Lady Pirates AREA CHAMPS!

Can I hear an Amen?  You'll giggle when you read that if you follow me on facebook or twitter.  I'm excited.  Very.  WAY TO GO GIRLS!  They beat Andrews last night to advance to regionals.  Woo Hoo!

I love photographing the Lady Pirates (or anything for that matter) but especially close to my heart is this group of girls.   Several I've watched grow up for years, (Taylor and Katie) others I've watched for the last 4 years we've been at Cooper.    Yet I'm bittersweet in that my child in not on that court.  I understand, I really do.  She needs to grow and learn and gain expierence.  I get that.  And boy did she ever get it this year!  She played almost every second of every game on the Freshman team.  Had an awesome year with Coach Wrenn.  So, understand that I'm very gracious and understanding and can see His plan at work in BOTH our lives.  I get the pride thing, Lord.  I do.  LOL

But I know her heart Lord, almost as well as you do.  And I know how ready she really is.  How she would LOVE to be part of the game.  The competition.  The victory.  How she's so happy for this group too, but somehow can't help but feel like she's missing out.

She'll get there.  I'll get there.  I just keep repeating

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. 

We drove over to Brownfield last night to watch the game.  They played Andrews.  We arrived with 6 minutes left to warm up and after a few minutes of being on the court, I could feel the tension.  The girl's were nervous!!!  Excited!!!  Scared of what the next hour would hold.  Would this be it?  Could our season end tonight?  Is Andrews any good?   Can they beat us?

Oh, heck no!  After throwing bricks for baskets, and basically not playing their usual speed the first half, they came back the 2nd to take the lead, keep it and WIN AREA!  It was awesome!!

What was NOT awesome is on of my camera's going on the blink.  Geez...we are building a house and I really don't want to spend money on camera gear right now.  So, she's going off to Canon and I'm renting a body from Lens Pro to Go.  I have a wedding in Dallas this weekend, and I'm so ready for some OTHER girl in white.  

Here's some of my favs from the action and as always, the REST are up at www.hookapirate.com.