Monday, July 9, 2018

I Can't Believe You Just Said That! (Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue) by Ginger Hubbard (book review)

If you are around my age, in your 30s, and are striving to raise Christ following children, you have probably read "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Ted Tripp. The first time I read this book was when I was a newer mom and my oldest was probably no more than five. I just recently flip through this very book to gain that same wisdom from my second set of children.

Well I appreciate the biblical wisdom given in that book, I always felt it was more a book of grand ideas versus practical application. Thankfully, not long after I read the book the first time, I came across another book called "Don't Make Me Count to Three" by Ginger Hubbard. This was the book I was looking for! Practical advice on how to use the wisdom from Tripp's book in real life with real people. I have often gone back to this book when I am in need of advice.
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One of my biggest struggles for myself has always been my tongue. And I see those sins pouring out of my own children's mouths. Not to say they wouldn't have their own tongue issues even if I did not, but sin is easier to see in a form that is familiar to you. I was pleased as punch to read Ginger Hubbard's new book "I Can't Believe You Just Said That!" The subtitle is "biblical wisdom for taming your child's tongue."

This is again, a practical application book of biblical wisdom. It covers the gamut of child since that overflow out of their mouths: whining, lying, tattling, defying, manipulating, interrupting, complaining, blame-shifting, teasing, aggravating, bragging, arguing, yelling, gossiping, bickering. I think I have covered most of those issues in my own home in the past week. 

Hubbard goes deep to the heart of each matter, continually reminding readers that these are not merely behavior issues but heart issues. She provides many pieces of Scripture that you can use to go through a simple discipline model of understanding the heart of the matter (yourself), ask (your kid) heart-probing questions, deprive your child for their issue, and following with training your child with biblical wisdom. I love how this is not a discipline book about punitively punishing children so they stop annoying you or disrupting your plans. This plan allows you to speak wisdom to your child and help them to put off their old sinful self (habits) and put on a new self full of Christ. That's the goal!

My only issue with this book is that it does contain a LOT of information that would be nice to have in a chart or printable. While she does have a chart "Wise Words for Moms" available for purchase, I wish the book came with something so you didn't need to flip through the book to buy what you want. On the other hand, I just purchased my copy of her chart for $4 on Amazon.

Hubbard evens warns that this is not "a how-formula for being good parents who raise good kids...there is no parental success, and there are no good parents or children, apart from Christ." I know this from personal experience and I'm so thankful for godly books like this one that helps me direct my own tongue and sin issues while helping to parent my kids in theirs. 

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. Others may not share my thoughts. All of my links are linked through AmazonSmile to support Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Haiti.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lord, Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald (book review)

Several years ago, my husband did this Bible study called "Lord, Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late" by James MacDonald. It was so good that he recommended for me and my Bible study group. What a convicting study!! I've struggled with complaining, covetous, and critical attitudes which are replaced with thankful, contented, and loving attitudes. I don't think I deal as much with a doubting attitude (replaced with an attitude of faith) but the three wilderness attitudes are enough to deal with. 

While the study was so good and I learned a whole lot, I still find myself struggling with those same attitudes probably 4-5 years later. And sometimes struggles seem to cycle them selves. So, I decided to read "Lord, Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late" by James MacDonald in book form. 

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You really find the same material in book form as you do on the video and study guide so it's not like I was delving into unfamiliar territory with this book. But I found it to be a very helpful tool to help replace some of my attitudes they have snapped back into my life.

I know the attitudes are so important as I see that play out in my children. My attitudes affect them, their attitudes affect me. I see the harm of attitudes that look like mine in their lives. I see the harm of those same attitudes in my life. And so, every day, we need to make a choice of how to handle our attitudes. They are a choice.

I can complain with the best of them, But what does that get me? Nothing but more complaining and a bitter heart. But thankfulness can lift my eyes to the provision of God in my life. You can help me see circumstances in a new light so that I can be more content were able to see solutions. 

