Giving Thanks
Christmas Light



This Season of Thanksgiving that eases into the Season of ultimate Love is a very reflective time for me. I'm not sure if it is the cold of winter or the overstimulation of worldly expectations, but I turn inward and reflect.

Remembering early days and important people. God weaves.

Thinking about all of the years we spent at the Barnyard Academy with our friend and coach, Jeanie Pennell. She is having some health issues, so pray for healing. One thing I remember about the Barnyard Academy is the heater. It was instant warmth. Several students had melted wind suit pants from getting too close.




A sweet friend, Tiffany Barnes, gave her little Barnyard Academy t-shirt to me. How festive it looks today! Tiffany took at both downtown locations of the Barnyard Academy.



Pepper, Erica, Leah, and Chrissa before the Christmas parade; four of Jeanie's Genies.



One of my favorite pictures of Pepper & Chrissa sharing the love at a twirling competition.



We celebrated Jeanie's 50th birthday at Notre Dame University at America's Youth on Parade competition in South Bend, Indiana. Jeanie's best friend and fellow coach, Vicki Ray enjoying the moment.


Joanna, Cerissa, Heather, Chrissa, Leah, Erica, and Pepper practice in the "old" Coronado gym.


Chrissa and her mentor, Tandi.



Jeanie Pennell, the Barnyard Academy owner, taught hundreds of girls how to twirl, gain self-esteem, and work hard to reach their goals. She & Chrissa were a force. What a great influence she was in our daughter's life!