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Oh my, God!

I have several draft posts lined up that may never see publication. They are about grief and loss… the two most dominant emotions in my life right now. And who wants to read about that stuff?


Over the past two days, I have had the privilege to see God answer prayers in the life of a dear childhood friend, Tami. She and I marched together. She was a flute player who also did color guard. Tami, more recently, taught at Tarpan Springs in their concert and symphonic programs. Tarpan Springs’ guard kind of won a gold medal last year at WGI.

Tami and Geoff left their full time jobs and moved from Florida to South Carolina so they could set themselves up with more flexible jobs so they could be full-time parents to the kids for whom they waited so long.

Tami and her husband, Geoff started a journey six years ago to

Tami and Goeff Roedig wearing T-shirts they made to raise money toward their adoption efforts.

Tami and Goeff Roedig wearing T-shirts they made to raise money toward their adoption efforts.

adopt. For those of you who don’t know, the adoption process is brutal. It doesn’t matter if it’s domestic or international. It is brutal, draining, expensive and will push you far beyond any limits you have.

Yesterday, Tami wrote on her adoption Facebook Page,  Tami and Geoff’s Adoption Journey:

I try to keep others upbeat and positive when they are having a tough time. Lately, I have just not been able to sustain the fake upbeat-ness any longer. And now I’ve just moved from trying to stay positive, to unhappy, to jealous, to just plain mad and frustrated. And it ain’t getting any better.

Tami explains why:

…it really bothers me when I am feeling so emotional and upset, and friends/family/acquaintances tell me “it’ll be ok”, “you’ll be fine”, “the wait will be worth it”, blah blah blah. If I were actually pregnant, would I get the same reactions from people? My guess is no, I would not. For some reason it is ok to be moody or upset when you are expecting a child. But adopting a child? Nope. Not acceptable.

Tami pours out her heart and her pain in a most real way. That was yesterday. (I encourage you “like” their page and follow the journey.)

Many people, including myself, sent her messages of encouragement and prayed for the situation.

Today is Tami’s birthday and here is what she posted:

told us the best news. WE HAVE FIRST RULING! FIRST

Tami and Geoff meeting Emily and Brennan for the first time in Taiwan. They were hoping to take them home for Christmas.

Tami and Geoff meeting Emily and Brennan for the first time in Taiwan. They were hoping to take them home for Christmas.

DECREE! That messenger pigeon must have showed up overnight with the signed paperwork the judge was waiting for! We were so excited!

And then she asked us if we could travel the week of February 8th…

February 8th???

That’s less than two weeks!

Holy cow!

February 8th???

Happy birthday, Tami! Isn’t God’s timing cool?

A waaaay-overdue judge’s ruling came through! The adoption is moving forward. Tami and Geoff are going to Taiwan to bring home BOTH of their children. They decided to adopt a brother and sister. And they need help and support. They have to have the trip details finalized by tomorrow night. Tickets to Taiwan are expensive. They also have to buy tickets to bring the kids home.

But isn’t this awesome? God answered the prayers of a mother’s aching heart. He heard. He heard the petitions of all her friends and family.

But like I said, adoption is brutal. It’s not over until the kids are on US soil. Continue to pray for the Roedig’s. Pray no unforeseen roadblocks arise in Taiwan when they go. Pray for provision for the expenses. Pray about helping if you are financially able.  (Donate here)

Anyway, this is a much better topic than me wallowing in my misery.

And what a celebration it will be to see that family of 2, double in size in two short weeks!

*I apologize I just cannot figure out how to get the comments to work on my blog. I have tried. So feel free to comment on social media ;)

Pomona High School
Scholastic Open
Class of 2015

Guest Post by Guardling, Derek Hackett, of Pomona HS

I was asked a simple but exquisite question a few days back; What is the value of guard in my life?

Before I share the value of guard in my life, I feel I should explain what guard is to me

Guard, to me, is a place where a group of talented individuals come together and express themselves in ways they otherwise can’t.

Guard is about much more than the show or performers. It’s about painting a visual masterpiece of the music for the audience.

Pomona competed in Dayton, OH at WGI World Championships in SO

Pomona competed in Dayton, OH at WGI World Championships in SO

Before guard, I played football for a several years until I injured my knee.

I remember the first day I participated in guard. It was in the lunchroom after school where everyone saw me!

I was laughed at—called names…. I broke the “norm.”

We all know football players just don’t spin flags!

It was rough at first, served with a side of overwhelming. But, the care and compassion shown by the members and staff, helped me push through it. Guard became my safe place.

Guard will always be my safe place.

Guard shapes me as a person by teaching me essential life lessons I can use outside of guard.

The most important lesson I’ve learned is that each toss… each spin…. each catch… is its own unique moment.

If something doesn’t go as planned—like a drop, or the next toss is a complete loss… I can learn from those moments and connect them to real life.

If I’m having a bad day, today, and things just aren’t going right, tomorrow is a new day. Why waste an opportunity to shine by letting yesterday affect today?

Guard is training me for the future by helping me become a master of multitasking. Because what other activities don’t expect me to have a list of at least ten things to think about every second?

Take my job at a pizza shop. I multitask all the time. I prepare food. Put that food in the oven. Then I have to keep track of what went in the oven when and what needs to come out in a specific order. I can juggle pizzas and breadsticks like I can juggle sabres!

Guard is not easy. That is a fact. I persevere through thick and thin with guard because, to me, there is no greater reward than performing.

There have been days where I wanted to chuck my equipment across the room and quit. Days I didn’t want to be there because I was sick, tired, annoyed by other members, or I didn’t want to get called out by staff.

When I feel overwhelmed and burned out, I recall the feeling I get inside while I’m performing under the lights which illuminate my bright, radiant flag.  I think about the audience applause when I nail my blade six on the hilt. Best yet, I remember the passion I feel in my heart when I’m on the floor.

I tell myself,

“Never stop performing! Head up toward the sky!, You’ve got this!”

So. What’s the value of guard in your life?

A World for Guardlings

Evergreen High School color guard prepares for their first competition.

Evergreen High School color guard prepares for their first competition.

A goal I have for this blog is to create a place for guardlings to hang out, converse, and become the best guardlings they can for their respective teams.

I’ll cover topics from tips on basic skills to advanced tricks, getting along with teammates and instructors, as well as offer guardlings who love to write, a chance to submit articles on a given topic for publication on the blog.

It is my hope to tap into experts in the guard world to do podcasts and short videos.

And have Q&A formats where readers can ask guard and teen-life kinds of questions.

I may even do a run where kids can submit photos of themselves and their teams!

Calling all guardlings interested in writing!

To celebrate the launch of my book, Spin, I am looking for submission on the value of color guard in your life. If you are a current for former guard member, a high school kid, or surgeon who did guard, I want to hear from you as to what guard contributed to who you are as a person.

Submissions should be no more than 500 words. Include a head shot and a performance shot (both need to be legal in the copyright world ) Need to know your name, teams you marched on and years. City and state.

Pieces must be well written and ideas communicated clearly. Not all submissions will make the cut.

Let’s make marching season special by sharing what we love most about color guard!

Submission due by October 10, 2014

Send submissions to darciebooks@gmail.com

Can’t wait to hear from you all!