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I know that as a coaching family we have been very blessed and even lucky to have been in the same school district since Jason graduated from college.  We have been Coyotes for 10 seasons.  These boys are our family and they are H’s older brothers.  We share their joys and their sadness.

Jason started teaching in Alice in 2003.  H was only 2.  The coaches that have remained on staff have watched her grow up and the others that have moved on, we’ve kept up with through Facebook and Christmas cards.  Every year our number of Christmas cards increases to keep up with coaches that have moved on to other schools.

Coaches and their wives create a family with other coaching families because there aren’t too many others that understand our lives. Our husbands work 6-7 days a week and spend time with other people’s kids and barely have time for their own children.  They are subject to comments from the “bleacher coaches” who think they know more than the coaches on the field or in the pressbox.  If they have a losing season, they have to worry whether or not they will still have a job for the next season.

One wife that I follow, her husband was fired on Monday.  Now she’s pregnant and packing up her house wondering where there will go.  Even though there is nothing I can do for her situation, I can provide moral support and pass along job openings that I know of.  Hopefully, our community of wives will help them find something quickly.

I’m thankful every day for the community of wives that I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  At least there’s always someone to commiserate with.



Stealing from the NaBloPoMo prompts:

talk about the last compliment you received.


We have a sales guy that comes in a few times a week and he always has a kind word for the ladies in the office.  He is in his late 50s/early 60s.  He always tells me I’m beautiful and I just smile.  He tells me that I should already know that and reaffirm it every time I look in the mirror.  I’ve never been good at accepting compliments, but I can admit that it’s a nice boost to the ego.

It’s time to move on

The election is over.  Whether or not your candidate won, it’s time to move on and work at putting our country back together.


I’m glad that I have friends on both sides of this issue, but I’m tired of the hateful posts that are going back and forth on Facebook.  It’s enough to make anyone want to step back from Facebook.

I hope that our country can overcome some of its differences and work together.



I know everyone on Facebook has been posting what they are thankful for everyday.  I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, but I figure I’ll post a few things I’m thankful for today. 

I’m thankful for my loving husband who has stood by my side during the past two years dealing with cancer and doctors and surgeries and my whining.  I’m sure I haven’t been easy to put up with especially since starting menopause this past summer.  As far as I know he has never complained, which I’m very grateful for. 

I’m thankful for my beautiful daughter who is wise beyond her years.  We have tried to keep her in the loop with surgeries and treatment because I felt so left out when my mom was diagnosed.  I think my family was trying to protect me, but in the end I feel that it hurt more because I didn’t know what was going on or how serious it was until she died.  I never wanted H to feel left out or unsure of what was going on. 

I’m thankful that I have a job that was very understanding.  They worked with me through everything and have been very supportive.  I would not have made it through all of this without them.

I’m thankful that I have the ability to vote and make my voice heard.  This year I became more active with the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Action Network to make sure our lawmakers know that we need more funding for cancer research.  Hopefully, in 7 years when H turns 18 and has to be tested for the BRCA gene, there will be more options.

I’m thankful for family and friends who prayed for me.

This past two years have been trying, but I’m thankful that they are now behind me. 1 biopsy, 1 cancer diagnosis, 4 surgeries and countless doctor visits.

Another successful Coyote dinner

Tonight was an easy dinner: chili dogs and/or frito pie.  The boys were early, so I was hurrying to get everything done quickly.  We only had 9 show up today, but it’s enough to get loud in the house.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Some of the boys brought H their trading cards and she was excited.

Next week we are going to BBQ on Sunday. I bet we have more than 9 once word gets out.


Many baseball players have rituals or superstitions that they follow during the season.  Some wear the same socks or have certain rituals or patterns that they follow on game day.

I have found that being married to a former baseball player (now coach) that I have become superstitious in what I wear.

For the first scrimmage and game, I wore the exact same outfit and we had good results.  For our second game of the season, I wore a different shirt that a wonderful friend bought me last year.  I was blinged out with the shirt and my jewelry.  We lost.

For the third game, I went back to my original outfit, Coyote shirt and shorts.  The jewelry was the same for both games.  We won that game against our long-time rival.

Going into our first district game, I knew we were going to be hard-pressed to win with several starters out for disciplinary reasons and I didn’t want to “waste” my good luck outfit. I wore the same shirt from the second game.  Sorry, Steph.  H and I took a picture to send to our friend.  We did lose that game.

In the weeks since then I haven’t worn the same outfit twice.  Against Laredo Cigarroa, I wore my black and pink “Go Fight Win” breast cancer shirt.  We won that game.

I can’t remember what I wore against Corpus Christi Ray.  We lost that game, so I think I’ve pushed it out of my head.

For Homecoming, I wore my new white and pink Alice Coyotes shirt. If you click on this link, you will see me at the 3:30 mark. We won that game.

Last week, I was bundled up in Jason’s long-sleeve shirt and my black Coyote Hoodie and we won.

Today I’m back to my original shirt, jeans, boots and jewelry.  We are pulling for a win tonight.

Come baseball season, I will wear the same stuff for every game.  I’m superstitious like that.

How about you? Are you superstitious about anything?

NaBloPoMo is here

I’ve been debating whether or not to participate this year.  I have plenty of things to blog about, so finding a topic isn’t the problem.  It’s finding the time to actually sit down and do the writing. 

Here are some of the topics that I want to discuss, so I have them in one place and can come back when I think I don’t have anything to write about:

  • hysterectomy and oophorectomy
  • DisneyWorld
  • football dinners
  • football season
  • Rachel’s Challenge
  • my cancer journey

I will probably use Saturday and Sunday to just post a couple of pictures from the week or any that I like. 

We’ll see if I can get farther than last year.  🙂