Big news day! Be sure to read all the posts…
Things are stormy for the Suns this week after Nash and Barnes’ suspensions and other team member’s fines.
I was also sad to hear that Leandro’s mom passed away. You could tell from interviews with him that they were a very close family. It’s been noticeable that she’s been on his mind since the start of the season and I’m sure it will be even harder for him now that she’s gone. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and his extended family in this difficult time.
AN AFTER CHRISTMAS SURPRISE!!!
(and a bit of reminiscing…)
After our “Friends Get-Together” on the 29th we were talking (sadly) about the fact that Christmas was over for the year. We had given and received the last of our gifts and felt so blessed by the joy of it all, but sad that the season was ending. You see, giving gifts is one of the things I enjoy the most.
Little did I know that God (and my friend Scott) had one more surprise in mind.
You need to understand that I have known Scott since I was probably 5 years old (which is a LONG time)! He’s close to my older brother’s age and came to our house to do projects and earn badges for Cub Scouts when my mom was their Den Mother. Of course, at the time we weren’t really friends, he was just one more boy at the house to keep my mom busy.
Many years later, Scott and I became great friends who shared our love for God and his Word. He was one of the people that helped me grow in my Christian walk when I first accepted Christ at the age of almost 15. We spent hours and hours in Bible study, learning, sharing, singing, worshiping, processing life and growing deep in God’s love that summer and the following school year. We went through many joys and heartaches together. I loved to watch him sing and play his guitar and was amazed by his creativity in our high school art class as well. I still have pictures in my mind of some of the work that he did that was so wonderful.
Although it turned out for good, the following summer it was hard to understand when God chose to move my family to Arizona (from Ohio) and my daily times with Scott and my other precious friends came to an end. But, even though we’ve been 2000 miles apart for over 30 years, God has allowed us to stay connected over the years.
Before there was email, we would write back and forth maybe once or twice every year or so. I always looked forward to his long hand printed letters. You see he’s an artist in so many ways. Even his letters are filled with gorgeous printing and beautifully descriptive words. Sometimes he even throws in a drawing or two! I loved them. We’ve had a chance to see each other a sprinkling of times over the years when my family would go back to Ohio. Maybe someday he’ll get out to AZ to visit as well.
Now that we have email and blogs, it doesn’t take quite so long to catch up. With busy lives like everyone has, we still don’t write too often, but every once in a while Scott comes to mind and we reconnect. So…that’s a long explanation to prep you for yesterday’s surprise.
A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Scott that asked to confirm my address because he had something to send to me. Of course, I wondered what it was…maybe a photo from those teen years or some other story or treasure, then I promptly forgot about it.
Late Monday afternoon, we heard a knock at the door. When I opened it, the mailman handed me our mail as well as a long cardboard tube, probably 5 feet long. What in the world was it? I could see that it was from Scott. Wow! I couldn’t imagine what he could have from the past that would be so huge.
When I opened it, the note above was attached. It’s always fun to hear about those mysterious people that are reading my blog, but choose not to comment. Scott is one of those souls.
Anyway, Scott is an elementary school teacher, which is how he had access to this truly amazing nearly life size poster of one of my favorite NBA players, Steve Nash!!!! Isn’t it awesome! It just makes me smile. As soon as I opened it up I hung it on the wall just inside our entry in the living room. I know it won’t stay there, but I just love looking at it. It will soon be moved to the scrapping and exercise room to provide extra motivation there. From what I’ve heard of Steve Nash, he’s a bit of a rebel, but is caring, compassionate, fun-loving, hard-working, unselfish and so giving of the gifts God has blessed him with. What a pleasure to see his smiling face on our wall.
Thank you, thank you Scott! What an extra-ordinary gift from an extraordinary friend! I will treasure it forever!
And just for fun, I’ve attached a little clip of Steve shooting the ads for this BodyByMilk campaign.
Oh, and you can also vote for him to be on the 2008 All Star Team here.
Happy New Year!!!!
Terry scored 4 tickets from his company for a Phoenix Suns game last Friday and I’m finally getting around to posting about it now. We got there early and met Randy & Linda (who were already close to the court) to try to get autographs just for the fun of it. I actually got one from Boris Diaw on the cover of the Suns 2006-07 Yearbook. He was very nice to sign lots of autographs before the game and even stood with a girl to get her picture taken. I scanned the cover of the magazine, but for some reason it won’t load here. If it did, you’d be able to see the scribbly signature right along Steve Nash’s arm (on the cover photo).
Unfortunately it was a pretty disappointing game…one of the worst losses of the season. But it was still fun to see them in person and be part of the excitement of such a great team in such an awesome year. I can’t wait to see how they do in the playoffs and see if Nash gets his 3rd consecutive MVP, Barbosa gets 6th man of the year and Marion gets Defensive Player of the Year!
As you can see I got some pretty good shots with my long lens. I tried to take a bunch during the game, but it was just too hard when they’re moving so fast, we were at the top of the lower level and I didn’t have those huge lenses like the sports photographers who sit right under the basket. I told Terry that’s what I want for my birthday next year. Ha!
I think the most fun for me at a game is to isolate on a player and watch his interaction on the court and off. It’s so much fun to see their personality and how they treat each other and the opposing team members. Of course, I like to watch them play too, but that’s one of the many reasons I like basketball the best.
- You have less players to watch
- They don’t have helmets or masks on so you can see their emotions and interaction better. For example, look at Steve Nash smiling during warm ups and the pre-game greetings. Doesn’t he look like he’s having fun?
- The court is closer to the stands, so you’re not looking across the outfield or 100 + yards away to see the guys.
- I love the fast moving game, especially with the Suns. There’s no way you can get bored with this game.
- I won’t get into details by talking about Nash’s amazing 6th sense for assists to just the right player at the right time or the pick-and-rolls, the alley-oops to Marion or Stoudemire’s dunks, plus the awesome 3-point scoring…I just LOVE THIS GAME!
I also had to get some pics of Leandro Barbosa because he’s Amy’s favorite…plus he’s so cute and lovable. What a sweet kid. As Tom Chambers said the other night; “I just want to give him a big hug.” I have more pics too, Amy if you want to see them.
I was so glad that we were able to get to a game this sold-out season, even if it was a loss. It was well worth it!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Steve Nash’s new look!!!!!
Now he won’t be messing with it all the time during the games either.
So can you believe that preseason has started? The Phoenix Suns (my favorite team ever) played in Cologne, Germany today. Sad that they lost…they’re saving all the best stuff for the real season, right?
I can’t wait for the season to start. We really want to get GOOD tickets to at least one game this year. They’re so much fun to watch! Maybe Terry will get some tickets through work…we’ll hope for the best. If you hear of any good sources for buying good seats, let me know…we’re willing to pay a reasonable amount.