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Rebecca Marrujo counts her blessings

Roswell softball coach Rebecca Marrujo, second row on the right, with members of her family. (Submitted Photo)

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By Rebecca Marrujo
Special to RDR Sports

Coach Rebecca Marrujo (File Photo)

Every morning when I wake up, one of the very first things I do is give thanks for all that is provided for me. Just to name a few: it begins with the running water I have, to the beautiful sunsets, to the fresh air, my church, my church family, my vehicle, my job, my amazing co-workers, the students I get to teach, my house, my friends, the freedom I have and the amazing people I get to call family.

I cannot thank God enough for all he has given me. There are things that we may want in life and think we may need, but honestly, you have to look at what is right in front of you and be thankful for the things you have now.

Even though this year has been a struggle for many and we have lost out on different things, some of my biggest blessings have come from this year. The family time that I am able to spend has been one of the greatest blessings.

A little about my family history, we are a tight-knit family. We do a lot for each other and we try to spend as much time with each other as we can. My parents took in three of my cousins about seven years ago. Aurora, Amarante (Bubba) and Angel.

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At the time, Aurora was 12, Bubba was 6 and Angel had just turned 3. My brother had completed college and had already started his life, and I was in my last year of college. My parents had already raised their own kids and started over when three kids came into our lives.

It has been so fun to watch these three grow and become successful over the years. Aurora attends New Mexico Military Institute and is in her second year of college. Bubba is an eighth-grader, and Angel is in the fifth grade. When my parents took these kids in, little did we know, they were going to be a huge blessing to us.

My parents were told it would be for two weeks, maybe a month at the most. Two weeks turned into seven years and still counting. Bubba and Angel are involved with sports and that keeps my parents busy. If you know my parents, they are two of the best people in this world. They have some of the biggest hearts and are a blessing to everyone that crosses their path. God has definitely blessed me with some amazing parents.

When you are a family of coaches, or you’re involved with athletics, it’s rare to have quality family time — time where you can sit down and share laughs and create memories with one another. My brother, Carlos Marrujo III coaches baseball at NMMI. My sister-in-law coaches volleyball at Roswell, and I coach softball there.

My parents support and help our programs whenever we need it. As for the kids, both boys are involved with sports such as baseball, football and basketball, which keeps my parents extremely busy. Even though we lost out on some athletic seasons this year, we have turned that into a blessing. We have been able to spend quality time with each other, when in past years, we didn’t have a single weekend to spare.

We have created some great memories during this time. We are a competitive family so we play games and compete until there is a winner. I am extremely thankful for my family and the memories we have created. I cannot thank them enough for the support and love we share with one another. Being thankful to me is counting my blessings and appreciating the small things in life. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name for the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” —Psalms 100:4-5

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