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Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
As Andrew and I were watching TV the other day, we once again saw this speech by Jimmy V. If you don't know who he is, go to www.jimmyv.org and check him out. He was an amazing man. We were watching the speech and it was so inspirational.It is long, but so worht it. From a man who knew he was going to die. Wow. Here it is:
Thank you, Thank you very much. Thank you. That’s the lowest I’ve ever seen Dick Vitale since the owner of the Detroit Pistons called him in and told him he should go into broadcasting.
The I can’t tell you what an honor it is, to even be mentioned in the same breath with Arthur Ashe. This is something I certainly will treasure forever. But, as it was said on the tape, and I also don’t have one of those things going with the cue cards, so I’m going to speak longer than anybody else has spoken tonight. That’s the way it goes. Time is very precious to me. I don’t know how much I have left and I have some things that I would like to say. Hopefully, at the end, I will have said something that will be important to other people too.
But, I can’t help it. Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me. As Dick said, I’m a very emotional and passionate man. I can’t help it. That’s being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it’s the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.
I rode on the plane up today with Mike Krzyzewski, my good friend and wonderful coach. People don’t realize he’s ten times a better person than he is a coach, and we know he’s a great coach. He’s meant a lot to me in these last five or six months with my battle. But when I look at Mike, I think, we competed against each other as players. I coached against him for fifteen years, and I always have to think about what’s important in life to me are these three things. Where you started, where you are and where you’re going to be. Those are the three things that I try to do every day. When I think about getting up and giving a speech, I can’t help it. I have to remember the first speech I ever gave.
I was coaching at Rutgers University, that was my first job, oh that’s wonderful (reaction to applause), and I was the freshman coach. That’s when freshmen played on freshman teams, and I was so fired up about my first job. I see Lou Holtz here. Coach Holtz, who doesn’t like the very first job you had? The very first time you stood in the locker room to give a pep talk. That’s a special place, the locker room, for a coach to give a talk. So my idol as a coach was Vince Lombardi, and I read this book called “Commitment To Excellence” by Vince Lombardi. And in the book, Lombardi talked about the fist time he spoke before his Green Bay Packers team in the locker room, and they were perennial losers. I’m reading this and Lombardi said he was thinking should it be a long talk, or a short talk? But he wanted it to be emotional, so it would be brief. So here’s what I did. Normally you get in the locker room, I don’t know, twenty-five minutes, a half hour before the team takes the field, you do your little x and o’s, and then you give the great Knute Rockne talk. We all do. Speech number eight-four. You pull them right out, you get ready. You get your squad ready. Well, this is the first one I ever gave and I read this thing. Lombardi, what he said was he didn’t go in, he waited. His team wondering, where is he? Where is this great coach? He’s not there. Ten minutes he’s still not there. Three minutes before they could take the field Lombardi comes in, bangs the door open, and I think you all remember what great presence he had, great presence. He walked in and he walked back and forth, like this, just walked, staring at the players. He said, “All eyes on me.” I’m reading this in this book. I’m getting this picture of Lombardi before his first game and he said “Gentlemen, we will be successful this year, if you can focus on three things, and three things only. Your family, your religion and the Green Bay Packers.” They knocked the walls down and the rest was history. I said, that’s beautiful. I’m going to do that. Your family, your religion and Rutgers basketball. That’s it. I had it. Listen, I’m twenty-one years old. The kids I’m coaching are nineteen, and I’m going to be the greatest coach in the world, the next Lombardi. I’m practicing outside of the locker room and the managers tell me you got to go in. Not yet, not yet, family, religion, Rutgers Basketball. All eyes on me. I got it, I got it. Then finally he said, three minutes, I said fine. True story. I go to knock the doors open just like Lombardi. Boom! They don’t open. I almost broke my arm. Now I was down, the players were looking. Help the coach out, help him out. Now I did like Lombardi, I walked back and forth, and I was going like that with my arm getting the feeling back in it. Finally I said, “Gentlemen, all eyes on me.” These kids wanted to play, they’re nineteen. “Let’s go,” I said. “Gentlemen, we’ll be successful this year if you can focus on three things, and three things only. Your family, your religion and the Green Bay Packers,” I told them. I did that. I remember that. I remember where I came from.
