Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Drum line

It seems like such a cop out, but every week I keep thinking we are so busy I can't even blog about what we're doing. Maybe some day, I will be bored and have lots of time. But I can't imagine that's even possible. Life has been super busy and this time, I have photos to prove it.

Matt started drum line. He's on the cymbals. As I have never been in band or drum line and never really had friends who did drum line, I had no idea what to expect. So we went to Matt's first competition and boy was it cool.
Here's how they started. If you can't tell, it was a space theme. Sci fi baby.
There's Matt!

And they're off! I didn't know Matt could be so artistic!

And then they all grab their instruments. Matt is probably the best cymbal player ever, ever.

Can you see him? It's a swirling vortex of percussion.

Ta-da! And they won 1st place! I guess our band program is really good here in Benicia. The funny thing was that Matt had sprained his wrist a couple days before the competition. He was icing and take Advil and in pain, during the performance. Who knew that percussion players have to suck it up and fight through the pain, just like NBA players, right?! Way to gut it out Matt! Nice work!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

At times I wonder what the boys and girl will think of their childhood. What memories will they have? What will they think of my parenting of them? What do they see as my highest priorities? I know that there is plenty of hypocrisy in my life. That's why I need Christ. Hopefully, they will see that I did not rely upon my age or experience in parenting them but that I wanted most of all for them to know Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1 Timothy 4:12

I hope that the boys and girl are judged by others for their actions and their speech, especially their love for others, and not their age.
1 Timothy 4:12
12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

John 3:36

It's interesting how much the Bible connects belief with obedience. If you believe in Christ, you will obey Him. But no one can obey Him perfectly. Thus, our sins should cause our belief in Christ's imputed righteousness to grow all the more as we cast ourselves on Him for our forgiveness. This should only inspire us to obey all the more. Instead of a vicious cycle, God gives us a gracious one.

John 3:36
36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Monday, January 2, 2017

Romans 14:7-9

Happy New Year! May 2017 be a year where the boys and girl live for the Lord all the more!
Romans 14:7-9
For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Matt had his first concert as part of the percussion section of the Norse Band here at Benicia Middle School. He practices all instruments in the percussion section including the snare drum, the bass drum, and the mallets. But for the concert, he was on the xylophone.
Usually, you can't hear an individual instrument in the band, but with the xylophone, you can clearly hear him!
Matt is having a ton of fun. Nice job Matt!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Emery's Soccer

Emery played soccer for the first time this year, playing in the U12 division.
She did quite well despite being one of the youngest girls out there.
She mostly played midfield because of her speed and quickness. She was also responsible for throw-ins.
Here's a nice sequence where she makes a move to the outside.
Then cuts it back inside.
And now she's right by her defender, heading to the goal!
She had a pretty mediocre coach this year, but she did very well! Great job Emery!
She loved half time or should I say snack time.
I think our team, Tsunami Rush, definitely had the coolest banner.
Emery's team definitely had a lot of fun together and were very supportive of one another. It was a really good group of girls. And we also made a lot of improvement in our soccer playing too.
At the end of the year, I got to coach Emery's team for the Coach's Invitational. It was fun to play under the lights and win too!