Astros Win It All For All of Texas

Baseball is truly America’s sports. No playoffs are as intense, scary and exciting. Each pitch, each hit, each run scored is total drama. So amazing.

It has taken me a few days since the Astros won the World Series by beating the LA Dodgers to figure out just what to say. When you’ve been a fan of a team most of your entire life and they finally win it all, the words are hard to come by.

Did I cry a little? Yes. Did I scream and party a little? Yes. Did I believe they would do it? No! I was too scared to hope for anything better than a 2nd WS appearance. I was happy with that sadly. Days later and I am still in shock with an endless smile on my heart. They freaking did it!!!!

My dad passed away in July and my prayer then was the Astros, and my Cowboys, would win it all for him.

After all I owe my love of sports to my dad.

I’ve been an Astros fan since 1974 when we moved to Houston as a kid. I’ve waited my entire life cheering them on, and the Rangers, hoping one of my teams would finally bring the World Championship to the great state of Texas. Fitting that the Astros would do it first!

My dad took me to a handful of games nearly every year I can remember as a kid. We would sit way up high in the Astrodome. We’d leave early most games because I had school the next day and I would fall asleep listening to Milo Hamilton call the end of the game. (Sadly he passed away just two years short of seeing this happen!)

These games hold some of the most precious times with my dad…especially now looking back on them without him here. I know he was watching in his ugly orange Astros shirt cheering them on with me and forever I will hold those memories close to my soul. I miss him so much every day.

Now I have the goal of passing on the love of the game to my kids. They are full throttle Rangers fans and I can only hope and pray I have given them so of those great memories like dad gave me. I take them to as many games as I can and every now and then I run them down to Houston for an Astros game. Maybe one day the Rangers too will win a ring for us all.

Texas proud. Houston strong.

Thank you Astros. And if you want to win it again in 2018, please do!

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The End of an Era?

Cowboys fans hearts sank this Thursday when we saw Tony Romo go down like a folding chair. He grabbed for his back and rolled in pain. Saturday we learned that he broke a vertebre in his back and will miss 6-10 weeks this year. It will mark the 3rd year in a row he will have missed significant time. He has broken his collar bone twice, played with broken ribs, two back surgeries, sprained ankle and Im sure a few concussions.

This all started for Romo in 2006 and most Cowboys fans have had a love/hate relationship with him. He’s had two strong teams, one in 2007 and another in 2014, but both fell short due to dropped passes he put right on the mark. Overall, he owns all Cowboys QB records and has been one of the most fun players to watch ever. But he hasn’t had the overall team around him, thanks to Jerry Jones, to win it all. He’s only one a few playoff games. So much talent and so little to show for it.

The team says he is going to be fine and will come back. But we all know he doesn’t have much time left. He’s fragile and he’s got a family now to think about. Luckily, we have an exciting new guy name Dak Prescott we will get to see first hand this year, but to me it’s sad to see the Romo era start coming to an end, if it isn’t already over. I like Romo. He’s a good guy and I always thought he had what it took to take the team all the way.

Who knows. Maybe will have a story book ending. My gut just tells me otherwise.

Wow. Summer is Almost Here!

Excuse me! It’s May NEXT WEEK???? Really?

Unreal.

This winter and spring just flew by. We really didn’t even have a winter here in Texas. It went straight from Fall to Spring so that’s really has everyone messed up.

In the mean time, Julie and I celebrated 13 years of marriage bliss and we are getting real close, finally, to getting our son Zane home from South Korea. Adoption process is coming to a close. Updates can be found here http://luvfromasia.blogspot.com/. Girls are closing in on 11 years old and Quinn is nearing 9.

Big news this spring so far, outside of Zane, was two weeks ago Quinn ended up back at Cook Children’s for emergency surgery on his stomach! Thankfully, it all went well and he is back at home recovering. Gonna miss the rest of baseball season though and he is bummed about that. He is loving playing. Might get a few of the last games in. He did get the game ball from the team last week. His team is awesome. Such great little dudes. Remind me of Sandlot group.

Girls finish their last weekend of soccer at Ridge Sports today. Very sad. Such a fun little team and four years has gone by incredible fast. They are hoping to play more somewhere else. They have gotten pretty good at it too!

Sports is in full gear outside of football, with the Stars in the hunt for another Stanley Cup and the Astros and Rangers getting into the baseball season.

This summer is going to be all about Zane, we hope….we are so ready to get this stage our life with him here and behind us!

 

Bye Bye 2015…Bring on 2016

I have to say…2015 was an interesting year for sure. So many crazy things happened and yet it was a mixture of good and bad.

Kids started homeschooling, we continued the process of adopting Zane and now wait, we had some tough business issues to deal with and my kids all got older! Plus, we had some health issues in the family that got pretty scary.

My Baylor Bears ended a season of injuries strong but my Cowboys stunk it up with Romo out all year. The surprise was my Astros and Rangers doing so well.

Not sure what to expect in 2016 – more crazy terrorism? Hilary or Trump as President? The last year of Obama (Yes!) and who knows what will happen in sports or with the stock market.

Life is good and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 365…yet in some ways I am glad to see 2015 be in the past.

Korea Camp 2015 Was Fun, More Information on Zane

Once again we traveled up to Tulsa, OK, to attend Dillon’s Korea Heritage Camp. Once again it was awesome. We hooked up with our adoption friends as we do every year and also met some new ones. The strong of adoption connects us all and will always be something we will have in common. Quinn loves it too and it is great for us well being to be around other adoptees and other Koreans.

Korea Camp Group 2015

Quinn Speers attends adoption camp

Quinn Speers Korea Camp

Brady Speers family attends adoption camp

 

 

We also learned that we might get Zane home sooner than people think.

Click here for more information.

We also recently launched http://www.bradyspeers.org which is a resource for charities we believe in and try to support. You can learn more about Dillon there and would love if others would join us in supporting these organizations and efforts.

Brady Speers is a father of four and married to his amazing wife Julie. They have twin girls and two Korean born sons, plus two dogs! Brady and Julie live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area and she is a homeschooling mother and he is a retirement income planner with Safe Retirement Experts. For more about his work visit. www.bradyspeers.net