It’s so important to know where you are. I know where I am right now. How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it.
I talked about my family, my family’s so important. People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too. That screen is flashing up there thirty seconds like I care about that screen right now, huh? I got tumors all over my body. I’m worried about some guy in the back going thirty seconds? You got a lot, hey va fa napoli, buddy. You got a lot.
I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm,” to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.
Now I look at where I am now and I know what I want to do. What I would like to be able to do is spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe, some hope to others. Arthur Ashe Foundation is a wonderful thing, and AIDS, the amount of money pouring in for AIDS is not enough, but is significant. But if I told you it’s ten times the amount that goes in for cancer research. I also told you that five hundred thousand people will die this year of cancer. I also tell you that one in every four will be afflicted with this disease, and yet somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background. I want to bring it back on the front table. We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s lives. It may save someone you love. And ESPN has been so kind to support me in this endeavor and allow me to announce tonight, that with ESPN’s support, which means what? Their money and their dollars and they’re helping me-we are starting the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. And its motto is “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” That’s what I’m going to try to do every minute that I have left. I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. If you see me, smile and give me a hug. That’s important to me too. But try if you can to support, whether it’s AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease. I can’t thank ESPN enough for allowing this to happen. I’m going to work as hard as I can for cancer research and hopefully, maybe, we’ll have some cures and some breakthroughs. I’d like to think, I’m going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year!
I know, I gotta go, I gotta go, and I got one last thing and I said it before, and I want to say it again. Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.
I thank you and God bless you all.
As I re-read it, I realize what courage that took and how strong he really was. I looked more into him and he really was an amazing person. How can you not be inspired by that?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Last night at Andrew's school they had a Preview Night. This is where they introduce the basketball teams, the cheerleaders, and the dance team. They have a chili supper before hand. It is just a fun night with fun events and a little scrimmage to show you how the teams are going to look this year. It was fun and about 15 minutes in Addie grabbed my hand and stuck it in her mouth. Nothing new, as she is in the "Chewing" stage and she sticks everything in her mouth......however this time, I felt some little points and realized she is getting her fist tooth! She is getting so big which makes me sad but she is so fun and I love having two beautiful girls!
I posted some pics yesterday, but if you would like to see more here is the link:
They turned out great and I really like all of them!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Over the weekend, we had a close family friend take some pics of the girls mostly for Christmas cards, are here are a few for a sneak peak.....TOO CUTE!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
So today I decided that I don't want to miss anything the girls are doing and I need a way to document the moments that are happening right before my very eyes.......which leads to my next project. It's called Life 365. It starts tonight. What's the deal? Well, each day you take a picture of something that happened on that day. The next day, you blog about it. Sounds simple enough....right? Now I just have to remember to take a picture each and every day. And I will not be able to blog on the weekends since we do not have Internet at home, but I will play catch-up on Mondays. I'm excited about this. I am going to do this. Listen to me talking myself into it. I feel like I sometimes miss out on things I need to document and what better way than this? Let's go for it!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Here is a picture of Addie eating cereal one of the first times and she loves it! Calleigh is such a big helper!
I love these girls so much.........who knew you could love two little people so much!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
It has been a while since my last post. Our lives have been swamped for the last two months. We are making a lot of adjustments. Calleigh is now in preschool 3 days a week and dance class one day a week. Andrew has taken on some new duties at work, so he now not only teaches math he is also the assistant athletic director and is now also the Dean of Students at his school(which is like the Vice Principal!) I have started my new job. I have been here for about 6 weeks and I can say that I am truly blessed to be here. The pay was a nice increase, but I am doing what I went to school for. I am busy all the time, I hardly have any down time, things are different each day, and I love it! Addison is growing like a weed! She is 4 1/2 months and height is 26 inches and weight is 17 lbs! She is beautiful and I love her so much! She is a sweet baby and has made our family of four complete!
