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Monday, May 28, 2012

Not Just Another Day

This past Saturday, TLC, Her Sweet Hubby, our long-time and dear friends, Autumn and Her Sweet Hubby, My Sweet Hubby (MSH) and I spent the afternoon watching a FANTASTIC Texas Rangers’ baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Autumn and HSH’s Sweet Son (he's a tres handsome young man, too!), who grew up with TLC, now works for the Rangers’ organization. He kindly helped Autumn get some great seats. In the shade! What a day!

During the 6th inning, we watched three Rangers hit three homeruns. Back to back. To back. (MSH said later, “In all of my years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen three homeruns in a row.” Since it was his birthday, it was, needless to say, a wonderful gift.) Still, it wasn’t enough to get control of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

All coming from three different directions to The Ballpark, we’d agreed it would make sense to leave by the top of the 9th. It was a soldout game—something like over 44,000 people in attendance. We planned to listen to the end on the radio. At the bottom of the 9th, as we drove West, TLC and her Hubby drove North, and Autumn and Her Hubby drove Southwest, the game was tied: 5-5. Yep. Overtime.

Little did we know we’d all get home and be able to watch the Rangers finally win: 8-7. Autumn and her hubby got home first. Then TLC and her hubby arrived at their casa in time to pick up the 11th inning. MSH and I live the fartherest away, so it was the bottom of the 12th when we raced in and turned our TV on—frantically searching for the right channel (the other two have a different TV provider or we’d have known what it was and could have saved precious minutes!). It was totally AWESOME. In the bottom of the 13th, Josh Hamilton hit in a two-run homer to put it away and to be The Hero! Wowzer.

Today, as we smile about our lovely experience Saturday, Americans everywhere are celebrating Memorial Day. Some are with their families. Having picnics and barbeques. Some are at baseball games—professional. Or Little League. Some are at water parks. Or theme parks—like Six Flags Over Texas. Some are having a quiet day—doing chores. Watching movies at home. Or the Food Network. MSH and I are awaiting the arrival of Little Mama and Little Leighton. They’ll only be here for about 24 hours. We’ll take it—we’re not picky. We’ll cherish every second! But it's Not Just Another Day.

Loving country music the way we do, TLC and I believe Lee Greenwood, who served in our Military before becoming a famous country singer, sums up today perfectly:

And I’m proud of be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me…
                                                Lee Greenwood

(We know he means women, too...)

TLC and I pray to Almighty God that everyone each of y’all love is safe today. Happy. Healthy. That all of us Americans will remember to be grateful to be living in the United States of America. How blessed we truly are. We must not ever forget the sacrifices so many have made for each of us.

Please say a prayer for Our Troops—past and present, okay? It’s the very least we can do, don't you think?

love and hugs!

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