I have not been good about updating my blog, so here is a blast of pictures from the past few months:
2014-2015 school year. . .
It has been a crazy, busy couple of months! School is in full swing (I am homeschooling once again), and we are balancing it all as I have had many opportunities to travel, instruct, and speak. In terms of teaching my boys, I now have a 2nd grader, 3rd grader, and 7th grader! Where has the time gone?!
We continue to do Jennie Finch Camps (our last one for 2014 is this weekend in Tucson, AZ!). I’m excited to get back to Wildcat Country and see some of my favorite people in the softball world!
Jennie, Crystl Bustos and I all have birthdays in early September, so Jennie decided to rent out the paintball facility to celebrate! It was my first and my last time but it was a lot of crazy fun. Memories were made for sure that day!
Bible Study Sunday morning at JFSC
It was exciting to get the NEW FCA Softball Sports New Testament! Just released this fall and it features my former teammates and coach and other softball stars!
Softball continues to bring new friends into my life, and I love how God just combines opportunities to see friends from across the country! Taylor (TN) and Caity (VA) were involved with Jennie’s camp in VA and we all traveled to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2013. We will be traveling to Spain together next summer with America’s Team!
This summer, we went to a Red Sox vs Angels game so Tommy could cheer on his favorite team!
I had the chance to meet Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty in Sulphur, LA when Jennie Finch and Sulphur put on a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. We had Jennie’s camp that weekend as well. It was AWESOME! And Willie is such a great guy! We even played outfield together- he can play 🙂
I turned the BIG 4-0 in September!! And I was able to spend my birthday with my family and closest friends. The older you get, the more you realize that the greatest gifts in life are the relationships you have with those around you!
I also took a trip to Mexico for my birthday. We planned to go to Cabo San Lucas but a hurricane destroyed the area one week before we were supposed to be there. So we had a quick change of plans and went to Rosarito. It was fun to spend quality time with my brother and sister-in-law and my best friend and her husband.
The food was amazing!! We found some fun treasures. And I crossed a bucket list item: Riding horses on the beach!
Drew and Luke are finishing up their soccer season. Luke’s team is undefeated heading into play-offs. Drew’s team has struggled but he has met some new friends and enjoyed being out on the field.
I have been honored to have more opportunities to share about how important Jesus is in our lives! I spoke at the Ashlie Pipkin Memorial Tournament in Sumter, SC in September.
September also marked a full year of working out. I haven’t done workouts like these since I retired 10 years ago. Although the weights are not as heavy, it has been hard work and I have enjoyed the struggle!
I spoke at the Purpose Conference for teen girls in Norco, CA.
It was so nice to have some quality girlfriend time. A few weeks ago, I spent a Fri-Sat with some dear friends of mine at Beth Moore’s Conference in San Diego. It was refreshing and encouraging!
We celebrated my niece, Brooklyn’s, 3rd Birthday in September, and Drew’s 9th Birthday on October 8th.
I was excited to get the chance to go back to West Virginia. Faith Christian Fellowship brought me out for a softball outreach and to speak at their Sunday church service. I was so honored and have met the most wonderful people! It was such a bonus to have the entire Marshall University Softball Team and staff help at the clinic and come to the church service.
We took a family field trip to the San Diego Safari Park last month and it was so nice to have Tommy go with us!
Oak Glen is a family tradition and this year we were able to have Caity go with us. She is staying with our family for 3 months as a travel nurse in the OR at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also helped us to get some great shots for family pictures.
My niece, Taylor, is playing travel ball now for CIA out of Chino Hills. I was able to speak to the girls a few weeks ago. My passion is to encourage, inspire, and empower these young ladies to be all that God has called them to be!
I was honored to speak at a fundraiser for Westmont Girls Basketball as they are preparing for a trip next summer to Africa. Santa Barbara is so beautiful- it was fun to enjoy the weather and beach for the short time we were there.
A couple weeks ago, I helped at a clinic at Lander University in South Carolina. We also worked with FCA and I was able to share about the love of Christ. I love how God is connecting me with others who have the same heart! The Lander Head Softball Coach is Tina Whitlock, and we were teammates when we were 14 years old and then again in Women’s Ball. She is so strong and bold in her faith! It was inspiring.
We hung out with good friends on Halloween this year. The boys enjoyed dressing up and getting candy! They wore these costumes to their Thursday classes that they take.
I was able to speak this week for Sports World in Watertown, NY and surrounding towns. The response was so encouraging! These students just need reminders sometimes that they are not alone in their struggles, and they all can achieve greatness with hard work!
Tommy has been working so hard: eating healthy and working out and I am SO proud of him! He has lost so much weight and has shown great discipline! In January we will celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary!
This has been a very hectic couple of months, but I cannot complain at all. We are beyond blessed and I am thankful for my family and for all that God has allowed me to do. I am looking forward to the holidays with my loved ones! I can’t believe it’s already November.