I am realizing more and more that I am very blessed to have the life that the Lord has given me. If not for him, our prayers would not have been answered. He gave Andrew and I each other, 2 beautiful girls who are healthy, jobs that we like, and a good life together. In September we celebrated our 6th Anniversary! I look back on the past few years and see that even when I did not know what God's plan was he was busy building me up to this point. I prayed for a good change in our life and when he gave us Addison he also gave us other job opportunities. I prayed for the for a long time and he told me to wait......even though I waited, it was impatiently. Just another lesson he is teaching me. It's all about him and his timing. It always has been. I just have to learn to get out of the way and let God do the work. It is not him that is in the way, it's me.
I will get a post up soon with updated pictures and from this point on I will do my best to post at least 2-3 times a week!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Calleigh is going to start pre-school on Tuesday and I am a nervous wreck! We have been having a fun time and she loves to tell jokes so I decided to look up some good kid friendly jokes for her. They are cute, so I thought I would share for any of you who like good clean jokes!
What do you call cheese that's not yours? Nacho Cheese!
Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!
Why did the girl smear peanut butter on the road? To go with the traffic jam!
Why do bananas have to put on sunscreen before they go to the beach? Because they might peel!
How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it!
Why was Tigger looking in the toilet? He was trying to find Pooh!
What did the mushroom say to the fungus? You're a fun guy(fungi)!
And Calleigh's favorite:
Knock, Knock......Who's there......Orange.......Orange Who?......Orange you glad I didn't say banana?!?
For some reason she thinks that is the funnies thing she has ever heard, she is so silly!
A lot has been going on since I went on Maternity leave and we have had a lot of changes. I plan on doing a LARGE post on our summer and all that has been going on since I have been gone VERY SOON!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This is post # 200 and I can not believe that I have been blogging for 3 years now. I started this blog when Calleigh was born so that not only I can track her growing and changes but also for family who do not live around us.
Calleigh has been this light of our lives for 3 years now and it is crazy for me to think that in just one short week we will have another little light in our lives. Addison will be here next Tuesday and Calleigh is nothing short of excited! She told me last night that she wanted to just reach in my belly and get her out! She talks about her all the time and I know that Calleigh is going to be such a great big sister! She has been working on her potty training(pray for us!) and she seems to be doing rather well with it. By no means are we accident free or are we completely trained but we are getting there one step at a time! I am glad that she is getting it!
Andrew has done things that I am so thankful for and I can not believe how blessed I am to have such a wonderful and loving husband. He has been taking care of the dishes, laundry, and other household chores for me. This past weekend he even shampooed all of the carpets in the house because he knew how bad that I wanted them done and he wanted them to be clean for Addie when she comes home. He had also been cooking meals at night and even fixing my plate and bringing it to me because I have been tired after work. The love he has shown for me is unbelievable and indescribable. I am thankful for the person I married and the wonderful man that he is. I could never tell him enough how much he means to me. We are anxiously looking forward to being in the room together when our second little girl enters into this world! We are also looking forward to seeing the look on Calleigh's face when she sees Addie for the first time. It is amazing that God has blessed us with the wonderful job of watching and raising these precious, amazing little girls until they while they and we are alive here on this earth. There is no other job that I take more seriously than being their Mommy and being the wife to the wonderful man he gave me as a husband!
I got a phone call today on my way to work and it made me tear up a bit. It was Calleigh's future preschool calling to confirm that we are still wanting her to attend there and that she had been accepted. It is one of the best preschools in the area and I am excited that she got in! She has been on the waiting list since she was 2 weeks old(yeah, a little early, but it sure did pay off!) It made me realize that my baby girl is no longer a baby, she is getting big so fast and if I am tearing up already I know this means I will be a complete disaster on her first day! I know that I will be "that mom".......the one who takes a ton of pictures and cries after she goes into the building or I leave and she can't see me anymore! I know that this is going to be great for her, but my baby is getting too big too fast!
