Thankfulness

This is a rehash of some things I posted on my Facebook page a few weeks ago when I was in a particularly foul mood. There are lots of things I’m thankful for, big and small. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list but it reminds me of how good my life really is and how blessed I am…far beyond what I deserve. In no particular order, I am thankful for…

  • Cheese
  • Pizza
  • Jambalaya
  • Football
  • Christmas
  • The beach
  • The mountains
  • The satisfying feeling of clicking my daughter’s barrette in my fingers
  • Lunch on Sundays at the Mexican restaurant
  • Cornbread and black-eyed peas
  • Riding my bike
  • Sisters
  • My fabulous family
  • T-shirts that are long enough
  • T-shirts on which the neck is not stretched out of shape
  • New shoes that make me run fast
  • My Power Balance wristband which allows me to jump flat-footed from the sidewalk in front of Wal-Mart onto the top of the building
  • A good salad slathered in Italian dressing with so many bacon bits that I can’t even see the lettuce
  • The smell of cinnamon
  • Big cities
  • Creeks
  • Really hot showers on cold days
  • Singing Barry Manilow songs loudly while driving
  • The song Send in the Clowns as performed by Mandy Patinkin
  • Jim Brickman
  • Tacky Christmas lights
  • Waking up in the middle of the night when you don’t have to work the next day and getting caught up in some show or a replay of an Alabama football game
  • Reese’s Puffs cereal
  • Cool autumn nights
  • Pizza nights on Sunday nights after church
  • Watching someone who is really good play the guitar
  • The feeling I get every time I walk through Liberty Square at Disney World
  • Pretty much everything about Disney World
  • Hearing my dad pray
  • My mom’s beef stew
  • Remembering how much fun it used to be to hang out at Steve and Joy’s on Sunday nights 
  • Grit pie at Steve and Joy’s
  • WWII movies and documentaries
  • Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel
  • Going to places I’ve never been before
  • The way Mrs. Ward used to pronounce the word “again”
  • The way a good baseball cap fits
  • The beauty of words
  • Anything Rick Bragg writes
  • Anything Lewis Grizzard wrote
  • Trying to keep up with Gigi on runs
  • Listening to Gabe’s remarkably imaginative stories
  • Watching Gracie dance
  • Marveling at some of the words Gabe uses even though he is only in the 4th grade
  • That video that someone made and put on You Tube with all the pictures of Slapout and the song Boondocks
  • The fact that Jesus wept even though he He knew He was about to knock everyone’s socks off by raising Lazarus from the dead
  • A good Sunday School lesson
  • Hearing Gigi sing the Sandi Patty version of How Great Thou Art
  • Guy Penrod singing You Steal My Heart Away
  • When I call Gigi and she answers with her “I’m happy” voice
  • The way new tires make my car feel so grippy and tall
  • Getting encouragement from unexpected and even unlikely sources
  • Members of the military who know how to shoot guns and blow stuff up and yet they still find the time and compassion to be kind to a child in whatever God-forsaken place which they happen to be serving
  • Winning an arm wrestling match
  • Talking about the fun stuff we used to do
  • Clouds at sunset that look like the side of the glass that my dad just drank buttermilk and cornbread out of
  • Funny people
  • Listening to really smart people talk about things I have no hope of understanding
  • Christmas commercials that start way too early even though there’s no such thing as Christmas commercials that start way too early
  • People who make a lot of money but you’d never know because they are so humble
  • Those same people who share their wealth with those less fortunate than themselves
  • Listening to soft jazz music outside by the firepit
  • My firepit
  • People who can pop a wheelie and ride on the back tire for a really long time
  • Playing miniature golf at the beach
  • Remembering Dave, the cat we used to have who used to sleep on his back, legs stretched out, on the bed between Gigi and me
  • Watching a cat bathe itself, especially the part where it licks its paws and then rubs them on its ears and face
  • The way raccoons have tiny little hands
  • The Montgomery Zoo
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • NPR when they aren’t talking politics
  • Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion
  • The way people in the south pull their cars to the side of the road and stop when a funeral procession goes by
  • A Savior in Jesus Christ who, no matter how much I turn my back on Him, still loves me not because of who I am, but in spite of who I am
Happy Thanksgiving!
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How About a Little Good News?!?

