However, had we known the added value next door, we would have never been able to afford it!
They understood when I showed up to birthday celebrations as a party of 2.
They cooked dinner for me multiple times a week when I was a new mom trying to balance it all with a husband "at work."
They loaded their tiny army into the car and showed up to games to support my Coach.
They volunteered to watch my baby on a week night so Coach and I could have a date after practice.
They genuinely cared about the team's progress every year, and asked about each game when they'd see Coach in the driveway.
They shoveled the snow on our front walk when Coach wasn't home long enough to do it.
They listened as I ranted about the season getting old and practices going late.
They filled in as babysitter between daycare, practice, and the schedule of a working mom.
They opened their kitchen pantry to me on a weekly basis to save me yet another trip to the store.
They were always there to chase the lonely away.
She isn't a CW; he isn't a coach, but they get it. And as they drove away last week, tears rolling down both Coach and I's cheeks while our baby protested "no no," I realized how big of a part of my home team they were (are) and how crucial it is to have people like that in your life - who share the same values, relish in your differences, love you unconditionally, and support you through anything.
We are so lucky to be surrounded by these kind of people - those who have been a part of our lives since grade school, and those we've met through the years, and we are blessed beyond words to have shared a fence that built a family - a family who, without a doubt, got me through my first years as a coach's wife.
What does your home team look like? And how did they make the cut?