When I find myself criticizing other people, I have to ask the purpose of that. Is it to raise myself up? It sure doesn't draw me closer to the Lord or other people. I feel like it breaks with Jesus claimed as the two most important commandments, love God and love others.

I'm ready to use the tools of putting off my old self and putting on my new self in Christ as I navigate my attitudes!

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Our Newlywed Kitchen by Laura Schupp

Planning a wedding is such an intense time in life. One of the things that my now husband and I enjoyed doing together was registering for gifts. We sat through an hour talk on china before deciding that was not for us. We got married at the tail end of traditional weddings - bridesmaids wearing the same dress, formalwear for the men, no themes. It was very traditional and we loved it. I do feel there would be things I'd change if we were to get married now but I'm not planning to do that any time soon (or ever).

However, I was planning to give "Our Newlywed Kitchen" by Laura Schupp to friends of ours who were getting married. I read too late that this book is not really for newlyweds but for the newly engaged. I say that because there is a LOT about registering for kitchen appliances and accessories. So to give this to a couple who is already married would be a waste of much of the book.
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There are wonderful things in the second part of the book about learning to cook together and gathering recipes to enjoy together. I loved the pictures throughout and the practical advice from a seasoned cook.

You really just need to be aware of what you are getting when you buy this book. If you have a couple who has already been well-established on their own or who is mere weeks away from wedding, this is not the book for you. If you have friends or family who are fresh out of college, like my husband and I were, and haven't had the time to establish themselves or their kitchens, and are newly engaged, this is a wonderful tool for them to walk through that process of building a kitchen together.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Smallfoot (movie trailer)

We have all heard of the legend of the Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch. This fall (September 28, 2018) we will see an adventure about...."Smallfoot."

In the Yeti world, the Smallfoot (human) is just a legend until the day when one comes crashing out of the sky - and then gets swept away! No one believes the Yeti who saw it all, so he decides to go on a journey to find out the truth.

You can check out the trailer here:

I think this looks adorable! My kids are going to love this movie! Here are some more movie details to hold you until September.

Additional Info.:
“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” “The Emoji Movie”) as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

“Smallfoot” is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge.” The film is produced by Bonne Radford (“Curious George”), Glenn Ficarra (“Storks,” “The is Us,”) and John Requa (“Storks,” “This is Us”). Serving as executive producers are Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, Sergio Pablos, and Kirkpatrick. The creative team includes editor Peter Ettinger, and composer Heitor Pereira.

The film is set to debut in theaters September 28, 2018.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “Smallfoot” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Generous Love: Discovering the Joy of Living "Others First" by Becky Kopitzke (book review)

Selflessness has never been a strong point in my character. I am often preoccupied about my schedule, my kids, my time, my appearance, etc. That's not a beautiful thing in the Kingdom of God. Not to say I don't need to take care of myself (we all do - oxygen masks first before putting it on a child), but I don't need to think of myself as highly or often as I do. So I try to better myself by reading God's Word and godly books pertaining to selflessness. "Generous Love" by Becky Kopitzke is just one of those godly books.

Oddly enough, just after I started reading this book, a dear friend gifted me with another of Kopitzke's books "The SuperMom Myth," which I am excited to read because I am exhausted when I think of all of my friends and myself trying to be all and do all for our children. But that's another post for another day (when I find the time to read the book).
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Back to selflessness and "Generous Love." That's the whole premise of the book: discovering the joy of living "others first." The Bible teaches so much about submitting to one another out of love, the first will be last, etc and this book touches on so many of those things, so I'm just going to share a few gems that I appreciated or was convicted about.