Exciting Weekend for Wetumpka’s Youth Indians!


Michelle Davidson
Saturday, November 13, 2010 was the grand finale for the River Region Youth Football & Cheerleading League’s 2010 season. Saturday morning the River Region held their 2010 Cheer Competition. Saturday evening they held their championship round of the 2010 Playoffs.
The Wetumpka Youth Football & Cheerleading League is a part of the River Region Youth Football and Cheerleading League. The RRYFCL is made up of 8 leagues from the tri-county area; East Montgomery, Eclectic, Holtville, Marbury, Millbrook, Prattville, Tallassee, and Wetumpka.
The Youth Indian Cheerleaders brought home a first place win in the Cricket and Termite division in the 2010 River Region Cheer Competition which was held in Millbrook this year. But lets go back a little further, the cheerleaders’ season starts in August just like the football players. They not only have to start practicing for competition but they also have their duties as sideline cheerleaders. The girls practice 2-4 times a week and only get one chance to bring it all together on Competition Day. At competition they must compete against the 7 other squads from the River Region in their division.
The crickets had 14 girls competing this year with Michelle Shaw as their head coach. Coach Michelle said, “I am so proud of these girls for going out and putting their best performance on the field.  They put in a lot of hard work, tears and dedication to reach this point.  These girls did an awesome job!”
Chaseley Rambo was head coach of the Termite squad and took 25 talented young ladies to competition this year. “I am so thankful to have been given the honor and privilege of working with this group of young ladies. They absolutely accomplished the one goal that we set at the beginning of the season. I told them that no matter what as long we learned to work together as a team the results in the end would be great! Through lots of team work, positive attitudes and great sportsmanship they accomplished the end result. The girls were able to form new relationships, make lasting memories, and build new ones. I can honestly say this was definitely an experience that I will cherish!! The first place trophy at competition was just a BIG bonus to their great season!”, said Coach Chaseley.
Debbie Carswell, WYFCL Cheer President said, “This is the first time in 4 years WYFCL has placed first. This is an awesome group of girls and they all truly exhibit what true teamwork is about.  They have worked very hard for the past 3 1/2 months. These wins were well deserved!  I could not be any prouder of all of the WYFCL cheerleaders.”
Donnie Adams, Crickets Head Coach said, “All my boys set goals at the start of the year. Our last goal was to win the championship. And through hard work and much dedication we accomplished goals.” The Wetumpka Cricket football team is made up of 8 and 9 yr old boys. They start the season in August and they played 7 regular season games. This year the Crickets went undefeated during the regular season where they out scored their opponents 274-65. Five of those games were shutout victories.  Then they had to make it through two rounds of playoff games to get a chance at the Championship round.  Saturday night all their hard work and dedication paid off, they brought home a Championship to Wetumpka by beating their opponent, East Montgomery Seminoles, 26 – 0. This is the first ever Wetumpka Crickets team to go undefeated and win the championship.
It has been a great season for the Youth Indians. There were over 225 boys and girls in the WYFCL this year. Over 30 football and cheer coaches took time out of their schedules to help with 9 teams. Not to mention the hundreds of parents who make sure their children are at practices and games. They are also there to cheer them on every step of the way. Great volunteers, parents and children is what makes a league like this be successful. “All of the league board members and I are so very proud of the kids and all of their dedication and hard work. And I want to invite boys and girls to come out next season and join the Indian Nation.”, said WYFCL League President, Adrian Thrasher.
For more information about the Wetumpka Youth Football & Cheerleading League you can visit their website at www.wyfcl.net.