So, as the trend goes (at least in the area of Houston we live in), throughout their 7th grade school year the girls and guys pack up in groups of 3-5 and host ‘13th Birthday’ parties for almost their entire grade level. The parents hire a DJ, rent out the local community or recreation center, and decorate like there’s no tomorrow. All for three hours of 13-year-old ‘partying’. Continue reading
Well, it’s finally over. The 2012 Olympics in London finished last night, with one of the most memorable closing ceremonies I’ve ever seen. As I sat and watched that ceremony, I couldn’t help but be struck by the power and beauty of the Olympic games. For one small moment in time a collection of athletes from around the world come together to represent the best in what their country has to offer. They do it for the pride. The pride that comes in working hard to achieve something. The pride that comes in succeeding where others can’t. And the pride that comes from overcoming obstacles, setbacks, and hardships to accomplish something great.
If you were like me, you spent several nights these past few weeks watching the games. It didn’t matter that the airing was time delayed, that the events had already been decided. It was just as dramatic to watch as if it was live. I found myself watching late into the night – Swimming, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Rowing, Diving – none of these sports I have ever participated in, but all of them captivating my attention. Continue reading