And you shouldn't have any problem picking Tori out of the crowd...she'll be the one in the pink tutu.
What a hectic day Thursday was (you might have noticed my absence here yesterday morning). I was out of the house by sunrise for San Francisco to visit Erick and Heidi Boggs. As I shared with you on Wednesday, Erick underwent open heart surgery to correct a genetic anomaly that had caused him a great deal of trouble.
Doctors had said Erick might be "out of it" for 24 hours following his surgery, so you can imagine my surprise when I entered the CVICU yesterday morning and Erick was sitting up in bed, awake and alert, eating breakfast. A wheelchair sat near Erick's bedside prepared to transfer him out of the CVICU and into a regular room.
Aside from battling Bay Area traffic, the day was magnificent. A wonderful time of visiting with Erick and Heidi, along with Ken and Jamie Perry and Dick and Vita Crow, followed by lunch and a visit downtown with good friend and Praise for the Lord hymnal editor, John Wiegand.
Then I got home.
I hadn't been back home for 30 minutes when the phone rang informing me that the mother of John Hollett had died. You might remember John from some blogs back in October. John underwent brain surgery in San Francisco and God has blessed John mightily in his recovery. He's back at work, coaching the high school baseball team at Selma.
Sadly, yesterday afternoon while working outside with John's father, his mother collapsed and passed away immediately. John and his father were doing well last night, and surrounded by the support of many caring friends.
I hope you will continue to keep John and his father in your prayers today.
Sad news out of my alma mater, CAC, in North Little Rock this week. Andrew Brady passed away. You can see a tribute to Andrew here and read a tribute to in the Maumelle Monitor here.
Finally today, I cannot imagine the excitement in Jessieville and Hot Springs Village. Tonight, #2 ranked Lions (14-0) tangle with the #1 ranked Junction City Dragons (11-1) in the Class AA State Championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
The game is a rematch of a quarterfinal matchup at Jessieville last year won by Junction City 34-21.
Hootens picks Jessieville by 3. Max Preps has Junction City picked by 3. Either way, it promises to be a great game. The game begins at 5:30 PDT and can be followed live here.
Coach Carpenter and Junction City have had their turn in the past. Tonight, it's Don Phillips's turn. I'm counting on the Jessieville lines being too physical and controlling the line of scrimmage, bringing home the first-ever state championship in football for Jessieville.
Lions - 34
Dragons - 28