Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Freedom!

How about that smile?!
The first thing Matt looked forward to after his braces came off, gum. At last, he can chew gum!
Wasn't Matt such a baby when he got his braces on? When did he start looking like a young man?! It happens to all of them I guess. Sorry for the gruesome close up of his bad teeth. 2 down with the braces, 1 to go.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Emery's Track

Emery has begun her track career!
Look at that form! Ok, we're still working on the straight arms. But we're getting there!
She tried the 100.
 
 But we found out that wasn't her race. She ran the 200. Her PR was 29.0.
She also ran the 400. Her PR was 1:13.65. That race TIRED her out!
But her favorite event was the triple jump. Her PR was 26'6". She got 2nd place in her league!
I think Emery had a great first season of track. She had fun with her friends and worked hard all season long. Great job Emz!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Father's Day

I have had the joy and the privilege of being a father for 16 years now. It has truly been one of the hardest but most fulfilling blessings of God that I am so fortunate to have.
Ever since I was a teenager, I have looked forward to being a dad. I have looked forward to playing with my kids, to talking with them, to teaching them God's Word, to guiding them in the smallest things of life like how to talk to adults or how to play music or how to play team defense in basketball, to the bigger things of life like how to choose a career or how to be a generous person, to the biggest thing in life - how to love and live for Christ. Fatherhood has not disappointed. It truly is one of the most rewarding and satisfying and is the most fun thing to pour my life and heart into the souls of the boys and girl. I am starting to see the end of this phase of fatherhood as the boys and girl have become / are turning into the young men and young woman. It's so bittersweet to see them becoming independent and being proud of who they are growing into while at the same time, not wanting them to grow up and selfishly wanting them to be home with me as the boys and girl forever. Thank you God for allowing me to be a father and for being the perfect Father to me and to my children.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Track 2.0

Did you see that track star?
Andrew ran track again this year. He ran the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400. It was a super fun season for Andrew. He even received a special recognition award for his attitude / work ethic.
Here he is winning in the 200. His PR this year was 23.95.
And look at that, at League Championships, his 4x400 team came in 1st place! They had Asian power. Great job Andrew!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Psalm 37:4-6

It seems like such a simple thing. Delight yourself in the most delightful Person in the universe. Delight yourself in the One who never disappoints, never gets boring, and never gets stale. Delight yourself in the One who is always captivating, exciting, glorious, and cool. Truly, He is cool. He is awesome. And His awesomeness and everything else about Him is new every morning.

Yet, I am so easily distracted, so easily enchanted, so easily delighted by the creation rather than the Creator. I am so easily drawn to the things of the world. The things and people that always disappoint, always get stale, always get boring. When will I learn? By the grace of God, I will learn by the strength that He supplies.
Psalm 37:4-6 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Back to Back Champion!

Somehow, Emery got back to back championships in the same year, on the same day!
She won 1st place for her design and 1st place for the speed competition.
Her car was an Amazon box, and it barely got by in Heat 1.
Then in the semis, she moved on to the next round. The crowd was starting to get behind her!
She won it by a hair! Amazon PRIME! This was the first time she or the boys won. I couldn't get any of the other cars over the years to even place. But this year, Emz won both contests, the first time ever at our church. Great job Emery!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

National Junior Honor Society

After 3 semesters of straight A's, Matt got inducted into the NJHS.
Matt has definitely improved his study skills and habits this year. Great job Matt!
You can tell he's a teenager now, eh?!