Friday Five: Audibles

Football and Family Coaches

When you say “audible” to a football coach’s wife, it’s hard to think of something other than game day. ūüôā ¬†As I reflected on this word though I realized our lifestyle has multiple audibles on a weekly basis. ¬†It’s possible some of them sound crazy, but that would be true of our crazy awesome life as well!

Audible: a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

Coach’s Audible: to change a play based on the best available information immediately available.

1 Vacation:¬†There has been many a spontaneous trip over the years. ¬†Whether it’s packing up the kiddos and heading to Grandma’s or Ordell saying “I need a break” I’ve always got a few ideas up my sleeve as to what can happen tomorrow if needed. ¬†Sometimes that means hopping on Groupon and simply planning a day hike. ¬†For us, vacation doesn’t always look like a week at the beach, sometimes its only a technology-free day away.

2 Travel:¬†Ordell and I both have jobs that require travel. ¬†There was one-week last season where I traveled Monday-Thursday for work and hopped in the car Friday-Saturday for a football game. ¬†Overall I can usually avoid that, but the other aspect of travel is sometimes my kiddos need me more than my husband. ¬†Every trip is finalized the day of. It’s the only way I’ve found for my mama’s heart to handle it. ¬†Recruiting trips can be the same way. ¬†Ordell can plan to be gone a week and instead it will be 3 days. ¬†I’ve learned to have a bunch of freezer meals on hand in the fall and take it day by day.

3 Dinner Guest:¬†Now that we live so close to campus this is going to become a more consistent thing. ¬†I’ve learned over the years to always make extra because you never know when a student will show up needing to talk and home-cooked meal.

4 Overnight guests: Multiple times a season people will text me with short notice letting me know of their impending Friday or Saturday arrival.  I always keep the guest room ready with clean sheets and towels.  This is certainly a time when freezer meals come in handy!

5 Tomorrow:¬†When it comes down to it, I’ve learned that busy jobs and ministry both lead to a fairly unpredictable schedule. ¬†Whether a lasts minute meeting is planned or a student needs our time I’ve come to expect interruptions. ¬†When I look at my planner and see a day with wide open gaps, I can almost predict something coming up. ¬†Last minute lunch plans, a student in tears who just needs to get off campus, someone needs to go to the ER, it’s bound to happen and when it does I’m always thankful a gap in my schedule allowed my presence!

3 thoughts on “Friday Five: Audibles”

  1. I enjoy the glimpse you give us into life as a coach’s wife. It’s so interesting how a career choice can really affect the way you live life.

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