Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Best friend’s Ranch Wedding

There’s the most charming little town outside San Antonio called Boerne. I was there for one of my best friends from college wedding! Lassos, hay, swine, longhorns, white lights… The celebration of Amy & Ken was boot kickin’ amazing! Oh a great highlight was when Amy’s bear of a doggy Charlie (who was in the wedding party) went crazy after the groom kissed his bride!

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On the border

I’ve spent the last couple days driving all over Texas. I spent several years of my childhood in this state … my father was stationed in Austin and San Angelo. My sister currently lives with her family in Laredo.. so when I had to attend a wedding in San Antonio I knew that the 2.5 hour drive down south had no choice but to happen. It was awesome. The drive? Well no..not the most scenic but it was cool to see all the little ranches along the way. While in Laredo I got a chance to go down to the Rio Grande… the river that separates the US from Mexico. I also got to indulge in a childhood favorite– something I haven’t done in 22 years: Get a Whataburger! Of course.. you can’t go there and not get the fries with gravy. What an awesome little trip to see the sis.

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Moved to tears


Lina with sister Katie who yawns

Every now and then you come across a story that takes your breath away. One that is so heavy on your heart that it moves you to tears. You can’t stop reading or watching it.  Sometimes they are stories of hate, the unthinkable, insurmountable strength and many times love. This is a love story like no other. Many don’t know I have an older sister who lives in Texas. I was deeply touched after she shared the story of Katie- who was born this month… with expectations she would soon die.  My sister writes…

During the months leading up to birth, most parents excitedly plan their newborn’s first photo shoot, what matching outfit will be worn home, or maybe what nursery decor will welcome their healthy baby.

Dawn and Michael made funeral arrangements. They selected a casket. They put the coroner’s number on speed dial. They ensured a priest was on stand-by so their daughter could be baptized. They explained to their five year old, that her baby sister will be born, but that she will go to Jesus quickly. They picked out a welcoming outfit. And then they picked one to bury her in.

SEE MORE: Katie’s story and pictures
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Katie is an anencephalic baby— nearly 1 in 4,859 babies are born this way. It’s a serious neural tube defect leaving the baby without parts of her brain or skull. Katie has a fleshy notch on her head, a cleft palate, eyelids that failed to separate leaving the 4 pound angel with a bump protruding from where her left eye should be. Despite all this the pictures will show that Katie yawns, grips and even smiles. She is a true warrior. I never knew that this condition existed and have been inspired to learn more about Anencephaly.  Katie has already held on for  2 weeks… and I hope you can join me in sending your prayers to her strong family Michael, Dawn and Lina.  With that I’ll leave you with some words from my sister.. you can read more from her here

When Katie’s hardest battle is over, her warrior spirit and small body will be comforted and warmed for eternity in a blanket her mother made for her, that is now filled with the full energy of unexpected memories, undeterred faith, intense gratitude, the ripples of her movement, and transcendant love.


The Dry Land: America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama in DC

America Ferrera in DC talks about her film The Dry Land at the Naval Heritage Center

Watch the Report: Angie reports on ‘The Dry Land’ screening on WUSA9

 Lanmark Technology’s Lani Hay with Erwin Gomez

Video recap from the night with interviews with America, Wilmer and film director Ryan Piers Williams
Video by L.I.A.M. Productions, LLC


The event was presented by The Creative Coalition in partnership with Lani Hay, of Lanmark TechnologyBlue Star Families and Maya Entertainment.

WTG: Female named football head coach

natalie randolph

Ladies.. we’ve always been told we can do anything and why shouldn’t that include coachin’ on the gridiron. Natalie Randolph, former DC Divas (women indoor football league) player is the new head football caoch at Coolidge High School in DC.  According to the Post interview the American Football Coaches Association has female members but there’s no record of one ever being named head coach.

This moment makes me so proud. Before my broadcast years my ultimate dream was to play college hoops for the Lady Longhorns. From my basketball shams in theSAHS Falcons bedroom to my Dominique Wilkins terry cloth bath towel… everything in my life revolved around the hardwood. My teammates and me never aspired for more than college because the thought of a pro womens basketball league was wishful thinking.

Times.. they are a changing.

[Pictured: 1) Randolph as an assistant coach at Woodson. 2) Can you find me in this high school team picture? Hint: David Robinson was my idol.]

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