Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Soccer Game

We came back from our visit on Friday so that we could be here for Caleb's first soccer practice and game. He is on the Chick-fil-a team with his friends Jaycie and Charis. Our friend, Phud, is the coach and Jack is going to help him. Unfortunately, Jack missed this first week since he was still in Puerto Rico. So I was ordered to take many pictures and video. Hopefully soon Jack can edit some of the video so I can put it up here.

Caleb did great. He really enjoyed it. They spend the first 30 minutes or so doing warm ups and exercises and then practicing a skill. Then the last 30 minutes is spent playing a game. I loved watching him doing the exercises and stretches. Too cute. I know I am so very biased, but I gotta say I think he was the absolute cutest little soccer boy out there! When they started the game, Caleb just stood there. I said, "Buddy go get the ball. Kick it!" and he said, "But Mommy the ball is not coming to me!" Poor kid! He's never actually seen a soccer game. He knows the basics- kick the ball, don't touch it with you hands (something some other members of our team did not know so well!), kick it in the goal. But he's never played against someone, so he was just waiting for someone to kick it to him like Daddy does in the backyard! (Marla, we need Savannah to come up and have a soccer workshop with him!) Once he finally realized he had to just get in there and get the ball, he did great. He is really looking forward to Saturday when Daddy will be there to help coach.

Here are some of the many pictures I took on Saturday. Now tell me, isn't he just the sweetest?!?!

Talking to Daddy after the game.

Last Week

Last week Jack was in Puerto Rico on a Spring Break mission trip. The trip was apparently wonderful for all involved. The boys and I decided to take the week and visit with my family and spend time with my sister and let the cousins play and spend some time cuddling our newest member, little Ethan. We had a wonderful visit and I took some really cute pictures that I just had to share with you!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I Needed This Today

Oh, today.... there are mounds of laundry to be done, packing a husband and kids for a week away, toys toys everywhere, diapers to change and meals to make... and yet there are three precious faces smiling, laughing, giggling, asking mommy to stop and play. What is as busy homemaker to do? And then God intervenes, once again through Ann Voskamp-

"Homemaking is about making a home
— and a home is a safe place, a refuge, a place to be real and alive and truest true.

Homemaking is not about making perfection.

I laugh, emancipated: A perfect home may not at all be a neat as a pin home.

Perfect does not equate to immaculate.
The two do not match, compute, correspond. (Ah, the simple wonder of it!)

A perfect home is an authentic, creative, animated space where Peace and Love and Beauty are embraced.....

That little word yes!, that little three letter word opens the world up wide. I slip the feet out from the sheets and walk the old floors and I laugh it in the shower, whisper it to the mirror, nod it into the grinning faces of children: “Yes, Yes!, YES!” Such a joy habit, this!

.... I nod my epiphany: Saying Yes will mean a mess.
And the mess may be perfect.

For creativity and discovery is a work of courage — and we forge a trail and leave a wake of mistakes and this part of what it is to be perfectly human.

Over the din I hear the blue jay call and I embrace Yes, and Mess, and Perfection Himself who happily dwells in the place."

So today, I will embrace yes. I will embrace the mess. I will try to accomplish all that needs to be done, but not at the expense of the goal of making a HOME. Spring Cleaning is certainly a good goal.  It is nice when laundry is clean and put away. But more important, more lasting, in fact the only eternal goal is investing not in a clean house but in creating a home. This will be my perspective today as I live amongst this joy: