Monday, January 12, 2015

How can I ...


Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates.





The Moorhead Bantam AA Spud Classic Tournament Champions!  


Nolan and his team won all 4 of their games in their home tournament this weekend.  They scored a combined 27 goals, and gave up 0!   


The core group of players on this team have skated together in one way or another, since they were 3 and 4 years old.  They've always had a passion for the game, and tend to leave it all on the ice- including their blood, sweat and tears.

I also have to think, these boys will never forget the teamwork, but they will also never forget the plays, the goals, the saves and all the great memories they have formed together over the years.  

The arena was packed with friends watching, cheering, and supporting our boys.  Truly, all I could think as I watched was that it doesn't get any better than this.  


We even had a former team mate come to play against us on a team from Sioux Falls, SD.  It was so fun to see him and his family.  The Bertolini family was such a fun group of people and we loved their time here with us! 

The boys were also truly surprised and excited to hear that one of their childhood favorite hockey players, Jordy Christian came to see them play.  For years, our kids begged us to go see Jordy play and we traveled many places just to see him play in high school and then college.  Now, to have him come, and see them, see what he inspired them to do, feels like a full circle moment to me.  



We're so proud of our boys!  



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I have to say I've received such interesting Christmas gifts this year, and have to share a couple more.  My nieces, Alex and Madi, introduced me to Alex and Ani.  Specifically, they love their stackable bracelets.  I think they are affordable, beautifully made, have a wide variety of metals and designs, and are so fun to wear!  




These were the two I received as presents.  The butterfly came from the girls, and had this meaning printed on a card in the box that came with each bracelet.  From Alex and Ani:



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A regenerative species, butterflies consistently transition from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly. Giving us faith in change, the butterfly is associated with unwavering grace, soulful insight, and eloquence on our journey. Channel the energy of the butterfly and emerge brilliantly from your own transformation.
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Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Butterfly Charm Bangle sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000, between January 2015 and December 2015, to the Hanley and Caron Treatment Centersthat offer a variety of continuing care, support services and prevention programs for patients, families and the community. 

*Purchase price includes sales to Alex and Ani retail and web customers, and authorized retailers.
EXPANDABLE TO FIT EVERYONE




They also gifted me with this anchor:  



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Holding fast and steady despite the elements, the anchor is a symbol of stability, hope, and peace. The anchor allows us to keep a clear mind amidst the tides of life. An emblem of good luck, wear the Anchor Charm for courage, safety, and peace of mind.


You can stack and combine the bracelets in any which way your heart desires! They have initials, birthstones, all kinds of activities, teams, and colors, its hard to choose just one!  





If you're ever looking for a gift for someone who loves Jewelry, I wouldn't hesitate to try Alex and Ani!




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How can I pray for you? 



Tomorrow is the MRI of my brain.  I've pushed it out of my mind for so long now.  Its time to face it.  So I'm gripping tight to my word, "believe," and taking a huge helping of hope, and will lie still, strapped to the bed that allows the images to be taken of my head.  

Wednesday I will see Dr. Foster and we will figure out the best way to move forward from wherever I may be. 


I'm making my list of people to pray over.  Either in the comments below, or through email or Facebook, feel free to leave me prayer requests, so I may pray for you, as I go through sedation and then the MRI scan.



Jesus Calling: January 12th

"Let me prepare you for the day that stretches out before you.  I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about it.  You would like to see a map, showing all the twists and turns of the journey.  You'd feel more prepared if you could visualize what is on the road ahead.  However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today: Spend quality time with Me…  My abiding Presence is the best road map available."

Amen! 










33 comments:

  1. Prayers going both ways. Congrats to Nolan's team!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kass- love to you!

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  2. Prayers for you Vicky and your family

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    1. Thank you, Vicki- you know you have mine as well.

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  3. Congrats to Nolan and team mates!!

    Sending prayers your way, friend -

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    1. Thank you, Karen- most appreciated.

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  4. Congratulations to the "Team" and best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you!

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    1. Thank you, friend- appreciate the good thoughts and prayers a lot!

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  5. I'll be praying for you, keeping you close in thought and trusting that all shall be well.

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    1. Thankful for being kept close in prayers and thoughts, friend!

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  6. Loved the Jesus Calling today!! Always thinking of you and so glad you had a great hockey weekend. I sure know what that feels like❤️

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    1. Deb- I also love that we share that hockey mom bond! There is nothing quite like it :) Thanks for thinking of me- deeply appreciated!

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  7. that Jesus Calling summarizes where i am right now! i have a big week ahead, with a huge opportunity on thurs evening at 6:45. i am sharing about IF:Gathering with approximately 80 women's small group leaders at my church. i have been following God's lead about making the churches in my town aware of this event since Oct., so this short time to share feels very important.

    i don't want to get caught up in myself. i'm God's messenger; He has made that clear all along. He will accomplish what He intends--that's not within my abilities at all! pray i speak clearly and concisely, as i will have a very brief window. pray that those who God has been drawing will come get the handout and not be deceived by the enemy's attempts to make it seem impossible to do with only three weeks between their learning of the event and it happening.

