Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Basketball Diaries- lesson #1

Basketball season is about 7 months (give one or two months) SO (being the super creative person that I am:) the next 7 posts are going to be 7 lessons that I have learned over the course of our first season.

Lesson #1: I have got the best "village" of family and friends. Seriously. Now, I knew this before Chris was a head coach but the past 7 months has brought this to a whole new light. Our friends/family/church have constantly supported us. Not just by telling us they support us but truly showing us. I have friends who have kept Charlie for almost every game so that Caden and I could attend, a community group that blessed us with gift cards to Kroger/Wal-Mart because they know we have the **boys (when I refer to "the boys" I am talking about the basketball team:) over and they know how much high school boys eat, this same group of people (along with others from our church) came to many games and showed up at the regional tournament in such a way that people kept asking Chris and I who "all those people with the kids were," a Church that has welcomed the team with open arms, friends/family who can just read my mind and know that I absolutely cannot spend one more second by myself and come over and play. or take my kids. or clean my house. (seriously, those things all happened). I could go on and on and on about how awesome of a community we have! Thank you, thank you, thank you for loving us, not just with your words but with your actions.

**some pics of some of our "village" MANY who are not pictured

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


DISTRICT CHAMPS! ... notice the cute little boy in the bright blue jersey:)

I may give up blogging; between the lack of ideas for posts (and time to actually write the ones I do have) and my blogging schizophrenia; it may be best if I just go away from the blogging world for a little bit (but of course, still read all yours:) BUT that day is not today! Today; I want to blog on something that I want to have record of and remember...Chris's first season as a head coach. I, personally, have learned and grown a lot over the past 7 months (but that is a whole other post) today is about our family. Not our little family of 4 and a half; but the boys that have become a part of our family over the past year. One of my favorite things about Chris's job is the basketball players. I feel like they are just more boys in our family. We love them, cheer for them, encourage them, feed them, get frustrated with them--they have become such a part of our family that half way to the beach this year on our family vacation; Caden asked where they were and why they were not in the car with us. To watch Chris take hold of this opportunity that the Lord literally placed in his lap is incredible. To see him not only coach these guys about basketball, but teach them about what it means to be a man and what it looks like to be a dad and husband, and what it is like to love God and pray for them and guide them and get mad at them and hug them and love them; has been so humbling. For those of you who know a little bit about Chris's background you know that what "saved" him were: families that loved him and basketball; which ultimately God was able to use to bring Chris to love Him. So, tonight Collins will play in the Regional Finals...did you hear me?! The regional finals! As in, if they win tonight they will be going to the SWEET 16 and playing at Rupp Arena! Win or lose; this has been an amazing ride full of some crazy ups and downs, and as a coach and a family I know we could not have asked for a better first season:) Go Titans!