I had a chance to go and watch Olivia at soccer practice yesterday. It was great fun. Tiring, but fun. The brothers had practice at 8:15, so I opted to drive with Steve's mom and Olivia later. Last week it was reported that Turner cried most of practice and Quinn walked around with his shorts hiked up. (Why? Who knows, they are three!) This week, Turner didn't cry (until the very end) and Quinn didn't hike up the shorts, but for some reason picked his buns the whole time. Turner cried at the very end when they did a short scrimmage. They played against another three year old team who was practicing at the same time. Turner's half of the team got to play first, but when they sent the second half of the team in and pulled Turner out, he threw a fit for the last 10 minutes of practice. Quinn? I guess he was just happy to have the soccer shorts out of his rear. Next week, we may have to go with sweat pants instead of Umbro's.
As for Olivia, she hopped right in. She is one of 3 girls on her team but doesn't seem to mind. She smiled and participated the whole time. She isn't very aggressive. And is concentrating so hard on doing what she is told that it holds her back from just getting in there and playing. Next week they start in with real *games.* I'm looking forward to seeing how they all do.
This weekend I've gotten out a bit. To the Y, obviously, to watch soccer. Then, last night the kids, Steve and I went to church. It was really good to be at church and see people and worship God. I felt peaceful. Tired, but peaceful.
This morning Steve took the kids to the end of a winter conference for college students that Steve was in charge of. Steve's mom and I went and did a few errands, including going to Target. I considered that my walk this morning. I'm trying to ease off my pain meds. I'm rather sore today.
I've really been focusing my mind on some scripture as I battle the enemy in my mind. Psalm 34:7,8 says, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."
If you think of it, please pray those on my behalf. I've been trying to visualize the angel of the Lord encamped around me. I've also been thinking a lot about how you can't taste something if you don't bite down. I'm trying to bite down in this situation and then experience the Lord's goodness. I'm also trying to learn what it means to find God as my refuge. I'm just on the front end of this one. Hard stuff. Thanks for battling with me.