches  and nonprofit organizations. We are blessed.  This month, we catch up with Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce President Lori Walker and her team of talented ladies.  These gals can run circles around anybody and are instrumental in supporting our local businesses and community in fresh, innovative ways.  We also have a front-row seat for Creative Element’s owner Lucie Hasek’s life-changing cycling trip through Laos, an amazing journey that started with a simple conversation. 

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

Next, Cara Price with The Nourished Body and Soul blog provides a “sweet” look at a

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

favorite chocolate pie recipe passed down from her mother and how she updated it to

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

suit her dietary needs. We’ll take a slice of each! In Giving Back, we highlight Debbie Sardone, local owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service, who is also the founder of nationwide nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason that

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

supports cancer patients. Her leadership and vision are truly inspiring.     Before we move on to June and give the gentlemen their chance, take a moment to laugh or ponder some of our favorite mom quotes in Parting Thoughts. Go ahead and steal one for your card to your mom or wife—we won’t tell! ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2019 FEATURES 14 The Perfect Chocolate Pie Cara Price of the Nourished Body and Soul Shares a Beloved Family Recipe

20 The Women of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Get to Know the Women Who Help our Community Thrive

24 Cleaning for a Reason Organization Helps Lift the Burdens of Cancer Patients Across North America

28 A Life-Altering Ride Lucie Hasek Describes her

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Unforgettable Journey Through the Jungles of Laos

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Trend Setter

24 Giving Back 28 Travel Destination 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Liberty Christian School Students Serve in Panama City Nearly 150 Liberty Christian students and 26 leaders ventured to Panama City over spring break for a life-changing week of service and transformation. Beyond manual labor projects, the group performed a drama, The Journey, to all who would listen. Hearts and minds were touched, and on the final day, many students were baptized in the Pacific Ocean as a celebration.

McAuliffe Elementary Chili Cook-Off McAuliffe Elementary held its 14th annual Chili Cook-Off Feb. 28. The theme was Camp Rock this year. Entertainment, face painting, games, an amazing auction, and of course, lots of fantastic chili and other food were available for the huge crowd of supporters. A terrific event, but don't look now: It's #MCAChili20. Save the date: Feb. 27, 2020! PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY GLOVER

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GOOD TIMES

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AROUND TOWN

FLOWER MOUND PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES EXCELLENCE AWARD The Flower Mound Public Library has received the 2018 Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award. This is the 15th consecutive year the library has received the honor. Only 51 libraries out of 548 public libraries in Texas achieved

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this recognition this year. Flower Mound Public Library received the award based on its high level of excellence in programming and service contributing to the continued education and personal enrichment of the community.

DENTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE Congratulations to the Denton County Master Gardener Association  for its 30 years of service. During the March 4 Town Council meeting, Mayor Steve Dixon issued a special proclamation to the association honoring its three decades of service to the community. Members of the DCMGA work on more than 40 projects each year, educating and engaging residents in horticulture and environmental practices.

VOICES OF FLOWER MOUND PRESENTS DIAMONDS AND DESPERADOES MAY 4 The Voices of Flower Mound invites the community to an evening of Diamonds and Desperadoes at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 1401 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound. Tickets may be purchased in advance at VoicesOfFlowerMound.com. Tickets also may be purchased at the door the night of the concert. The Voices of Flower Mound, now in its 12th year, performs concerts annually in the spring and fall and collaborates with the Trietsch

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United Methodist Chancel Choir and the Flower Mound Symphony to present local patriotic and Christmas concerts, in addition to other events around the community throughout the year.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEWISVILLE ISD TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS Congratulations to the 2018–19 Lewisville ISD Teacher of the Year Finalists. Secondary finalists included Kelli Green of Briarhill Middle School, Doug Emery of Career Center East, Tamara Ostrander of Huffines Middle School, Shari Mayes of Lewisville High School and Valerie Nite

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of LHS-Killough. Elementary Finalists

C H AT E A U R E A LT Y P R E S E N T S

included Kelli Arriola of Hebron Valley Elementary, Nancy Legg of Indian Creek Elementary, Gloria Gould of Lillie J. Jackson Early Childhood Center,

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Angela Cross of Polser Elementary and Bre Manuel of Timber Creek Elementary. To view a complete list of campus Teachers of the Year, visit LISD.net/Page/21734.

LEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Connie Pelphrey, longtime executive director of the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, has announced she will retire at the close of 2019. Serving as executive director for more than 14 years, she led the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation

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“Connie Pelphrey has been an integral part of LEF for nearly 15 years, and the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation made great strides under Connie’s leadership as executive director,”  LEF Board President Michelle Cree said. “We can’t thank her enough for all that she has been able to do for the students and teachers of Lewisville ISD in her time at the helm of LEF. We wish her happiness in retirement.”

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TREND SETTER ARTICLE STEPHANIE HASBROUCK | PHOTOGRAPHY CARA PRICE

THE PERFECT C H O C O L AT E P I E CARA PRICE OF THE NOURISHED BODY AND SOUL SHARES A BELOVED FAMILY RECIPE TO SUIT EVERY SWEET TOOTH

Linda's Chocol at e Pie INGREDIENTS For the Pie Filling: + 3 cups whole milk + 1 stick butter + 2 eggs + 4 tablespoons cocoa + 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1/4 teaspoon salt For the Pie Crust: + 1 refrigerated pie crust or your grandmother’s homemade crust DIRECTIONS 01 Spread pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and bake according to directions. 02 Mix cocoa, flour, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan until blended. Whisk milk and eggs in slowly until combined.  03 Cook over medium-low heat until thick. 04 Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. 05 Using an electric mixer, beat well. 06 Pour pie filling into cooked pie crust. Immediately cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate or cool on counter. 07 Cool completely before serving. Top with classic meringue or whipped cream. 14

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FOR CARA PRICE, CREATOR OF THE NOURISHED BODY AND SOUL BLOG, AND HER MOTHER, LINDA PHILLIPS, SPECIAL OCCASIONS ARE MEANT TO BE CELEBRATED WITH CHOCOLATE PIE. “For as long as I can remember, this chocolate pie was served at every holiday,” Cara says. “It started with my grandmother and then my mom took it on. “I have fond childhood memories of waiting patiently to lick the pan after the pie filling was done. I remember thinking that only my mom and grandmother could make this pie and that there surely was no other chocolate pie in the world that was as good.” Luckily, Cara proved herself wrong. She recently re-invented her family recipe to suit her dietary needs. “The new version contains ingredients that are non-inflammatory and are great for someone struggling with autoimmune disease or food allergies,” she says. “The great thing about homemade goodies is that you know they are made with whole-food ingredients. So even though the original recipe isn’t one I can still enjoy, the whole ingredients it contains won’t wreck someone’s health like processed ingredients. But for those looking for healthier options, there’s the new way of making a delicious favorite. Even my mom loved it!” 

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Cara's Choco l at e Pie INGREDIENTS For the Pie Filling: + 2 cans full-fat coconut milk + 1/2 cup maple sugar + 5 tablespoons cocoa powder + 3 tablespoons arrowroot flour* + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1/4 teaspoon salt + 6 large Medjool dates, pitted For the crust: + 1 cup almond flour + 1 cup arrowroot flour* + 1/2 cup palm shortening + 1 teaspoon maple sugar + 1/4 teaspoon salt + 1 egg *arrowroot flour & arrowroot powder are essentially the same thing DIRECTIONS 01 Preheat oven to 350 F. 02 To make the pie crust, place almond flour, arrowroot flour, salt and sugar in a food processor.  03 Pulse to combine. Add palm shortening and process until crumbly. 04 Add egg and process again until a dough ball forms. 05 Place the dough in a 9-inch pie plate. Press the dough out evenly and press up the sides of the pie plate. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. 06 While the crust is baking, pour both cans coconut milk in a blender and blend for 5-10 seconds on low, just to combine the fat and water. 07 Add 3/4 cup coconut milk to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk 3 tablespoons arrowroot flour into coconut milk until smooth.  Set aside. 08 Add the rest of the filling ingredients to the blender and process on high, about 45-60 seconds, until dates are completely pureed. 09 Pour chocolate mixture into a medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat for several minutes until thoroughly warmed. Do not boil. 10 Once the chocolate base is warm, quickly whisk coconut milk/ arrowroot mixture into chocolate mixture. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, whisking continuously for 3-7 minutes, until mixture thickens to the consistency of pudding.  11 Pour pie filling into crust. Immediately lay a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper over the pie filling (don’t seal the edges). Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving. 12 Serve with garnish of coconut whipped cream and chocolate shavings. May 2019 | Cross Timbers Lifestyle

