Sports Channel: Game Time Live

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you enjoyed your time spent with family.  We had a wonderful time and my mom is here spending time with us for a few days.  No Black Friday shopping for me today and if you were able to get out there tell me about the deals you scored.  I will live through your Black Friday shopping. LOL

I’m excited to watch my daughter’s game live today & tomorrow on the Internet.  Whoop! Whoop!  So, today I will have on my cyber cheerleader’s suit.

Tell me are you shopping today and how was your Thanksgiving?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Sports Channel: It’s a new season

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Today is my daughter’s first game of the season. I won’t be there in person, but you know I’m there in spirit. It’s amazing how the cycle of life brings everything back full circle. Starting over with any new team causes us to have to show that we are committed to the mission. Which in turn opens doors for opportunity.

My once starter will have to spend time on the bench again like she did her freshman year of highschool. Never underestimate the power of sitting on the bench. Sitting on the bench with the right spirit and great work ethic, opens the door for endless opportunities. This is what we’ve instilled in her from day one…when you’re sitting on the bench, be mindful of your attitude and cheer for your team. When you get taking out of the game because you’ve messed up, don’t be discouraged, be thankful. Be thankful that your coach cares enough to point out your error so you can learn how to correct it. When you get in the game… play your best game. Companies are able to sale us their idea & product within the timeframe of their commercial. When we’re watching a television show we may watch 2-3 minutes of commercials in increments. When you get on the court, sale yourself! Convince those watching that you are a team player. Convince them that you’re not selfish. Convince them that this girl has got her practice in when she has down time……

Some may argue, “some people just may not want to buy your product.”

Just because someone isn’t willing to buy your product, doesn’t meant that your product isn’t built to last and of high quality. Some people like cheap stuff and at the end of the game, you know you gave it your all.

Best wishes to my daughter and her team as they begin their season.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Marriage & The Family: 5 Loving Remedies for Homesick College Students

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The title should read: 5 loving remedies for a mom who’s sick because her child left for college. 🙂 Time heals all wounds.

1. Social Media, Social Media, Social Media: Thank God for social sites like Twitter, Facebook (the kids have migrated from there), Instagram and YouTube. Although you can be hundreds of miles away, seeing daily updates or pictures posted gives you a feeling of not missing out on what your college student and your family are experiencing. The joy I feel when my daughter likes my post on Instagram or vice verse. So many times I’ve commented on a picture and my daughter will in return call me laughing and we begin to elaborate.

2. Txt msgs: I’m a lover of txt msging. With so much going on with my daily routines and activities, spending hours on the phone is impossible. Random good mornings, WYD, guess what just happened keeps you and your college student connected throughout the day or when time permits.

3. Care Packs: I haven’t went care pack crazy, but the pleasure I get sending my daughter care packs, gives me that ooey gooey mama feeling way down on the inside. Picturing her face when she opens the box and sees pop tarts, gum, laundry detergent etc., warms my heart.

4. Phone calls: txt msging is convenient, stalking her Twitter stream is cool, but hearing her voice puts my heart at ease as I discern her feelings and emotions. Mamas can hear, fatigue, hunger and any other emotions our kids may be feeling without looking in their face. You know… silence often means trouble. How many times have you uttered these words, “YOU’RE TOO QUIET IN THERE! WHAT ARE YOU GETTING INTO?! Sure enough, you enter the quiet filled room and your child is covered in Vaseline!

5. In YO FACE: Skype, YouTube and Facetime are the visual networks we can use to confirm our discerning or put our hearts at ease. Whenever I’m unsure of what I’m hearing in her voice, unclear status update or a vague txt msg, I’ll tell her to Skype me. Then, I’ll conclude…Oh, she’s tired, homesick or maybe she just had a long day. More importantly, I get to see her lovely face 🙂

Everything I touched on above keeps your relationship with your college student intact. These aren’t only helpful to you as a mom, but you could never imagine how much this love you’re showing to your child helps ease his/her homesickness.

