Finally, it was warm enough to get some pictures of our budding athlete. Malakai scored his first goal today and smiled from ear to ear. He is having a blast and enjoying learning new skills every week. Today, his first grade teacher even came to cheer him on. Meanwhile, during the game, his little bro and sis are practicing their own soccer skills too. I never thought I could feel such pleasure watching my children succeed. It really does bring me so much joy to watch Malakai pursue the things he is gifted in. Feeling like there will be many more cheers and tears from the sidelines in the years to come.
Egg painting. Easter basket craziness. Sunday best. Meal at Grandma's. Chocolate candy. These are a few traditions that will never grow old for me. Thankful to have spent this holiday with the ones I love, celebrating the One who loves me enough to die for me.
We had just finished loading the dishwasher after dinner tonight and Eric grabbed Hadassah's hands and she started twirling in the kitchen. "You wanna dance with Daddy?" he asked. She tore out of the room and headed straight for the stereo. She wanted music. And her princess shoes. And a chair to stand on. She had it all figured out. I am fairly certain she hasn't seen this modeled in our home since the boys are always begging to wrestle with Daddy, not dance with Momma. I raced to grab my camera, the video camera, Eric's iPhone. It was a "suddenly" and I wasn't going to miss it. As they happily danced to some Shane and Shane worship music, I was overcome with emotion as was Eric. He whispered, "This is going to be shown at her wedding some day." Oh wow. Our little girl. Her wedding. It won't be like this for long. She has him wrapped around her little finger and I am perfectly okay with that. I hope she always remembers that Daddy loved her first...
Over the weekend, Eric and I visited IHOP in Kansas City. Our good friends, Marvin & Dori moved there with their family at the beginning of the year to do an internship. We enjoyed time in the prayer room, a rare four inch snow fall, chatting late into the night laughing and encouraging each other, and seeing lots of new places. We are thankful for the time away together.