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ARTICLE STEPHANIE HASBROUCK | PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT RAY PHOTOGRAPHY

of the flower mound chamber of commerce GET TO KNOW THE WOMEN WHO HELP OUR COMMUNITY THRIVE

Lori Walker PRESIDENT

Lori Walker was appointed to the Chamber Board of Directors in 2004 and served as the chairman of the Board in 2008. She has served as Chamber president since 2013. As president, Lori works to support the business community for the economic prosperity of Flower Mound and North Texas. Lori and her husband, Neal, have lived in Flower Mound for 22 years. The couple has two sons, Hayden, 24; and Truett, 17. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR ROLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE? It is incredibly rewarding to welcome new businesses into the community  and then see them grow and thrive. Collectively, we have a stronger voice, and there’s a vested interest in helping all community businesses be successful. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FLOWER MOUND? To be part of a community where you can live, work and play! Our educational opportunities are second to none with superb public and private schools, as well as higher education. This is the greatest time to be in Flower Mound. Quality development enhances quality of life, which is a priority for our community. We are seeing development that has been in the works for years come to fruition, and it’s exciting!

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Kelly Heslep VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Kelly Heslep has worked with the Chamber for 13 years. Her responsibilities include member engagement and event planning. “I love to put the ‘sparkle’ in everything we do,” she says. Kelly has lived in the Flower Mound area for more than 40 years and graduated from Lewisville High School. Her husband, Tom, is area president for Independent Bank and recently was elected to the Highland Village City Council. Their daughters were born and raised here and live nearby. The couple also has a granddaughter, Olive Kelly. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR ROLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE? I love to see small businesses succeed and large businesses thrive.  It’s especially rewarding to walk alongside a business owner from dream to inception to success. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FLOWER MOUND?  Flower Mound is a wonderful place to raise a family and get involved. From Friday night lights to Saturday evening dinner, there is always something to do in a safe and family-friendly environment.

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THE WOMEN OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Mary Ailor

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

(CON TI N UED)

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR ROLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE? Getting first-hand information regarding new businesses coming into our community  and becoming acquainted with members, prospective members and individuals who are considering a move to Flower Mound. I can share information

Mary Ailor has worked with the Chamber for nine years.

about the many advantages of our town: the wonderful LISD

“My title is director of first impressions,” she says.

school system, the restaurants, the shopping and much more.

Mary coordinates ribbon cuttings, updates the member

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database, calls new members for monthly luncheons and

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FLOWER MOUND?

new member orientations and performs a plethora of other

The Town of Flower Mound has been voted one of the safest

administrative duties. She and her husband, Ron, have lived in

communities for our families. Flower Mound has one of the

the community for 21 years and have four children, five grand-

most efficient hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, with some

children and one great-grandchild.

of the best physicians and medical facilities available.

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Alysse Harrison DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP Alysse Harrison began working with the Chamber in August 2018. As director of membership, she helps members maximize their investments. She also encourages new businesses to join the Chamber. Alysse is a 2006 graduate of Marcus High School. She and her husband, Henry, have twin 2-year-old sons, Brody and Cooper. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR ROLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?  I really enjoy watching peoples dreams come to fruition. As we host ribbon cuttings for new businesses in town, you hear the passion behind each of the business owners. Everyone has a story to tell, and these ribbon cuttings are often the culmination of a lot of hard work, determination and sacrifices. Our business owners are inspirational! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FLOWER MOUND? Flower Mound is a town that has been developed with so much thought and discipline. It is a community that shows up and supports each other. It has a small-town feel with the amenities of a big city.

Cindi Howard VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS Cindi Howard has worked with the Chamber of Commerce for almost 19 years. “I have done every job that there is to do at the Chamber in my 18 1/2 years,” she says. Cindi currently is responsible for Chamber communications and operations. She and her husband, Clifford, have lived in Flower Mound for 31 years. They have three children, Colton, 30; Caylie, 26; and Colbi, 22. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR ROLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?   The sense of family and friendship. The membership is made up of regular people who have families just like mine. The support and guidance we give is more like a ministry of service than just a Chamber of Business. Business is the priority, but it’s not two separate entities. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FLOWER MOUND? The small-town feel with all of the amenities of the big city. May 2019 | Cross Timbers Lifestyle

