Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
After a good catch
The look of determination & to prove a point
Saturday, November 21, 2009
You know you meet people and just instantly you know they are special! Well this is my friend from school, a colleague and teacher, Laurie Cowling. We have to much in common, we LUV our football boys, students, and children at school. We love being amateur photographers, and being rowdy! LOL I guess I am to blame for her blog now! I realize I can reach many of my students, family and friends through my blog, so I felt I need to share the experience with my good friend Mrs. Cowling!
Oh, if you visit her blog, be sure and ask her how she was "almost part of the football team last night at the 'playoff' game against Parkers Chapel"........LOL sorry Ms. C, but I sure wish I had taken a picture, it was one of those moments! You were an inch of getting that 'run down feeling'.........:)
Monday, November 16, 2009
This has been a great weekend and starting of the week! I have been so blessed with my friends and family! Also, my Church family is amazing! I have grown so close to them. I see why our Father wants us in Church!
I can't wait for Thanksgiving, my precious family from Texas is coming in and we plan to spend special time with them. Over Christmas we are looking to travel to Texas! Gosh, how blessed I am. This is GREAT!
Where do I go from here? Thank you Father for giving me such wonderful friends and family!
God has blessed my brother and his wife, who I absolutely love my sister in law, Melissa. She is the best!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
As many people know now that Lamar Warriors of Lamar Arkansas were 'supposingly' playing and ineligible football player who moved in to our district in mid September. We have been fighting the AAA (Arkansas Activity Association) for 2 weeks now! Since 90% of schools, individuals and communities have been receiving "INCORRECT" information and "ASSUMPTIONS" about this player, I thought I would take the time to use my blog to post the CORRECT information.
I did attend the Court hearing, for 4 hours I sat between my boys, the Lamar Warrior Football players, and we held hands, we prayed and listen tentatively to both sides being presented. That being said, I can tell you from the beginning how all this came about!
A student from a neighboring district moved to Lamar schools because he had been threatened and ganged up on at this school. They were on a trip back from a school which they had played a 'scrimmage' game. Some boys had thrown a bottle and hit him in back of the head, this is where it all started. From there it escalated to a fight and then continued to a 'threat' and 'hand gestures' of a gun towards this boy. His truck was stolen and destroyed. So the family feared for his life and moved him to Lamar. (Under AAA rules, in these cases this is considered a 'hardship' and the boys is automatically eligible) The school paperwork, transfer and AAA documentation was 'all' filled out. To verify that he was for sure eligible, 2 phone calls were made to AAA from our Administration and the school he transferred from also called AAA and they were also told he was eligible. We were told "2" times that the paperwork was in order and he was eligible to play football. This was the second week of football season. Then 9th week of football season, we received a phone call and was informed we had an ineligible player. If AAA new the 2nd week of games, why did the school he transferred from wait until the 9th week of games they would call AAA and inform them we have been playing an ineligible player? THIS SEEMS VERY PERSONAL! Hummmmmmmmmmmmmm Or very scared of our football team!
We filed an appeal for a hearing to the AAA, on Tuesday of this week. The team that ended up 6th in the conference, were informed on Thursday at a game against Russellville and Cabot by the AAA executive director that they would be playing in the playoffs! Hummmmm, we had not even had our hearing yet, so yes, that told us that they had planned on denying our appeal. We went to our appeal at the AAA office. Seven board members sat there while we (our attorney, Superintendent and Athletic Director) presented our case, one of the members had his head down on the table, one was texting....another red flag, decision made?
Once we were denied from the AAA, we filed a petition for an injunction with the courts. Why? Because 2x's we were presented that AAA was not going to balls up and admit they made a mistake by telling us the boy was eligible. Trying to put all the blame on us! Time was an essence, playoff were suppose to start tonight (Friday), and so we needed to move fast. Our school attorney had all the paperwork ready for Thursday (after Wednesday holiday) and Thursday morning we filed for the injunction. A judge agreed to hear and rule on it.
We spent 4 hours in the court room, I sat from 3:15 - 7:05 hearing both side as each attorney presented their case and witnesses. It was amazing how AAA were arrogant, and so sure they were going to win. The judge spent much time with each side and asking many questions to clarify the statements made.
When the judge came back from his chambers for the verdict, all the boys and I locked hands and held on tight to each other. You have to understand, these boys worked very hard during their season, the boy that transferred in was not a starter, he is a good player, but he never started, so it is fair to say, we won games with and without him. Our last game was with Paris Eagles, who was projected to beat us by 7 pts. By the end of this game, we won 52-21! Without the 'supposingly' ineligible player! LOL
The judge started reading his verdict and I was blown away at how he was very disappointed how the AAA rule book was so vague,nothing was explained and half the paperwork that is suppose to be filled out was not even in the rule book, but on the website the papers were not accessed easily. He informed Lance Taylor the executive director of AAA should be governed and they need to get together and revamp their rules, that ONE man should not be the one who makes the decision if a school has an ineligible player or not! AMEN! Finally, someone realizes that ONE "Control" freak should not decide the fate of a school and its players! Especially, since HE is the one who said the boy was eligible! HUMMMMMMMMMMMMM
We all prayed that the truth would come out! That was the reason for my previous post.....we knew our Father would bring the truth out. We didn't know if we would win our injunction, WE JUST WANTED TO BE HEARD, WE DID THINGS RIGHT!
I am happy for my boys and our school. WE made History and DESERVE to be in the playoffs! Thank the Lord above!
So our school is getting bashed terribly because the ruling has caused 3A playoffs to be postponed until the Judge can sign the ruling and the two attorneys can come to a consensus.
My boys and our school do not deserve it, we are the BEST! And our new record is 10-1 (9-1 without the win over AAA)!
Keep praying for us and our boys! The reason behind all this was for OUR boys! Isn't that why we are teachers? What if this was your child who played football and in his senior year was stripped from their record and playoffs? You all would be fighting for the truth also! :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The next few days will be a very trying time and so many are on their knees praying for the truth~ Being a faithful Christian and a true believer I know that all things work for the good of the Lord. For all things there is a purpose and a reason, we may not understand it at this time, but I have to continue having faith and leave it in God's hands. I have seen grown men fall to their knees praying and crying all week, we feel we have no more tears left. Our hearts are breaking and we feel we have lost one of our own! I do believe in Karma......and so do the others! So I keep praying we all have the strength to sustain the ones we love the most! Luv U TTLWFBB!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"Mousers to be" Painting
Joni McKim, each one of her paintings have a story behind them. When you visit her website, she will tell you the inspiration behind each of her paintings. AMAZING friend I have!
She is just beginning her love, here is her website: www.jonimckim.com
I met Joni about 4 years ago at a barrel race in Tulsa, Oklahoma at a Drysdales barrel race. Approximately 400-500 barrel racers show up for this 3 day event. I was getting my stalls ready for the horses to bed down on a Thursday afternoon when I heard this woman laughing and just loved her personality. I had to go and get water when I realized that the water faucet was by her stall. While my water buckets were filling up, Joni and I started visiting. I really had a good time visiting. After getting my horses bedded down and fed, I went to the RV park (on the same grounds by the huge indoor arena), parked my living quarters trailer and within 30 minutes I looked up and here comes Joni, her parking place was next to us! SO, this friendship was meant to be! We sat up late that night, laughing, visiting and going over our lives, but she never told me that she loved to paint! This woman is amazing! I love her and so blessed to have her a friend!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Zach running in for a touchdown!