Tuesday, August 11, 2009

27-07-2009 Pictures in Tiskilwa Illinois

Tiskilwa Illinois 7/27/2009
Freedom House gals (blonde)Stephanie Cartwright, Diane, Sherry (director), Conni
Photos compliments of Conni Otto

Re: 8-1-09 St. Francis Trauma Hospital, Peoeria, IL STARJUMPS OF JOYOUS LOVING GRATITUDE FROM MY HEART TO ALL OF YOURS, Love Diane xox

Recopvering from bleeding in the brain (hematoma) grateful to God for my new bike helmet that Sylvia helped me purchaase since it saved my life....they threw it out since it was drenched in blood and totally crushed...SUPER MEGA STARJUMPS OF JOYUS GRATITUDE...I AM ALIVE

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ragbrai Information Booth ... 7-18-09 Council Bluffs,IA

Starjumps of JOYous gratitude to Kathleen Daw...thank you for being such a positive inspiration...Congatulations on all your success and wishing you endless abundant blessings!

IOWA 7-15-09 Starjumps for JOY!!!

Starjumps for JOY reaching Iowa 7-15-09

Cycling from Pollock to Akaska, SD 7-10-09

Starjumps for JOY to John, Susan and Tim 7-12-09 Chamberlain to Pickstown, SD

Starjumps for JOY to Sylvia 7-12-09 Chamberlain to Pickstown SD

Starjumps for JOY from Akaska ,7-9-09

Starjumps of tremendous joyous gratitude to Tim's beautiful sister Susan and awesome newphew John for driving 13 hours from Oklahoma to meet us in Akaska today. What a blessing it was to share 250 miles of our journey with them over the next 3 days through Pierre, Chamberland and Pickstown, SD. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your loving support....the incredible roadside lunches, transporting our gear...fond memories filled with love, laughter and tears of joy, Diane xox

Starjumps for JOY for the warm welcome from the Ihanktonwan Yankton Sioux Tribal Reservation and St. Paul's Church of Marty, SD 7-13-09

What a joy it was to be surrounded by the strong Indian motif beautifully displayed throughout this beautiful church. In addition to St. Theresa, the Little Flower, the Patroness of the missions of the church....there was also a shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, who is the central figure in the piety of the Native people in this country.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

St. Paul the Apostle to the Nations Church, Marty, SD 7-13-09

Starjumps of joyous delight and gratitude in meeting Sr. Marian and sweet Emma (Cathy's daughter)...and her beautiful timely gift of a book that Fr. David Tickerhoof wrote about theophostic prayer ministry. The mural behind us is called 'Highway to Heaven' and highlights the central theme of the 'Kingdom of God'.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Starjumps for Joy into South Dakota with the help and loving support of the Winnipeg, Canada Habitat for Humanity Cycling Tour

My heartfelt gratitude to 42 cyclists and support group from Winnipeg's Habitat for Humanity during our 90 mile day for graciously providing support snacks and gatorade every 15 miles, an incredible roadside lunch, carrying our equipment for 45 miles...inviting us to dinner sponsored by the wonderful people of Pollack and providing overnight shelter from the rainstorm in the high school gymnasium: ). Through a headwind challenging day...giving thanks to God for our blessings, my love and gratitude to this amazing group ...habitat.mb.ca...thank you June, Syl, Derrick, Bob, Donna,Lorraine,Olenka...Diane xox

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Breathtaking morning in Cusick, WA

Special thanks to Chris and Kory Evers, who graciosly invited us to stay overnight in their new lodge so we did not have to camp in the rain...they also cooked us some awesome cheeseburgers. They followed their hearts and relocated from Atlanta, GA and built Eagle's Landing RV Lodge on the riverfront...God Bless them and their children for opening their hearts to us...My love and hugs of JOYous gratitude, Diane xox

Sharing divine hope filled moments of JOY with Pam and Evette in Whitefish, Montana

God Bless these 2 beautiful survivors...when Pam and I first met Evette on the roadside during a bladder break...Evette's eyes immediately teared up. What an honor it was to meet this beautiful woman who lives her life with JOY in her heart...regardless of the fact that she has been caught in the court system. Being involved with hospice she has been blessed with many a miraculous moment...we are all one in spirit. Thank you for BEing such an inspiration...my love, hugs and starjumps of JOYous gratitude, Diane

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pictures from Montana-6/21

Diane on the 'Going to the Sun' Highway - what a beautiful view

I love this picture - Diane on the 'Going to the Sun' Highway

Diane meeting up with some lovely folks whose rosary beads had come from the same place as Dianes.

