You ever have one of those mornings where you have a Homer Simpson moment? You know the ones. Where you sit straight up and go “doh!” Yeah. This morning was one of those. When I realized I had forgotten to do this post last night.
See, I usually work on the Sunday post on Saturday evening and going into the evening I thought to myself, “Self, don’t forget the Sunday Edition!” Then I spent about five hours working to put the results from Friday’s swim meet into the computer and well… Here I am on Sunday morning, going “doh!”
But my youngest two kiddos swam in their first meet! All of my kiddos got at least one ribbon. My oldest took fifth in the backstroke and first in the freestyle relay. My second was on the 3rd place freestyle relay team. Third was on the 5th place mixed freestyle relay [boys and girls]. And my little guy? He took 4th in the individual freestyle and 3rd in the team freestyle relay (8 and under instead of his usual 6 and under). (They’re all divided by age group, by the way. So only my middle two swim against each other in the 9-10 year old group. And, uh, keep in mind, there was only like 3 8 and under relay teams – and only 4 in the 6 and under individual freestyle but hey! ) There’s 84 kids on the Tiger Sharks, so as you can imagine, it took a while to organize and type it all up. And, well, I flat out forgot about this post.
I also got to hang out with my local ACFW group yesterday and that’s always lots of fun. But mostly it was the swim stuff that helped me forget.
But to draw your attention back to those pictures up there. That’s my 6yo son in his individual freestyle event. He’s only made it across the pool three times this season – twice in practice on Wednesday and once on Thursday with his aunt right next to him, egging… er encouraging him on ;).
In the center photo, you can see the pink tennis shoes on the right side. You can also see hands clapping. That’s one of his coaches. She’s right there, yelling for him that he can do it, even as he kept telling her “I can’t make it” about the time he hit the red part of the ropes. She loves him so much and was encouraging him the whole time. To just persevere. To keep going. See, at six, at least in our league, you really can’t get disqualified as long as you Just. Keep. Going. (I say they just have to “not drown” from one end to the other ;).) So his coach – and the rest of us – were calling on him to persevere just a bit longer. To doggie paddle a few more meters.
And he made it. You can’t see his main coach standing there but she is, just out of the camera shot, encouraging him on like she does six practices a week. As were all of the parents who were timing or surrounding the pool to watch.
As I was putting together the pictures, it struck me how God is like that. He wants us to Just. Keep. Going. To persevere. And He’s right there, cheering us on, encouraging us, to just not drown. He’s spent time with us in the pool teaching us how to swim (or at least to doggie paddle) so that when the time comes to “swim” the good race, we’re ready to. Cheering with us when we finally make it all the way across. Encouraging us and showing us a better way to do it when we hang off the wall during practice because we just don’t have the endurance yet to make it.
Those are deep thoughts for a morning when I jolted awake, but there you go :D.
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On Monday, Gail Sattler stopped in to talk about a musical wedding she recently attended and how romantic it was.
Tuesday, Beth Vogt talked about how characters often have a mind – and a will – of their own.
Lorraine Beaty posted about how we name our characters on Wednesday.
Ten million reasons? Thursday, Heather Gray talked about listing the reasons why to love someone and how it plays into her new release.
Kathleen Y’Barbo talked beach reads on Friday.
Saturday, JoAnn Durgin welcomed Mary Manners to our lodge! There’s still a giveaway going on over there, so be sure to stop in!
Monday: Kristen Ethridge
Tuesday: Staci Stallings
Wednesday: Deb Kastner
Thursday: Melissa Tagg
Friday: Narelle Atkins
Saturday: Stacy Monson
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