Thursday, September 24, 2015
It's amazing how a kid's mind works. The things they recall at such a young age and the way they express it.
Little League Football has returned to our home. There is a gap between the teenagers and the littles, so it's been a few years since we have sat on the side lines at a little league football game. I'm not going to lie, it's a little painful. The disorganization. The confusion. The whinning. And then there are the tired parents sitting in their camping chairs who you know have only three things on their minds. What am I cooking for dinner? I'll never get them to do their homework. How do I keep them awake long enough to get them bathed?
Ethan is QB for his 4th grade team. He's doing great for his first year and he does great at remembering plays and making long passes to the receivers. He scored his first touchdown last night, which was really cool. However, once we got home and the hype had settled down, the drama from the exhaustion sat in and tears of missing his big brother began to pour. It's not that often that the boys cry because they miss each other, but now that we have one in college, it is happening more often. Before I knew it he was watching YouTube videos of Dillon when he was QB at his middle school in Texas and just bawling. Jaxon was watching in the background saying, "I remember the good times". Given the fact that Jaxon was about 1 year old at the time I don't know how much he remembers, but maybe his memory is better than mine. At this point I felt it necessary that we get Dillon on the phone to calm the situation.
It melted my heart.
Jaxon wanted to know if it was morning where he was and Dillon explained to him and he was still in Wyoming so it was 8:30 pm there as well. Jaxon requested he come home so he could give him a hug and then told him he loved him and passed the phone on. Ethan on the other hand was so emotional at hearing Dillon's voice it was hard to get out how much he missed him and that he scored his first TD. But he eventually did and this seemed to calm him down and bring him some peace.
The boys' first trip to Laramie to visit their big bro will be in October when we travel to UW for homecoming and coincidently Dillon's 19th birthday. It can't get here quick enough.
As the weeks pass by since he has left for school, the days gets harder because it's been so long since he has walked through the door and sat down at the table for dinner. For now I will continue to "remember the good times" with the rest of the family and try to keep Ethan off of YouTube after little league games!
I'll leave you with this picture taken of the four of them when Dillon was a Freshman in highschool. It's one of my favorites and brings back a flood of great memories.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Wow. What a day. Hurt feelings, friendships teetering on edge, drama, nonsense and exhaustion. Sometimes we all experience down right crummy days. Today was my turn.
It's 7:51 pm and I am finally home after a quick trip to the store and Jaxon's last flag football game of the season. Essential oil in the diffuser. Silence and an empty house for a moment. A chance to catch my breath for the first time today.
Speak without Accusing.
James 1:19 ~ "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
My interpretation of this: Listen. Wait. Respond. Keep no record of wrong doing. Be kind to each other, tender hearted and forgiving to one another.
Love is patient.
I came across a book review, popped over to Amazon, and placed my order after reading only the first couple of reviews. If you are Dave Ramsey nazi's like us, you will be happy to know that he endorses these books. "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggerich, and there is an entire series! I'm going to attempt to dig into this one tonight and can't wait to let you know how it is!
I wish I had some words of wisdom to end the night with, but instead I will wish anyone reading this a peaceful and restful evening in hopes that tomorrow is a brighter day than today.
Friday, September 18, 2015
For the next 10 mornings I am setting aside some time for me. Before the crazy chaotic mornings begin, before the sun comes up, before the dogs needs to be walked, I will be studying 10 Ways to Love. Coffe, bible, pen and paper...me and God.
Day #1 - Listen Without Interrupting (Proverbs 18:13) "He who answers before listening, that is his folly and his shame.
A. Good listening requires patience.
B. Good listening is an act of love.
C. Good listening asks perceptive questions.
D. Good listening is ministry.
E. Good listening prepares us to speak well.
F. Good listening reflects our relationship with God.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Friday, September 04, 2015
I never knew how excited I would be to hear that a friend, and co-worker, of mine would be traveling to Laramie this weekend to visit her son who also attends the University of Wyoming! My first thoughts, party mix and homemade cookies! I've whipped up some homemade goodies, gathered up a few odd and end pantry items, some unopened Easter candy, magazines I've read, a requested PS3 game from his brother's room, a tv cable, an I Miss You note, and a copy of his insurance card and it is ready for the journey to his UW dorm room! If only I could fit into this tiny box just to get a quick hug from my college boy!