Monday, July 2, 2012

The End of the Season

Saturday marked the end of the season for Ryan's team and the end of Pat's coaching career for Ryan. He and Doug have coached Trevor and Ryan for the last five years.  To say it has been fun would be an understatement.  In Doug's words, "Pat has an unorthodox coaching style."  Each year the boys were able to play whatever position they wanted to play.  Pat's goal was to teach each boy to love the game of baseball.  He wants them to know that he believes in them.  Pat's "unorthodox style"  translated into having no set batting order and boys that could play a lot of positions. It also translated into winning seasons, but that wasn't what was most important to either of these two men.  They ended five fabulous years of coaching together with a group of boys that will remember them for the tremendous role models they are and a love of the game of baseball.  The smiles in this picture simply make my heart sing.  And you may wonder why the boys aren't standing next to their dads.  Pat and Doug agreed early on...Pat coaches Trevor, Doug coaches Ryan.  The boys listen better when it's not their dad!  Glenda (Doug's wife) and I will certainly miss the days at the field watching our husbands coach and our boys play.  And now (with a bit of emotion involved), it's time for the next step...high school!  


In addition to the baseball picture, I wanted to share a card for this week's CASE Study Challenge.  Loved Joy's layout and I haven't had a chance to play along the last couple of weeks!  Here's a quick card using The Craft's Meow and A Muse stamps!  Hope you have a fabulous Monday!
 

18 comments:

  1. Love it!!!!!!! Awesome CAS card! :)

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  2. Love your card, Lynn!! Good luck to your boy and you on this next step in life ;)

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  3. Love the card. Brought tears to read about the end of baseball. Wonderful fathers and sons.

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  4. adorable photo, you must be so proud.
    And the card is great. I really like the background lines of pink

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  5. Oh, I just adore those soft blues and pinks, and what an adventure for two of your boys! TFS!

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  6. You can just see the sheer joy on Pat's face! I'm glad he's got three more boys to coach in the future. He sounds like he would be a "dream coach" for any child!

    Love your take on Joy's card, Lynn! Wonderful dimension! Hugs! :)

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  7. I think a lot more kids would enjoy sports if their coaches adopted Pat's coaching style - good for him! :)

    Your cards are wonderful!

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  8. what a sweet post :) One of the many things I admire about Pat is the coaching...so I love hearing his beliefs about it. Yes, it's nice to "win" but what he is giving those boys makes them winners for life. Your card is so lovely! Love the different ways you did the horizontal and vertical lines :)

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  9. sweet post. My older son is starting his first team sports - soccer this fall. I hope his coach has the same philosophy Pat has.

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  10. What a lovely pic of the guys, Lynn. Definitely one to treasure :)
    Your card is seriously AWESOME! I adore your take on Joy's card with the layout and way you paired that image with that sentiment - fabulous!
    Hugs!
    Aimes
    x
    P.S Thanks for joining the fun on CASE Study too of course! :D

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  11. Aw, what a great card following a great post! The sentiment is so true!

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  12. Excellent CASE Lynn, but that doesn't even surprise me. :)

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  13. Gorgeous picture and a wonderful post. What a great experience for these boys to have with their dads. :) And I can't believe Ryan's starting high school this fall! I remember your post when he turned 13!

    Love the way you used the banners on your card and I must check out Craft's Meow for that fabulous book image!

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  14. The Journey IS the reward except sometimes you don't realize it as it's happening! LOVE your post and LOVE your card!

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  15. Fabulous card for a book nerd!! :) Thanks for joining us at CASE Study this week! xx

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  16. awwww....what a neat blog post...loved reading about the baseball team & coaching...awesome pic.

    okay, I do believe this is my new Lynn fav card...wow. love it to pieces!

    happy 4th!

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  17. Cool post about the baseball, memories to treasure! And your card is so much fun too, great mix of elements.

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  18. Such a happy photo Lynn, sounds like Pat teaches the boys a lot more than just playing Baseball and makes them well rounded kids :0)
    Love the card, the image really suits the sentiment :0)
    Jenny x

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