Kopitzke wrote about washing her husband's coffee mug, a simple thing. "I could've let it sit. It was his mug after all, and he didn't expect me to wash it. I don't drink coffee...I had other stuff to do. But. How long would it take me to wash that mug? Sixty seconds, tops? And I was already standing at the sink...Why shouldn't I wash the mug? Better questions - why should I? If washing that mug says I love you and I'm thinking of you and You matter to me, isn't that worth a one-minute sacrifice out of my day? Isn't it worth way more than that?" I think about stuff like that - making the bed, sweeping the kitchen floor, folding the laundry. Except that last one, none of those things takes me very long (even very pregnant). And I know that acts of service is my husband's love language, so can't I take the time to do those things for him? He'll do them if I don't, but to him my action would say "I love you, babe. Thanks for taking care of us." What can you do today that's small and seemingly meaningless that would speak volumes to someone you love?

Humility is another hard character issue (related to selflessness!). Kopitzke says "...if living 'others first' is meant to display the love of Christ, then we cannot demand kudos. Our actions must be rooted in humility. Why? Because that's who Christ is. 'In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11).'"  That is always a heady passage for me. How can I demand a thank you or notice or attention when Christ Himself left His wonderful home in heaven to become a human (a weak human - a baby!!!) and then willingly, knowingly was obedient to a criminal's death (when he did nothing wrong!). How can I demand my own way when He loved me so much to do that for me?

This book is not just a good read, it has really good, Scripture-based questions at the end so it could be used as a Bible study, too. So grab a girlfriend and go through this book together. Or go it alone and find yourself wanting to change to have more generous love!

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

Find Rest: A women's devotional for lasting peace in a busy life by Shaunti Feldhahn (book review)

Rest. It's something mamas dream of. Or at least I do. I'm sitting here, fully into my third trimester on my fifth pregnancy. I have three children here (almost 11, almost 9, almost 3) and one waiting in heaven with Jesus. And it's June, which is when virtually every activity known to summer vacation ends up being scheduled: art camp, swim team, swim lessons, VBS. I also make my older boys do homework during nap time (yeah, I'm mean). I've read approximately one chapter of a book in these past three weeks. I've watched approximately half a tv show during the day during that same time frame. I'm lucky no one follows me to the bathroom (mostly). I could use a nap most days but that's not happening any time soon, unfortunately. There's always something to be done (usually laundry).

However, even in this busy season of life, this full life that I scheduled single-handedly (I've made notes for how to do this better next year), I need rest. When I tell my husband that I'm tired, he always suggests I go to bed early. What he doesn't usually understand is that it's not a bed tired but a soul tired. That doesn't go away with 8 hours of sleep; that is eased by the power of God. Which is where the truth written in "Find Rest" by Shaunti Feldhahn has come in handy.
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Feldhahn has truly written a beautiful devotional - which strays from her usual analytically based books on relationships (which are also beautifully written but in a different way). I love the easy format of this devotional: a piece of Scripture followed by a relatable devotion. The next page asks a question that makes you think about how to apply what you've read and there is a journaling space. The last page is a quote that pertains to what you've read for the day -either from a noted Bible teacher or historical figure mostly. Each page is accompanied by beautiful water-colored floral designs, which makes me feel restful just by looking at the page.

I'm not usually a fan of devotionals - they tend to be fluffy and not practical. "Find Rest" is not like that - the questions delve deep into my soul to help me become a better example of Christ as a wife, mom, friend, woman. This is one I plan to go through again once I've completed it. I don't do that often with any book.

You can pick your copy up on Amazon (and use this link here to support Emmaus Biblical Seminary just by shopping AmazonSmile).

I'm praying you find your own rest this summer, whatever season of life you find yourself.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from your opinions.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cave Tools Hook Rack (review)

I've been enjoying my Cave Tools BBQ brush and vegetable basket for awhile now! The BBQ brush has been in use for 2 years almost; I think that's a pretty good lifetime for a grill tool. I decided to try out their hook rack.

I was hoping to find an unconventional use for the hook rack - maybe hang my daughter's princess dresses on it. I couldn't find a reasonable place to hang it in our house for that purpose. But I also found the hooks to be too close together to use for costume purposes. So I'm still looking for better ideas for that instead of shoving her dresses into a plastic storage container drawer (who needs wrinkled princess dresses?! haha). I also thought about putting it into our kids' bathroom for their towels but the 5 hooks are a little close together to allow towels to dry out (in my opinion).

