This is my family. Mitch, on the left, is 21 years old. Yes, I had him when I was twelve. Just kidding. However, last week when he was having his wisdom teeth removed, the nurses and doctor thought I was his girlfriend. While Mitch was totally freaked out by their assumption, I, on the other hand, instantly considered them to be my new best friends.
Mitch’s passion is music. He plays the drums in a band called “Next Year’s Best.” That’s kind of a clever title if you think about each time they are introduced…”Now, let’s hear it for Next Year’s Best!”
Next is Peyton. She is 14. Peyton is excited about going into high school next year because, according to her, Jr. high is evil. Peyton loves to write 18th century romance stories. I think it’s because she’s not allowed to date. The truth is Peyton doesn’t care to date. Her philosophy is…”what good is dating until you’re ready to get married.” I like her philosophy. Peyton also likes to write fiction and poems. Her writing is really good. I don’t know where she gets it from.
Parker, who we are all holding, will be 11 in just a few weeks. He’s almost as tall as I am. We’re not sure what gene pool his height came out of but it goes well with his athletic abilities. This summer his baseball All-Star team has won every tournament so far. Next week we go to state. If we win state, we’ll go to the World Series. How cool is that? Parker plays third base and has hit two, over the fence, home runs so far.
All this excitement has brought back old memories for my husband. He played in the World Series as a 12 year old. Funny though. Each time he tells the story, he seems to get better. I think I’ll have a t-shirt made up for him that says…”The Older I Get The Better I Was”
Pat is the best husband and father there is. His mother trained him well. I was lucky or smart enough to see that and marry him! As the spiritual leader of our home, he naturally runs things…the vacuum, the dishwasher and the washing machine, too! All kidding aside, I thank God everyday for my sweet husband. He really is the best. He does have the gift of service and God knows I don’t deny him his gift. Pat leads our family by serving it. In this way, he truly mirrors Christ love for the church, His bride.
As you can see, my family makes me look good. They love me in the mornings when I’m cranky. They inspire me, teach me, and forgive me a lot. In 2003, Parent Life Magazine nominated me Mother of the Year. Our family got a good laugh out of it. I’m certainly not perfect and if anyone deserves Mother of the Year it’s my husband who holds down the fort while I travel the world sharing Christ.
I guess we’re all in it together. When God called me, He called us all. Not only are we serving God and others, but we are learning to serve one another as well. I hope it’s a heritage that last for generations to come.
Until next time…God bless