Let's start by defining "weekend" in coaches' terms... the limited hours we have without our athletes and colleagues on days that start with 'S'. For Ty and I - this usually means Saturday late afternoon starting about 2:30-3, church Sunday, and then we end with another few hours starting about 5:30-6. N.I.C.E. I know. This weekend was no exception... but we made the most of our time together.
This weekend was the 10th annual Brownwood Reunion - AKA - huge deal in town. I'm talking they close half the city off for a midway, venders, races, and concerts. We scored our tickets early for a mere $10 - this is for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - concerts included. Obviously we weren't planning on getting the full use out of them, but the headliner Saturday night was Kevin Fowler - love him!
We walked down to the vendor section of the Reunion a little before supper time on Saturday night. I didn't know what to expect, but I was surprisingly a little disappointed. I was hoping to find something cute to commemorate our first Brownwood Reunion - I found nothing. We took one rather quick spin and decided to get a drink for the walk home. Our choice - fresh squeezed cherry limeade. Sounds delicious - tasted awful. I am not a spitter - I never spit, but I spit the entire walk home, trying to get the awful taste out my mouth. Gross and unladylike, I know, but I just could not handle it.
We ate a little supper then headed down to the train depot for the Kevin Fowler concert. WOW - there were a lot of people there. We snagged some pretty decent seats... and sat down to wait. At about 10:20pm we were surprised with a nice fireworks show in honor of our troops. We were impressed, well done Brownwood. The concert was pretty good - we enjoyed it.
No, sorry to disappoint, but we are not expecting. I am, however, very excited to announce that Ty and I have adopted a precious little four-year-old boy in Zambia - Michael. We adopted him through Father's Heart, A Family Legacy Mission, and it was SO easy, and 95% of our money goes straight to Michael. Incredible, completely incredible.
Recently, Ty and I have really struggled with giving and serving - we both want to give and serve more than we financially and physically can. For us, adopting Michael fulfills both needs. Our sponsorship opens up lots of opportunities for Michael - including, daily discipleship and counseling services, regular health assessment and intervention programs, food and other basic necessities, educational assistance and tutoring services, micro-economic development programs for their caretakers... and most importantly, Michael will learn about Jesus Christ and biblical principles that will help him grow and mature.
There are also numerous opportunities for Ty and I to travel to Zambia, do some mission work, AND meet Michael. This of course will take some saving on our part - but we've already started that process too. We can't wait to get to Africa!!
Please add us (if we aren't already) and Michael to your daily prayer lists. Pray that God will use us to impact Michael's life positively.
It's hump day - I wouldn't expect anything more of my Wednesday at school.
I had a new school ID delivered to my classroom during 4th period today. We had a mandatory staff meeting yesterday afternoon, where we learned that unless you got a new badge THIS school year you would need to get a new one. I, of course, stopped listening to details at that point since I got a new one - with my NEW LAST NAME! :) So I was surprised to have another one brought to me. And much to my dismay - it has last year's picture (gross!!) and MY MAIDEN NAME! Irritating! I haven't had a chance to rush into the office complaining... but that's coming. I'm pretty sure it's ok to refuse to wear an ID that doesn't identify you properly, right?!?
Left: new ID, wrong name - Right: old new ID, correct name. And I just plain like the picture better from this year.
For those of you unfamiliar with FCA - it stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It is an organization determined to bring Jesus and the Gospel back in to the schools, the right way, by example. Athletes tend to be the leaders of their schools, and our goal is to teach and encourage athletes to live like Jesus, and be a walking example of Christ.
Last night was our second official meeting of the school year... and I forgot my camera. :( bad blogger, sorry. My awesome father-in-law, Coach Lang... spoke about facing the giants in our lives. He read a common story about a giant, Goliath, and a little boy, David. You can find the story in 1 Samuel 17. Basically, he compared Goliath to a giant in our society, Shaq, to give us a little perspective. While Shaq is big - Goliath puts him to shame. Coach Lang did the math... based on Shaq's body weight and height, compared to Goliath's, we can figure that Goliath weighed in at about 412.5 pounds!! WOW! The Bible tells us he was 9'9"... I know that when I saw Shaun Bradley (former Dallas Maverick) at the mall I couldn't help but stare - and he was only 7'6"ish. It is unreal to think about how big Goliath really was... and then to think, David took him down with one stone.
Coach Lang went on to compare David to the athletes in our huddle group. We all have giants in our lives, whether literal or figurative. He challenged all of us be like David, and run TOWARD the battle, confident and prepared. With faith in our Lord we can accomplish great feats... be strong.
* note * I have never heard this before, but it was very interesting... verse 40 (1 Samuel 17) says that David takes 5 stones with him to fight Goliath. Some would question his confidence... really, would he have the chance to sling more than one? However, it's been said that Goliath had four kinsmen that were just as large... perhaps David was just preparing to take them all down!!
I've given in... joined the bandwagon... and started a blog! While there is no HUGE news to start with, just know that I'll update this with little quirks and stories about the day to day life of two high school teacher/coaches.
We recently got married, honeymooned, bought a new house... and are now so busy we rarely see each other, but we wouldn't have it any other way. We don't have any human children yet, but our two puppies are the next best thing. They bring laughter and messes to our lives!
I sincerely hope that our family and friends can use this blog and keep up to date on the happenings of the Coaches' Lang!