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Give ’em Trouble

Posted on: April 10th, 2013 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

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Louisville Women’s Basketball

It was by far the largest upset in women’s basketball history. When fifth seed Louisville Cardinals defeated number one seed and defending national champion, Baylor Bears, in this year’s Sweet 16 round of the NCAA 2013 Women’s Division I championship, time stood still as people gawked in disbelief.

The Louisville women won five games to get to the final national championship battle against Connecticut, but it didn’t come easy, and no one expected them to be there.  There was one team, one person, in the way: Baylor Bears Brittney Griner.  Like David and Goliath, Louisville needed to defeat Brittney, whose 6′ 8″ frame, a giant among women, practically shut down every team she played against.  The odds were stacked against them.  Brittany, the giant, took away the hope of many young ladies.  She shut down other teams’ offensive strategies, blocked them from scoring, and was an obstacle to their success. (more…)

Unpacking Confidence

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Girl sitting on suitcaseI’m so excited and extremely hopeful, I think I’m going to burst! My 6th grade girls basketball team is readying themselves for their Big Dance this weekend in Wausau, WI – the Wisconsin State Invitational Tournament. We are putting final touches on our offensive plays, making their motion offense seamless, their defense unstoppable, and packing up our sneakers, shiny uniforms and…well…hopefully, our Confidence…

That’s where as a coach I’ve seen my players struggle the most over the years: their Confidence level.

Late this season, at one of our weekend tourneys, one of my post players, Special K, was beaten twice down the court against a local team. Her shot was deflected on offense and a guard dribbled past her for two points on defense. The next trip up the court, she drove hard to the hoop, only to stumble and fall on her left knee, and as she was sweeping the ball away from her defender, another stepped up behind her and ripped the ball away from above her head while she was still down. That was her breaking point.


I Love Me.

Posted on: February 14th, 2013 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Romantic bride with a wedding bouquet

I love me when I’m ugly, I love me when I’m sad.

I love me when  the sun goes down and I’m  very, very mad.

When people break me down, and say I’m not enough.

Even when I save too much, and fall amongst my stuff.

When lights are low and the sun is high.

I’ll never forget to love me right.

To forgive myself and receive God’s grace.

If He can love me, there’s no disgrace.


Hospitality Humor

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

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Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Hospitality is about people, not perfection.” – Alaina Pompa

“He Said” by Group 1 Crew

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Proverbs 3:5,6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart

II Corinthians 12:9 – My Grace is Sufficient for You

Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe away every tear from their eyes

Keep your heart in check

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

When you tend to your heart, you strengthen your family. – Sara VanWychen

Grandma Sue’s GF Venison Chili

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments


 Are you looking for the best home made chili recipe ever?!  Well, you’ve just discovered the treasure you’re looking for.  This recipe is simple, healthy, and tastes great.  Perfect for the gluten sensitive members in your family. It’s a dream for your hunter’s belly on a cold night out in the woods, or a perfect meal to come home to, while blanketed next to the fireplace.  And most importantly, this will be your kids favorite chili recipe for generations; one I received from Grandma Sue, and am passing on to you.  Thanks Grandma!


PREP TIME: 1 hour (if you cut veggies slow like me)

COOK TIME: Can be eaten right after Prep Time


  • 2# ground meat (elk, beef, or our favorite: venison)
  • 1-2 tbs Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Large Onion chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 cup or 2 stalks Celery chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 – 1 cup or 1 whole Green or Red Pepper chopped coarsely
  • 1 – 11 oz can Stewed Tomatoes sliced into fourths
  • 3 raw Tomatoes
  • 1 – 16 oz can Kidney Beans
  • 23 oz of V-8 juice
  • 1 box of Gluten Free pasta noodles
  • Optional Spice: 3 Jalepeno Peppers & Chulula Sauce


Brown meat in an extra large saucepan.

Boil your water, cook, and drain your pasta while your meat is cooking.  If using Gluten Free pasta, store it in a separate container.  If you add it to the crockpot later, the pasta will disintegrate due to the absence of gluten.

Cut the vegetables while the meat is browning.

Add the spices to the meat starting with the chili powder.  Mix well and saute for a short time.

Add the onion, celery, and peppers to the meat/spice mixture and saute until the onion starts to get translucent.

Add the stewed and raw tomotoes, kidney beans and V-8.  Cook on stove until all ingredients are well blended and warm.  If your pan doesn’t fit all the ingredients, you can add the V-8 juice to the crockpot later.


Transfer all ingredients to crock pot.  Set your crock pot to Keep Warm.  Taste test your creation.  If you like it more spicy, add cut jalepeno peppers and/or Chalula sauce.

Immediately serve, or let simmer for 3 hours if you like your veggies softer.

Don’t forget to serve your pasta with your chili!.

Lastly, enjoy your meal with your family and friends!

Let us know how it tastes.


Just Say “NO!”

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Say “NO!” more Today to make room for God’s Best Tomorrow. – Nicole Wood

We Won’t Give Up by The Afters

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

I was defeated until I leaned forward in the blocks and my cross hit my chin and reminded me I have the most powerful spirit in the world at work in me, and so I never gave up.  I ran and claimed my second national championship that day.  Never, ever, ever give up.

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