Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall soccer

Another season down. The boys played fall soccer, and they had their last game on Saturday. I have to admit, I'm going to miss it, even the early Saturday morning games (maybe). I have loved watching them play together on a team, learn to be leaders and listen to their dad as a coach. Lots of lessons to be learned in sports!

Ethan is getting so much better - we can see a definite improvement from last season! He has a lot more focus this year, and he can control the ball a lot better, keep it in bounds, etc... I think he scored at least once every game, so he was pretty excited about that!

At the beginning of the season Dave had lots of talks with him about being a leader among his teammates. They were a sweet but silly (and easily distracted) bunch of kiddos - and we noticed right away that Ethan usually just followed the crowd and joined in on the goofing off. It was neat to see him take his dad's advice and try to lead by example, to put his best effort into everything, and to encourage the other players to get into the game.

That is something we've been praying for the Lord to produce in Ethan's life. Every morning when I drop him off at school, we pray together and I ask the Lord to help him stand up for what is right and to make right choices even if other kids aren't. And sometimes, when it's his turn to pray, he prays for this too. :)

Simon was able to play this season too - a year early (usually they start them at 4 in this league), and only because Dave was the coach. He was so excited. And honestly, for a 3 year old, he is pretty good - he made a few break aways with the ball, and did a good job as goalie. Mostly he just followed Ethan around.

Which I thought was just super sweet. :)


Jessie said...

So sweet, I love big brother little brother sweetness :) I am excited to have Ben and Asher play together soon.

Anonymous said...

I think that is neat that you pray with them and try to teach them to be leaders for good. God will bless that. Mom

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you and Dave are trying to instill godly character in your boys and are teaching them to think about those things even while playing soccer.
After all, "thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."...and when thou playest soccer too!

Melissa said...

I loved reading this Rachel : ) May the Lord encourage your heart as you and Dave seek to raise up godly men! Praying for your family.

~ Rory ~ said...

It was so fun to read that you pray with Ethan before dropping him off at school! I do the same thing with our boys! Such a good reminder for them (and me too)! We've been talking a lot with the boys about how the words they say and the things they do will affect the testimony they have for the Lord. Your stories are such an encouragement!