Day one of Biking for Babies is in the books. Everyone made it safe to Columbia, MS this evening and are getting ready for day two. We left St. Katharine Drexel parish in New Orleans around 6am and the stay there was very pleasant. To start off the day we crossed over Lake Pontchartrain which was thrilling and a great conversational piece for when we stopped on the northern side. When we stopped, a construction worker talked to us and it was a very fruitful conversation. He said a quick prayer for us before we left and all the bikers felt very empowered by his words. We biked another 40 miles and stopped for lunch. The team was pretty hungry and some of us ate a little to fast, mainly me. About twenty miles down the road I started to get pretty sick to my stomach. I had to stop and lost most of my lunch which sapped me of my energy and caused me to be dehydrated. Muscle cramps followed shortly after and I have to say I was pretty worried about my physical state. At that moment in the ride I felt pretty down and felt like I had let my team down. However, the team rallied to my aid and I was able to push through. Well, it wasn’t me who pushed through, God was right there pushing me every step of the way. Humility is a great gift from God and He gave me a very good dose of it today. God asks us to surrender ourselves to Him and that was what he was asking me to do today. I said a lot of prayers today and I felt the prayers from my teammates pushing me through the stomach aches and cramps. We arrived in Columbia, MS and had an amazing dinner at Holy Trinity Catholic church. The parishioners greeted us and held a prayer service which we attended, once again the Holy Spirit made his presence known. The love that we were shown and the support they gave us really kindled our hope and our drive to continue Biking for Babies. God is with us and thank you all for praying for us and I ask for your continued prayers. Please pray for all expecting mothers and their unborn children. “If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America defend life.” Blessed John Paul II. P.S. Stacy and Stephan got a flat and it didn’t even slow us down 🙂 God bless.