Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Look who turned. . .

 Tommy did!

We celebrated first with the
kids carrying some pancakes
and orange juice to him to
give him breakfast in bed.

Then the boys each gave him
homemade cards that they

Around lunchtime, we
surprised Tommy with
a Beach Cruiser.  Now he
has something to ride to
join us on family bike rides.
And we are going to have
to take some bike rides
at the beach!
 For dinner, we went to
Benihana's.  It was the first
time for the boys and they
loved it!  Now Jake wants
his birthday dinner to be
 Tommy and I had some
rolls, and we all loved the
chicken, steak, shrimp,
and fried rice.  Tommy and
the boys finished it off
with some ice cream.
 At home we celebrated one
last time with a birthday cake
from Baskin Robins.  It was
a perfect ending to a celebration
of Tommy's
Tomorrow I head to Kentucky
to cover college softball for
ESPN3 this week at Regionals.
The four teams I am covering
are Marshall, Notre Dame,
Virginia Tech, and Kentucky.
It will be a great regional to
cover.  It will be nice to practice
for Super Regionals next week
on the ESPN networks!

Monday, May 13, 2013

A beautiful Mother's Day

 I had a wonderful Mother's Day
yesterday.  My day started out with
church with my family.  Then we
went to lunch at Panera Bread.
And in the evening my mom,
sister and her family, and brother
and his family all came over to
celebrate during dinner.
 I am thankful to God for so
many reasons!  But the top
are for my family!  Things
can get a little crazy in our
home sometimes :) and
those who know us best
understand what I mean.
I still wouldn't trade it for
the world!  I am a blessed
 I love this verse:

Proverbs 31:28
"Her children arise and
call her blessed; her
husband also, and he
praises her"

On Friday night, I
attended the Limitless
Women's Conference
to listen on the first
night since I was being
interviewed on the
second day.  It was a
blessing to attend-
a reminder that we
have a God who wants
to help us to go beyond
our limits.  All things truly
are possible with God!
 On Sat morning I was
interviewed.  Tori Pena was
also interviewed- she competes
in Pole Vault for Ireland
and went to the 2012

 Some of my friends even
joined me at the event. ..
 Chanel and Me :)
 Tori brought out her pole- it
was amazing to see how big
they are!
 Patrick put the event on
(below) and his wife was
the main speaker.  It was
 a great event and all the
women who attended left
lifted up to go out and
accomplish their dreams!

I just have to share
Drew's picture of me-
right when he gave it to
me he said, I know it
is not good and doesn't
look like you.  It's always
the thought that counts :)

I love what he wrote:
"I love you because
you are the best, you
are a Creshtin (Christian),
and you give me a hug."

Luke made one too and
wrote that he loves
me because I love him.

I will never take being a mom
for granted and am thankful
for God's gentle reminders
that help me to be a better
mom when I start to struggle.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Tristan

 My nephew, Tristan, turned 5
today and we celebrated his
party at the BMX race track.
He has already been in a
couple races and he just
turned 5!
 It was a first for all my boys
and my nephew, Micah.
We were about to head
to the track with beach
cruiers until I called my
friend at the last minute
and asked if we could
borrow better bikes.  She
also has 3 boys, and she
let us borrow 3 bikes,
helmets and body
gear!!!  I am so thankful
because it made all the
difference in the experience
for my boys.
Luke just learned to ride
his bike a couple months
ago and he did great
on the track.  He fell hard
once, but got back up and
had a blast the rest of the day.

Micah (8), was a natural!
He went all out and
even caught some air!!!

 Jake went around the track
a couple times but didn't
feel like there was a bike
his size, so he hung out
and played with Brooklyn.
 Drew was a little more
cautious than Micah, but
still had a good time. 
 Justin (17), even had a great
time on the bike!
 Luke in his gear. . .

 The boys were all sweaty
and all smiles :)
 Drew had a good fall. . .
got a bloody lip and a
cut on his chin, but he
bounced back quick and
rode the rest of the time
with the others.
 Jake and Justin:
 The birthday boy: Tristan
 This was Luke's fall- I didn't
see it happen, I just heard
someone crying and saw him
like this.  Micah ran over and
picked him up and he was
 Time for cake:

 The boys all agreed that this
was one of the best parties
Brooklyn even had a good
time!  I'm sure she'll join them
soon enough :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

God is the Same. . .

yesterday, today, and forever!