I went ahead and am using the hook rack for its natural purpose - to hang up my grill tools. My husband did not use the screwdriver that came with the hook (which is super nice!) but used his electric drill. He hung it up in our garage, which is just a few feet away from our back patio and grill.

It is much nicer to have our spatula, grill brush, tongs, etc hung up rather than just sitting on the side of the grill! Who knew? Kidding. This is probably a much more sanitary option, too - always a plus side!

My favorite thing about Cave Tools is their lifetime guarantee on their products. They take customer service seriously, which is a great thing! I haven't had to use this, though, because the products have worked well for me!

Pick your hook rack up today (just in time for summer time grill time!) for 15% off by using the code: HOOKRACK15 . And check out their other products like kabob skewers rack, BBQ grill light, wood smoker box,  and even a portable charcoal grill.

Disclaimer: I received this hook rack in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from others' opinions. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

"Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams" by Pat Williams (book review)

Full disclosure: Before reading "Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams" by Pat Williams, I know I'd heard the name "Coach Wooden" but I couldn't have told you where or what he coached. If you are as uninformed as myself, let me inform you: John Wooden coached men's basketball at UCLA from 1948 to 1975, winning 10 NCAA championships in the last 12 years of his career. Starting his last year coaching for the Bruins, he started summer basketball camps. He wasn't just a name for the camps but the integral part that makes them stand out still to the men and women who coached and attended. That's what "Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams" is about - the impact he made on thousands of lives through these camps. 
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I have learned a few things from reading about Coach Wooden and his camps. 1) I never had a coach like him. I played sports for about 14 years and have had good and bad coaches. Some even cared about me as a person. But none like Coach Wooden. He taught lessons on his teams and at his camps that went beyond helping young people play their best or even good life lessons. He showed them the love of Christ through his actions, his patience, and his attention day in and day out. That's so special. 2) John Wooden was a great coach because he was a great man. That's from the book (can't seem to find the quote) but it is evident! He is the kind of man I want my kids looking up to, my boys to be, my daughter to marry. "I never heard John Wooden say a negative word about anyone. Never. I never saw John Wooden treat anyone less than great. I never saw John Wooden be unprepared. I never knew him not to follow up on a promise he had made." "helping others was his trademark. More than any other trait, Coach Wooden's love for others define who he was and what he was all about."

Some of the things he taught his players seem trivial. He started every season teaching them how to properly put on their socks and shoes. That seems common sense, especially at the collegiate level. However Coach Wooden knew that if a sock was wrinkled in your shoe, it would cause a blister and that could take away from you playing the best game you could. He knew that if your shoe came untied, it would could be wasting time in a game. He also taught his players not to show boat. He did not want superstars on his team but he wanted them to work together as a team. And so the kids were taught that when they made a shot, to. And whoever had passed them the ball. This taught the children, young and older, humility and teamwork. Coach Wooden loved this out; he "deflected credit for his coaching accomplishments, when he claimed he had just "a small part quote and all those championships, he was not merely being humble. He was following his own "pointing rule "and thinking his players. He was giving them the credit – and he was empowering them."

Before reading this book, I obviously had not heard of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. I love how he defined success: Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. "We don't achieve competitive greatness by focusing on winning. In fact, the best way to strive for competitive greatness is by putting winning completely out of our thoughts. Instead, we should strive to leave the building blocks of the Pyramid of Success in our lives, block by block, tier by tier. It starts with industriousness, friendship, loyalty, cooperation, and enthusiasm, and it continues through poise and confidence. If we have the first 14 building blocks of the Pyramid probably laid in our lives, the 15th and upper most block, competitive greatness, will naturally fit into place. " How beautiful is that? Those are all traits I want for me and my children and my grandchildren. 

