Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Little league, marriage, and the long way home

In March, Seth started playing baseball with a team from Little River/Academy. With a great man for a coach and a team that reminded me a little of "the Bad News Bears", (said with great affection) we started the season not knowing what to expect.

~~Sixteen years ago, two kids(19 & 21), said "in sickness and in health, until death parts us and I lay you in the arms of Jesus" and started a marriage.~~

Practice, practice, practice. All started coming together, and the boys became a pretty good team.

~~College, work, ministry, life...the two kids worked hard to make their relationship grow as they learned to live with little in the bank and appreciate their differences.~~

Actually, so good of a team that they made it to district playoffs. Their first game of the playoff tourney they beat an undefeated team...late at night. The next two games were lost only by one run...and played in the mud and rain. Being able to accept the opportunity to play in the tournament was rewarding.

~~Three (pretty cute) kids, college degrees and certifications galore, a mortgage, full time jobs, and all that life brings. And wait, health issues that take energy, time, money, understanding. Acceptance. ~~

Throughout the season, they've been led by two great quiet and calm, who makes his point and leads by example. The other a good counterpart, a little louder and outspoken, but ever-effective at teaching skills.

~~Led by God. Continuing this journey led by Him. He has it. He's got our kids, our lives, health concerns and all else. Somedays I feel like the calm, "able-to-take-things-as-they-come" person, other days I want to tell Him what to do and how things should be done. ~~

An incredible little league season that ended too soon for some, but all have improved and know what they need to continue to work on. How exciting to watch those boys develop their skills at baseball.

~~Learning as we go. One things for certain: " I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. (Philippians 3:14 MSG)~~

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