6-16-09 Starjumps of JOYous Gratitude to beautiful BFL Champ Tracy Jeffries!!!

Kermit...14 year old albino African FROG 6-18-09 Troy,Montana

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Friday June 19th. Meetup with Pam Kennedy the King's Feast

Pam Kennedy meets up with Diane and the group to join Diane on a 40 mile leg of the ride in Montana. Pam is engaged is raising $1000 for the cause for JBWS and the Battered women, in support of the Star Jumps for Joy Cycle across America. The crew was more than happy to meetup with Pam, as she prepared a King's feast for the wayward travellers.

20-06-09 Saturday Dickey Lake Campsite - Montana

Diane meets up with inspirational friend and supporter, Pam Kennedy of Montana. Pam is raising $1000 to contribute to Diane's cause the JBWS (Jersey Battered Women's Shelter). Pam provided a king's feast for the cyclest. Pam decided to join Diane, on a 40 Mile leg of the journey in Montana. Seeing the road first hand from Diane's side of the handle bars.

Diane Update

Good morning all!!

Just wanted to provide an update about Diane. She is having some technical difficulties with her phone and the mountainous areas in which she has been riding! She's taken lots of pictures and videos so hopefully we can get that worked out soon.

In Idaho she met up with Body-for-Life Champion Tracy Jeffries! Tracy and her wonderful family were awesome! They provided food for everyone in diane's group and even provided some additional excitement by having a firetruck come through with horns blazing in the campground where they were staying! We are ever so grateful to Tracy and her family for their love and support. I hope to have pictures of all this fun soon.

The ride through Montana has been very difficult for Diane. Uphill...rain...cars/trucks that seem to deliberately try to run them off the road, more rain, pulling the heavy bob trailer. But our Diane is a trooper and she will not give up!! They had to slighly alter their route in Montana as the roads in Glacier National Park are closed due to weather. So now they are taking a more southern route around the park. They are about a day ahead of schedule at this point.

This past weekend in Montana, Diane met up with Pam Kennedy! Pam was stepping out of her comfort zone and out of her box of self-imposed limits..and riding a leg of the journey with Diane. I'm so proud of Pam. She called me saturday night after they finished the ride. She was exhausted but proud. She has helped us immeasureably during Diane's stay in Montana and continues to be a shining beacon of love and support. If the schedule remains as it is now they should meet up again sometime this weekend. Pam has been so wonderful to drive 6-8 hours just to see Diane and help out. THANKS PAM!

Please continue to give your prayers, love and support for Diane. She is working very hard cycling 10 hours a day. In addition, we need fundraising support. Please consider making a donation no matter how small and forward Diane's website to anyone you think might help. Domestic Abuse is a silent and secret pain that many families endure. We hope that with Diane's journey she may bring to light that these families DO have hope of surviving and thriving and experiencing peacy, joy and love.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Welcome to Idaho 6-16-09

Wow, I actually cycled across the glorious State of Washington! With the help of friends, lots of praying as I cycled across the mountains...I am incredulous of this accomplishment. Back on the homefront, Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad...I love you both and wish you only the very best, My love and hugs of gratitude, Diane xox

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Starjumps of JOYous Gratitude to Jenni Jones

I had the incredible opportunity to meet a most beautiful woman Jenni Jones of Kalispel Tribe of Indians Healing Spirits Program who runs the domestic violence-sexual assault program of Usk, WA(on her day off) Her children Iris, Grace and Cyrus were such a delight...just so gracious. Thank you for the butterfly necklace that you created...it is so symbolic and close to my heart...as well as the orogami frog, bird and dog. Your care package for my cycling trek was so very thoughtful...God's Blessings, my love and hugs of gratitude, Diane xox

6-15-08 Colville to Usk, WA...Top of Flowery Pass

10% gradient going up in some locations with loaded bob trailer...9% gradient going down with some rain to add some excitment.

Cycling break while climbing in WA

Monday, June 15, 2009

Celebrating victorious climb at the top of Sherman's Pass,WA...with the added bonus of love from above

What a JOY to see a beautiful heart within the white puffy clouds : )

Chewelah,WA...Beautiful Wishes for Beautiful People

God Bless the Faith Community Church here and everyone on our beautiful earth...living by having faith in the word of God!

