Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours,
Merry Christmas!

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  I John 4:9-10

Catch up

I have a confession to make.  It's been so long since I've blogged that I actually forgot my blog address!

Seriously, I sat down to post and couldn't find my own blog on the worldwide web.  I typed in what I thought was my address, but I found someone else's blog.  But I truly thought it was my blog being hijacked!

I'll blame that brain fart on the Nyquil I took 14 hours ago.  I think it's safe to say I'm a little sensitive to that drug, and I should not operate machinery or make any major life decisions for at least 24 hours after popping those meds.

 Now that I know my blog is safe and sound, let me catch you up on our world.

The biggest news is that this brace face...
 is now metal FREE!
 Liam's braces were removed about 6 weeks ago.  We're very happy with the results, and I swear if that kid doesn't stop growing up....  I just need to squish him down to his old peanut size.

That sweet boy has had some tough life lessons to learn this Fall.  Not a lot of it I can share with the world, but suffice it to say, his heart and mind are being forced to mature as fast as his physical stature.

One such life-changing event I can share is that Liam had to give up his dog, Marshall.
As much as Liam and I loved Marshall, the chaos that he brought to our home was tremendous. The straw that broke the camel's back was when he scratched Winston's cornea while playing. He just didn't understand how rough and wild he was. After a great deal of prayer, Rick and I agreed to find Marshall a new family. Thankfully, the Lord led me to a family that's crazy about the pup. I grieved for Liam a great deal over this, but he has handled his loss like a champ.

We still have this ugly character anyway.
But the past few months have not been full of only heartache. When the Texas Rangers went to the World Series again, Lil Ron Washington was called up for more interviews.
 Liam was interviewed by 3 or 4 different local news crews.  He was also given two tickets to game 4, where he was featured on the MLB network's "Intentional Talk".  You can view a clip here.

He enjoyed being Lil Ron again, but we were all ready to go back to our normal life once the Series ended.  It took us a couple weeks to grieve our Rangers' horrific loss, but we have since recovered.

People often ask me how the little boys handled Liam's fame.  Jackson and Garrett were occasionally jealous, but no more jealous than I was of the fact that he and Rick were able to go to the game without us. 

J&G were busy enough with their own baseball season anyway.
They played for the 7U Dirtbags, and Daddy was their head coach.  They ended the season with a 9-3 record.

Garrett still loves the game and will be trying out for an elite team this Spring.  Jackson wants to exchange his baseball cleats for soccer cleats. 

And the thought of having all 3 boys on 3 different teams almost makes me hyperventilate.  I have to remind myself to breathe, or else I might give myself a stroke before the spring season even arrives.
Something else that makes me hyperventilate is the Aggies' loss to tu on Thanksgiving day.  Neither team played well enough to win, but thanks to poor officials, we lost our final game against our arch rivals. 

Good bye to the orange and the white!  Good luck to the dear old Aggies!  We're gonna need it as we move to the SEC.

In a nutshell, that's the past 3 months of our life.  We're gearing up for Christmas, our favorite time of year, and trying to remember the real reason for the season.

Now what kind of trouble can I get myself into while I wait for the Nyquil haze to lift?