Congrats to Germany – winners of the 2014 World Cup.
This was a great weekend. It was also a very full weekend. I don’t like the word busy. Busy, to me, usually means I ran around with my head cut off, did lots of stuff, but none of it was anything significant, didn’t accomplish anything, wore me out, or was in the end just meaningless stuff. There’s a time and place for that. We can’t always be going full-bore accomplishing machines.
Back to the weekend. It started with soccer for the oldest boy. It was great to see him play and have fun. Then it was soccer for the youngest daughter. Tough game – the girls’ heads were never really in the game and so they lost – 3-0. That was a fluke – their own loss of the season so far. A good lesson for the girls though that they can’t take winning for granted.
Then it was party time – our neighbors, who happen to be some of our closest friends, had a birthday celebration. Adults only. It was blast – dinner and bowling. We all had a great time. It was great to be childless for an evening with several other parents. It felt like a treat and we all enjoyed it as such. It was one of the best celebrations I had been to in a long time.
This morning was worship with our home congregation – Zion Lutheran, then lunch with St. Michael Lutheran, then to pappy’s house for a rest, then another soccer game for the youngest girl (They got back on track and won against the #1 team in the division), then dinner. Now its catch up time and kids to bed. Up next is completing application for residence permits. We’re off to NYC for appointments at the Finnish consulate on Wednesday to submit the applications.
I know some of you may be tired just by reading all of that. I’m not looking for sympathy or “gee you must be exhausted” comments. It’s just a window into our world currently. This is what life is like with four children – full. Not busy. but full. And we love it. We may not love every minute, but when you look at the big picture, just like the picture above – life is beautiful. Sometimes the details are messy or full of weeds, but don’t get stuck on the small stuff. They keep us distracted from the big picture which is beautiful.
Today was Day 1 of the Blue Gray Cup soccer tournament for our nine-year old. It’s a two-day tournament. There are literally well over 100 teams, probably approaching 200 teams – I’m not exactly sure. The tournament boasts that around 1100 games will be played over these two days. The girls played four games today – quite impressive and exhausting. The first three games were mini-games (essentially half games to determine how they ranked for the playoffs. Result – 1 win, 2 losses. Close games. That one win was enough to put us in the #5 position out of eight teams. We played #4, the team we had just played and lost to 2-1. This time we won 2-1. It was an intense game and the girls played well – both teams. Tomorrow there are two more games. First game will be against a tough opponent who does not have a habit of losing very often. Then it’s either the championship if they win, or the third place game if they lose.
Here’s a few things I learned from today.
1. If you want the win, your mind has to be in the game. The girls were flat the first game and it looked like they were on their heels most of the game and hence we lost. The other games were much better because their heads were in the game and they wanted to win.
2. The sun can be a real killer. Having been in the sun for about 11 hours today, I’m burnt. I tried to stay out of the sun when possible, but when you are at a soccer field all day, that’s tough to do.
3. Parents can make or break a team. In our case, the parents are big time supportive of the girls and us coaches (there are three coaches). This is huge. Our parents are great parents. There’s no sideline politics or drama, just support. This can’t be stressed enough of how important this is. I’ve heard horror stories of the drama and politics that happen on the sidelines. I thank God every game that we have the team that we have and the parents that we have.
4. Warm-ups are important. Even just getting up and moving around and passing the ball. I think our first loss came because we were a bit rushed and the girls were a bit confused as to what all was going on.
5. Officials can make or break a game too. As well as the girls played, credit also goes to the referees. They did an excellent job of officiating the games all day long. I only saw one bad call, but really, that’s pretty darn good. When you can’t really remember the referee, that means they did a good job in letting the girls play, calling what needed to call and letting the game proceed at a good pace. kudos to the refs.
6. Likewise, kudos to the organizers of the tournament. It’s an excellent tournament, well-organized and well thought out. And it shows. Teams come from all over the Mid-Atlantic to Gettysburg to play in this tournament.
I want to invite us to pray together this Lent.
What do I see in the world?
God is good all the time
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