To my husband on the first day of football season:
Here we are at the start of year 9. I still remember year one like it was yesterday. This road has been a roller coaster of emotions I never knew possible. The life of a coach's family isn't for everyone, but it is for us even on its worst day! Coming into it, I thought I knew what it was all about, but every year I learn a little more about being Coach Payne's wife! When the seasons end, we start a countdown to when it will start again! It's our life and what we love!
While you're gone these next 4-5 months we will be right here cheering you on every step of the way! I'll be taking on new duties and single mommin' it one day at a time! Never fails something major must occur each season to keep us on our toes. It takes a village and we have an awesome one to help us anytime so don't you worry about us!
This year, more than ever I feel like we are right where we are meant to be! The kids & I will miss the summer days with you but know that you're with the team getting ready for Friday night. Win or lose, we are your biggest fans & you make us proud no matter what!
You will never know the pride I feel being "Coach Payne's wife!" The long days without you all disappear when we see you out on that field smiling, running, jumping or sometimes yelling with the team. There is no place we would rather be on Friday nights than under those lights! The kids will scream your name a hundred times and if you see them just once I call it a win! After half time they will ask at least every 2 minutes if the game is almost over so we can go on the field to see you. Running on that field to you is the highlight of our week.
I can't wait to talk stats and local scores with you on game nights, see the excitement in our players at the pep rally and get those game day jitters on Fridays. Yes, I get them too.
You have a passion for not just coaching these players, but also teaching them life lessons! To see some of these kids come to you and trust in you as they would their own father is amazing. When we took on this profession, we were a family of 3 now we are a family of 70+. We wouldn't trade it for anything!
Good luck & we love you!