Thursday, May 16

Why I Grind

In November 2011, Jonathan and I became Grizzlies season ticket holders. While I liked the idea of going to some games, I was not thrilled that I would be going to that many games, and I was quite sure I'd be bowing out to allow Jonathan to take family or friends at least some of the time. Twenty games is a lot for someone who has never watched basketball. 

But boy was I wrong. 

The Memphis Grizzlies won me over after a single game. It wasn't just that they played well...they played with heart. I saw something in "my" team that I desperately needed in my life. The 2011-12 season carried me through some very difficult days, and I was devastated (it sounds silly, but it's true) when the season ended with a home loss to the LA Clippers. Over the summer, players moved around, and the team was sold. We wondered if we'd feel the same about the Grizzlies in 2012-13 and if the team would have the same heart that inspired us so deeply.

In October, Jonathan and I flew to LA to watch the Grizzlies open the season at Staples Center versus the Clippers. The game was a disaster, and we were suddenly really worried about the season. Fortunately, the Grizzlies turned things around after that first game, and they started winning....a lot. About that time, we started trading players again. The bombshell was the trade of Rudy Gay, our star player. While there were many people who cheered this move, there were many die-hard Grizz fans who were sad to see Rudy go. Well, at least until he said he wouldn't miss anything about Memphis. 


It turns out that Memphis didn't need Rudy. We would come together and pull off our most successful season in franchise history. We would then go down 0-2 before beating the LA Clippers four straight games to silence our 2011-12 demons. Next up was Oklahoma City, the team that beat us in seven games during the second round of the playoffs in 2010-11. After giving away Game 1 in OKC, we came back and won another four straight games. The clincher was last night in OKC. Whew, what a way to close out the series. 

Our team is now headed to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. This is a huge moment for our team, both collectively and individually, and for our city. The national media is (sort of) talking about us for the first time, and while we're still underdogs, people are finally starting to see our heart and take us seriously. We're proud Memphians and Grizz fans.

In all of this, we're not renewing our season tickets next year. As much as we love our team and the games, our lives (and budget) has changed, and we can no longer spend the time or the money on season tickets. Despite this, we remain die-hard Grizzlies fans and will tune in to every game. We love our team. We love their heart, their grit and their grind. 

We are so proud to have watched them rise from the ashes of last season, and we can't wait to see what happens next.

We believe in Memphis and the Grizzlies. 

Tuesday, May 7

Seasons of life

A friend sent these thoughts to me today, and they resonated with me so much that I wanted to share them here. As we travel along on our personal journeys, it's easy to get frustrated when we don't feel like we're making the progress we should. According to Joel and Victoria, the key is not to lose ground or stop trying. As long as we're working as hard as we can and staying focused on what's important, we'll get there. Regardless of where we are in life, those words can definitely inspire. I know they've inspired me!

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God has set up seasons in our lives. It’s easy to get frustrated when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable, but every season is not harvest season. There are plowing seasons. There are planting seasons. There are watering seasons. Sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase left and right, good breaks here and there. But without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared. For example, it’s during the plowing seasons that God brings issues to light that we need to deal with. He’s getting us prepared for promotion.
If you’re not making as much progress as you would like, the key is to not lose any ground. Don’t go backwards. Hold your position. Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that, you are passing the test, and God promises that your due season of harvest is coming. Be encouraged because your appointed time of increase, favor and promotion is on its way, and He will fulfill every dream and desire He’s placed within your heart. Remember, harvest is coming!
To read more from Joel and Victoria, click here.

Monday, May 6

Eliza's Big Announcement

Is if life hasn't been exciting enough this year, our adorable niece is going to be a big sister in November. If you can't tell from the photo, she is a total girly-girl and would really like a little sister. Regardless of the baby's sex, it will be welcomed with so much love. Congratulations to Julie, Josh and Eliza! We can't wait to meet Baby Green!