Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The bottom picture he is carrying the ball. In the next series he will actually make his first touchdown!!! It was quite funny. He first bulldozed through two smaller boys (remember this is flag, not tackle), then he thought he heard someone yell "stop" (so he did), then he heard them yelling "GO", so he spun two circles round then ran 50 yards for a touchdown. I guess he got it done one way or the other!
We also had to have a discussion about who his parents were. Attachment challenges children need constant reminding that there are differences in the way you should treat people. That just because your coach is nice, that does not mean you can lean all over him and talk his ear off about your entire life during the game.
Caleb took the advice well and corrected his overly friendly behavior. He has actually thanked me a couple of times recently for this, as he says he forgets and likes to know he is doing the right thing.
We are making progress! He was looking to me first for approval after each play.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Hannah and I missed out on the pictures, as I was over wrapping David's ribs for his upcoming race when ours started.
And yes, David ran broken rib and all! No, he is not supposed to be, but to tell him not to is to blow into the wind! Interesting that Drew is so very much like him!!
It is high praise when your coach refers to you has his 'little brother', and I know Drew has very much apprecitated all the time and dedication Peit has given to the team. So 'Huckleberry', as coach usually calls him, will look forward to returning next year for his senior year and all that lays beyond.
Thanks for letting me have the time to love on my son in words of encouragement and praise.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Drew promptly claimed it as his own. When I put my foot down about trying to get it up the stairs to his room, he very decidedly moved his room to the garage!! No kidding. He moved a large part of the garage around pulled an extra dresser out, has is hats hanging on the wall and everything. I put my foot down at bringing any clothes out.
For some reason he thinks it will be cooler there, than in his room this summer. At least he has his own space for the moment!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Caleb, Hannah and David about 2 miles into our 4 mile hike.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Below is PFC Korn, PFC Graber and Specialist Woodford in a picture taken while serving in Iraq. They are all currently stateside.
PFC Fowler is Danielle's fiance and PFC Graber is Erinn's boyfriend.
We lift these men and all those serving in our military up in prayer for their safety physically, mentally and spiritually.
100m in and they are out fast!
Running at historic Hayward Field.
Home of the 2008 US Olympic Track and Field Trials
This is a 3 second PR for Drew and a new school record.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
He is playing on the city softball league with our church's team. He has been enjoying pitching this year. On Sunday evening there was a pop ball in front of third base and he leaped to get it. With his arms outstretched he landed on his rib cage unprotected! You know like you see the guys in the big leagues do!! He immediately knew it was bad, but shook it off to play the rest of the game.
Finally under the growing pain and encouragement from his wife and his employees he finally had it checked out.
The verdict is the 6th rib on the left side is fractured!!
Mostly this is just information, as they really do not do anything for broken ribs any more. He is just not supposed to do anything that is painful. Any of you who know David, know that is like almost impossible for him to do!!
We are now waiting for a call from the rheumatologist to see if there is anything extra we need to be doing because of David's AS.
Pray with us for complete healing. Also that his AS will not respond negatively to the added inflammation in this area, thereby increasing the bone fusion in his rib cage. Also that David will be able to take it easy to allow the healing.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It was a question I needed to ponder. It is a question I would have thought crazy to even think about with the older kids.
I was deliberate with the older set, especially when they were younger. I guess as they got older and more independent I just lost the intentional hands-on, because they need you to step away little-by-little as they test out their Independence.
Then Hannah and Caleb came into our lives and things got so crazy with the integration into the family. And the older kids were still moving fast into their independent lives, which is good, I want to raise adults!
Sometimes we were moving so fast as a family it is hard to stop and think about where you are going.
Well this is where I found myself when I came across the 'deliberate parenting' phrase on more than one blog. Maybe God was trying to catch my eye-you think?
What a blessing this time of reflection has been for me, to reset me on the path with my younger children. To tell the truth, parenting has been much more fun in recent months! Being deliberate and present in body, mind and spirit is not only engaging for the little ones, but rewarding and peaceful for me. The struggle of being a mom to adult children and young children is being put aside and peace is being found in all quarters.
As I was reading Psalm 3 this morning, I found verse 3 and 4 going round and round my head, in fact they have blessed me all day!
"But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain."
My cry to the Lord has been for a more peaceful and restful home. Amazing how life is still flying by at an amazingly fast and furious pace, but I am finding peace in the midst of the busyness. I am finding joy in parenting such a wide age range. And I KNOW that this is NOT in my strength! He is my Shield, my Glory, and the Lifter of my head!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Our 3 year old mischievous grin!
High school graduate 2007
And our 20 year old lovely young lady, ready to take on all that comes her way.