My only regret in reading this book is that I will never have a chance to actually meet Coach Wooden. And books may tell me a lot about him, but I imagine that meeting him would have been something great.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from others' opinions.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

936 Weeks: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum (book review)

In my years of reading and being a parent, I've come across many books that are so good and touch me so deeply that they have truly transformed my parenting. I've also come across many duds that I couldn't finish because they were either full of bad writing or advice that just didn't fit my life. I had really high hopes for "936 Weeks: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting" by Eryn Lynum.

The premise is that we have approximately 936 weeks from our child's birth to when they turn 18-years-old. Whoa! 936 weeks. Lynum was presented with a jar of 936 pennies on the days her children were dedicated at church. By those calculations I have approximately 360some weeks left with my 10-year-old, 470some weeks left with my 8-year-old, and 780some weeks with my 2-year-old. That's kind of mind-blowing, isn't it?
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As I read through this book, I thought some of it was very idealistic: "And when those children grow up, the pursuits that they choose to chase after will be hugely impacted by how many of those pennies we spend amongst the evergreens and sunflowers." Lynum spends a lot of pages in this book talking about how important it is to get our children outside and into God's nature. While I agree, it's not always that easy. Lynum made it sound so easy to just spend all day every day outside with our kids. "When we surrender our own agendas, stop faking interest, and instead enter ourselves fully into our child's delight with outdoor play and discovery, we rediscover a childlike faith" "Spending our days outside has become an anomaly." While I cannot disagree with that last statement, it's not like parents can really spend so much time in the world of their children outside. I live in Kansas and typically November - February are inside months. This year that has spread to April. And we have agendas - many of you work (moms and dads), many of you have activities for yourselves and your children. I'm not saying Lynum is not right - that sometimes we should take a day off and spend it outside with our kids! However, there must be a balance and writing idealistically is hard on parents.

I also came to realize how young Lynum's children are. Her oldest is no older than 6-years-old. At that age, he may not even be in kindergarten! She hasn't gotten to the point where her boys are in Cub Scouts two times every month (times two boys) or go out for soccer and swim team, have school programs to attend. Add in our adult things - small group, leadership church meetings, etc, and sometimes it feels like family time in itself (inside or outside) is a commodity. That's sad but it's reality. And we aren't even the busiest family we know! Our kids don't play baseball or softball, they don't take piano or go to gymnastics/dance classes. We do camps one time a year in the summer when we have more free time. Family time is worth fighting for - absolutely, but it's difficult for me to take advice from someone with children who are so young. Someone who has hardly seen the tip of the iceberg in parenting. That's not to say this book isn't valuable.

I loved her chapters on "Speaking of Time" which revolved around our mouths, words, and characters as moms. She uses Ephesians 4:29 that says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Lynum says, "Our words hold incredible power. Although we will certainly use them wrongly, we also have the opportunity and responsibility to speak words that will build our children up. It is a high calling but also an incredible privilege to gift our children with words of life, and to witness them flourishing because of them." That's awesome! "Our words are one thing that we will give our children that will last beyond these 936 weeks; words hold the power to influence them for the rest of our days, and for generations." My mouth is one of my biggest struggles so I hold tight to the thought that my words can have power over my children.

My very favorite chapter was called "Chapters." She talked about paying attention to our kids. Really paying attention. While I was reading this chapter, I was sitting outside on our front step with my daughter, eating lunch. I felt her lean into my crossed legs and it was such a beautiful moment. I hope I can remember it when I'm old because it was just so precious to me. And to think I could have missed it by being on my phone (yes, I was reading at the same time but I feel like my books are easier to multi-task with...and I set it down after this moment) or being at work. Please don't take that last part the wrong way; I understand some women have to work. I'm in a very wonderful position where I don't have to and I'm so grateful for that. I would have hated to miss this moment (and hundreds of more I've been blessed to have). "One day we look at our child only to realize that they haven't said a word in a certain way, or asked for that blanket they used to require for bedtime, or worn those footie pajamas they used to refuse to take off, or asked us to hold their hand over the foot bridge." Those are the moments that matter to me. The time I notice when they've grown bigger or are still very small. When I hold my big boy's hand and realize he's only got less than a knuckle to have mom-sized hands. When I hold my little girl's hand and feel it's smallness in my hand, knowing all too well how fast her hands will grow. When I look at the teeth growing in my middle boy or feel the kicks of my smallest in my belly. These are the moments that I will treasure from the 936 weeks.

