Friday, September 11, 2009

To a Husband and Father!

This article was released in our local paper yesterday and it's so true. You can replace Jeff's name and put in Adam's and it would still remain true. Adam went through exactly what's going on with our family and our kids today. His dad was a coach for so many many years, a def. coord. and a Head Football Coach. Adam got to go to work with him and spend time at the fieldhouse with him and make special memories. For that, I am graeful.

Adam does the same for our chilren!!
Kynnedy is picked up early every friday to be able to spend a little "alone" time with daddy before the games, he comes home to see the little ones before he has to be back so they get a little time too! Game nights are so special, because we get to meed him out on the middle of the field and he loves on us, and laughs with us no matter if it's a win or loss! At that moment a win or loss isn't relevant. But the week nights are exactly as mentioned below. Adam has to miss out on so much with our kids, and for so long it was really hard to understand. With so much prayer from friends and family, and unbelievable support, we know that sharing him with a group of coaches and an amazing group of boys is what we are supposed to be doing. God has called Adam and has given him football as a platform to Share HIS word. The Lord is changing lives through him and we couldn't be more proud, but so humbled at the same time. It still is hard at times when he has to miss out on the little things, like meet the teacher, and rise and shine and field trips and gymnastics and other things, but it's so worth it if it furthers God's kingdom. So I must say, we are so grateful to have a dad and husband who loves his family, loves his jobs, loves so many kids, and ultimately loves the LORD. Adam, thank you for never complaining, for never being too tired to play and give your kids so much love and attention, for never getting worked up and stressed out over very much. Thank you for loving the Lord and leading your family. Thank you for allowing me to stay home with our children while you work OVERTIME and thank you for loving your job. It makes life at home so much easier knowing you are at a place you love, rather than a place you love to hate. Thank you for loving those football boys and treating them as if they are your very own children. Thank you for all you do and thank you for putting up with me and for loving me while I am learning just exactly what it means to be a "coaches wife! It's a title I love having. I LOVE YOU, MISTER!
Thank you God for answering my prayers for more patience and more energy. Thank you Lord for changing my heart so that I don't see this situation as a negative one, but as a positive one I can look at with loving eyes.

So here's the article:

The hard part for Southside head football coach Jeff Williams doesn’t come with losses.

The bad part is not being there to read to his younger daughter, Elizabeth.
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Want to coach high school football? Marry someone faithful and strong enough to run the family, and learn what it means not to get that lazy Saturday afternoon nap. There are none during football season.

To bed at 2:30 a.m. late Friday night/early Saturday morning, Williams is racing toward Little Rock or Bentonville to deliver game film to the next opponent before most of us have had that first cup of weekend coffee.

“We usually go from about 8 until 2:30 on Saturdays,” the Rebels’ coach said. “Even though you’re dead tired, and would love to catch a nap, that’s the time you spend with your kids.”

The son of a head football coach, Williams spends Saturday evenings with Elizabeth, who just turned 5, and 8-year-old Anna Catherine.

“I didn’t see my dad (during football season) until I was 4 or 5,” Williams recalls. “When I was older, I would go with my dad to work, and only then did I understand how much football was involved. Sometimes we’ll bring the kids in on Sunday.”

But there are no daddy-daughter playtimes on Sunday.

The Rebels’ staff usually puts in 12 hours on Sunday during football season. It’s the nature of the beast.

“It’s tougher now that they’re older,” Williams said. “They’re usually in bed when we get home.”

A big chunk of Williams’ staff has young children.

Two of his assistants, longtime wide receivers coach Kevin Tiffee and defensive coordinator Keith Fimple, have kids in kindergarten. Quarterbacks coach Justin Key and linebackers coach Steven Thessing have kids younger than that.

Unlike Southside’s former regime, which opted to play JV games on Labor Day weekend, Southside coaches were actually home Monday evening. It was a rare treat.

“Mondays, you’ve got JV games, and that can be until 10 or 11 if you’re on the road, and Tuesday with seventh-grade games, you usually don’t get home until 9 (p.m.) or so. Wednesday, I don’t get home before 8 or 9, and with Thursday junior high night, I usually don’t get home until 9:30.”

Late Friday evening, after Williams had shaken hands with Catholic’s players and coaches following Southside’s disappointing loss, the Rebels’ boss was greeted near the north end zone by his older daughter. For a split second, wins and losses didn’t matter.

A similar scenario played out across the stadium with other Southside coaches.

After a postgame dinner, which on this night included a few snacks and leftover burgers from the press box, it was back to work.

It’s football season.

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