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GIVING BACK

ARTICLE STEPHANIE HASBROUCK PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT RAY PHOTOGRAPHY, CONTRIBUTED

Cleaning for a Reason

Organization Helps Lift the Burdens of Cancer Patients Across North America

WHEN RONNI CADE OF LEWISVILLE WAS BATTLING BREAST CANCER, SHE NEVER KNEW SHE NEEDED HELP DOING THE THINGS SHE ALWAYS HAD DONE FOR HER FAMILY. But when her daughter scheduled Cleaning for a Reason to deep clean her home on a regular basis, Ronni says a burden was lifted. “It was a godsend,” Ronni says. Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that offers free house cleaning to individuals undergoing treatment for cancer. “It’s a gift no one foresees they will need. You still think you are going to be able to do it all,” Ronni says. “There was no better feeling than knowing you could relax somewhat knowing your family’s house was being taken care of.” Ronni also says because her immune system was compromised at the time, having a clean home was extremely important.

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“It was very needed,” she says. “Debbie Sardone deserves a medal.”

Debbie shared her company’s local policy at an ISSA Worldwide

Debbie, owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service, is the founder of

Cleaning Industry Association convention that year, and the response was

Cleaning for a Reason. She began the organization after experienc-

overwhelming. Other companies wanted to implement the same policy.

ing a regretful phone call several years ago. A woman called Debbie to inquire about maid service.

“That gave me the idea to turn it into a nationwide opportunity,” Debbie says.

“I was in business mode, and I gave her a quote,” Debbie recalls. “She

Today, 1,200 maid services throughout the United States and

said, ‘I can’t afford that right now; I’m going through chemotherapy.’”

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Debbie says she finished the call and immediately regretted not offering the woman free maid service. “I met with my staff afterward and said, ‘From now on, we have a new policy. If someone is battling cancer, they get our service for free.’”

families battling cancer. Including the 300 families that Buckets & Bows Maid Service has served locally, Cleaning for a Reason has served 33,000 families in North America and continues to grow.

Debbie offered this service at Buckets & Bows Maid Service for

“Most companies, when they hear about us for the first time, they

several years, but in 2006, the idea grew into a nationwide non-

want to get involved,” Debbie says. “We have really big visions and

profit organization.

dreams and goals.”

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"It's the emotional lift they need in

Mother’s Day is May 12!

this dark time."

Cleaning for a Reason recently partnered with ISSA Charities to launch an initiative in Dallas over

WE’ VE GONE GIF T Y!

the next three years to provide more families with free home cleanings. “Each year, 10,000 families in DFW get a cancer diagnosis. We want to clean several thousand of their houses,” she says. In addition, Debbie says she hopes to inspire more cleaning companies and community volunteers to become involved. “We’ve already held several volunteer days where we serve as many as 20 patients in a day,” she says. “Volunteers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital join my team at Buckets & Bows Maid Service for our local Volunteer Day every fall.” In October, Debbie received ISSA’s highest honor, the Jack D. Ramaley Industry Distinguished Service Award for her inspiring work. But it is the response she receives regularly from clients that is her biggest reward. “We get emails and letters all the time from women who say they had no idea the impact this would have on them. They say, for the first time since being diagnosed, they feel like they have a little more control in their life,” Debbie says. “One woman said when she received a diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer, she had given up. But when she walked into her clean house, it gave her the feeling for the first time that she could beat it,” Debbie says. “It’s the emotional lift they need in this dark time.”

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

A L i fe Altering Ride ARTICLE LUCIE HASEK PHOTOGRAPHY ANNEMARIE HENNES, ADVENTURE SCOUT MEDIA

LUCIE HASEK DESCRIBES HER UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY THROUGH THE JUNGLES OF LAOS

Rarely do we get the chance to have a life-altering experience. They are not handed out on silver platters like lunch at

from my usual long training ride to ride a trail with my

the country club. These experiences are searched for

friend Kathy, an avid local cyclist. She was training for a

and sought out like an endangered animal living in the

ride in Laos with a team of 15, led by seven-time world

fissures of snow-laden mountainsides.

champion Rebecca Rusch. It was to be a massive 500-

I found mine in the jungles of Laos five months ago.

mile, 32,000-feet-of-climbing adventure. As we rode

I am the picture of the American dream. I moved from

that day, I kept thinking to myself, “You could do this

Czechoslovakia to the United States when I was 15, spoke

too. You too could train and do something amazing!” I

no English and was thrust into American culture without

realized this was what I needed to fill the void.

any warning or guidance. My survivor instinct kicked in,

I had read Rebecca Rusch’s book and watched her

and I made my way in America. I now am blessed in life.

movie Blood Road. I knew the inspiration behind this ride

I have a family. I have operated a successful remodeling

and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

business, Creative Elements, for the last 20 years. However, recently, I felt a growing void. I felt something was missing that was much bigger than myself.

