BROKEN (Five Minute – Free Write)

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Shine On

A fragile vase sits upon a pedestal, enjoying the warmth of the sunlight through
the window, when all of sudden BAM! The window breaks, as a ball propels it forward
onto the hardwood floor. It is broken. Pieces seem to be strewn all over.

The vase will never be the same.

Is there strong enough glue to keep it together?

Will it retain the water to feed the flowers that are placed inside of the vase?

You can hear the crunch of the glass, as the ball rolls to a stop and the final pieces fall…clink, clink, and crunch. Then there is a mysterious…Silence. The parts are brushed together into a small pile… sharp edges, flawed, and imperfect. Waiting… Wondering…

Suddenly a warm healing light appears that will help restore its splendor. This light of strength sees the magnificent beauty of the pieces. With the strength of a father and heart of a mother, this Shining Light gets to work. The pieces are glued one, by one in a unique and beautiful pattern. No, it will never be the same fragile vase it was before, the initial core is the same, but this vase has even MORE strength and beauty from within.

There is LIFE to it again. It will no longer be placed up high on a pedestal. It will sit at the family table and breathe in the miracles around it. Flowers can again be placed inside to be nurtured and cared for. That “vase” which was once broken and lost has been now been found and RESTORED with eternal love.

Everything’s coming up Roses for MSU!

English: Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is here; today our guys play their hearts out in Pasadena, California. You see, I’m a proud Michigan State University Alum. I was a freshman the year our Spartans last went to the granddaddy of all bowl games in 1988. The Rose Bowl has always been HUGE for teams in the Midwest.  It was and is the “pot of gold” at the end of the season. If you went to the Rose Bowl you “made it.”

Game Day with my Boys

Game Day with my Boys

MSU College Days

MSU College Days

26 years later — which is frankly amazing, given that I’m still only “29” in my mind 🙂 — I will be supporting my team all the way from Northern Michigan.  I’ll wear my finest Spartan gear. My three kids will be decked out in all things Green with a Spartan “S.”

I’m a HUGE fan. Of course I’m disappointed I didn’t have enough “green” to get to the Rose Bowl in person. There is just something about being a part of the waves of Green in the stands, hearing the cheers of the crowd, singing along to the Fight Song when we score.  Disclaimer: I invested my “green” earlier in a Justin Timberlake experience , so I really can’t complain. Hey! Life is a series of choices, right?

Through the years, I’ve had a “thing” for Sparty the famous MSU mascot. I cringe at the number of photos I’ve taken through the years with him beginning with the “big-haired college girl” who rushed the field from the student section after a big game.  Of course, way back then, we snapped photos with our film cameras.  Selifies, videos, texting friends during the game weren’t even options. We were ALL about the GAME. (Well, yes, a couple people may or may not have snuck in some alcohol… but I’m sure that does NOT happen anymore!) 🙂

Tailgating Moms

Tailgating Moms

Tailgates & Friends

Tailgates & Friends

My all-time favorite moments are the beginning of a Spartan Game, with the band playing, the cheerleaders, MSU Motion, and the fans cheering as the Players blast through a tunnel of smoke…

I solemnly vow to wear green and white day and night through January 1, 2014 and the big game. I will high-five random people I pass who are also wearing Michigan State apparel (I just had a random fan high-five moment this morning at Meijer in Traverse City, Michigan.) I will watch the MSU Spartan Marching Band “up close” on my big screen TV during the ROSE Parade. I may even rewind the DVR to hear it again, because I can. I will read “Sparty” children’s books to my daughter, I’ll play the fight song LOUDLY in our house, have a virtual tailgate in our house to support our Spartans. I will check in with my Facebook friends who will be “on the front lines” in Pasadena. Then it will be time for Kick OFF…

And what a GAME it will be.

“Prepare for Glory”

“Chase it”

“You are the ones…”

GO GREEN!!!!!!!!!

MSU Alumni Events with former Athletes

MSU Alumni Events with former Athletes

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