Put Me In Coach

“God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” This is a quote from Bear Bryant (1913-1983) who was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of University of Alabama’s football team.

Team sports have always been a part of my life. Growing up in the 60’s, girls were not encouraged to play sports so I was never on a team, but attended  my brothers’ football and baseball games. Their games were always a family occasion. My high school sweetheart, Tommy Murrah, whom I married, played high school and college football. He didn’t stop there, but played softball on adult recreational teams for many years. Once our children were old enough to play team sports, he coached their teams.

Now, all five of our grandchildren have tried their hand at playing baseball or softball including our three granddaughters. Two of those girls have chosen their teams on stages rather than on the field. We have spent a great part of the spring attending activities that involved our grandchildren.

Lindsey Huebner turned 12 years old the end of March. Our three grandchildren who live near-by traditionally get a day of shopping and over-night at Grammy and Granddaddy’s house without their siblings for their birthday. After we attended one of her softball games, she came to our house for the Easter week-end.

Lindsey on Jaguar softball team

Lindsey ready for a game on the Jaguars

After our day of mall shopping and a chair massage, we began cooking for ten family members coming for Easter lunch.

Lindsey loved the chair massage

Lindsey’s first chair massage

I hadn’t set the table or decorated it for Easter, so Lindsey did most of it. I love teaching our granddaughters the things Grammy does. I hope they will remember when they have their own homes. What a precious time it was to have her with us for fun, work, and church service.

Easter Table Set

Easter Table Set

After lunch it was Easter egg hunt time in our backyard. Our egg hunters ranged from 7-17 years old.

Easter Baskets Full

Easter Baskets Full

Our younger son and his wife, Michelle, live in Long Beach, California. She is expecting their first baby this month. Baby “T” will make six grandchildren for us. We are so blessed. Since they could not come to us, we went to see them for four days of loving them and fun. We attended a baby shower on a gorgeous California Saturday in the park. The hostesses outdid themselves with a beautiful array of all kinds of Tea Party treats for the “T” party.

Beautiful Table

Beautiful Table

We know Troy and Michelle’s baby boy’s name will start with a T, but Troy says he has to meet him and shake his hand before he’s sure what his first name will be. We know he will play sports because Troy has already checked-out the ice skating rink in Long Beach where they can play hockey. Troy has played one sport or another all his life. So the quilt I made for the baby is just that…all kinds of sports. I found a long arm quilter, Karen Shively, in my neighborhood,  who quilted it for me.

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Quilt for “T” Murrah

When Troy and my husband are together you can be sure there will be a ballgame involved. We spent one afternoon at Dodgers Stadium which was a first for Tommy. Michelle did not grow-up going to ballgames, like our family, but she has adapted beautifully and seems to enjoy them.

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Baby “T” at his First Game

Late last month we made a trip to Dallas to see our older son’s family. Madison Murrah played Alice in “You Can’t Take It With You” for her senior play. We loved seeing her perform one last time as a student of Ursuline Academy at Jesuit Theater.

Madison

Encore Madison

It was great to be with our older son, Todd, and his family for a couple of days.

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Todd Murrah and family

Tyler Murrah was supposed to play a baseball game while we were there, but it was rained-out. We’re so proud of him. He has played on the freshman baseball team at Jesuit in Dallas this year. The Freshman season is over, but he along with two other Freshmen, were pulled up to Varsity for the playoffs. He won’t get in any games but will get to keep practicing with them.

Tyler

Tyler Gets a Single

We spent much of yesterday with our daughter, Holly, and her family. Ashton, who is seven years old, is playing machine-pitch baseball. His coach is quite a motivator. The kids love his antics and team spirit.

Ash

Ashton & Coach Ron

Sydney joined us later in the day, after attending a birthday party. She tried baseball several years ago, but decided she likes the stage better. She is in competitive cheer and choir. Her spring choir program was this past week. I loved watching her moves. She has lots of fun singing and performing. She’s in the center with the sunglasses.

Sydney

Sydney Huebner

Yesterday, I also gave Holly a quilt I started for her after she graduated from Texas A & M in 1995. It’s made from her sorority t-shirts. Michelle Henson did a great job long arm quilting it for me. Aw, come on. I know you have lots of quilts that marinate before they are completely cooked.

holly

Holly’s Quilt

Tomorrow will be a red-letter day for me. I will start chemo therapy at MD Anderson Hospital. I was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) eight years ago. Luckily, I have not needed any treatment for my low hemoglobin until this past month. At that time I was given two pints of blood and had another bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. If the MDS goes untreated research shows that I’ll have AML in a year.

My oncologist, Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, is a Professor in the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson University of Texas. His main academic and clinical objective is to contribute to significantly better outcomes for patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Dr. Garcia-Manero is the Chief of the Section of MDS in the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson Cancer Center. One hundred percent of his research and clinical efforts are devoted to patients with MDS. So when he suggested I start a clinical trial taking Dacogen by capsule, my family and I agreed.

Tommy and I will be at MD Anderson very early tomorrow morning for at least eight hours. We’ll do the same each day through Saturday this week. The trial will last for three months and I will be closely monitored. I feel I’m in the best hands possible.

My blessings have been overwhelming as you can see by the joy our family brings to us. My prayer is that I’ll continue to see the growth of our loving children, their spouses, and children. If you could offer the same prayers for me, I’d be ever so grateful. Much love, Judy

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Put Me In Coach. I’m ready to play today.