Kathy encouraged me to apply, but I secondguessed my ability. “You are stronger than you think,” she told me.

Some would say I was experiencing a “calling” for some-

So I took a leap of faith and applied for a spot on the

thing that would change my life. Until recently, all my

team. I didn’t tell anyone because I doubted my ability to

years were spent raising my three children and running

do this. I had been an athlete all of my life but had only

my business. Every day was exactly the same. But I knew

been riding my mountain bike for five years. Was I crazy?

I wanted to experience something more. One of my passions is being outdoors and riding my mountain bike. One Saturday in October, I diverted

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One week later, I received a text from Rebecca Rusch who informed me the 15 positions on the team had been filled, but she wanted me to go, as well.

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"Pain is temporary; regret is forever."” For the next six weeks, I trained six days a week

3,500 to 6,200 feet per day. My legs were trashed

and lifted weights twice a week. I purchased the long

daily! Each night I would communicate with my boy-

list of must-have items, staged packing, practiced

friend, Philip, and give him updates. He continued to ask

portioning food and nutrition intake for each day and

me about my physical condition. On Day 4, I didn’t think

learned how to disassemble and reassemble my bike.

my legs could recover in time for the next day’s ride, but

Numerous times. I did all of this while running my

through grit and determination, you mentally overcome

business and being a mom.

the physical challenges. Philip would remind me, “Pain

All of the training was fueled by my need to fill the

is temporary; regret is forever.” That was my inspiration.

void. I knew I needed something. Something that would

During the ride, I met villagers who kissed my hands,

empower me. Something more than just a weekend

crossed bridges that were rickety and made of bam-

ride. Something that I have never done before. I wanted

boo, crossed swollen rivers that should have swept us

it to be difficult, and I wanted to conquer it.

away. I grew close to my fellow teammates, and we

I arrived in Laos after 24 hours of travel on Dec. 4.

grew stronger together. I experienced life.

It was shocking to see the hammer and sickle flying. I

Our final day was bittersweet. I was sad and happy

never expected to see that again. I had escaped that

at the same time. I missed my family, however, I knew

way of life years ago, and I thought the world had

I would miss the camaraderie my team had built. We

moved on, but it hadn’t.

were strangers 10 days earlier, but we finished the jour-

Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia

ney as a family. We had overcome our own obstacles,

bordered by Thailand, Myanmar, China and Vietnam.

pain and suffering. And, when it was over, we laughed

It is rugged countryside and not for the faint of heart. I

together and celebrated.

soon learned this the hard way. Day 1 started with a 1,700-foot climb, then a 50-kilometer ride to our destination. As it turned out, this

Everyone had gone there to find something. Everyone found something, but it wasn’t what they had expected to find.

was just a warm-up. That night, in our team meeting,

I found that I COULD. 

Rebecca reminded us how dangerous the ride could be.

My mantra was to surprise myself. And I did.

If we got hurt, there were no hospitals. If we got lost, there were no search parties. If we got sick, there was nothing that could be done. Though I had knots in my

To read a more detailed, day-by-day account of

stomach, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

Lucie’s Laos journey, visit

The expedition was a 10-day trip through the jungles

CreativeElementsByLucie.com/about/lucies-blog.

of Laos and the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail. The scenery was amazing—giant palms, bamboo and banana

To learn more about Rebecca Rusch, who hosts the

trees—but very rugged.

Laos ride annually, read Rusch to Glory: Adventure,

To say it was a grueling ride does not begin to describe it. Our daily climbs averaged anywhere from

Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled and watch the documentary Blood Road.

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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THE WALL THAT HEALS

FLOWER MOUND HIGH SCHOOL BAND MATTRESS FUNDRAISER

mile mountain bike ride and a 5.6-mile

MAY

2–5

Murrell Park, 880 Simmons Road in

Lewisville Lake Park

The

Wall

that

Heals,

a

mobile

includes a 1,200-meter swim, a 13.4run. The race will take place on the

Flower Mound High School

Northshore trail on Lake Grapevine,

three-quarter scale replica of the

The Flower Mound High School

starting at Murrell Park. To register, visit

Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The

Band Mattress Fundraiser will be

My.RaceResult.com/113351.

