Every once in a while, you experience one of those occasions where you stop to appreciate how blessed you are. Our family had one of those times recently when our oldest daughter, Brittany, was inducted into her collegiate hall of fame.

When our daughters were growing up, we encouraged them to try different activities at school. Of course, I wanted the girls to play basketball. They both tried it to appease me, but neither of them liked it, nor were they very good at it (as I think both girls would freely admit today).

Soccer seemed to be a better fit for Larissa, our youngest daughter, where she excelled, but that wasn’t where Brittany would find her niche either. However, as I observed Brittany on the soccer field, I saw that she had a nice, long stride, and I encouraged her to join track and field. It was running that turned out to be her gift.

Brittany came onto the running scene during a very historic period in South Dakota. She got to run with, and against, some of the most competitive and accomplished track and cross country athletes the state has ever seen. Brittany was blessed with some talent, but she had a powerful work ethic, a quality that serves people well in running sports. We watched her battle through injuries to experience a high level of success as a high school athlete.

Of course, we hoped she would compete in South Dakota as a college athlete, but she got a full-ride offer to run at Belmont University, a small Division I school in Nashville — and run she did.  She won back-to-back conference cross country championships and was twice named to the NCAA Division I “All South Regional Team.” She won numerous other awards, all of which contributed to her hall of fame induction. It was a well-deserved acknowledgement that all the hard work she put in through the years had paid off.

But as we watched her on the stage that night, sharing her remarks at the induction ceremony, I saw something else. I saw that little red-haired, pony-tailed girl all grown up. I heard her talk about the gift God had given her and how she had wanted to use it for His glory. I saw the character and courage that He had formed in her as she fought through an eating disorder and other challenges that came with succeeding as a college athlete. And I saw a confident wife, mother, and professional who continues to live life with the same sense of purpose that enabled her to log the thousands of miles that landed her on the hall of fame stage that night.

For a brief moment, everything else I do in life paled in comparison to the joy that comes with being a dad — and on that night, the dad of a hall of famer. Congratulations, Brittany!  

 

(17) comments

dmilroy

Yes, congratulations. You must be a proud father.......... Hey...Could to take a look at the whistle-blower report to Congress outlining allegations that President Donald Trump improperly solicited Ukrainian help in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden when you get a chance?


SoDakD

After the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His simple challenge was: "A republic, if you can keep it.” Now as we struggle to keep our Republic and uphold our Constitution, you give us this charming family update like those I receive periodically from my sisters. But my sisters aren’t running our Country. However, if you wish to continue ignoring the GOP elephant in the room, might I suggest you immediately begin penning a paean to motherhood and apple pie. You’ll need it soon as more shoes begin to drop.


Kate70

dmilroy and SoDakD: Do you KNOW the definition of rude?


antiteaparty

Is this rude, Kate? Via Dump's Twitter: The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!


Kate70

Yes, antiteaparty, it is/was rude.


SoDakD

Hi, Kate: I can sense your frustration. Especially since our President will keep shocking you with words and insults you’ll never see here. So how confident are you that your selective standard of “rudeness” will survive the scrutiny of History and the collective embarrassment of our grandchildren who will ask us when this all comes to a bad end, “Grandma, Grandpa, did this really happen?”


dmilroy

How is congratulating Sen. John Thune on his daughter achievements and asking him to do his job rude?


451‭°F‬

Good grief, Kate. Do you know the definition of “national betrayal”? That’s what’s being discussed here. And you’re ducking it by deflecting to this indignation over “rudeness.” But, OK, let’s continue on the “Miss Manners” level you’ve begun: Do you have any problem with Mr. T’s daily public outbursts that surpassed “rude” years ago? He lost me when he mocked that disabled reporter on national TV. What did you think at the time? Did you find that “rude”? Do you make fun of the disabled? And how would you characterize bragging about grabbing women’s you-know-what because “they let you get away with it when you’re a celebrity.” Your standard of “rudeness” escapes me. Maybe you might take a try at a comparative analysis? All of us on this feed follow the rules below. But they don’t include not mocking foolishness or treason. And most of us can see the difference between “rudeness” and betraying our country to the Russians. Let’s hope Senator Thune finds the courage to see the difference, too. 🤡


Kate70

Wow. My Dem friends are going to be embarrassed and my Repub friends will be sadly correct. I was told when I answered the very first post on here, as an Independent, asking people if they could refrain from name calling, that it would “end badly”. My right wing friends indicated I would be mocked and ridiculed no matter what I said then and in the future if people decided I was a President Trump supporter, no matter what. My Dem. friends said that was nonsense and they had never seen that happen.



I commented both ways : those who wrote to disparage and challenge a man commenting on his pride in his children were rude AND agreeing that the President was rude on what was subsequently quoted. Period. And I am challenged and accused of of being disingenuous and tolerant of all manner of things ugly and all of my values questioned. It would be silly of me to write again when any of you are commenting on anything so this is my last post. If you like one thing this person has done and don’t hate him unequivocally, you are anathema here. How sad.


dmilroy

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antiteaparty

Kate haz a sad


dmilroy

Kate70 your assertion that Senator Thune has been rudely disparage because I congratulated him his daughter achievement and asking him to do his job is pure nonsense. If you took both you and John Thune took the national security of our nation seriously, then you would not so quickly dismiss President Trump's repeated requests to get not only Russia and Ukraine but also China to intervene in our Presidential elections.


MidwestLife

Congrats Senator Thune! As for the people here that are being condescending and rude, just ignore them. They all like to give their opinions and be disrespectful and rude, and yet none of them stepped up to take a political seat to help the country. They prefer to be computer warriors and act like they know the way things should be done, and dictate to others rather take any form of helpful action.


antiteaparty

Senator Thune deserves all the criticism he gets. He, like all Republicans, are proving that they are no longer patriots. Dump disregards the rule of law and tramples on the Constitution on a daily basis. Senator Thune and his GOP allies let it happen and, really, encourage it. They put party over Country. It's pathetic.


MidwestLife

That is strictly your opinion, and one that I fully disagree with.


SoDakD

Dear MidwestLife, as one of your fellow “computer warriors“ I can suggest a “form of helpful action“ that we can all pursue. And that action is to put our money where our mouths are. The Supreme Court has decided that money is free speech. Disagree with this if you will, but that’s just the way it is. Your actual vote at the ballot box is now only part of demonstrating your will as a citizen. We little people now have to give money to those we believe in to have a prayer against the flood of special interest $$$ that now overwhelms ordinary voters. If you know how to use a computer you know how to do this. I don’t know your politics, but even if I reject your choice of candidates, I’d rather have you giving money to those you sincerely believe in than see our system warped by the millions that special interests are spending now that the Supreme Court has opened up the floodgates to the “Democracy” of money.


451‭°F‬

Oh golly. Sorry you’re leaving, Kate, I was hoping that 1)- you might actually identify what “names“ were being called, because I didn’t see any, and concluded you were being awfully “thin skinned,“ and 2)- you might actually progress to a factual discussion of the issues. Perhaps the worst thing about the era we find ourselves in is that people are so easily offended and stop talking to each other. My family is fairly evenly split between anti-Trumpsters and Trumpsters, but like Americans as a whole, we know we’ll all still be here when this national crisis passes. Please consider re-joining. 🤡


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