Put Me In Coach

Henry Little Kickers

Henry at Little Kickers, his super adorable footie class

Happy World Cup! We have a confession to make: Henry thinks “football” is soccer. Shhh… don’t tell anyone in Texas. Fret not, we’ll get this all straightened out after the World Cup and just in time for our return to Austin and college football season. In the meantime we’re going to fully embrace the sport the rest of the world loves best.

But while we’re on the topic of kids and sports, I just read this great article in the New York Times. Basically it says we shouldn’t let our kids specialize in sports until they are in high school if we want them to avoid injury and become elite athletes – obviously Henry will play Football for Alabama or Texas. But seriously, hooray for letting kids be kids and not mini-pros!

D-Day Landing Beaches

On this 70th Anniversary of D-Day I want to share some photos of our recent trip to Normandy. It was truly a privilege to witness the D-Day landing beaches and small towns that played such an important role in World War II. If you ever get the chance to visit, please go, it will leave an imprint on your heart. I am forever grateful and in awe of the courage and sacrifice of so many to protect our freedom.

Omaha Beach Monument
D-Day Monument at Omaha Beach

Normandy American Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery

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Omaha Beach, Normandy

Longues-sur-Mer Battery
LonguessurMer battery

Mulberry Arronmanches
Remains of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument
U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc (read Reagan’s 40th D-Day Anniversary Speech)

Monument to paratrooper Private John Steele at the church in Sainte-Mère-Église

Henry Omaha Beach
Henry playing in the sand on Omaha Beach

Watching Henry play on Omaha Beach made my heart ache for all the mamas that lost their boys on this stretch of sand. So today, as I remember the thousands of brave men who landed on those beaches, I’ll also be saying a prayer for peace for our children.