The Home Stretch

I love The Kentucky Derby. It’s a dream of mine to go experience this southern tradition known as The Run For The Roses that takes place the first Saturday in May. But until we can actually go, we do the next best thing–we prepare a traditional meal from either the Oaks or the Derby, and enjoy their traditional food and drinks. Recipes can all be found on-line. This makes for an awesome at home date too!

We are entering the home stretch of our own race of sorts, The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Much like the last stretch of a race, we are tired, but the finish line is in sight. This is not the time to give in to rest and relaxation; it’s time to push hard and give it our best.

So here I am. Seven more posts worth writing for the good of marriage. Seven posts that will each reveal a letter (highlighted in BOLD) Seven letters that when unscrambled, will spell one word. And seven chances for you to win a prize for finishing this challenge with us.

The prize? It is a signed copy of our book, Cherishing Us. If you already have a copy, we can send it to someone you know on your behalf.

Once you know the secret word, Send it to us by email at

We will select the winner by using on Saturday, May 4th–the day of the 145th Kentucky Derby. (FYI, Race time is 6:50 ET.)

Let the Race begin… (Hint: Look for the words that are bold to get today’s letter)


This is our 24th post in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in April.


About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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9 Responses to The Home Stretch

  1. What a great idea. I’m at the beach having my first cuppa and I can’t think yet. I love your book though. I hope lots of people get your book.

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  2. I have never once watched that race. (My grandfather was big into horse racing- so I’m positive I saw the Belmont Stakes more than once, as well as Yonkers and Roosevelt races. But all I remember about them were the stables.

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    • Debi Walter says:

      Funny thing is, I love watching horses. They are majestic animals, but up close I’m scared of them. And they always know it and pick on me. 🤣🐴


  3. Jeanine Byers says:

    How neat! I have a guess already about what the word might be. I’ll keep reading to see if I think I’m right. I have never watched any race on TV, but I love the idea of celebrating it by creating a meal for it.

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  4. On looking at a horse I see
    an angel in disguise.
    Few humans have the empathy
    that shines out from those eyes.
    Some hold them none too bright
    and skittish to extremes;
    let them ride and see the light,
    and the teamwork of their dreams.
    A Western man without a horse
    is crippled, sad and slow.
    Alone, he can’t complete the course
    where two were meant to go.
    And I’ll bet that my first Heavenly meeting
    will be presaged by a whinnied greeting.

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  5. Dee Coxon says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love the idea of the Derby date night. I’ve checked the recipes in your link and look forward to trying some of these. 🙂

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