It Begins

So, I cut down on a few things this homeschool year. However, we will be doing Fall Baseball. So here we go, starting tomorrow with practice Tuesday and Friday nights. “Woo hoo!”, she says sarcastically.

Since my daughter did not want to play baseball this season, she and I will be working on tennis at the same time. And that will be great. And all bets are off what will be done once games start. They are short of coaches, so I may coach. We will hit that wall when we run into it.

So we are about to be a bit busier, however we cut out 4-H and a lot of other small things we used to do that took lots of time and I will only assistant coach PE instead of doing everything. That will free us up for mornings we need off to wrestle an alligator or something. You never know what will happen in a day and we must be available to help.

Despite the starting-tomorrow-busier-schedule, I find joy now in doing these little things with my children. I find that doing little things for them blesses and honors God. I find to be true that God wishes us to love on people with the same energy and generosity that He does. It makes Him happy. And making Him happy makes me very happy. So here we go…😄❤

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Good Times with Great Friends

We all (Zach’s baseball team and family) got together for a pizza party and trophy handout and afterwards a kickball game. It was great fun! It has been raining nonstop for about a week, so it was a mud bog. A few minor injuries but lots of fun was had by all. I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch that they must have liked because there are only a couple left. And it was wonderful to get together and play without the pressure of a game (which they kept score of the kickball game anyway lol). And we all enjoyed it very much, having been together all season. Loved it. Baseball is underrated and fun with friends is too. Get together with someone, have them over, put the phones down and play, talk, whatever. It is invaluable experience. Makes all of life better. Church is the same thing for the same reasons but adds the dimension of spirit, so important. ❤

Rainy Game

We had a great game tonight at Tigertown with the little leagues filing in prior to it. And we got through the top of the eighth inning, tied 1-1, and bam. Flash flood. They got the tarp out and covered the bases just before the downpour. And evetyone relocated to the sheltered part of the stands and we all waited. And when it was well understood that it was not going to relent (it is still raining now at 1am- ish), people started soaking over to their vehicles to go home. All the little leaguers got to see most of a good game and it was nice seeing familiar faces we have seen all season four days a week and sometimes more. It is a nice way to close out the season and I loved the rain coming. Everyone squnched in and wrinkled noses and I freed up and stood and danced and sang. It was beautiful! Torrents with thunder and lightening so enthralling to behold, God’s cleansing and power and bath. So good. And just before this, a beautiful sunset! So precious and momentous. Often the little things mean so very much and change perspectives. Praise God! ❤

Baseball Season Goodbye

Tonight was the last baseball game of the season. We won. A mixed blessing… more time to do other things but we love baseball. And life continues to move forward. Happy, sad, on and on. At least next Friday we have the closing ceremonies at Tigertown to have one last seasonal hurrah. Super excited about that. And I just want to push this one point… getting your kids on a sports team is a great thing to do for their moral development and character as well as getting them healthy and away from utterly worthless and rather damaging video games and tech. It also is very American/Patriotic and wholesome. Baseball is the best I found for my kids, every kid is different. But get them out and moving and on a team. Wonderful to build humble confidence. I am thankful to God for this baseball season. ❤

Morning Baseball Game

It was the perfect day for baseball in thr morning. This makeup game was the perfect way to spend some quality time outside with my kids. The kids played well and won their game but even if they hadn’t, it would have been a great time. Sometimes it is just good to be an American and I thank God for it and for such a beautiful game day!❤

Great Opening Game

Went to Tiger Town Stadium, now called Publix Merchant Stadium, and watched the opening game of the minor league Flying Tigers. Although they lost 4-2, it was an exciting game. My son’s team is the Flying Tigers young league (sponsored by them) so they walked the field and stayed out for the national anthem before the game. So great!! And after the game they had fireworks! So, what a wonderful outing. Please support your local baseball teams because it is good, clean fun and so worth getting away from the tech for the duration. My kids were as excited as I was and my daughter had her picture taken with the mascots AND was on the big screen for a few minutes in the audience cams. Such a great family date. Baseball games are great to attend. ❤

Baseball Lessons

Like life, baseball is. Yes, my kid is into Star Wars and I find Yoda makes sense a bunch. Anyway, baseball is like a miniature version of life. Think about it. You always have someone trying to beat you. You always have members on your team that are lazy or domineering or great friends or dumb or whiny or whatever else you can think of. Some are spoiled, some are depleted, all have some level of insecurity. And while there is a common goal for all teammates, sometimes the weakest link inspires animosity and divisiveness rather than encouragement but one team member can change that with encouragement and some diplomacy. And the coach you listen to makes all the difference like listening to God’s instruction or not makes all the difference. All that struck me tonight while watching the game. ❤