Every Dads Dream

Duke-NCarolina-Basket_WebIt is no secret that I am a fan of two things…The Tar Heels and one Mr. Tyler Hansbrough. Last night I was checking out a site that I frequent called MrTarHeel.com. I stumbled across this letter that was written by Gene Hansbrough (Tyler’s Dad) and submitted to Tar Heel Monthly. It’s too good to not share. Regardless of if you like the Tar Heels, Tyler Hansbrough or NCAA Hoops, it’s worth a read.

As I read it I reflected on the pride of this Dad. It comes screaming out of the pages as you read. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids? I’m not talking about winning Player of the Year, or NCAA championships (although that would totally ROCK!). I am more referring to knowing that they achieved their dreams. Sorry for the length, but I felt like it was worth re-posting. Here’s his letter (the bold emphasis are mine).

Would you call him a failure? He was a little kid and he couldn’t quite raise the ball to the basket. He put the ball way down by his hip and pushed with everything he had. But the ball just wouldn’t get over the rim. Still, he stayed there all alone, flinging the ball upward again and again. He never did make one that day but he stayed there a long, long time.


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A Lesson in Grace

Last night I received a lesson and hopefully taught one as well. It was the bedtime hour and I was putting the kiddo’s to bed. My youngest daughter requested some juice in a sippy cup to place beside her bed. She got used to doing this during a recent battle with the flu so I didn’t mind agreeing to said request. My middle child heard the request and decided she would like a little bedside refreshment as well. One problem…she has been known to sleep right on through her “potty alarm”….if you know what I mean. Knowing that she would … Continue reading A Lesson in Grace

3rd Base Coaching Box

This summer marks season 3 of little league baseball for “The Boy” and I. It all started with T-Ball and now we’re in our second year of “Coach Pitch”. Each game I take my place in the 3rd Base Coaching Box to do my best to bring our kids home. For the most part I enjoy it. Then there are nights like last night. Being on the 3rd Base side means that I get to hear the comments from the parents of the other team. Most nights it is good fun. Last night was brutal. Being that I am not … Continue reading 3rd Base Coaching Box

Loose Lips

With only 4 days left in the school year, I scheduled to have lunch with “the boy” at school today. He enjoys having me come in (I think it’s the fast food I bring) and I enjoy stepping into his world for 30 minutes. I get the opportunity to observe his circles of influence and see what the other kids at his school are like. I took the opportunity today to ask about several people in the cafeteria. One of the men I inquired about was the guy in charge of keeping the cafeteria and lunch hour running like a … Continue reading Loose Lips

Sunday is Mother's Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother's Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother’s Day

For The Love Of…

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…shall we? For those that have followed this thing since the beginning, you might remember when I wrote a post 3 years ago about a dilemma I was having (HERE). Matter of fact, last time the Tar Heels played for a championship, Heather almost had a baby…literally! (Details HERE) So it just seems appropriate that we are steamrolling our way into Final Four weekend and the Karma is everywhere. See if you can follow the bouncing ball on this one. You might have noticed that I am trying to discern a major decision which … Continue reading For The Love Of…

I said…You heard…

Kids and lessons from our Heavenly Father go hand in hand don’t they? The timing is sometimes scary. This morning was one of those moments. Let me explain. Last night as I tucked my daughter into bed, we were discussing “All Pro Dad” (APD) on Saturday. She gets very excited every month to attend APD. So when she awoke this morning, she was all excited to go. One problem, APD is on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I tried to explain that to her but it didn’t seem to help her disappointment. I explained that “I said it was on … Continue reading I said…You heard…

You’re a Father Forever

One of the things that struck me when I read the “10 Ways to be an All Pro Dad” was number 10 which states to “Realize that You’re a Father Forever”. As we go through the phases of childhood with all three of our children, I find myself often looking ahead and hoping we “get through this phase soon”. The reality of that statement is that the phases change, but my role as a Dad never ends. The phases, challenges, changes, wisdom and guidance continue on. Dad’s, our role is huge. The investment is well worth the time. As we … Continue reading You’re a Father Forever

You're a Father Forever

One of the things that struck me when I read the “10 Ways to be an All Pro Dad” was number 10 which states to “Realize that You’re a Father Forever”. As we go through the phases of childhood with all three of our children, I find myself often looking ahead and hoping we “get through this phase soon”. The reality of that statement is that the phases change, but my role as a Dad never ends. The phases, challenges, changes, wisdom and guidance continue on. Dad’s, our role is huge. The investment is well worth the time. As we … Continue reading You're a Father Forever

Heaven Help Us

I debated if I should post this or not, but I know that several of you have small children. I stumbled across this for the first time last week. After following some links, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It is chilling, unbelievable and really leaves you wondering what we would do if this scenario ever played out. I will post part one of the video below that outlines what this unthinkable event would mean. To be honest, the only thing I know to do is pray. We need to ask God to protect our schools, our teachers and … Continue reading Heaven Help Us

Stealing Cinderella

I gotta lay off of the country music. Actually, once again, my sister called to give me fair warning on this one. No sooner did I get in the car and it came on the radio. Just when I recovered from “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, along came “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. Now there’s this one. Let me put it this way..Ya’ll gotta stop this. Somehow, I have to get through two “fellas” stealing my Cinderellas! As I am typing this, I am reminded that I guess I stole someones Cinderella once too. “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck … Continue reading Stealing Cinderella