Saturday, November 15, 2014

OVER-COMER

Why did I not know?


I should have known!


 I know my Lizzie and I should have known. 


The doctor said she was cleared to play soccer the day the last cast came off and the brace went on.


He said she could play but it would have to be with her brace on...


the brace that keeps her foot in a fixed position...


 the brace that prevents her from bending her foot...


yeah – that brace.

So not only was she weak-er from spending weeks in a wheelchair but now, if she played, it would be in her brace.


 Even so...

I should have known.

Not even 2 weeks from this post, where she participated in practice for the very first time...

She was out on that field...


 playing y'all!


She had to hop/skip a little bit at first but before long, the hop/skip turned to a hop/run and then...


she was baaaaack!


I have to admit, I was a little upset with Hubby (who is also her coach), when he put her in that first game.


I thought it was too soon...


I held my breath as she so bravely walked out on to that field with her brace neatly tucked into her soccer sock and her mismatched cleats as one had to be big enough to fit over that brace.


I cried as she got right back in, took her first tumble and got right back up again...

video

ready for more


 Oh my Mighty Mouse...


You are simply amazing...

amazingly beautiful

amazingly courageous

amazingly fast

amazingly determined

amazingly bright

amazingly compassionate

and amazingly...


I get to be your Mom!


My love, you will never just watch from the sidelines for long...


Your determined spirit will get you where God wants you 


 As you so beautifully told me after watching this video:



"Mom, this reminds me of when I was in a wheelchair and when Marny had cancer. Mom, we were overcomers. God helped us!"

YES!

My Mighty Mouse!

After over 20 casts in 6 years...




 You are an overcomer!

Monday, November 3, 2014

It is All Your Fault...

You started this!


 Seventeen years ago, we were newly married with 5 dogs and no kids...


and then came YOU!


 My darling boy, it is all your fault...


all the noise and all the busy-ness...


  well I blame it all on you, cause if you had not been so darn cute...


we would have stopped with you, but ya had to go and be all cute and stuff and we just could not help ourselves!


 Hence, I hereby proclaim that all future complaints about the noise and the chaos, go straight to you my sweet Christian cause...


 it is not MY fault!

*grin*

I honestly cannot wrap my mind around the fact that you are 17 years old and that in less than 2 years, you will be headed off to college and into adulthood.


You want to go into the military and possibly fly planes and while that makes this Momma very proud...


it also makes this Momma's heart hurt just a little for what I know you have in front of you...

cause, sometimes, when I look at you...


my eyes still see the 3 year old curly haired little boy who did not want to leave my side...


not the strong, confident, determined, decisive, courageous young man you are becoming.


 Back then, you thought Rescue Heroes were da bomb... 

and now you want to be a hero.

I hope you realize that in these Momma's eyes...

you are already a hero.

In many ways, you remind me so much of your Gada...


the strong silent (most of the time) type...

who was a goof at heart but only to those who knew him well.

He was good at just about everything he tried and he liked to try things...

who did not like to attract attention to himself but often found himself the object of attention.

Your Grandfather had a quiet confidence about him that came from years of experiences and wisdoms gained from lessons learned.

He had a fierce heart for those he loved and a compassionate heart for those in need...

and I see much of him in you, my dear Christian.


So continue to walk boldly, with confidence and compassion and know that when you mess up (cause you will mess up) and when things get tough (cause they will get tough), God is there and His grace is sufficient.  He created you and He knows your fears, your worries and your doubts and He will love you through it all.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16


 Happy 17th birthday my fabulous (hehe) Christian!


 We love you!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Am So Proud - Ha!

Early morning chatter from Em and Lizzie:

Lizzie: "Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a professional dog pet-er!"
 
 
Em: "I just want someone to pay me to sleep!"
 

Allrighty then...

I guess the pressure off for home school as I would say they are well on their way to achieving their goals!
 
Bwhahahaha!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Hero

So if you read my most recent birthday post, here, you saw the card that my precious Lizzie made for me.


It reads that everyone thinks that I am a hero.

Oh no my sweet one!


You are the hero and it couldn't have been more evident than in the last 2 weeks.

After 9 weeks in a cast, 6 of those in a wheelchair, with not one but 2 casts...


I took you to soccer practice.

You were weaker and you had to wear your leg brace but you were determined.

I told your coach that you wanted to try but that you were in a brace that prevented you from bending your ankle and that you had not done anything in 9 weeks and that you might need or want to take a break every now and again.
 
Your coach reassured you that you could take a break whenever you needed it and as you walked away, he turned to me and said...

"You know she won't take a break, right?"

Yep, I knew...

and sure enough...

you played the entire practice and played hard...
 
and while you are not quite ready to play in a game...
 
last weekend...
 
you got to dress out and warm up and act as co-captain along with your amazing sister, who has been your biggest cheerleader and helper.
 

 
Oh my...
 
No, the hero is not I but you my dear.
 
I am merely the hero's mom and so thankful to be so!
 
I cannot wait to be able to post video from that very first game!
 
Knowing you, it won't be long!
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

One Year Older...

and I have to say that, this year... 
 
I feel just a bit wiser.

It has been a year full of challenges...
 
 
a year full of joy...
 
 
a year full of struggles...
 
 
 and a year full of blessings... 

 
 and even though I don't feel (gulp) 51...

the Lord has given me a type of wisdom this year that I think can only come with age...

and challenges...

and joys...

and struggles...

and blessings.
 
 
So, while I still don't love celebrating my birthday...

it certainly does serve as a reminder of how incredibly blessed I am.

So Friday was my birthday and it began with Em and Lizzie waking up at 4:00 a.m.
 
Yep 4:00 a.m.
 
They know that I get up pretty early each morning so they made sure they were up before me, to cook and serve me breakfast in bed, that consisted of chocolate covered peanuts in the shape of a heart and coffee!
 
They could have stopped right there and I would have been happy!
 
I mean who needs anything more than chocolate covered peanuts and coffee at 5:00 in the morning??
 
Certainly not I!
 
However, the goodies did not stop there!
 
The kids had all made cards for me and as much as the chocolate covered peanuts for breakfast, touched my heart, and my tummy...

these cards...

well, I will let you read for yourself...
 
From Emmeline...



who just has my heart as the Lord has hers!

From Charlie...



who is 14 and thinks that I will be able to sleep with him behind the wheel!  

Bwhahahaha

Silly boy!

From Caleb...





who makes me laugh and soothes my soul.

From Maggie...





who built me a church!

From Lucy...



who writes "I love Mommie" on everything, including her school assignments!

From Lizzie...

who is my hero!

From Christian...



who manages to make my cry every single birthday!  He said that he pulled some of this from other sources and wrote some himself...
 
oh my goodness...  
 
He will be off to college in less than 2 years and will take a large part of my heart with him.
 
Now I really did not need anything more than those incredible cards, but there was more...

After a full weekend of soccer...





Hubby and I got to walk the big bridge here in town...
 
 
 all by ourselves...
 
 
something I have wanted to do for a very long time...
 
 
it was wonderful spending time with my sweetie and just what I needed to close out this year of growth and learning and readjusting...
 
cause sure as shooting...
 
the minute I get used to being 51...
 
52 will come along!

Can't wait to see what God's got planned for this half of my life!
 
If it is anything like the last half...

I may need a nap...
 
or a drink...
 
you know... Ensure!

"wink"