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Life with the Lady Flames: Becca's Blog
Hello, hola, hi, hey. My name is Rebecca Lightfoot and I am (yet another) senior on the women's basketball team here at Liberty. To be perfectly frank, I cannot decide whether it has been a long four years or a short four years. When I think about all the memories and lessons God has given and taught me, it feels like the longest four years of my life. I can remember crying basically every night my freshman year thinking, "What did I get myself into?" and missing my family so much that my roommate, Moriah (Frazee), would go to sleep to my sniffles. It seems like yesterday we were at summer school with our infamous strength and conditioning coach, Coach (Mike) Lucas. Rachel (Hammond) put a countdown in our dorm for workouts. We seniors, who were rising sophomores at the time, couldn't wait for the torture to end so we could go home to our safe havens, free from the drill sergeant and never-ending jumping split squats.
But then, my attitude turns somber when I think of our first day of practice this year. Talking with Meg (Frazee), I couldn't help but think that this is the last time I will have a "first practice" with this special group of individuals. Because of a knee injury last spring, I have still been sidelined during a good portion of the practices. Let me tell you, between riding a bike and Coach (Carey) Green's "suggestion" that I get a lot of cone drills in (which is a monotonous continuation of running in different patterns around eight cones), I now want to burn every cone in sight, and I am itching to be able to play more. However, at the same time, God has taught me incredible amounts of patience and humility. Also, I am getting the chance to get to know my teammates in a whole different way… and that is through observance. It is during these times on the sideline, when I get the fleeting thoughts that time is flying too swiftly by. It's because of the coffee runs with Rachel (Hammond) and Brittany (Campbell), late-night conversations, shopping with Kittery (Maine), date debriefs and Megan's practical jokes that I sometimes ache just thinking about how I am going to miss this next year.
Another great memory that will go down for my senior year will be the day of our annual Halloween party. Every year, everybody on the team dresses up and we go to Coach Green's house, where we get a GREAT meal by Mama Green (Coach Green's wife), and the pleasure of humiliating ourselves in ridiculous costumes. Practice got out late on Friday, so we were all at the dorms in a giddily mad dash to get ready. As I was fixing my own costume, I had about six of my teammates coming in my room to borrow something. By the third person, who was Brittany Campbell asking for my pink shorts and ‘80s sweatshirt (yes, I proudly wear and own both items) to complete her outrageous workout outfit, I realized exactly was happening. I looked to my roommate, Rae (Rachel McLeod) and said, "Should I be concerned that my wardrobe is being thought of first to use for costumes?" She was a good roommate and just smiled and left me to ponder my own conclusions. Oh well… Speaking of Rae, I have to say that she was a fantastic homeschooler for Halloween this year! I was pretty proud of her tucked-in oxford, French braids and high socks. However, it was not until I went upstairs to check on Rachel (Hammond) that I started laughing heartily. Rachel … drum roll … was dressed as Jack Sparrow, the pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. I don't think she could have gotten another scarf or article of clothing on if she wanted to. The girl was draped from head to toe, complete with drawn-in facial hair. Hilarious! As good as this was, the real finale did not appear until we were all eagerly awaiting Kittery and Amber to emerge from their room finally dressed up. They came into the living room with an introduction and stunned us all into stomach-grabbing laughter. Honestly, words could not sufficiently describe their costumes, but believe me when I say that they earned their honors of best-dressed for the night.
To conclude my week's journal, I want to share something I recently read. In my personal study, I just started the book of Romans. In chapter 1, verses 11 and 12 state: " I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." When I read this, I immediately think about my teammates. These verses are a great way to describe why my team is made up of a group of people who I genuinely love and enjoy spending time with; because of the encouragement I can both give and receive when I am surrounded by them. Even though I have emotionally been up and down during my entire college career, and especially during this frustrating time of rehabbing my leg, I am drawn to spend more and more time with these girls because they have been, outside of my family, my biggest encouragers. No other team could be so faithful in praying for my recovery, and no other team could know exactly when I need to have an arm around me to help me up, or a pat on my shoulder to know that I CAN finish my task. So, that being said, even though I want to cherish yesterday and today, I still look forward to tomorrow because with my Savior Jesus Christ going before me, I know who is going to be next to me when I look to my right and to my left.
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