Thursday, December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: September 2013

I failed to post about anything we did in September, so I thought I'd take advantage of 'Throwback Thursday'.  Here's a quick look at our life during that month.  

On September 11, each of the schools on post participated in a Freedom Walk where the children walked from their schools to meet at a field.  They were all decked out with red, white & blue, flags and other patriotic accessories.  The children sang songs and there was a brief but emotional ceremony where they honored those lost on 9/11 and the servicemembers that have served and been lost since then.

We were invaded by butterflies!  One of Marlie's friends told me ALL about the monarch butterflies and their migration.   This is just one of the many that were constantly in the bushes in front of our house.

Bryan and Marlie were able to enjoy an afternoon at a Father-Daughter Tea that was held on post.

Emma and I got to meet UGA football great (and Heisman Trophy winner), Herschel Walker!  He was here speaking about mental health which is obviously a huge issue in the military today.  Em & I dressed up in our red & black and he was kind enough to sign a few of our UGA football books too.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tenacious by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams

When I was given the opportunity to read and review Tenacious, I jumped at the chance.  Jeremy and Jennifer Williams and their 2 children, Josie & Jacob are from my home state of Georgia.  Their story had spread throughout the state and their family was featured on the Extreme Home Makeover television series.  I was very interested in reading their story in their own words.       

Jeremy was a young, up and coming high school football coach who was married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer.  They had a young daughter, Josie, when they learned that Jennifer was pregnant with their second child.  Jacob was born with Spina Bifida and soon Jeremy would be diagnosed with ALS.  Tenacious is the beautiful story of how the Williams family faced these challenges and used their faith in God to inspire a football team and community.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book.  The sports fan in me loved reading about Jeremy's football coaching experience and the impact he had on the young men in his community.  As a mom, I was moved by Jeremy & Jennifer's experiences as they dealt with a difficult diagnosis for Jacob while ensuring that Josie gets all the love and attention that a little girl needs.    

Tenacious is easy to read yet powerful.  I would recommend it for readers in their teens and older.  You can get your own copy of the book here.  

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