Well, I am getting ready to go off to lunch. Church league softball starts tonight so we are ready for that...........GO HOLLAND METHODIST!!!! I just wanted to do a little updating before I forget all the the things I wanted to make sure that I get down! Have a great week!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
13 days........that's how long we have until my scheduled C-Section. When you say it in the form of days it sounds so close. We have not had any more episodes since May 1 and I am really holding out that things are going to be fine and we will have out sweet baby girl here on May 24th like she is supposed to be!
Calleigh is getting very excited and asking every day when "her" Addison is going to be here. I know that she is going to be a great big sister!
Andrew and I have gotten a LOT of work done around the house in the last couple of weeks....just trying to get those finishing touches in before the big day is here! We are almost done working with the landscaping. I am VERY hopeful that when I come home from the hospital that it will all be done waiting for me to see! (I will post pictures of the progress soon!)
Up to this point I have known that I am having another C-Section, but I am a lot more nervous this time. With Calleigh, she was my first and she was an emergency, so things we all new to me and went by so fast. This time, I have been thinking about what is going to happen and it is making me a little nervous. I am the ultimate planner, but knowing ahead of schedule this time is really taking a toll on my emotions. I have been thinking about it a lot more than I did with Calleigh and I am just really nervous for some reason. I know that I have a WONDERFUL doctor who I trust completely and I know that he always makes the correct decision about what it the best for me and the baby! I know that it is just a minor surgery where I am awake and Andrew is right there with me the whole time, but I am still nervous about the surgery in general. I know that I will have the great physician right there with me and that I am in his hands and he will never let go. This past week at church Josh (my pastor) talked about how we need to have courage because God is with us.
Matthew 14:27 says "But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage. It is I. Don't be afraid."
Then we sand the song by Matthew Redman called "You never let go". After hearing that scripture and singing that song I knew God was talking right to me. I know that he will be with me through it all and he will never let go. What a relief it was to know that when I am nervous and anxious he is right there holding my hand and showing me that I have nothing to be worried about. I am not going to say that I am worry free, because I am not good at letting go completely, but I am not as afraid as I once was. It's all because of Jesus.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
These are just a few pictures from our Easter. The Easter Bunny came to our house on Saturday night since he had so many stops to make on Easter Morning! (And since we had to get ready for church in a hurry this year!) We had fun dying eggs! She had a good time finding eggs in our house, since it has not stopped raining for days!
We are very blessed, especially this year! We are having this little one VERY soon and God has blessed us tons! Hope that you have a wonderful Easter also!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
A little update on Addie: She is growing like a weed! And if you ask me she looks just like her big sister, but with a lot of hair! Calleigh did not have much hair, but Addie already has 1/2 inch! No wonder I have such heartburn!
She is about a week and a half ahead of schedule and I am feeling it! I have started having contractions, which I did not have with Calleigh since she was an emergency C-Section. I am feeling a LOT of pressure and getting a little uncomfortable. I am not freaking out though, I am pretty calm about everything. I am excited to meet our new little princess! And my oldest princess is getting excited to meet her sister! She is going to be such a helper and that makes Mommy very happy!!!!
Calleigh had an excellent birthday! Here are some pictures from her 3rd birthday party!
She got a lot of nice things including her very own TV for her bedroom! She has really taken to potty training and even though she has had a few accidents we are very proud of her!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
We have been very busy lately! With Addison's arrival coming very soon we have been very busy! Last week I had spring break so I did have to be at the office, but there were not students here so I focused on getting things ready for my maternity leave. Since I will be off for 3 months(Yeah!) I am trying to leave things ready for the people in my office. I did my best to focus on that and getting things ready for spring time!
Baby Addison is growing like a weed! She is kicking all the time and is a very active little girl! Here are a few updates on her:
Here is a update on what's happening with Addison:
I'm 29 weeks!
