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Husband. Daddy. Hero.

June 18, 2018

My husband.

Their daddy.

Our hero.

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He loves and leads our family so well.

Hope he knows how much we appreciate him not just on Father’s Day, but every day! 

Loving it!

June 17, 2018

Undefeated season for Morgy May and the Fire Flames! Tourney starts next week!

She’s having such a blast.  Totally loving her first season of softball.  Always running out to her position on the field, and always more than ready to head into the batter’s box when it’s her turn to bat.  Love seeing her enjoy this sport so much. 

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2018 ~ Hendricks County Champs

June 14, 2018

THEY DID IT!!
Hendricks County 10U Champs!!
Final Score: 7-1

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I’ll always be her biggest fan.  
I hope she always knows that….

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Another fun season with another great group of girls has come and gone. So thankful for the memories we made together over these past few months! 

TORNADOES ~ Tourney Champs ~ Record: 14-1 ~ Team Word: Courage ~ Team Quote: “Fear says, ‘You can’t face the storm’. Courage says, ‘I am the storm.’”

 

Double Digits!!

June 12, 2018

Ten years old today! 
Jackson Carlyle is now in the land of double digits. There are so many things that I could say about him. But, I’ll just mention a few. He’s someone who knows how to make others feel valued and important. Acceptance and inclusion seem to come naturally to him. He’s incredibly loyal. He sees the gold that shines in others (even though he doesn’t always see it in himself.) He’s a never-ending source of fun facts, and a joy to be around. I cherish the times when he and I go out together for our “special nights” (as he likes to call them), and I absolutely love who God has created him to be! Hoping he has the best birthday ever!

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I took him to Build-A-Bear this afternoon to celebrate his special day.

He had no idea that you can now build Jurassic World dinosaurs there. (But, I did. And that’s why I took him.) He built a raptor to take home with him, and couldn’t have been happier.

He’s counting down the days until the new movie comes out, and says that he’s glad to have a new friend to bring along to the show.  #dinosaurlover #bluetheraptor #birthdayjoy

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Go for it!

June 10, 2018

This week, Grace will be playing/pitching in the championship game of the Hendricks County 10U Tournament. Her team has remained undefeated so far in the tourney.

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Three years ago, she asked us if she could start playing softball.  We knew she was incredibly athletic.  But, a small, fearful voice inside of us said that we should just tell her, “No,” and steer her toward sports that don’t rely so heavily on dexterity, to prevent any potential frustration or disappointment that could come her way.  But, a much louder, clearer voice inside of us told us to tell her, “Yes! Go for it!” 

So, that’s what we did.  We told her to go for it.

What a shame it would have been if we had told her, “No,” in an attempt to protect her. We would have missed out on the joy of watching her excel in a sport that she has grown to love so much. We would have missed out on the joy of watching people come up to her and thank her for being an inspiration. We would have missed out on the joy of witnessing God’s strength shine through her physical “weakness”. We would have missed out on the joy of watching her respond to people who ask her why she writes “Phil. 4:13” on her arm before her games. We would have missed out on so much, and she would have, too.

So thankful that God gave us the courage to tell her, “Yes,” three years ago. Once we did, He started taking care of the rest.  And He has brought her to where she is today.  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

In the Great Green Room

June 10, 2018

Brotherly love.
I went looking for River yesterday afternoon so that I could read him his pre-naptime story.  But, I discovered that somebody else had beat me to it.  This is the Jackson that I know.  A good boy, and a good brother, with a good heart.  When he’s at home and relaxed, his true colors shine brighter.  And when they do, they make everything around him more beautiful…

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Not sure what version of “Goodnight Moon” Jackson was reading.  But, apparently, I need to check it out.  At one point, it looked like the story took an unexpectedly exciting turn.  In the great green room, there must have been a big surprise…

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ICC Choral Fest

June 10, 2018
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The Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s music camp was such a great learning experience for Sidney.  At the end of the week, she and her new friends got the opportunity to perform at the Choral Fest in Clowes Memorial Hall.  What a treat!

She is hoping to audition for the upcoming choir season, and become a member of the ICC.  I’m so excited for her, and I have no doubt that her voice will be a great addition to that talented group of young musicians.