Mad for…Crystal

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others. (M. Hale)

Oct. 11– I’m pretty sure she and her husband, Nick, got married at Wrigley Field. These people are a little bit crazy, I’m not going to lie! They are afflicted with a disease when it comes to their Chicago Cubs mania. It’s been a few years since I have seen any member of this family in person, but I seriously doubt this condition has improved. Also, despite the years, they have made a lasting impression and an imprint on my heart. Crystal Bazan is better known to me as “Coach Ball”. She is absolutely THE BEST TEAM MOM that I have ever encountered. That is saying something. I have come into contact with just A LOT of amazing and selfless team parents over these many years with my three boys.

Coach Ball made baseball fun for boys. Period. She sent video clips to parents of their kids performances on the field. She had a smile on her face at all times. Coach Ball loved up all the children and had way too much candy available. I think she spent several years as the Queen Mom of Skiles Test. I’ve never forgotten her because of her over the top selflessness.

Here’s the thing. I’ve watched from a distance. She’s a hard worker, a loan originator if memory serves. I’ve seen her angst as she has said goodbye to loved ones. Her heart? She wears it right on her sleeve. She cheers on her team a little louder and with more passion than regular people. Bella and Dawson? They’ve seen it too. Her children are high-achieving, respectful and first rate. That doesn’t happen by accident. They’ve been loved up and shown the way. We lead by example. As a parent, she’s phenomenal and her kiddos are blessed.

From the cheap seats over here, Crystal “Ball” Bazan is getting a lot of things right. She’s a beautiful woman, inside and out! Today is her birthday, so I thought it was the perfect time to say what I’ve been thinking for a long time. YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL, MRS. BAZAN!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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