 

 

 

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32 Responses to “Put Me In Coach”

  1. jennkylyon Says:

    Judy I was shocked to read this. Absolutely-my prayers will follow you and your whole family as you walk through this. Oh what a wonderful family you have and with Baby T on the way even more joy! It sounds like you are in good hands-His hands as well as the doctor’s hands.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Yes, Jenny, I want to feel the hands of my heavenly father at work. Our preacher’s wife is a PA in the leukemia department. She’s been called an angel by many. I must agree. Thank you for your prayers. I believe in prayer.

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  2. rmeloni@comcast.net Says:

    Wonderful read-prayers for all of you and baby T !!! We will share photos when my Jacob arrives! Thinking of you daily and praying for a terrific healing!_ Love, Rebecca (and Paul)

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  3. Sheryl King Says:

    Judy, May you feel the comfort of everyone’s prayers during this treatment and beyond. My thoughts go with you that you not only “get put in but win the game”!!!!!! Sheryl

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  4. nildarcook Says:

    Such a lovely post and beautiful family. Thanks for sharing! I am a friend of Mary’s in Sedona and a fellow quilter. Also, I find your work inspiring. Nice job!

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  5. Wilma hart ball Says:

    To my sweet brave friend . I just know you are going to be ok but you are number one on my prayer list regardless. I treasure our friendship and love all the fun and laughs we have had and will continue to have and the sharing of grandchildren and great grands stories. So you get on up and do what it takes. See you soon,
    Love you, Willie

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  6. Barbara black Says:

    Prayers and hugs and all good wishes!

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  7. jennyklyon Says:

    I know you are in good hands Judy. My prayers will follow you and your family as you go through this. What abundant blessings you have with your family!

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  8. Cindy Parker Says:

    I so enjoyed reading about your ever-growing family, Judy. Prayers for you from Danny and me as you and Tommy go through this valley in your lives. Love you and the childhood memories we share.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Cindy, so good to hear from you. Yes, there are many memories in our lives going way back to middle school. I think of you often. Thank you for your prayers. They are much appreciated.

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  9. Mary Says:

    My dear cousin,you know you have my prayers as you go through this. I do know how strong of an individual you are, but I’m so glad you have Tommy there for you as you have been for him and your family all these years. I will be in touch…love you!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thank you, sweet cousin. This day at MDA is almost to an end. Todd comes in tonight and will be with us for a couple of days. It will be great to have a young mind hear what the medical team tells us.

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  10. Sarah Roberts Says:

    All of your quilting friends and fans adore your precious family. Thank you for sharing. May God’s richest blessings guide your medical team during your “time-out”.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate the good wishes. I have the last of 8 blood draws shortly and then we’ll head home. We’ll be here again at 7 AM tomorrow.

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  11. jubykay Says:

    Judy, I thought of you as the perfect college student when I knew you

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  12. kristygutierrez Says:

    Hi Judy,
    First time commenting here. I have been following your blog for some time now and really enjoy your blog. I love your creativity and admire your passion for it. You have a beautiful family and I would like to send my prayers and best wishes to you.

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  13. Kay (Swartzkopf) Smith Says:

    Judy, so many thoughts, feelings, memories and prayers wash over me as I think of you! I have enjoyed so much your warmth in your writings and seeing the love of family in the pictures. I too believe in prayer and know you are completely covered in God’s “quilt” as laid on you by family and friends! Through the years I have strongly felt God never leads us to any situation that He does not accompany us to and through. I will keep you close in thought and prayer! I know God is preparing Baby T to meet you and will be there with you when you welcome him into your arms! May your medical team “hit a home run” with your treatment; there are many more lovely memories to be made!

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  14. judymurrah Says:

    Kay, your message warmed my soul as I was getting chemo and blood transfusion today. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot to me. Much love, Judy

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  15. pokeysponderings Says:

    Hi Judy,
    I am seeing this a little late and I hope Day Two went smoothly and was uneventful. I am so sorry to hear this news. You are clearly a fighter though, and have so many celebrations to look forward to as your family grows. Wishing you the best during this process. My thoughts and prayers are on their way, Pokey

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks, Pokey. I appreciate all thoughts and prayers. Day Two went well. Four more to go in this cycle. Yes, there are many more celebrations to come and I plan to be there. Looks like things are moving along for you. So happy for your new life. Enjoy.

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  16. Michele Bilyeu Says:

    A beautiful blog by an obviously beautiful woman. Your heart and spirit are a joy and a delight. Many blessings to you during this treatment with hopes of the best possible outcome!

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  17. Bridget Martinelli Says:

    Hi Judy…
    So sorry to hear about your illness, I loved how you used the phrase ” put me in coach”. When I went through breast cancer over 25 years ago, I just remember seeing people walking, jogging and having beautiful skin color, thinking, “am I ever going to back there again.. ” My boys were only 18 mths old and 4 yrs of age, such a busy time with them, and yes they kept me focused on doing all that I could do to beat it!! They were my inspiration, my light, my goal, they are now 28 and 30 yrs old. Stay positive, and focused on your family, and those grandchildren… prayers go up for you!!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Congratulations, Bridget, that you were able to survive breast cancer. I can only imagine your fear with two sweet babies needing you to be well. Good for you! Thank you for your prayers. They are much appreciated.

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