28 April 2014
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17 April 2014
Living in the Bible Belt has many advantages. First, no homework or sports practices/games on Wednesday nights. It is automatically assumed that your family will be attending church on Wednesday nights. Awesome. Second, people are friendly, hospitable and welcoming. Most people speak freely on the topic of religion and are comfortable with who they are and what they believe. For example, Christian Skate Night. Every Monday night from 6-8 the local skate rink opens its doors to anyone. Skates are free, pizza and canned cokes are free. The only requirement is that you must sit and listen to a "preaching". This 20 minute lecture is geared to the kids (but adults are instructed to sit tight and listen) and it's usually very blunt. This week we were told that we are pencils. God is the pencil sharpener. We are His tool and we are no good unless we let Him sharpen us. What use is a pencil that hasn't been sharpened? It's a waste. We can do amazing things, but only if we let God sharpen us.
The little three like Christian Skate Night because they see their friends from school and they know that Dad and Mom like that it's free. I like it because they skate and skate and skate. Charlotte skates for about an hour and a half, and that's after she's just finished a two hour swim practice. They are young and healthy. I love that they love to be active and busy. Skate, pizza, "preaching", skate, go home and crash!
14 April 2014
Soccer season 2014 has begun and for life in the BallTeam that is a family affair. JMichael is the only player this year, and James is helping to coach his team, since our sweet coach has never done this before. So, cane in hand, James is doing his best to help out, though it's mainly direction from the bench. Rachel and Samantha are refs again this year - earning some spending money that teenagers never have enough of. I am still serving on the soccer board, so I walk around on Saturdays and answer questions, talk to parents, that kind of thing. New this year is Charlotte and Josephine's job - timekeeper. They get $5 per game to keep time for the under 8 teams. This past weekend Charlotte had one game of 4 year olds and Josephine had a game of 3 year olds and then a game of 5 year olds. They will be taking us all out for Frostys in no time.
And, the obligatory photo of each BallTeam member in action:
03 April 2014
JMichael is the only son we have. He is our youngest, too, so he has the pleasure or the curse of having four older sisters. Do not, for any moment, think that this is a hindrance. First, JMichael has only ever known life with sisters. So, he's a pro. Second, this boy can work the women in his life like the large toys they are to him. He knows just which sister will get him some water or find his lost shoe. He knows just which sister is the best on the xbox game he wants to play. He knows just which sister to ask if he wants a book read to him or which sister will kick the ball around with him. JMichael has the good life. I hope his future wife appreciates all the lessons he's learning from, and the ones hes teaching to, his family.