If you have followed our blog and story for any length of time you know that while we may throw in the occasional personal photo or piece of info, we generally keep things fairly house/project oriented. And since you probably follow along because you find our house/project interesting, this seems fair. If you could hang with me for a few minutes, I’ll fill you in on something far more personal..a little too personal.

I have mentioned before that I have Crohn’s Disease. While both Trent and I try not to dwell on this publicly, privately it impacts almost every decision we make. For over the past decade, I have not been able to get my Crohn’s into remission. This has meant hundreds of different drugs, so many clinical trials that I’ve lost count, several week-long hospital stays and hundreds (maybe thousands…we’ve lost count) of doctor appointments.

I could give you the massive list of things that we have missed out on because of this, but I would rather tell you about the things we have done in spite of it. This is not a poor-me post…this is a victorious post.

Trent and I have been blessed to have many opportunities and experiences in the past decade…in spite of my disease. We have done numerous house projects. We have traveled to some pretty amazing places. We have worked hard at our incredible jobs. We have purchased and continue to run a small company. We have stayed involved at our church. We have had some crazy, fun experiences with lots of friends. However, one of the things I am most proud of is running the Chicago Marathon multiple times. While Trent hasn’t physically run the 26.2 miles with me, he has supported me through the months of training and cheered me on to the finish every single time.

This November I have the unbelievable privilege of running the New York City Marathon. More importantly, I have the privilege of running it to raise money and awareness for Crohn’s Disease. There are so many people living with this disease who are not capable of running a marathon. I will run for them. There are so many people who cannot get the answers they need to help calm this disease (there is no cure). I will run for them. There are so many people that have supported me during the past decade. I will run for them. There are doctors and researchers working tirelessly to find a better answer or cure. I will run for them. There are doctors and nurses that have cared for me over and over when I am at my absolute worst. I will run for them.

I will be running for the CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) this November. I’m asking all of our readers and followers to consider a small donation to this cause. Could you give $5, $10 or even $20? It will make a difference. I am responsible for all the fees associated with this race (and the travel cost) to guarantee that your donation goes straight to the CCFA.

Here is the link to donate directly. Please consider donating and know that on November 5th, I will be thinking of all the support I have received. (It’s 26.2 miles, so I have plenty of time to think about this!) Please consider sharing this post to others. I’m often amazed that it seems almost everyone knows someone affected by this disease.


**If you happen to wonder if I am any good at running, I should clarify that I do this as a hobby. I’m pretty slow in the marathon world…but I don’t let it bother me! My goal is always to do my best and finish with a smile.**

And you because you have read this far, here are some photos of the house! Things will be changing huge in the next 2-4 weeks and I wanted to make certain to document this phase before it is completely over. As always, thank you for following along.



  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    I am totally amazed by your courage and your determination. You have no idea how you have just motivated me to get off of my comfy chair and start walking. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you both for sharing your work of love on this house.

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Misty Piker

    Keep up your courage and determination. Congratulations on being chosen for the New York City marathon.

    While I am not fighting Crohns, I do a have an incurable disease called Transverse Myelitis or TM. TM is a rare neurogenic and autoimmune disease that attacks the myelin sheath surrounding the spinal cord. It causes a spinal cord injury as well as leaving numerous other autoimmune and neurogenic effects. I play wheelchair basketball and sled hockey as well as mentor others with various types of disabilities.

    • April 26, 2017 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      What an inspiration! Keep up the amazing work!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    You are a role model in so many ways. I will joyfully donate!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    Bless your heart. What a determined young woman. My daughter has Crohn’s Disease, and like you; she does not live-through her disease, she lives inspire of her disease.

    Keep on running.

    Repost the Crohn’s donation link.

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Cindy Peete

    Such determination and love for life! I can hear deep joy in your words in the midst of longings that may have not been fulfilled because of this disrase. You have chosen joy over giving up. You exemplify courage and bravery to persevere. Thanks for motivating me to do the same no matter what may cross my path! You are a Blessing to many!❤️

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Pat Thompson

    I had a niece who was born with Down Syndrome and also suffered from Crohn’s Disease. It is definitely a challenging disease. I commend you for your will-power, dedication and determination to lead a normal life. You go above and beyond…good for you! I love the house and look forward to your updates. Good Luck with the marathon..

  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    So proud of you and your accomplishments may God continue to bless you I’m sure your mom and dad are supporting you in all that you do

  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    My husband has Crohn’s, and I have ulcerative Colitis. His is much worse than mine. So many surgeries, and so many drugs. We are big supporters of CCFA. We will be cheering you on in November! Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life. Knowing what all the disease can and does entail, you are a real trooper!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    Thank you for sharing not only your project with me but also your personal life. You are amazing and I will happily donate.
    keeping you in my prayers.

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Pamela Hoose

    I knew you were absolutely amazing; but now I know you are Super Woman! Thank you for sharing.

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Rita S. Jordan

    You have such a wonderful and giving spirit! What an awesome attitude to have!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply


    Thank you for getting personal. I’m so very proud of you! Keep running! And keep smiling!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Kristin Wilson

    Leah, I have always loved your tenacity and strong spirit. I love you, will be donating, and cheering you on from Oklahoma every step of the way. Love you and am so proud of you, friend!

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Keep up the faith for what you do and hopefully some day there will be a cure. You have made amazing progress on your home. Keep up your good efforts and try to spend time to enjoy life…..

    • April 27, 2017 Reply

      Shirley Duis

      Thank you for suggesting the donations for such a good cause. I have a friend who has Lives with Crohns. I will gladly donate.

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Ken Johnson

    You have such an upbeat attitude for what you’re going through. You make the very best of a bad situation and that says a lot about your will, your spirit and is a testimony to your faith. Susan and I will both pray for you and for a cure for this awful disease. We wish you and Trent the very best that this life can offer as you press on and will cheer you on in the upcoming marathon.
    Ken a S Susan

  • April 26, 2017 Reply

    Melanie Galbreath

    You will be AMAZING in New York. From what I have heard, you will have a super stoked cheering section to help get you to the finish line. Run like the Wind!

  • April 27, 2017 Reply

    Chris Harrison

    You have accomplished so much in spite of the Crohns and stand and run as an inspiring role model. I have cared for young people newly diagnosed with this cruel disease. Fortunately new treatments have also arrived extending lives but not necessarily making life easier. I admire what you must have to do to train for the marathons and also do a job and renovate with such a passion! Keep up the good work.


  • April 27, 2017 Reply

    Frances Rhodes

    You are an inspiration and thank you for sharing your crohns. Love the ceiling in the top pictures.

  • April 27, 2017 Reply


    you’re awesome, Leah! I have enjoyed this blog and i also admire the personal touch you send along. you’ve got my donation and I don’t care how fast you run..i know you have the spirit. and that fantastic smile!

  • April 28, 2017 Reply


    So many of us float be day to day,you challenge everyday. You and your support team are awesome

  • October 11, 2017 Reply


    You are amazing-so glad you are able to enjoy life and do the things that bring happiness to your life. Will be cheering for you.

  • October 11, 2017 Reply

    Julia Head

    Leah – Bridget Echard Morris was a dearly loved family friend. We will be donating for both of you. Thank you for all you do.

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