Sunday, April 28, 2013

Call Me Crazy!

A few of my friends commented that they hadn't seen me blog lately.  I usually have some life experience that inspires me and if I don't get it down soon then I will move on to something else.  A lot of times, I write just so I can get some thoughts out of my head.  It is nice to know that some of you can relate to my experiences and I do appreciate those of you who keep reading when I don't make a lot of sense.

These last few days have been crazy, but again, I learned some life lessons in the process.  I have always told myself  to never say never.  I find when I say that one word that I wind up choking on it later in life.  I have choked a lot on that one word since I have had kids.  I have also been known to do some CRAZY things in my life.  Recently I joined the crazies overnight to sign Bo up for football.  I never did this for Christian and he played 3 years of peewee football and turned out just fine.  But Bo wanted to play with his friends so in this particular case there was a limited amount of spots and he said he wanted us to try.  So for about 2 weeks Bryan and I contemplated on whether or not we were willing to stand in line for this.  We tried every way to talk ourselves out of it.  But I thought to myself about all of the crazy things in life I have done before.  Why should this be any different?  I begged my mom in jr. high to buy me some high dollar (at the time) pair of Guess jeans because everyone else had some.  I threw some cd's out of my car window at my ex-boyfriend because he made me mad. I did a bungee catapult in Cancun my Senior year in High School.  I stood in a long line to buy Garth Brooks concert tickets which happened to be one of the best concerts I have ever seen.  I have gone black Friday shopping at wee hours of the morning.  I have dressed up in a buddy barrel costume at church and did the cabbage patch down the center aisle.  I get up at 4:40 to go to a 5 a.m. boot camp three days a week and all my night-owl friends think I am nuts.  I will spare you with any more examples because some are just better left unsaid.  My point is,  I have done some crazy things over my life. So I loaded up an overnight bag and headed to sign ups. 

We could only go on Friday since we had to work but what we didn't know was that a friend of ours stayed overnight to hold Bo a spot.  She did not tell us because she knew we would not agree to it.  When Bryan found out, we didn't know whether to be mad or give her a hug.  It was one of the most sweetest, generous acts I have ever been on the receiving end of.  To know that someone cared that much about us as a family that they would sacrifice their time for no benefit of their own was beyond words of appreciation.  I also was able to be a part of a group of people who watched out for each other.  Everyone was so nice and would offer food and drinks to everyone there.  It really was a great experience minus the lack of sleep.  These last couple of days showed me just how much I am thankful to be a part of a team.  I am not just talking about a sports team.  I am talking about a team of people who pay it forward.  I have a team of parents, friends and family members who have my back.  They pick my kids up.  They feed them.  They cry with me when I hurt for one of my kids.  They rejoice with me in my triumphs and lift me up when I am defeated.  Most of them share the same family values and serve the same God I do.

There are those who think this is insane and that we come across as a bunch of crazed sports parents.  What's funny is that I didn't see any parent out there whose kid was not smiling or who was kicking and screaming saying they didn't want to play.  I can say that I have never forced my kids to play anything.  Although, deep down I do wish I could make them both still play baseball.  I do encourage them to stay active because there are many health benefits to it.  I do push them because naturally they probably would rather sit in the air-conditioned house and play video games all day.  I also push them because you need people in your life that raise your standards and make you want to achieve higher goals.  I personally like the commitment and dedication that most extra curricular activities teach.  I admire the die hard runners who get up at the crack of dawn and run the Fred Hartman bridge.  I respect the agricultural students who feed their animals mulitple times a day and go to shows.  I am in awe of the kids who have a study book in their hand at all times and fit every advanced class in their schedules.  Most of all, I commend the parents of these kids.  I commend the parents who are a part of whatever their kids choose to do.  I commend the parents who drive all over town picking up school project materials, who stay up washing uniforms after a full day of work, who run a taxi service for kids needing rides, and who cheer as loud as they can for every kid.  Go ahead and call us crazy!  You are right on!  I don't know if I could get everything done if I wasn't a little on the looney side.  I am crazy about the Lord, my church family, my friends, my family, and my kids.  (And most of all crazy about my man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  Bryan sat down and added this line.  He is crazy too!

I want to say thank you to all of the people in my life who love me for who I am.  You may do some things that I think is nuts too but I will love you any way.  Jesus only gave us two commandments.  He told us to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind and soul and to love others as yourself.  I am thankful for the love you have shown me and I hope that you know that I love you too.

Blessings to you from this crazy lady!