"936 Weeks" is worth the time it takes to read it. Lynum sheds some interesting light on different aspects that we can be more intentional about in our parenting. Getting outside, paying attention, having adventures! I would be very interested in a follow-up book from her in about six years!!

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. Others' opinions may differ from mine and that's ok! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sports and The Miracle Season (movie trailer)

I grew up in a small town. Seriously small - under 300 people. I graduated with 30some kids and 11 of us went through school together K-12. There wasn't much to do in our town other than get in trouble and play sports. I got in plenty of trouble but I played my share of sports, too.

I started to play t-ball when I was about five and I continued until I was 19. Our team was a town team to start, no tryouts, just pay and join. I always was a little scared of the ball so I enjoyed playing outfield. When a few of us went to the nearest big town to play softball, I started to really specialize in outfield. I loved the feeling of making a big catch, throwing it home, and getting that girl out, too!

As much as I played and loved the sport of softball, it wasn't something I was naturally gifted at like some incredible girls I played with. I had to work very hard to play, especially hit the ball. I was a consistent batter but never anything really special. I liked to step in the bucket (step back a little rather than toward the pitcher) and worked many hours on correcting that fault (which always came back each season).
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I continued to play even a year of college softball until I felt the Lord calling me to other things. That was very difficult for me because, until that point, it was my life. I was known as a softball player and even now, hardly anyone I know knows I played to that level of softball. If you'd seen my clothing during that time, my t-shirts were mostly from tournaments I or my sisters had played in. I even spent several summers umpiring for other leagues; I really enjoy the sport that much.

The camaraderie I felt on a team with other like-minded girls was terrific. I knew I'd have a buddy to hang out with on weekends. I knew that we could talk about anything in the dugout (or swimming pool between tournament games). I knew that my teammates were counting on me to play my best and I couldn't let them down. I never got the most playing time or hit the home run but when I played, I tried my hardest! I worked hard! I went to batting practice and put in the time to learn how to be a better outfielder. I played other positions if we needed me to - first base, catcher, third base. Thankfully, none of those stuck because I really did't like the ball so close to me!

I've put the same effort into running in the more recent years, although injury keeps getting the better of me. But I hope my kids see that effort. I hope they desire to be part of a team and know that they are important to that team even when they aren't the superstar. Chances are my kids are going to be mediocre athletes - and that's ok! I was, my husband was. It wasn't the sport that changed us or grew us, it was the work put in, the effort given, the attitudes behind the sport. I want my kids to give their all no matter what they do - drama camp, art camp, soccer, swim team, Cub Scouts - even playing soccer in our front yard! I want them to try their best - win or lose. And I hope they pick up on having a good attitude no matter the outcome (still working on that one) because this life is not all winning and we all need to continue on with joyful hearts despite setbacks and sufferings and trials.
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There is a new movie coming out April 6 that I hope shares this message with me - getting through the pain with a joyful heart. The Miracle Season is based on a true story of West High School's girls' volleyball team. After the tragic death of the team's star player Caroline "Line" Found, the team must rally with their tough-love coach in an effort to win the state title. I love stories like this - of course, I hate the premise, but the overarching theme of teamwork, devotion, loyalty, and work ethic. I can't wait to see this plot play out in this film. And I also love that this is a sports film for girls - having a daughter now, I want her to see positive role models in the movies!

Director: Sean McNamara
Writers: David Aaron Cohen, Elissa Matsueda
Producers: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Mark Ciardi, Scott Holroyd
Genre: Drama
Cast: Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh, Erin Moriarty
Production Company: LD Entertainment
Distributor: LD Entertainment / Mirror

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