Saturday, February 5, 2011

Something special!

Oh my! Where do I start! During the
past 5 seasons at Cooper, Coach and I have had the honor
and pleasure of being apart of the most amazing staff of
coaches and their families. While the men were hard a work
rebuilding Cooper Football and lasting friendships, we girls had
a lot of fun!

We cheered loud at games and inspired discouraged
fans to join us. Played together, made crafts, caramel apples and
mischief. One year we went to the fair, ate dinner on my front
porch and tarred and feathered rubber chickens (before playing

our crosstown rivals). We've had countless conversations, on the
phone and at 'Thursday night coffee'. We've loved, encouraged
and prayed for each other and somewhere along the way we
became 'family'. I love each and everyone of you and want to

thank you for being great wives. Together we better learned to
respect, encourage, befriend and support our husbands. Preparing
for future days when demands will increase and responsibilities
will grow. Just remember that you are never alone and that

H.U.G.'s understand. Change is coming for our precious staff,
but we will 'treasure all these things and ponder them in our
hearts'! I thank God for our time together and for all that He
taught us. I praise Him for our future, each and every one of us,
and thank Him that no matter where we go, He goes with us.

Admire your husband, treasure each day with your family and celebrate and love like there is no tomorrow! Develop a walking, talking, seeing, hearing relationship with God. Ask Him for everything you need. Especially wisdom, forgiveness and trust. Become best friends and learn to love Him more than anything. He in return will enable you to love like you've never loved before.

Embrace your children. Be a mother, not a friend. God will give them many friends but no one can love, teach and discipline as well as you. Parent with a passion for children grow up fast. Make them your priority....your ministry and when they grow up they will be the kind of people you would want for a friend.

I love you.

Girls Night Out! (

Saying Goodbye is hard....part 1

Living and coaching in Abilene Texas the past 5 seasons has been the realization of a longtime dream. Back in the 8o's when we were newlyweds and lived a block away from Cooper High School on S 41st Street, we dreamed of someday coming back here to Head Coach. Six years ago this month, that dream came true and 'Boy!' has it been a good one! Abilene, is a special place! The kicked back pace of living and geniune kindness of the people, have made it an all time Spradlin favorite. Our time here has been rich and memorable. Our hearts (something he'll never forget) have been touch by Abilene's warm embrace. There have been so moments, so many relationships. Things we'll always treasure.

Particularly those who have rallied around us to rebuild the Cooper Football program. We will never forget our time here and all the precious people that loved and encouraged us. It wasn't easy! It took a lot of people working very hard but together by God's grace, strength and will, the roar of the Cooper Cougars has been restored. It will be a blast to watch their continued success in the future!