Thanks, Greg, for allowing us the privilege of offering thanks on this "Thankful Thursday" to our precious Lord and Savior!
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I am thankful for 'weeball'. Yes, you read that right. Weeball is like t-ball for 3 and 4 year olds. It has been such great entertainment to watch these little fellas get out there and play and have such a fabulous time doing it. They fight over the ball, they play in the dirt, they chat with each other in the field and they run for the ball even when they are they ones supposed to be running bases! It is hysterical and heart-warming at the same time. I am thankful that I get to watch my adorable little grandson, Eli, have the time of his life out on the ballfield.... or just laying on the ground...
I am thankful that Mikaela plays softball. It has been such a joy to watch her become a great hitter and to really love the game. I was always one of those parents that wanted the kids to just have a good time and not "one of those parents" who got all uptight about the game. I didn't understand people gettin' all excited about "just a game"! I wanted my girls to just have fun and not be stressed about winning. I mean, some parents just get downright ugly out there and I want to say "They're just 7 and 8 years old! Give 'em a break!" But last week, in the heat of the moment, as our team was behind and they had a girl on her way from third to home, I looked up and saw one of our players headed to home plate with the ball and just for a second, I forgot who I was and what I was saying. I heard myself say, "Get her out!" I realized that I had become "one of those grandparents".....
I am thankful that when we do go to the ballpark to watch Eli and Mikaela play ball, there is food! Oh, yeah. Nothing satisfies your hunger like a corn dog and fries from the concession stand. And nothing keeps Mercie occupied better than a little junk food.
I am thankful for these sweet boys. They don't play ball yet, but they are at most games with their mother cheering their older cousins on. There is just nothing like family.