10.07.2013

Honored

 My crew
 My parents
 Boys loved being on the field
 Thanks Bob, judi and Bennett's
 My beauties

I was contacted back in August saying that my high school was having their first decade of greatness!  Basically, one representative from each decade was nominated as the Choctaw High School Sports Hall of Fame and I was the '90's inductee.  I was the only female in any of the decades, 3 of the inductees had passed away and were not even able to be a part of the night and it really made me think - honored yes, needed I'm not so sure.  Being in a Hall of Fame - my kids think it's pretty cool, my nephews who go to the school do too!    It made me think though; if I would not have been nominated would it have made my sports career; that seems a very distance past these days; less than they were?  There is so much hype over performance that later leads to identity crisis for many ~ I think God is giving me lots of clarity in this season of, 'whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, do it all for the Glory of God'!  The athletes that profess faith in Jesus; we have known a few of the big wigs - I would only want my kids shadowing a few of them.  My conclusion = enjoy it, do your best, work hard, win, be honored; we value sports and activities.  We see that being physically healthy is always good; being on a team - valuable; opportunities for training hearts - abundant; but don't let it for a minute become my identity.  It took some talent and hard work and a lot of sweat!  But I have been to the little league fields the last 5 years and heard the mean comments to kids that are less than encouraging, maybe opposite of building up and teaching character.  An amazing woman of God Christine Caine spoke at World Mandate our Church's annual mission conference and this statement stuck with me: Gifted and talented will get you in the door; only character will keep you there!  It's so much bigger than a game!

9.13.2013

First day of school 2013

Mighty 2nd graders
My sweet Kindergartener
My precious 1st grader
Amazing 5th grader - how did that happen!?

The school year is off to a great start.  Everyone loves their teachers and we are all settling into the very busy fall routine filled with soccer, football, basketball and dance.  Love these 5 more than words and am so expectant of ALL God has for them this year!

8.01.2013

Happy birthday to our amazing 11 year-old!



I love this picture of the birthday boy that looks like he is walking on water!

Two long john donuts make perfect #11's for birthday breakfast

I love bringing out old birthday photos like this one of his first birthday and we all wrote identity messages on little paper birthday cakes!
A little Andy alligators with his siblings- love watching them love each other and become great friends 
Family birthday dinner at the Japanese steakhouse straight from the water park
He is so fun and easy to celebrate- happiest birthday Kooper!

7.25.2013

My soccer girls!

The girls are having fun at soccer camp this week!  Love watching them learn new things!

14 years

Loved celebrating 14 years of marriage this week with him my best friend!  Looking forward to all The Lord has ahead!!

6.16.2013

Happy Father's Day!


So thankful for my amazing husband that loves and leads our family so well!  I would follow you anywhere Jake Hartsock!  You are the most passionate lover of Jesus, wisest, humble and kingdom minded man I have ever met!  We all love you so much!  His quiver is pretty full too!

Psalm 127:
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

Sisters

These two keep us laughing!  Love you my precious girls!