Missing my Nashville babies
and becoming quite sentimental
as I thumb through the
pages of my scrapbooks
(yes, no digital scrapbook for me).
This is my (our) son,
He calls me when he wants and needs to talk
about life stuff.
He calls his daddy when he wants to talk
about fun stuff.
In our 35 year of marriage,
there were some difficult times
as would be expected.
During one of those years,
as a little fellow,
"Mommy, are you and daddy
going to get a divorce?"
(Divorce, no. Kill him, yes!)
"No honey, what makes you say that?"
"I'm just gonna tell you,
if you do get a divorce, I'm going to
live with my daddy."
His daddy taught him
how to live life
through the game of baseball.
Before he could hold a bat,
he was running the bases
and sliding into home plate
at his daddy's softball practices.
These were his Daddy's rules for living:
"Keep your eye on the ball."
"Sometimes you'll get hit hard.
Take the hit and move on."
"Don't just stand there, swing the bat
and run with all your might."
"Watch for the opportunity to steal
and take it."
"Be a Team Player."
Chad incorporated some these values
in his Salutatory address
at his high school graduation.
1. Keep your eye on the ball.
Keep your eye on the goal.
Chad was always goal-oriented.
"Let us keep our eyes on Jesus,
the Author and Finisher of our Faith."
"Do you not know that in a race only
one gets the prize. Run in such a
way as to get the prize."
* I can't seem to find the reference.
Very early, he said he wanted to
Play college baseball
(He did, even though his coach
said he wasn't college material),
Be Valedictorian of his class
(He missed it by only a few points.)
Be a doctor
(He decided he wanted to be a husband and daddy first
and became a Physicians Assistant.)
2. When life throws you a curve ball,
take it and move on.
"Endure hardship as discipline,
God is treating you as sons."
Life has not always been easy for Chad.
He was an ADHD child.
He had many fears
as the result of someone who
threatened his life
over a "don't-tell-anyone 'secret.'
or I'll kill you, your mama, your daddy and your cissy."
He spent many years in therapy.
God healed him completely.
(That's a different blog post
that will never be posted.)
3. Swing and Run.
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded
by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily
entangles us and RUN with endurance
the race that is set before us."
His daddy taught him well,
and the determined young man
has become quite the spiritual leader
of his home and role model
for this precious one!
A great husband and daddy.
Thank you letting me share my heart
these past few days.