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    1. I love that I am praying about the same thing, in a way, for you- about IF- and the gathering this time? Is so much bigger!! I have such faith in your ability to clearly communicate and impact this room full of women! xxoo

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  8. Wow! What an incredible weekend of hockey for Nolan and his team! It is surely one that will be etched in their memories forever. They are having an awesome season!

    I forgot to mention this last time...but I hope that Rick is feeling better!

    Will be holding you close in my thoughts tomorrow, my dear. Prayers for the best news possible!

    Love and hugs~

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    1. Thankful for your steadfast prayers, Steph! Rick is pretty miserable, but learning how to cope with it as best as he can. Love and hugs right back to you!

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  9. Vicky, I'm sure it doesn't get easier to do these MRIs but I'm glad you've realized how to bring all of us with you. What a blessing to us that you would use your precious and difficult hospital time to pray for us. If I think of prayers I'll text them. Hugs, Ro

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    1. Yes- please do, Roxane. Focusing on something other than myself, is a balm for my spirit. I also just try to utter my gratitude for all that is sustaining and nourishing me- which is so much. I love that its become a time of intentionality.

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  10. Weird stuff going on. Let me try again. Roxane 😀

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  11. Your hockey community seems so special!

    I will be remembering you and praying for you throughout tomorrow. And I've already prayed tonight that you will rest well and wake up refreshed, calm, and ready for the day.

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    1. The hockey community is like a second family, truly. Thankful for your prayers, friend- you know you will have extra from me today.

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  12. My dear friend,
    I just love that Nolan's team did so well and that you were there soaking it all in. Your are so right. It just doesn't get better than that. Those full circle moments of seeing your son
    do what he so loves to do.

    And about tomorrow...you are in my prayers every day and especially tomorrow and Wednesday as you go into the MRI test and learn the results. Yet what I know for sure is that you are not alone. God is in there with you as are the prayers of your prayer warriors. No matter what...all shall be well.
    Love you to the moon and back again, dear Vicky.
    Linda

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    1. Thankful for your steadfast prayers and love, Linda. Thankful for the reminder He is there, too. Much love to you sweet friend!

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  13. So proud of Nolan and his teammates. I know that your heart has to be completely filled with love and pride for all of them.
    I will pray for your MRI results before I close my eyes in sleep tonight, Vicky.
    I covet your prayers for my Mama (Rose) and for my Daddy as he lovingly cares for his wife of 67 years. Thank you for having the heart and the compassion of a truly wonderful woman. I am proud to call you friend.
    Love you,
    Jackie

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    1. Jackie- its such an honor to pray for Rose and Daddy- I am deeply humbled by their love for each other and their family. From one Daddy's girl to another- much love to you and yours!

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    2. Thank you, Vicky. Continued prayers for you and yours, my sweet friend....

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  14. Yeah to the boys!!! how utterly wonderful! I needed yesterday's words from Sarah young...and I was pleased to see you wrote them....and todays ' Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your guide. Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to your will, be attentive to me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank me for this day of life. Trust that I am with you in each precious moment..." he is with you! I am with you, we are with you! many prayers heading your way.... love to you beautiful lady :)

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    1. Yes- Sarah Young speaks to me in so many ways- and its always the right thing for the journey it seems. Am so glad you are getting the words you need at the time you need them too! Praying for you friend! Much love to you~

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  15. Dearest Vicky,
    Just wanted you to know that you have been on my mind and heart all day, praying for you as you've had your MRI and now wait for results. I've have been asking God to heal you so you
    can have one more day and week and month and year. I've been using your word"believe"
    all day long. Believe in miracles. Believe in His presence. Believe that you are not alone in this.

    How amazing is it, truly, to know that thousands of people from all over the world are praying for you today. You have touched all of us with your love and grace and we are sending love right back to you, oodles and pints and quarts and GALLONS of love.

    I'm also holding Rick in my prayers as I well remember how painful shingles can be. And your dear boys for peace and knowing God's presence. I awoke this morning with sweet Colton on my heart and asked God to wrap His arms around that sweet boy, that angel giver, who loves his Momma so.

    So tonight, here, in snowy Spokane, I send you a warm hug and much love.
    And prayers, sweet friend, always prayers!
    Linda

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  16. I see that I read this after your MRI.....having had so many of my own head, I do know how they can be....and I so hope that yours was "doable"....because that's all they can be.
    And I'm praying for you, I think of you often.

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  17. So true--about teammates! Loved getting to see the pics and feel the excitement right along with you.

    My heart is with you. I'm believing. Lifting you in prayer so often....

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  18. Such pretty bracelets but I'm rushing over to see your MRI results......

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