That is what the Bible teaches
us.  I had to share on my
blog about a huge praise!!!
God is still at work in huge
ways all around. I am sharing
two emails- and am thanking
God for His mighty, healing

Here is the first email I received
a month ago to PRAY for
a family from my church
*R is the mom, M* is her
son who is in the hospital:

"*R's son, M*, (23 yrs.
old, with down syndrome) was
rushed to the hospital Saturday
(3/31) with a bad cough,
congestion, and a very high fever. 
It all happened so fast:  first he
was admitted, then transferred to
ICU on Easter Sunday and
hooked up to everything possible
including a breathing machine. 
He was (and still is) highly
sedated.  The doctor is giving
him 50-50 chance of surviving. 
Obviously, *R is beside
herself.  M* is so precious
to her.  When she was pregnant
with M* and was told he
was down syndrome the doctors
wanted her to abort him, when
she was 5 mo. along they wanted
her to take a pill that would disapate
him, and when he was born they
wanted her to "put him away
somewhere".  They said he
would never walk or talk. 
But to all their advice she said
"no" and took the child God gave
her and raised him into a precious,
loving, God-praising, walking and
talking, polite young man that all
who know him can't help but love
and appreciate him.  He loves to
listen to Praise and Worship music. 
In the hospital, *R played
Worship music on his IPOD and
(though he was sedated) he
struggled to release his hands
(which were restrained because
of all the apparatus in him) to lift
up his arms and praise the Lord -
which he always does when he hears
Praise and Worship music! Please
pray for M*'s healing and for
him to feel comfort at this frustrating
time - he just doesn't understand
what is happening to him. And please
pray for *R's physical healing
and the emotional strength to get
 through this.  So much negative has
happened to her the last 10 years -
losing M* could be more than
she could bare.  May His Mercy
shine on that hospital room with
peace, joy, strength and healing."

WAS NOT looking good at all.
I received multiple emails to
keep praying and callilng out to
God.  And this was an email I
received a couple days ago:
Saturday - 4/27/13

Earlier this week M*’s lung
doctor again confided with
*R and told her something
amazing that occurred when
M* was first transferred to
ICU. While the doctors and
nurses were hooking M*
up to all the necessary medical
equipment, he actually died
twice. Two cardiac arrests:
one for 9 minutes and one for
7 minutes. He was kept alive
manually by the lung doctor
and the cardiac doctor. The
cardiologist was sure M*
would not survive. The lung
doctor was very doubtful of
his chances also. And that’s
when we all start praying and
praying, and asking others to
pray and so on and so forth
until hundreds of people were
praying from one end of this
nation to the other. Oh, how
God’s people prayed!

One very sweet Christian
“sister” of mine on the east
coast replied to *R
and me in her e-mail by
(and I quote):

“God is faithful and He will
use this young man in a
mighty way in the hospital
as a witness.

The Lord must want that
hospital to be filled with
His Light,

and M* is His instrument
of choosing for such a time
as this“.

At the time, with my limited
thinking, I couldn’t quite
understand. I just wanted
M* healed. How was
M* going to be a
witness and cause God’s
light to shine? (He is down-
syndrome and sometimes
difficult to understand). But
God uses whoever He wishes
to show His glory and power!

So now M*’s lung doctor takes no credit to M*’s continuing recovery, but admits it’s a MIRACLE! He is so happy when he sees him each day - getting better and better. He calls M* his “prized patient”! The Infectionous Disease doctor also is amazed at how good he looks - how totally different than when he first saw him. M* is now awake and communicates via his hands and facial expressions (can’t talk with breathing tube in his neck). He seems to be accepting and understanding that he is sick, but is getting well - and actually enjoys the attention (yes, M*’s back). He smiles and laughs and is cooperative with the nurses. He’ll stay in the ICU another few days; because of his feeding tube he has a gastrointestinal problem that has to be tested on Monday. Please keep him in prayer for a full recovery. He’ll be transferred to a rehab. hospital soon."   I know we need to keep praying for a FULL recovery, but I can't help but praise God that M* is still here, only by divine intervention. God still does miracles and hears when His children pray!