By Reba Phelps
Do you remember saying farewell to a trusted and loved childhood friend? Have you ever watched your child say goodbye to a friend? We have all done this throughout our own childhoods and can definitely remember the sting of not knowing if or when you will see your buddy again.
This past week, I know I am not the only mom in Natchitoches who helplessly watched our children plan to go away parties for the nearly departed. Last dances together, last sandlot parties, last ball practices, and last sleepovers. This week has had all of our children wishing for Moore time!
Having lived on both sides of the moving and saying goodbye coin, I was able to offer a little peace of mind. With social media and social parents, there is no doubt they will keep in touch. As the week progressed and we talked more and more about Moore’s moving, my own heart became a little heavier. When I think about our friends, Jeff and Amy Moore, all I can think about is what an amazing example of hard work and love for the family both of them illustrate.
Some may say that it is typical for coaches to move around or leave one assignment for another. This one hits a little different though. The Moore family was weaved into the very fabric of our community. For the past sixteen years, they have called Natchitoches their home and raised their children here.
“I have lots of footprints on my heart as I leave Natchitoches. The friends we have made here will always be in my heart. I cannot imagine my life without them, said Amy Moore.
Whether it was attending church, coaching at NSU, volunteering with the athletes as they served the community, running with the NSU Elementary Lab School kids on campus, teaching in our public schools, or even coaching a volleyball team….the Moores have always spent their extra time enriching the lives of our children. Young and old, everyone has felt the unconditional love and support that their family is famous for.
According to NSU Lab School Principal, Caron Coleman Mrs. Moore will be missed in the classroom as well. “Amy has been a dedicated teacher who builds meaningful relationships with all students. Her creativity and drive have created a classroom setting that is motivational to students and one where all students find success. Her contributions to the students in Natchitoches Parish will be felt for many years.”
When God closes one door, he always has a bigger and better door waiting for you just on the other side of your comfort zone. This was truly the case as Coach Jeff Moore was named as Director of Recruiting for LSU Men’s Basketball in April. Although it was a shock to their hosts of friends and family, we knew that his talent would not keep him here long.
As he traded his Pitch Fork for Mike the Tiger he shared, “Natchitoches is a great place to have a bad day…because of the great people there that support each other.”
“Jeff Moore is one of those rare guys in the business that has stayed true to his roots. He’s always been about Louisiana kids first. You cant count the number of lives he’s helped change for the better by giving Louisiana students opportunities. He’s genuine and authentic. He’s a great coach but he’s an even better man,” shared Natchitoches Central High School Principal, Micah Coleman.
To the Moore family, thank you for your leadership and countless contributions to the entire community of Natchitoches. Thank you for your dedication to NSU Basketball, Natchitoches Parish Schools, and Natchitoches Central Lady Chief Volleyball team. You will be missed, you will be cheered for in your future endeavors, you will be celebrated when you come back to visit, and most of all….you will be prayed for as you begin your new journey in Baton Rouge.
If we could have Moore time with you, we would cherish it….Those lucky Tigers have no idea what an amazing family they have coming their way!
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, And give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26