How Far Along: 29 weeks and 1 day
Size of baby: Addison is the size of squash and now almost 3 pounds!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained I know, but I have not checked for a while!
Maternity Clothes: A good mix of both maternity and my regular clothes!
Gender:It's a girl! Addison Grace Wibbeler
Movement: She is a crazy mover! She's all over the place!
Sleep: My sleep went from good to bad like the snap of a finger.
I get up almost every hour to go to the bathroom and sleeping is not so easy anymore!
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach and rough housing with Calleigh!
Cravings: Salty foods, BBQ chips, pickles, chocolate(which I normally do not like!)
Symptoms: Lots of movement when I am still and showing for sure!
Best Moment this week: Going to the doctor on Thursday for our 30 week appointment and know that her arrival is getting a LOT closer!
Andrew had his final AAU basketball tourney to coach this year over the weekend and the team did fairly well.........they came in 3rd! The weather was nice between game so we came home and played withe Callleigh outside! She has a blast and it was fun for us to all be outside together! Here are a few pics of her and her daddy outside!
So busy but such a fun week! Looking forward to the weeks ahead. We have Andrew's birthday in a few weeks and then Calleigh's birthday and her party. My birthday is the next week and I hope by then to have Addison's room all ready! I have to pack my bag for the hospital too! Lots to do and I am running out of time! YIKES!!!!!
This was so funny! It was one of the first times we let her eat spaghetti all by herself! The cheesy smile on her face tells you how much fun she had and just how much she really like spaghetti! It is one of her favorite foods!
During the summer, I took Calleigh outside to play while Andrew was mowing. She decided to mow just like Daddy was mowing and it was so cute to watch her mow the yard right along with him!
She found this toy at a softball game. One of her little friends had brought it along and she fell in love! It was so cute to see her waving at me as she was cruising along!
I forgot to mention that I had a week of spring break and would be on a mini vacation! But no worries, I am back and continuing on the 30 days of blogging!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Andrew came home yesterday and told me that some of the kids from his school googled our names and found my blog. My blog is mostly for personal reasons and it helps me keep track of what is going on in our everyday lives, kinda like a digital scrapbook. It was also started for our family who lives away from the area. It is nice for them to see pictures of what is going on and to read about what we are doing. However, with that being said, if you just like to read our blog or you are one of the WC students feel free to read all you want! I hope it helps you understand that we are just an ordinary family, nothing special, but you also understand how important God is in our lives. He has walked with us for such a long time, been there when we needed him, and is there for us no matter what. I just pray that you also have a wonderful relationship with our Lord and if you don't or you have any questions, I will do my best to try and answer them! Happy Reading!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
There is no one that I would want to trade places with. I love the life that the Lord has blessed me with. I know that some may have more money or glamore in their life but my life is perfect just the way it is. I have a wonderful family, a husband who loves me, a little girl who is the light of my life, and another little angel on the way. I have a Lord who died on the cross for me, parents who taught me so much about life and who love me unconditionally, friends who always know what I need to hear, and a job that I enjoy. If you look at this picture of me and my girls(Addison is obvious in this one!) ask yourself if you were me, would you want to be anyone else? I didn't think so! Have a blessed Wednesday!
(P.S. If you are wondering why I have not posted for a few days here is the reason. I work M-F and only have Internet access on those days. We decided that since Andrew and I both have Internet at work we did not need it at home. It is nice that way because we do not have a bill and no Internet to occupy us! We had any extended break from work last week, which was nice, and then had a unexpected day off because of some terrible storms that ripped through our area. Lots in the area did not have power and we have a few confirmed tornado's within a few minutes of my house. I am very thankful that we did not have any damage to our home and that no one was hurt! Praise the Lord! )
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The first time I saw Calleigh right after she was born
The day we found out Calleigh was going to be a big sister
Without words, you can just look and see why these are my favorite memories. I am looking forward to when we can add Addison to these! I am blessed beyond words to have all three of these blessings in my life!