And if You Feel that You Can’t Go On…In the Light You Will Find the Road

It was a roller coaster of a week for us as we had many happy times and we also had some very sad times. I spent a lot of time in reflection as we saw the three month anniversary of Mom’s passing, an NFL player shot his girlfriend and them himself in front of his coaches, former Ball State coach Rick Majerus died and the saddest news of all came at the very end of the week when four parents lost their lives in a plane crash only a short distance from our house – four people Ann knew well…a week that left us feeling a little numb as we think back about it now.
It was only fitting then, that we had a cold start to the week on Monday. I was a little late getting the cars started and had to scrape the windshields. Keith & Rosie headed back to New York. Matt had wrestling practice – it turns out he was a little too indulgent during the Thanxmas holiday and has a few extra pounds to cut before next week’s opening meet. We hope he can make weight by next Thursday. Abby had dance team practice and then worked on Science Fair stuff with Ann. I helped a little before heading out to Brian & Angie’s house for Monday Night Football with the other Pee Wee League coaches from the past year. As always, we had a good time…but not too good. We had to work the next morning, after all…
It was really cold on Tuesday. In fact, it was cold all day. Matt again had wrestling. Abby had Student Council. Luke had basketball practice at the elementary and we finally got our outside lights up on the house. Today would’ve been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. New pictures on Facebook included Ann’s new Purdue snowman that “magically” appeared on our front porch – must be that Christmas magic! Also and old silly one of Abby & Grace; Luke’s all-star baseball team; the oven fire from Thanxmas; Phyllis & Dick dancing; Barney with his kids and grand kids; Lindsay and her recently-announced fiancé; Chris & Trish’s boys; Dawnan & Corey’s girls; Crazy Christmas Car Decorations, Robert Plant and of course that pitiful Charlie Brown Xmas Tree…

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It was bitter cold on Wednesday morning, but ended up warming up in the late afternoon. In fact, it would continue to warm the rest of the week, eventually hitting 60 on Sunday! But today, it was in the teens as we headed in to work. Matt was back down in the 220s after practice. Abby had tap practice at Dixon Studios and Luke helped me bring in the Christmas stuff and put up the tree. We didn’t decorate it, but at least it is in the house now!
Thursday was a busy day. Luke had basketball practice and met us over at the junior high afterwards (thanks to the Hellmichs!). We were attending the 7th/8th grade basketball game, but weren’t really interested in seeing the game – we were there for Abby and her dance team’s performances. They did four dances (well two dances twice) and looked pretty good. Some girls were obviously better than others, but they had fun and looked good. We couldn’t stay for all four dances, but left after the 7th graders were done. We met up with Matt out at the high school after his wresting practice for a Chautauqua on the Holocaust during World War II. We saw a former infantry soldier give a speech (very interesting) as well as a panel discussion with questions from the kids in Matt’s class for concentration camp survivors – again, very interesting. Memaw & Gigi were also there (Matt got extra credit for each family member he brought with him). Ann left early to pick up Abby from the game and they went on to jazz dance practice at Dixon Studios. Matt drove Luke & I home in the truck. I have to say, I don’t like being the passenger, but Matt is a good little driver.

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I came home Friday to a house full of kids! There were 7 kids in the front yard – thankfully only 4 of them were staying the night at our house. Abby had her good friends Emma & Brittney stay the night. They laughed and had a good time until the wee hours of the morning.
On Saturday, Matt was up early and in to the Fieldhouse for a JV wrestling tourney – not to compete, but to help run scoreboards, time, etc. He came home in the early evening long enough to shower and then was right back out the door to the varsity basketball game to work concessions for the football team. Luke had a basketball scrimmage in the late morning hours, facing the 4th grade team. The boys looked frazzled and sloppy in the first half and were outscored badly. They were much more relaxed in the second half and probably outscored the older boys. Luke had a couple points, half a dozen rebounds and a few steals. We grabbed takeout and flopped on the couch where we took naps and watched TV. Abby, Emma & Brittney had dance team practice in the early morning and then went with Ann over to Columbus for her annual work event, Cookies with Santa (actually now Donuts with Santa). The girls had fun helping Ann and for their help, Ann took them out to Jonny Carino’s afterwards for lunch. The girls were really good for her and I think Ann enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed her (they said she was the coolest Mom in junior high!). ;0) The girls came home, got showers and also headed out to the basketball game. Although Ann & I have reserved season tickets, neither of us felt going out. The Pirates were in a dog fight with their archrivals, the Batesville Bulldogs. The top-ranked Greensburg team somehow managed to eek out a victory in the last few seconds to remain undefeated on the year. Abby came home briefly after the game but left again, this time she was with two new friends – Megan and Brooke. They ended up staying the night at Brooke’s house and then went to Megan’s on Sunday morning.

