I have spent my whole life hearing about football. I remember hating football season as a child because all it meant was A LOT of noise. I loved soccer because that was what I played. As I had my own kids I integrated them into my same love of the game. Then High School happened. Stephen has had such a fun time playing, even though he hasn't played a lot. They switched his position from linebacker to tight end. I have decided that I LOVE this new found passion as well. I have had so much fun sitting in the stands cheering. I have learned so much. I now know what off-sides, false start, and face-masking are. To name a few. I have learned what some of the different positions are and that a tight end isn't a "blond" as I was told by a friend.... As the boys finish their season I am really very sad to see it end. We went to the last Varsity home game last night and had a blast, and relished it until next year. What a fun time. I cant wait to see what he does in the off season. Maybe I will get the chance to learn a little about wrestling......
God gives us our relatives - thank God we can choose our friends.
- Ethel Watts Mumford
Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
- Kim Rohn
Love sees roses without thorns.
- German Proverb
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson
Their favorite past time
My beautiful daughter
Elizabeth is so sweet. She had the cutest thing to say this week. She called me frantic at work. She had been so excited because her teacher is having a baby, and she had been writing all the different names that her teacher could name the baby. Her teacher had gone in for "the" ultrasound to find out whether it was a boy baby or girl. She called me to tell me her teacher had had a "miscarry out" and she was crying. She was so sad and empathetic for her. I love her so much for that.
Elizabeth is a gift. She is sweet, kind, caring, compassionate, and beautiful. She is always the first one to confess a wrong and to try to make it right. She is patient, and always waits for me to spend time with the other two, which she often ends up forfeiting her time because it is all gone. She is quick to overlook all the mistakes that I make and rarely calls me on them. She loves all her little trinkets, all the ones I hate because it clutters up her room. She reminds me so much of Tricia and I feel maybe I have captured a little piece of her in my beautiful daughter. I love her so much and hope that she knows that. She is valiant and always mindful of what is right.
My beautiful girls
Sarah, a little bit of me.
Sarah is my fireball. She is so strong. She is passionate about everything. She is my 100% child. She never does anything without putting her whole effort into it, even getting into trouble. I love her dedication to the underdog and standing up for those in need. I love the way she has always cuddled into me and the way she loves to love and be loved. I love the way she is adamant about her siblings and defending them to the end. She is my fighter. She tries to stand up for the right and is mindful of making good choices. I love the way she will usually apologize for what she has done and try to make it right. That takes courage and humility and she is not afraid to bend down to correct her wrong. I love the way she sneeks into my room to snuggle in the morning. The way she loves to say goodbye, and the way she always says "love you mom". She is very generous with her love. I hope she will always stand up for what is right and make good choices. I hope she will keep her eyes on her goal and be stalwart and diligent in achieving them. I hope we will always be together and stick through things till the end. I hope to always have her near me. I love the way she laughs hysterically. I love her smile that she gives so freely. I love you Sarah.
Stephen wows me every once in a while and really has the ability to knock my socks off. He really tries my patience but when it counts he always comes through. He tries to "take care" of us as only a big brother can. He tries so hard to "be the Man" and often it gets him in trouble. I am so proud of the way he is so mindful of his future. I dont have to really get after him about school. He knows what he wants and is trying to achieve his goals. I am proud of the way he regards his education and the foundation it will serve for his future. I am impressed with the way he is clear on his standards, and the way he is committed to them especially as he gets older and adhearing to them becomes more difficult. I love it when he is tender and soft and kind. I appreciate the way I can leave him with tasks to do and for the most part he always gets them done. Thankyou so much Stephen for always setting an example for those you are around and for being valiant, and for remembering who you are.