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Monday, October 19, 2015

Love BYU families

It is so fun that we are all becoming fast friends.  Here are some pics that I have collected this season.  I would love to get more family pics.  Please email any that you would like to share.  Sorry I don't have all the names.  I will gladly add.
Mitch Mathew's Family

Nick Kurtz Family

Nick Kurtz Family

Pearson Family

Juergen's Family

Foley Family

Nacua Family

Warner Family


Sampson Family

Pearson Family

Mathews Family

Nacua Family

Monday, September 7, 2015

Heder Family Spotlight

I truly love sharing about the wonderful families associated with the football players.  The Heder's are amazing.  See a little bit of information on their family below:

We had some funny experiences when we were taking our pictures with the Y flag. The lady at the Parthenon ran over to us and wouldn't let us take a picture with our flag, which was a bummer, even though I explained it was just a school flag. A group of Asian ladies came up and asked, "what is the Y" which made for a good discussion :)

The Heder's after the big win.

Austin when he was little.  

Για σας! We are the Heder family and we are serving a mission in Greece. We have six children: twin boys, Trevor and Michael, both BYU grads who are married and gone on to graduate programs outside of Utah. Our son Brooks just returned from his mission in Jacksonville, Florida and is going to be Austin's roommate at BYU. Austin is a Junior and plays middle linebacker. We have two girls who are 14 and 17 years old, and are here with us in Greece. Marie will start high school and Alinda will do her senior year here at an American International School here in Athens.

BYU football has been a fun part of our lives for as long as we can remember.
I have many fond memories of putting on my BYU shirt, packing up a few treats and going down to Provo with my Dad to watch the games. I never dreamed I would someday have a son play on the team. We tried to create the same memories with our own children, and Austin has been Cougar Blue since he was two. Last Fall when my husband was called to be the President of the Greece Athens Mission I mentioned to President Uchtdorf when he issued our call that there was just one thing that was going to be really hard for my heart to miss--and that was watching my son Austin play his junior and senior year of football. ( I thought, " how could these 2 great things be happening at the same time.") He just smiled and told me, "the blessings will out-weigh the sacrifice." Of course they always do, and we were thrilled to have this missionary experience, and we will find a way to watch the games even if it is at 3:00 in the morning.

One of our scripture themes here in the mission is in D&C 128:22 and I feel it applies to our football players as well, "Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause?
Go forward and not backward. "Courage, brethren; and on, on to the VICTORY!"

We are excited to cheer for BYU in this historic land, and in some of these pictures, along with our missionary badges we wore our BYU gear and its NIKE symbol. Nike is the Greek word for VICTORY!

Go Cougars !

Love, the Heder Family

P.S. If you run into Austin Heder at a game sometime (#42), give him a hug and tell him it is from his MOM and family!

BYU vs. Nebraska 2015

What a game.  So proud of all of our players.  Great team effort.  I know there are plenty of pictures out there but here are just a few more.

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Hello BYU football families. Welcome to our "Cougar Pride" blog. Our hope is to enrich our collegiate experience by bringing our families closer together. We want to get to know you better and look forward spotlighting different families in our Den.