Small Town Pride
You all know my story, I moved to this small town called El Dorado Springs back in 2007 to raise my girls the way I was, small town. It’s a quite little town and I joke that there are 21 churches here and only one bar, it’s a place where you definitely watch what you are saying because everyone is related to someone in some form or fashion, but they always have each others backs and here for you in times of crisis.
Emphasis on raising girls
At the time I moved here my daughters were nine and ten. We had lived in a much larger community, and it really seemed like a rat race to me. I wasn’t happy with the lifestyle of not knowing or trusting neighbors, basically living on top of each other, etc. etc., I know a lot of you can relate. I did my research and found El Dorado Springs, something about it seemed so familiar to me like the small town of Houston Missouri I grew up in. I found a beautiful home and it looked like the perfect place to raise my family. It is!!
Coming to this place I knew absolutely no one but the community welcomed us with open arms. Here I could see people for what they stood for and who they really were. I laugh sometimes and say this community is just like a family, you have Uncle Gary who is always fixing things for everyone, cousin Sharon who is always gossiping about everyone else’s business, the waters brown once a year but the sky seems to always be blue and it’s two miles across town in either direction. What I didn’t know was what a force the young woman in this community really were, I’m getting goose bumps just writing about them.
El Dorado Springs I know for twenty plus years have raised some phenomenal young lady athletes! I have firsthand witnessed their strength, determination and pride in their community from the court to the softball field. The young ladies of this community have won the Missouri State Volleyball Championship in 1999 and 2005, second place 1998 and 2000, district champions nearly every year that I can ever remember and won their fair share of sectionals. So many young ladies have been recruited by some great colleges including my very own daughter. BUT today it’s all about BBall!! 2014 we slay’d our way to the Missouri State Championship and won, it was such a proud day for our little community. I personally knew every child on that team and was so proud of them. The next few years we won our fair share of titles and kept that what seemed obtainable state trophy in our sights. Fast forward.
El Dorado Springs Girl Power!
Today! This is the day!! Some of these girls I played with and held them in the stands while their older sisters were putting a thump’in on someone on the court, Reese Schaff, Neely Schaff and Tevi Gurley to be exact. Well today they will play for the Missouri State Basketball Championship once again and this community couldn’t be prouder of them. STRONG, FIERCE, UNTAMABLE and DETERMINED are just a few words to describe these young roll models. We will pray for your victory, know we as a community are so proud to have you to represent your hometown, El Dorado Springs Missouri.
GOOD LUCK LADY BULLDOGS!!!!!