Soccer, Softball, Swim Mom!

I have officially become a “soccer, softball, and soon-to-be swim mom”!  That’s me!  I know there is the whole stigma about it: minivans, ponytails, bad driving skills… Two of those descriptions do fit me: I drive a minivan, and I often wear my hair in a ponytail for their practices.  I am not ashamed of my minivan though — I happen to love it and am very thankful for it.  As soon as we started to minivan shop, my dream was to get a beige Honda Odyssey with leather seats.  God in His kindness provided one for us.  I am so thankful for not just four wheels that get us places we need to go but for a nice vehicle that runs well, so far.

Ponytails aren’t that bad really.  Besides, I do plan to get a new hair-cut and soon.  It’s nice to have hair that is so versatile.  If only I was more talented in arranging/styling it better.  🙂

As far as driving goes, I try to be a safe driver so I hope that my record stays good.

I, for one, love to take my kids to practices and games.  It’s part of being a mom and loving my kids and loving life with them.  I love watching them and knowing that they are watching for me.  I love hearing the questions afterwards, “Mom, did you see me kick the ball?” and “Mom, my team won!”  I smile and laugh as I see their personalities emerge even in the game.  …One boy who is so preoccupied with everything around him that he often forgets to watch the ball.  …One boy who needs lots of affirmation and is afraid to really go after the ball but is so happy when he does get to kick it.  Such tender hearts!  Amazing to think that I can help build healthy confidence in them because of who God made them to be!

My third son is rearing to go.  He so wants to play.  I think he’ll be quite the sports’ player because he has skills and is very driven and very focused.  Time will tell, of course.  Whether he is average, extraordinary, or fails, he’ll still be my son; and I will always treasure him.

Thanks, God, for loving me too and cheering for me — not based on my abilities but because You love me!