Feel free to expound or add to any of the above that has helped you, your child and family with the transitioning of your child leaving home and going to college.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Wordless Wednesday: Defense

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(My daughter top left & bottom left) My daughter has began conditioning training and let’s just say, “another level!” Every morning I txt her with….take your medicine, don’t forget your medicine or did you take your medicine? On the phone the other day she broke down her day to day routine and said, “I don’t have time to do anything.” My reply was, “Good!”

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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National Childhood Obesity Month: (Repost)How the love of the game beat obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Month and I thought this post I shared with you all last year would be appropriate and motivation for any parents dealing with a child fighting obesity.

As my daughter continues to count down the days until her 17th birthday I can’t help to rejoice on how far God has brought us.  I was over hearing her, my husband and son talk about all of her challenges and how they helped her be who she is today.  Often times when we’re talked about and looked down on, we never think of the positive impact it can have if we persevere and not allow it to penetrate our heart (the core of who we really are).

I wrote a post before on the reaction my daughter received when she returned to school this past school year.    From the age of 6 my daughter struggled with her weight…..

Husband teaching her how to cut hair at an early age

Of course we would watch what she ate and make sure we all ate the same way, but I think my daughter’s main problem was not enough exercise. Up until she was 5 yrs old we lived in the city. The public school she attended had gym and recess, but I don’t remember them changing for gym. I also think there was a time that the didn’t have gym at all.

When she was about 8yrs old we moved to the suburb. She participated in gym as well, but during the school year she didn’t go outside to play very much.  As she got older her weight would fluctuate, but she was still overweight.

These pics are from Take Your Child To Work Day (11yrs)

 

During the summer after she finished 6th grade she went to a basketball camp.  She realized how much she enjoyed it and tried out for the 7th grade basketball team.  Since she never played any sports before, she had a lot of work to do.  Most likely the reason she was allowed on the team was because of her height.  The nicked named her “Tumble Weed” because she fell all the time.  If you notice most heavy athletes are slow(running).  She sat on the bench ALOT!!!!!!!

As she continued to play ball she slimmed down a little bit.  We thought that she was just going to be a big girl.  From her freshman year all the way up until her junior year, she would practice with the freshman team, sophomore team and varsity everyday.  She said when she asked the varsity coach her freshman year could she practice with them he looked at her like he saw ghost.  Her sophomore year she received a gym rat award because she was in the gym everyday after school until it was time to go home.  Her drive to work hard had nothing to do with losing weight.  It was all because of her passion to do her best and her growing love for basketball.

She said other teammates told her she couldn’t play, she was fat and other things that would normally kill the spirit of a child.  However, she kept going.  Some kids would start on the varsity team as freshman because they were so good.  I would tell her to wait until her turn.  It’s not always good to move so far ahead of yourself that you miss out on development.

Last summer she played with an AAU team that ran the hell out of them.  These girls ran and ran and ran and ran……….Before you knew it we looked up and was like……”You look skinny!”  We were baffled!  Not only did she loose a lot of weight ( about 35lbs we’re still not sure because it snuck up on us), but she was faster.  Every college coach complimented her on how fast she was.  Again we’re baffled!  This wasn’t the same little girl that I’d want to slap somebody Mama if they said a negative comment about her at a game.  Yep!  They did it!  One parent yelled out, “Stop her big &%?!”  Actually I took that as a compliment because they thought she was gonna run they butt over!LOL

I know this is probably the longest post I’ve ever written but I have come to realize that keeping our kids active is one way to keep them healthy, but if that action can be fueled by passion……….It’s a done deal.  Not only are they healthy physically, but mentally too.  Child athletes endure a lot!  As a parent being there to encourage them and left them up when others are tearing them down is the way we help them fight through their adversities and all of the foolishness.  I’m so proud of my daughter and every time I think of her journey, I cry.  Tears of joy!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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