So many things to write, but before I squeeze in my run between devotions this morning and rousing kids for eye appointments…
He grew. My little boy isn’t so little anymore. He turned 8 this spring.
Last night we attended my niece’s softball game. As I sat in my lawn chair, my “little” boy climbed on my lap. All solid, long 75lbs of him. I couldn’t see over him. My forearms and legs from the knees down were all my family could see of me.
He grew. I swear it was just a short while ago he was snuggling all the way up and fitting against my chest.
My goodness that went fast! It’s as if he changes every single day. He still has the heart to climb up on my lap, but how much longer until he won’t fit?
My heart aches a bit. It’s beautiful and bittersweet to observe and be a parent. My, oh my, how fast they grow!
I need to go run my emotions out now. He won’t understand why I’m teary-eyed at his eye exam.
Much love today — Jen
We are at the midway point of baseball season for both kids. I’ve been driving around with a bucket of balls, a bag of batting helmets and catchers gear, my son’s baseball bag, my daughter’s glove and bat, and lawn chairs for almost two months! It’s a good feeling!
I wrote this earlier this week. To watch the amount of care and enthusiasm from the volunteer coaches and zeal for the game from the kids is overwhelming. It makes my throat choke up and my eyes start to water. So so good.
Observations from our 2 hours of back to back 100 degree practices last night for girls Rotary and boys Lions Club baseball:
1) Teammates encouraging each other in times of celebration and when the pitch, hit, or catch was missed.
2) Enjoyment on the faces of the kids for every ball stopped and each connection of the bat.
3) Kids who might not sit together at the lunch table or hang together at recess playing together as a team.
4) Constructive guidance and correction being given by coaches to help the kids grow in sportsmanship and skill.
5) Amazing family & friend volunteers and fans in the stand. They show up because they care.
6) A little girl doing a backbend bridge over first base between drills. Yes, there are a lot of cartwheels, hand stands, and twirls in little girl baseball.
These are fantastic programs available for the kids. The girl’s program is completely free and the boy’s program is $10 or you have the option of selling tickets to the pancake day event to cover the fee.
This what I see every week when we come to practice. Thank you community for all that you do to support it. Come watch a game! It’s free fun! ⚾
#baseball #volunteers #kids #letthemplay #besupportive
*Photography of the Iron Pigs by my 5yr old. Miss M up at the plate.*