Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

I am currently reading the book title "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time" which is about Greg Mortenson's journey to building schools and educating children, especially girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's a brilliant story about a man's journey as a mountain climber who accidentally stumbled upon a small, isolated village in the Himalaya's. Upon leaving the village of Korphe, he promised he would return and build them a school. After several long hard months later, he returns to the village to attempt to build the school. He encounters many setbacks and learns many lessons along the way. Growing up in Africa, as an American, he must learn that the Balti people have survived hundreds of years without the help of outsiders, especially Americans. He soon learns that these people don't need to learn how to live -- they just need help.

Word of what he is doing in Central Asia gets around and with the help of a few wealthy, well-known people in their field, the Central Asia Institute becomes a reality. Visit the website here: http://www.ikat.org/ to learn more about how you can get involved.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall Ball Photos

Here are a few pics of a couple of the girls (given with consent):

Ready to swing!!

A little off balance!!

Good Eye!!

About to swing againg!!

No ball in sight! HIT!?

Pumpkin or Carrot?

Waitin on the pitch

Closing pitcher attemptin to stay warm on the bench!! :-)

Ready, set, swing!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Ball Tournament

So I've been coaching a fall ball softball team this year, which is actually turning out to be more exciting than I expected. We're playing in a tournament this weekend and have a great chance of winning the championship as long as the girls keep playing like they did this morning in our first game. The girls need to keep hitting the ball and making plays in the field!!

Gotta run and eat lunch before we head back to the field for our 2nd game of the day. We're in a single elimination tournament so the more we win the more we get to play! Can't wait, some of the girls have never played in a tournament before so it's exciting to see them having fun like this.