Saturday, August 31, 2013

Rest and Football

We have completed another FULL week and this morning I find myself in one of my favorite places with some of the favorite things - my Bible, my coffee, my laptop and ESPN Game Day. Yes in this moment life is good!

Kamdyn's team played two soccer games early this week. Both times her team came up short and she came off the field tired, sweaty and ready for Motrin. I have said before that I am so thankful soccer wasn't a big sport when I was growing up. Track season for this chubby sister was enough! I can't imagine the amount of running that soccer requires.

(I have some friends who might agree)

 (Hallee you are one of them!)

Anyways, Kamdyn does a great job and keeps up well. Her team has 5 games left and I am hopeful the Lord sees fit to bless us with some cooler weather as we endure these final five games over the next three weeks because let me tell you so far soccer season has been HOT!

Thursdays are chapel days for our elementary students at school. Every year I have my cheerleaders and some football players and basketball players speak at elementary chapel. My hope is that the older kids realize what a responsibility they have to be true examples to those coming behind them. I also like for the kids to think about what a true hero looks like. In today's world so many "stars" give an example I do not want my children to follow and challenging the kids to really put thought into being a hero hopefully helps them as they look at the world around them.

So, this Thursday was our turn and here is the group that led:

My cheerleaders do some fun chants and silly songs with the elementary kids. In between the songs and chants, I have the leaders come up and share from the Bible their favorite verse and what it means to them. I will be flat honest and tell you it stirs my heart to see young people hold their Bible and proclaim God's Word! It gives me chills every time and I was especially proud of this group!

Their verses came from the Old Testament and New Testament. They shared struggles and challenges. They shared the Word in a way where kids younger than them could see that there is importance and relevance when you read it. They were heroes in that 35 minutes!

Thursday night was our first home Pee Wee and JV football games. The school was in need of announcer for the games and look who they chose:

Yes sir!! Koby was the game announcer for both games and he did an amazing job! I might possibly have threatened him to not embarrass his father and me and reminded him to be sure to speak clearly but I was truly so proud of him. If you know Koby you know he doesn't lack entertainment skills so I think this was something he really enjoyed. A crowd of people and him on the microphone was most likely a dream come true!

As our little Pee Wee team wrapped up their game with a truly amazing play by our quarterback I heard Koby say, "and that was Carter Putt with a Johnny Manziel play as the Rams score to pull ahead". Yes, that is our son and Gig 'em!

Last night we played on the road against a team we just can't seem to beat over the last few years. This was not a district game for us but Koby and the boys called it a "statement game".

I snapped this quick picture of some of the team as I was on the field helping the girls get the sign ready. It made me think of how hard it is to know you are the underdog, the one nobody thinks is good enough. The truth is, Satan would like us all to believe we aren't good enough, we aren't worthy enough for the mercy and grace our Father provides.

Just like these boys would be tackled over and over in the game, Satan tackles us in life over and over. I was so proud of Koby and the team as they got up every time and kept their eyes on the end zone and I was reminded of Hebrews 12:2 where the author reminds us to "let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...". The devil wants us to loose our focus, to quit in the middle of the game of life. Our team came up short last night but they did not quit! They did not loose their focus! That challenges me in my daily walk with Christ. Satan will tackle me from time to time, but I have to keep my eyes on Jesus, the author of my faith.

And so this morning, here I sit with Herb, Corso and the gang. I am ready for some rest and college football! I will cook the family a big breakfast when they all finally get out of bed around lunch time and we will have something amazing for dinner as we celebrate the start of our beloved Fighting Texas Aggie football season! I have big plans to look up pintrest recipes and maybe even cook them over the next few days!! I might possibly do some cleaning and will certainly do lots of laundry but the bright side is I have a bonus day to get my tasks done and praise the Lord for that!

I hope you enjoy your long weekend! Gig 'em Aggies and Go Johnny Go!


  1. wish i could've been there to hear koby do the announcing! i have no doubt it was entertaining! excited about our bonus day this weekend too! i will spend it getting caught up on school work...already... love ya!

  2. Wish I could've heard Kobs announce too! What fun! Love you!