For Julie Stokes, Mother’s Day means celebrating her mother, and just being there for her children and supporting them in whatever they need. Stokes has been involved in the community for years. She teaches at El Capitan Elementary School and has served as the president of Lions Hondo for two years and on the board for 11 years.
“I really, really love the children of our community,” Stokes stated. “Growing up on the south side of town, I felt like I wanted to give back to this side of town also. I’m proud that Rhett Stokes is a fourth-generation Coyote. We live three blocks from Roswell High School.”
Stokes comes by her love for community and supporting her children because her father and mother, Ike and Candy Beeman were involved in her life as she was growing up.
“My parents,” Stokes said, “set the pattern of volunteering in our community (for their) children.”
There have been many times when Stokes has told her family to eat at the game because that was dinner, or that they would be getting pizza on the way home at night.
Stokes is so involved in her kids’ play that she will keep the scorebook and at night they will talk about the game with her sons, Rhett, 16, and Ross, 13, with her husband, Kyle, over cold cereal.
“We always relive the game,” Stokes said, “kind of over a bowl of cereal at night. That’s another reason why I keep score, so we can go over the stats. I try to get my kids to keep their performance in perspective. ‘I ask them, what are you going to do to make it better?’”
Often, she will do something innovative like go through the car wash and wash her sons’ uniforms with the power washer and then come home and put them in the washing machine to get them clean.
“We’re all in this as a family,” Stokes said. “I love the game as much as they do. I think that’s what makes it special. Yes, we eat cereal at 10 p.m., for dinner.”
Stokes is surprised that her children have taken to sports, because her husband Kyle Stokes, was a farmer, and she grew up doing 4-H. She thought her sons would go that direction, but Rhett Stokes played baseball in the back yard and at the YMCA in Plainview, Texas, ever since he was 4 years old.
“I don’t think it mattered what they did,” Julie Stokes said. “We were going to be there for them regardless.
Julie feels like sports has taught her children to become coachable and take instructions well. They have learned to get along with others and to be a good teammate and push themselves to get better.
For Julie, to date, her favorite sports memory is when both her sons played on the same fall baseball team. Rhett was pitching, and Ross was catching, with Kyle Stokes coaching them.
Julie says that her children will take her out to lunch and then let her get a pedicure.
“I just want my kids to be good godly men,” Julie Stokes said. “I want them to be good fathers and husbands. We pray for our kids on the way to school every morning. We pray for their wives wherever their wives are. I pray for my kids’ friends as well. Their daddy, Kyle Stokes is such a godly man. We’re so blessed.”
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