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Sunday marked the 3 month anniversary of Mom’s passing. It seems a lot longer than that. It seems like it’s been a decade since I last saw or spoke to her. I still replay the two voicemails I have saved on my phone. In fact I played them just a couple days ago after thinking about her. Sunday morning was nice. We got to sleep in a little. It was a drizzly, blah day outside – a good day to stay in and flop on the couch…but we had other plans. Luke had basketball games in Hagerstown, so shortly after noon, we set out on our trip. Hagerstown had nice facilities, but we found it funny that we travelled 90 minutes just to play North Decatur (a minute outside of town) in our first game, save for a minute or two. It was a close one – much closer than I think the boys were expecting. In fact, at halftime we were down 3 and our starters had played pretty much the entire game. In the 2nd half, the other boys finally got a little bit of playing time, but not much. We eventually found a way to win in the closing moments of the game and pulled out a victory, 14-11. That improved our record to 5-0! Luke was 1-2 from the field in very limited time. He had 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. We hopped in our cars quickly after the game and headed across town to the elementary school’s gym for the 2nd half of our double header. We played the top team in the league finally – Connersville. We knew it would be a good test of our team, as they were superior in every way. Turns out, it wasn’t pretty. Still reeling from a close game where the starters played most of the game, we came out sluggish and sloppy. We were down by 20 at half. The 2nd half wasn’t much better, though we did make some nice adjustments but still lost for the first time this year, 34-12. Luke played more this game – not as much as I’d like, but we knew coming in to this type of team that playing time would be at a premium with the boys we have on it. We wanted Luke to get some real experience and learn good fundamentals. …Although, he can’t really learn if he doesn’t play… His play was erratic at best and has a long way to go to bring his skills up to the same par as some of the boys that played for both teams today. One thing we did notice was that the only way he will is going to get the ball is if he gets a steal or rebound. Most of the boys will not pass him the ball (or a couple other boys either). We will have to play as a team as we move forward if we want to get better. This game was a prime example. He had the ball passed to him once and due to that inexperience, he panicked and through the ball at the goal, rather than actually taking a shot. He was 0-1 with no points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a turnover. He was pretty down after the game but we encouraged him to work hard at practices to improve his still set and get more playing time. We stopped at Wal-Mart on the way home to get some more lights for our Christmas tree. Although we got them put on, we still didn’t get it decorated. Instead, we flopped on the couch where I tried to stay awake and watch the Cowboys but found myself falling asleep. On the way home, we heard the Colts game where they won a dramatic come-from-behind game on an Andrew Luck pass for TD as time expired! Payton also led his Broncos to anther big win. The Cowboys ended up coming from behind to beat the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, 38-33. Tony Romo threw 3 TD passes in the 2nd half and that put him past the great Troy Aikman for most passing TD’s in a career. Now if he can just win the big game… That evening, Ann was on the phone quite a bit. It was early in the evening when Ann received a call from her Mom, stating that a plane had crashed out by our neighborhood. One of our neighbors called the police when they saw it go down. They searched for hours before finally finding the plane and the four passengers – none of which survived. It turns out that Ann knows all of them fairly well. Ann was pretty shook up as it was two sets of parents that both had kids – one is Matt’s wrestling team and anther is in Abby’s grade. It was very sad news indeed – what a terrible time for this occur with just a few weeks until Christmas. Out respect for the families, I am withholding names on this week’s blog entry. For now, our thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight…

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Next up is our video section, which features two new family videos and several from around the ‘net this week…

Next up is our Waybac section, which is still featuring photos from the Gil Hutton Collection. Leading off this week we have Aunt Judy at the Senior Prom in the 60s as well as some beach shots from, I assume, the twin lakes in Monticello. Next up are a couple more from Aunt Sue & Uncle Hank’s wedding in 1961. That is followed by Aunt Judy & Cathy in 1963; Cathy in 1964, Cathy and then David in 1965 and then Cathy and David in late 1967.

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Next up are several pictures Uncle John & Aunt June’s wedding in 1968 (including some classic shots of Aunts Sally & Mary); several of Cathy from 1970 and Steven in 1978.

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Well that wraps up yet another edition of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks for keeping with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss you, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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