My gratitude to Paul from Republic,WA

Super Starjumps of JOYous gratitude to Paul from Republic,WA for bringing our gear safely to Meyers Falls Market in Kettle Falls... who is a friend of Jeaninne, who is a friend of Carol from Tonasket, who is a friend of Beth Brown from Bellingham. Thank you to Sarah from this fabulous neighborhood organic grocery store...www.meyersfallsmarket.com! Friends of friends....the compassion of the human spirit is so alive...starjumps of JOY!

Top of Sherman's Pass,WA 6-14-09

Hometown Greetings From Republic, WA 6-13-09

Special Happy Birthday Dad and Tremendous Gratitude to Dan and Family from Tonasket,WA 6-13-09

Had my 1st spill on gravel on the ride up to Wauconda Pass today...Luckily just my left and and wrist are bruised. Had my 1st experience of being chased by a wild dog...thank you Tim for alerting me and trying to divert him...I have never cycled faster in my whole life! Dan, from Midway Lumber...you are a blessing...your incredible goodwill gesture today left us all in awe...what a beautiful person you are...thank you so very much for so gracefully giving from your pure heart...you are a wonderful role model to your precious children and example to humanity! Just saw a beautiful double rainbow...

RIGHT Light Starjumps of Appreciation : ) 6-11-09

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Roads Ahead

Talked with Diane last night. She was at a rest point and had an extra day of rest..for which she was most thankful even though it was pouring down rain. She had called me from the women's restroom :)

She is doing ok so far on her journey. On the long days when she is traveling through the mountains, she is having to rely heavily on shakes/bars as her food. There are no stores or other means for her to eat during these times. The hills are pretty steep...but she conquers them just like we knew she would.

She did have a wipe-out on friday. She hit some gravel and down she went. She's bruised and a little sore. I'm just glad she didn't fall off the side of the mountain!

This coming week Diane will be headed into Idaho and Montana. There await some special surprises for her!! It will be a week where she can rejuvenate her spirit with the love that will be shown to her by folks who are helping us on this journey.

I'm looking forward to the blogs from her this week. Stay tuned!

She'll soon be going through Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio. If you can help out in any of those states by offering to drive some of their gear or just providing a cheering section or a hot meal, please contact me at stephanieworkman@gmail.com.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

FW: star jumps for att to the rescue



From: Diane Robertson [mailto:starjumpsforjoy@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 2:11 PM



Mighty Fraser River in Beautiful British Columbia...my love and hugs of gratitude to cousin Patti and 90 year old aunt Stella

Super StarJumps for JOY~Gear Made it from NJ!!!

A new journey begins

I talked with Diane this morning. She seemed a bit nervous. Who can blame her? She is about to set out on a most amazing 4000 mile journey. Cycling across the country!! Just the sheer level of physical fitness and mental toughness and not to mention the logistics of such a strip is incredible to think about!!

Obstacles are what other people use as excuses.

Diane was not going to let anything stop her from doing what her heart was leading her to do. No amount of obstacles or events set forth with evil intent were going to win.

As I spoke with her this morning I reminded her that her love, peace, joy and strength are what will fuel her on in the moments when her challenge seems the most intense. She'll reach a new level of connection with God and creation as she is out there pedaling mile after mile. It is in those moments when she will dig deep and create and evolve within herself.

She's not doing the bike ride just to prove she can. She is doing this to raise awareness for a cause that is dear to her heart. She is doing this to give back to the people that rescued her and her children and to bring awareness to America that families living with domestic abuse can be saved and continue on to live full and loving lives.

Let's support Diane, her cause, and give her all the loving support she needs over the next 4000 miles.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Time:06/07/2009 01:43:16 (GMT)

Landing in Bellingham : )

Flying HIGH Seattle-Bellingham~6/6/09

Diane has Taken Flight 7:30am June 6, 2009

Diane has boarded the Plane in New Jersey and will be in seattle around noon June 8, 2009 (Today). We are all excited and praying for Diane's awesome journey. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful experience. Stay tuned as Diane will be providing Photo and Video updates as she venture's along her Cross Country Cycling path. Be sure to visit our Website and check out Diane's Itinerary . Come back often, subscribe to our blog so you will receive frequent excitingTravel updates.

Peace, Love and Joy
The Star Jumps for Joy Team

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why Cycle Across America?

Why Cycle Across America?  Ms. Diane Robertson Answers this question in an Interview with Jeff S. Brodie March 2009.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I can do all things

" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Phil 4:13