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His first love

February 28, 2020

Forever ago, a little boy asked his mom and dad

Can I play basketball?

So a ball was placed in his hands

To travel with sometimes

To dribble others

To protect from the hands of defenders

His shoelaces seemed to never stay tied

While he ran his fastest and played his hardest

He took in criticism and accolades

And his parents grew to understand

This game was his first love

And that love is shared by his best friends

The older we get the luckier we are

To close chapters and collect memories

Until the clock ticks down to zero

Owen senior year

Bellevue West boys basketball team class of 2020 seniors and parents on senior night.


This is the tenth (#10) in a series of 100-word posts I plan to write. This post is dedicated to all Nebraska high school basketball players getting ready to enter post season play. Especially the senior players and their parents.

My ultimate goal is to create 100 of these 100-word posts in no set time frame. Thanks for following along!

Written by Heidi Woodard

Play for today

November 28, 2018

Fight for every possession

as if everything could be snatched away

without warning in an unjustified instant.

Each moment counts

in a game of split-second decisions.


You will do better than you ever thought possible

as well as disappoint those who battle alongside you.

May you be hard on yourself in the pursuit of perfection

and kind on yourself knowing that excellence is elusive.

One day you will walk out of the gym

that has become your second home

for the final time.

You will remove your shoes and fight back tears

and wonder what comes next?

Play for today.


This is the sixth (#6) in a series of 100-word posts I plan to write. I dedicate these particular words to the 2018-2019 Bellevue West Thunderbird basketball team on the eve of their season opener.

My ultimate goal is to create 100 of these 100-word posts in no set time frame. Thanks for following along!

Written by Heidi Woodard

Girls of Summer Series

My heartfelt thanks goes out to every man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our collective freedom as Americans. May your actions forever be remembered and your service forever honored.

I purposely delayed publishing my third and final post in this sponsored series until today, Memorial Day. It’s hard for me to think of America without incorporating the tradition of baseball.

I took two of my children to the Storm Chasers game last Friday night versus Round Rock Express. The home team blasted 17 hits en route to an 11-1 victory in the series opener at Werner Park.

Omaha’s righty Trevor Oaks hurled seven solid innings from the mound. He was backed by both a dependable defense as well as a multifaceted offense that gave fans the chance to watch the Storm Chasers’ lineup displaying their short- and long-games.

If you haven’t seen outfielder Terrance Gore run the base path, do yourself a favor and buy a game ticket just for that. His speed and athleticism are worth the price of admission!

The Storm Chasers tacked on six runs in the sixth inning alone, the same inning that saw outfielder Frank Schwindel blast a two-run homer over left field.

To piggyback the physical play highlights, we enjoyed several fan experience highlights.

Fans of all ages enjoyed several on-field promotions and between-inning festivities throughout the game including:

  • Safeco Insurance Dizzy Bat Race
  • Kiss Cam
  • Jump Around Cam
  • Werner Enterprises Balloon Bust
  • Certified Transmission Rock On (Dueling Singing Contest)
  • Huber Chevrolet & McDonald’s Hurl The Pearl Contest
  • MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Child Public Announcer

My daughter and I had to each take one for the team and partake in different concession stand treats in order to give readers of Maternal Media a true glimpse into the game experience (wink). I sampled the famous La Mesa nachos and she chose to follow-up her hot dog with a cherry snow cone.


snow cone

Once the final out had been recorded, we all sat back and enjoyed the post-game fireworks.

My 14-year old son tried to convince his younger sister that the “Heidi” Friday Night Fireworks were being offered to all fans since their mom agreed to write a few blog posts for the Storm Chasers organization. She almost believed him when she heard the announcer declare something similar over the PA system. I was a pretty big deal in her eyes for about 20 seconds…until the real sponsor of the Friday Night Fireworks, “Hy-Vee,” was displayed on the big screen.

fireworks 2018


The Storm Chasers have plenty of games remaining in this, the 50th Anniversary of their organization’s franchise, commemorative season. Don’t delay…catch a game while you can.

The Omaha Storm Chasers approached me and other mom bloggers to provide sponsored content to raise awareness of their organization. I would like to thank Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, Andrew Asbury, for giving me this opportunity.

Written by Heidi Woodard