Our boys have been super busy with their basketball season which has been very successful so far, with only one loss and six wins. Its so fun to watch my sons and their teammates ' skills develop as their confidence grows as well. I love watching Malachi, once the player I watched, now be the coach of the team he once played for. One opposing team coach asked last week as he heard all the team introductions "Is your whole team last- named Smith?" We laughed because we do not have a "big bench" ( large team) and with three players and a coach all being Smiths, we ARE the definite majority!
The boys really do play well as a team, and its so Mamma-heart popping to observe how they cheer each other on and brag about each other, rather than " Look at ME ME ME LOOK AT ME, Listen to what I I I I I did!!" They came in the door last night with " Peter did this and Peter did that" stories and I had to really dig deep to find out how Isaac, Noah or Isaiah did. Peter told me. That 's how best friends should be!!
Leah is not a fan of watching basketball at home or courtside, but she and Rachel can be persuaded to go root for their brothers and pals; Naomi LOVES basketball and is the first to ask about game schedules and if we will be able to go to a game. She is Isaac's prodigy as far as NBA goes too: she knows a lot about many NBA players and has her own personal favorites! The night of the fateful Thunder and Linda's phone loss, Naomi was sweetly cheering AGAINST our OKC team in favor of Houston's Rockets, who won. When they would score , she'd smile and clap for them, give Isaac a smirky -lovey smile and when our Thunder would miss a shot or lose the ball, she'd do the same. Made for a fun night!
Jael is taking her 2nd round of SAT exams this morning in hopes of bumping up her first sore by two or more points. This will guaranteed her full admission to OSU's Honors college, and lots of funds!! She is so bright and so strong in mathematics! This is not my strong suite so I'm thankful that she inherited her daddy's math ability. I am little help in that department. She and Gideon are strong in Language Arts ( my "gift") and sciences which I guess is from both the Daddy and the Mamma. Isaac comes by everything very naturally it seems, while everyone else, home grown and adopted has to really work at grades in almost all subjects. Malachi is on scholarship this year, and he worked SUPER HARD to earn that; it was not easy in the slightest.
I just heard this song you are hearing play right now for the first time last night. On YouTube you may find it set to film footage from "The Nativity" and sung by a woman, and my version is Randy Travis (?) but it is a beautiful Christmas song called "A Labor of Love". I hope you enjoy it as much as I am! I'm still really enjoying "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel" with "Hatikva" in its background. PRAISE GOD for His wonderful gift of music! Brook Fraser's "Hosanna" is also one of my "gotta listen to" songs right now as well. Her words "I see a generation. ...rising up with selfless faith" really move me!!
Are WE rising up to where God would have US? Are we raising up the next generation with selfless faith? Stir us Lord, challenge us every day to seek Your face, to be on our knees, physically and mentally .. For Your Kingdom , for YOU LORD!!!!! For YOU!
|Four generations of us, There's my mom holding Daniel and her Great Grandson Charlie, behind her in the cowboy hat.|
May we all continue to follow hard after God and raise up a strong next generation of Believers!
Behind my mom is me, Linda with my DH behind me, the cowboy hat is hiding Hannah and Jon's