Tuesday, August 2, 2011

1000 Gifts: The Championship

Truly, my cup overflows.
And I am undone.
God is SO good... He leaves me nearly speechless.
But not quite :)

"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me.

The 2011 Long Course Age Group Championship
Christiansburg, VA
July 28-31


The opportunity for all three boys to compete in their championship meet
Cheering for Big Man via the telephone, as he swam in Charlottesville while Bub & Noh-man swam in Christiansburg
Big Man's new title-- the Backstroke Champion (according to his coach :) after winning the League title on Friday
A superb team of families... of coaches... and swimmers
FAST (the team)
For Noh-man... racing hair. Or perhaps-- Uncle Dave hair? Either way... a lack of hair.
And Uncle Dave, who drove from South Carolina to cheer for the boys
And Aunt Wilma, who held down the fort at home so that Dave could come to the meet
The YMCA for a little pre-race fun
And time together to ease the stress.
God's peace amidst the storm. His presence during the fight.
Prayers for His best... whatever that may be
And His faithfulness, His blessing, His goodness... even when things didn't turn out as we hoped
Comfort and certainty... the assurance... that He has something better...
because His ways are always higher, His thoughts are always better, and His plans are always greater than anything we could ever imagine on our own
Three fighting spirits
Three champion-sized hearts
And my sister-in-love's reminder-- Man looks at the outer appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Just in time.
Philippians 4:13
"No fear!"
Crazy hard lessons learned, especially for Chris and me
And their courage untold, their determination... magnified, & more character demonstrated in a span of two minutes than most adults display in a lifetime.
And the opprotunity to pursue them.
Competing with the best in the state... and coming out at the top
God's hand of deliverance-- like David and Goliath
Answered prayers
A coach... from another team... who cared
The prayers of loved ones, the encouragement of others, and the little kindnesses offered throughout the day that display His love in mighty, mighty ways
Brother cheering for brother, praying for brother, hurting for brother, persevering for brother... LOVING brother more then himself
And the privilege of parenting such fine young men
Life... shared.
God's grace.

"Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations;
I will sing praises of your name."

2 Samuel 22:50

and the list goes on...


Stacie said...

beautiful list. beautiful photos. beautiful family.

gretchen said...

LOVE YOU!!! and YOUR FAM!!!! It looks as if Lolli is waiting her turn while Chris takes care of Noh-man's head. :) Awesome pics... sorry to see Pops didn't take one for the team and shave as well. Where is his sense of team spirit anyway? Read your list and my heart ached for seeing your family - teared up and everything. Miss you terribly. Love you guys! Way to go boys! Big hugs from SEVA!!!!

60 toes said...

love those. Our MD LC Champs meet starts on Thursday down here in St. Mary's county. Miss you all.

Linda said...

Oh Heather - I am so proud of them with you. Your gratitude list reads like a beautiful story of faith, courage and grace. I don't know the details, but I know your heart. I am rejoicing and giving thanks with you!

Our family said...

I love the list and the amazing pictures!!!!

Christine said...

Sweet friend! You passed one thousand! Congratulations! You're a fighter, a champion. No wonder you have such fine boys! :) Your family is a testimony for Jesus in that place and it is such a beautiful thing to see. Love and hugs to you this day and always.

Catherine said...

Sounds like an amazing, wonderful, blessed time! Glad to see some updates on your summer, family, life :) I'm sure you and Chris are so proud -- you are certainly raising 3 wonderful young men, and Lolli, too!

Kellie said...

Oooo... I'm jealous you guys got to be indoors! : ) I so wish we didn't live half way across the country - I'd love to hang out with a swim mom like you who has such a heart for Christ and passes that on to her children. Congratulations to you all on a great meet and to you for passing 1000!

The dB family said...

Where are the tissues when you need them? Beautiful words and beautiful photos!