Wall) in Washington D.C., will be on

from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, May 11,

display Thursday, May 2, through

at Flower Mound High School, 3401

Sunday, May 5, at Lewisville Lake

Peters Colony Road.

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THIRD ANNUAL LIVING PROOF GOLF TOURNAMENT

MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT

The Third Annual Living Proof Golf

Marcus High School

p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Tour 18 Dallas,

The Marcus High School Spring

8718 Amen Corner in Flower Mound.

Concert will be from 7–8 p.m.

The tournament raises funds for Living

Wednesday, May 15, at Marcus High

Proof Cancer Warriors. All golfers will

School, 5707 Morriss Road.

receive dinner, a goody bag, one alco-

Park, 200 Lake Park Road. A Mobile Education Center also will be on site.

4 SIXTH ANNUAL WEENIE & WANNABE RACES Lewisville Animal Services

Lewisville

Animal

Services

will

host the Sixth Annual Weenie & Wannabe Races from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Lewisville Animal Services, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.

in

Lewisville.

Participation

in the race is free, but registration is requested. For more informa-

Tour 18 Dallas

Tournament will be from 1:30–6:30

holic beverage, free replay, range balls

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and use of a golf cart. To register, visit

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

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Medical City Lewisville

tion or to register your dog, visit

The Lewisville Area Chamber Healthcare

CityOfLewisville.com and search

Alliance will host a Community Health

"Weenie and Wannabe Races."

Fair from 3–5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Medical City Lewisville, 500 W. Main St.

LivingProofCancerWarriors.org.

LEWISVILLE CIVIC CHORALE CONCERT

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

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The Health Fair is free and open to all

The Lewisville Civic Chorale will pres-

ages. No registration is required.

ent its 20th Anniversary Celebration at

A WALK IN THE PARK

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Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old

YOUNG LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT

for those ages 18 and younger. Tickets

3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Episcopal

Central Park

Lewisville

Lake

Environmental

Learning Area hosts A Walk in the Park, a free outdoor explora-

Orchard Lane in Lewisville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free

Bridlewood Golf Club

may be purchased at the door or online

tion program series multiple times

The Young Life Golf Tournament will be

at LewisvilleCivicChorale.com.

each month. Gather your little ones

held from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at

and explore Central Park, 1899 S.

Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 W. Windsor

Edmonds Lane in Lewisville, 10 a.m.–

Drive in Flower Mound. Prizes will be

noon Tuesday, May 7. Parents and

awarded. To register, visit YoungLife.org.

toddlers will enjoy nature-based free play with guidance from the staff at LLELA Nature Preserve in neighborhood parks throughout Lewisville.

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27 MEMORIAL DAY SPLASHTACULAR

Flower Mound Community Activity Center

Celebrate Memorial Day at the CAC Outdoor Waterpark from 1–5 p.m. Monday, May 27. Activities and games

Murrell Park

will be spread throughout the day to

The Rock Dallas Triathlon will be from

encourage participation from patrons

8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at

of all ages and abilities.


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PARTING THOUGHTS

wise words MEMORABLE QUOTES IN HONOR OF MOTHER'S DAY

IN 1914, PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON SIGNED A PROCLAMATION DESIGNATING THE SECOND SUNDAY OF MAY WOULD BECOME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY HONORING MOTHERS, THUS, MOTHER’S DAY WAS OFFICIALLY BORN. However, it was through the efforts of West Virginian  Anna Jarvis that the holiday became officially recognized.  Jarvis held celebrations honoring her own beloved mother, U.S. peace activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, and actively campaigned to make it a national holiday. Jarvis believed

ARTICLE JANE KRZYSIAK

that a mother was "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world." A lot has been written about mothers and motherhood in general, including heartwarming and even hilarious observations. Here are a few of our favorites. Happy Mother’s Day!

“Moth e r s a re p e op l e w h o f o l d ove r your pe a n u t bu t te r s a n d wi ch f o r you .” –ROBERT PAUL SMITH “ The way I saw it , my mother was a goddess— sometimes a cranky one, but a goddess nonetheless.” –CHER 34

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“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once and by car forever after.” –PETER DE VRIES “ There has never been an act of heroism that could compare with the life’s work of the humblest mother.” –HARRY H. SCHLACHT “A m ot h e r i s not a p e r son to l e a n on bu t a p e r so n to ma ke l e a n i ng u n ne c e s s a r y.” –DOROTHY C. FISHER

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