You needed to be nursed before we left for the soccer field. And then you fell asleep with ten minutes until we needed to leave. Big sissy also needed help with her hair. I was about to help her when I noticed this scene. The two of you. Our oldest and youngest. Often times I can feel overwhelmed with getting to where we need to be. Making sure I have everything for everyone. But in this moment I just paused. There's so much beauty in these days. I don't ever want to be too busy or too consumed to notice. To be grateful.
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Fall soccer begins.
Today, you finished your first season of competitive travel soccer. We are so proud of the courage and strength you showed this season. I know at first you were so scared to try out for a boy's competitive team, but you did. It was so fun to watch you develop, to watch friendships form, and to see your team come together by the end of the season. Remember to always seek God first, He will give you the strength to face whatever circumstance He puts you in.
It was our first soccer season with all three of you playing and it was also my first season coaching. It was such a fun few months. I had not planned on coaching, but when Daddy got orders to go to Afghanistan, I stepped in. It was such a great learning experience in many ways. There were Saturdays that I felt very overwhelmed with our busy game schedule, but God worked through me during these three months. I am grateful as He shapes me and molds me and as He shows me to seek Him first. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13.
We had another full morning of soccer. We headed down to the lake to hang out and enjoyed some fun with you cousins. Bubby tried wakeboarding tonight for the first time ever and Baby Sissy tubed for her first time. A gorgeous night of sun and memories.
Childhood is fleeting. I sat poolside and watched you play games, build inner-tube forts, and squirt one another in the pool as you yelled, laughed and just enjoyed being together. I can remember doing the same thing with my siblings and friends as a child. As I watched you, I kept thinking how fleeting childhood really is. Savor this precious time. I pray you will look back on this time and cherish it the way I cherish my own childhood.
You have been at the soccer field almost since the day you were born...in an ergo baby carrier, a jogging stroller, running around everywhere as a toddler--watching your big sister and brother week after week, season after season.
Today, it was your turn to be on the field while we all cheered from the sidelines.