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FC: Passion Kimberly Hinton

1: Passion Kimberly Hinton Stillwater, OK April 21, 2009

3: Table of Contents "Footprints" by Margaret Fishback Powers 4 "Family First" by Bonnie B. Long 8 "About Friendship" by Mattie J.T. Stepanek 10 "What Do I Remember?" by Kimberly Hinton 14 "Jon and Kate Plus 8" by Kimberly Hinton 18 About the Author 20 Works Cited 22

4: Footprints by Margaret Fishback Powers | One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it: "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

5: The LORD replied: "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

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7: Although I sometimes forget to show it, my faith is, and always will be, the top priority in my life. I wouldn't be anywhere today without it. I like this poem because it explains how even while living the worst parts of my life, God is there to help me, and carry me through them. It shows that no one is ever left hanging. Everytime I read this poem, it refreshes my sense of life, and reminds me that I am never alone, and there is always someone to help me out.

8: Family First by Bonnie B. Long | Friends may come and friends may go Family is first and this I know Putting friends first is a mistake And not one that you should make Family's forever and this I know Friends enter your life and then they go Making friends is fun trust me with this But not something you would miss Love your family while they are here Keep their love very near Family can leave the world at any time So don't make yourself feel like slime Family is there to comfort you I know your friends do this too Without your family you would be lost Hold on to them no matter the cost

9: I like this poem because it's definitely true for everyone. People sometimes feel like they're closer to their friends rather than their family, and I am probably one of them. However, once I really thought about it, except for MAYBE one or two people, a person's friends will change over the many courses of a lifetime. No matter how much I might want to sometimes, I'm born into my family and can't get rid of them. They are always there for me when no one else is, and I would never give that up for any number of friends. This poem states the importance of family, and that everyone should keep their family close, and I agree. Photo by Kimberly Hinton

10: About Friendship by Mattie J.T. Stepanek | It is good to have a friend... Someone to comfort, and Someone to be comforted by. Someone to trust, and Someone to be trusted by. Someone to play with, and Someone who will play with you. It is good to have a friend... A true friend offers respect and honesty. A true friend shows consideration and trust. A true friend cares and supports gently. True friends work together as a team. It is good to have a friend... Friendship is a very special gift. Friendship is a very special bond. Friendship is a very special relationship Between and among people.

11: It is good to have a friend... When one has a friend, One can feel loved for being oneself. When one has a friend, One can believe and rejoice in the moment. When one has a friend, One can travel through life in contentment. It is good to have a friend... Hand-to hand, Heart-to-heart, Spirit-to-spirit, Friendship is the key that opens The door to harmony, The river of peace, and The hope of the future. It is good to have, and to be, a friend.

12: Similar to the poem I included about families, I like this poem because it stresses the importance of having friends in your life. I love the way it shows all of the different ways friends can help you through life. The author never ceases to find things to appreciate in life, even though he is going through something that most people much older than he would consider miserable. When I read this poem for the first time, it made me realize how great my friends are to have around, because they have all the qualities that this poem states. They comfort me, trust me, respect me, and are honest with me, and I love that about them.

13: Photos by: Karen Hinton, Devin Kerns, Courtney Lawlor, Sheila Kraybill, and Jamie Kraybill

14: What Do I Remember? by Kimberly Hinton | What do I remember about Pom State? I remember my first year of pom, the anticipation of learning the two and a half minute routine. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember three weeks before the competition when we finally started the dance and we thought nine practices would be enough. I remember the day we decided it wasn't enough and our coach had the brilliant idea of two-a-days... starting at six a.m. That week of two-a-days was one of the worst of my life. Waking up at 5:00 and not getting home until 9. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember the morning we left It was October, and feezing cold and we got on the bus, hoping for warmth, but finding out the heater was broken. I remember eating my Sour Patch and shivering for two hours, and making makeshift socks out of skirts I found in my bag and when we finally got to Norman, we had to wait outside because the doors weren't open yet.

15: What do I remember about Pom State? I remember sitting in the stands at Lloyd Noble stretching occasionally and watching the other teams perform. I remember watching Westmoore-the top team in the nation and being thrilled and gracious that they weren't in our category. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember entering the warmup room seeing the girls from CPHS - our biggest competition. I remember thinking this is our year. I remember our run-through. We threw it as hard as we could and were exhausted afterwards. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember hearing the voices of the staff exclaiming "You're on!" I remember sprinting down the hall Straight onto the performance floor. I don't remember any part of being on stage. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember standing in that hallway gasping for air literally shaking with fear and anticipation of awards. I remember walking back onto the floor forming a circle with my teammates

16: just inches away from Charles Page. I remember sitting through the awards of other divisions and finally hearing "Now for small varsity pom!" I remember a rush of excitement coming through me clenching my teeth and the hands of those beside me hearing "...and second place goes to...Charles Page!" I remember jumping up and screaming at the top of my lungs as Lindsey went to grab our trophy. What do I remember about Pom State? I remember thinking about the title we strived for for so long. State Champions

17: I originally wrote this poem for a class assignment. We were told to write about a vivid memory that included many details. I immediately knew that I was going to write about my first Pom State competition. Competing at a high school level was something I had never done, and it was an exciting experience for me. I have danced for almost my whole life, and it's something I am truly passionate about, making it a good topic to write a poem about. I love to read my poem now, and reminisce on my first of many pom competitions. | Photos by Sarah Ehrlich

18: Jon and Kate Plus 8 by Kimberly Hinton | When I watch you Through the camera's lens With your eight kids being watched like animals in a zoo Striving to live an "average" life Or When I watch you Through the eyes of others Judging your every move with ridicule Claiming that you exploit your children Believing rumors of cheating and lies. I say When I watch you With your adorable kids Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel And I care about them as if I knew them personally. I stand up When my friends tell me stories of what they've heard about your show I stand up Photo from: www.brokencountry.com

19: Jon and Kate Plus 8 is probably my favorite show of all time. I'm obsessed. I know all the kid's full names in birth order, birth dates and times, favorite things, quotes they've said, and I'm working on learning birth weights, but that one's a toughie. I talk about them all the time and I'm sure my friends just want me to stop. However, it finally served me a little bit of good when we were assigned to write a shadow response poem about something we stand up for. I didn't even have to think about my topic, because I truly find myself standing up for this family even though I unfortunately probably won't ever meet them. | Photo from: www.brokencountry.com

21: About the Author | Kimberly Hinton is a sophomore at Stillwater High School in Mrs. Dawson's English II class. She loves do dance, pom, listen to music, hang out with friends, do spontaneous things, laugh, and is basically open to anything. She enjoys being sarcastic as much as possible, but only with her friends. She is entering her second year in the Stillwater High School Pom Squad, which was named both State and National Champion in the 2008-2009 school year. Poetry certainly isn't her cup of tea, but she hopes that you enjoyed her selections. | Thanks!

22: Works Cited | Long, Bonnie B. "Family First." PoemHunter.com. 21 April 2009. Powers, Margaret Fishback. "Footprints." Footprints. Grand Rapids. Zondervan, 1999. Introduction. Stepanek, Mattie J.T. "About Friendship." Loving Through Heartsongs. New York: Hyperion, 2003. 28

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