What We Really Want to Be
Every year from December through the end of March, I feel like I can’t catch my breath. No matter how hard I try to keep our schedules manageable, it is just crazy! Jian’s wheelchair basketball season has been going SO well and is so fun to watch! She practices 2 nights every week, and we travel for lots of weekend tournaments. I love how she thrives on the court. She thoroughly enjoys playing and feels so free out there. She especially loves defense and prefers guarding the most challenging athletes!
Sixth grade continues to be the most stressful year so far. The amount of time and effort she puts into her schoolwork is quite overwhelming. I have had several parents tell me that middle school is actually more difficult than high school. I don’t see how that could be possible, but I hope it’s true!
Faith continues to be her care-free self. She heard about a Drama Camp that was going to be held at the high school one Saturday and asked me to sign her up. She walked right in, not knowing anyone there, and didn’t miss a beat. She also had the opportunity to represent the Make A Wish Foundation and drop the first hockey puck for the Birmingham Bulls Hockey Team about a month ago.
And just this morning, she hit the first tennis ball over the net at another Make A Wish fundraiser at the Riverchase Country Club. She loved being in the spotlight and felt very “famous.”
Jian had a birthday this past weekend, and for her party she wanted to take a few close friends to a pottery-making class. They had such a fun time, and the teacher was fabulous! As she was showing the girls how to use the pottery wheel, I was struck by her words. “You have to be really strong when you’re working with the clay, because it is going to want to do something else.” After she worked with the lump and started forming it into a recognizable object she said, “See? You’re just helping it grow into what it really wants to be.”
Jian and I will leave tomorrow for two weeks of intensive spinal cord retraining therapy in Baltimore. She has been working with PT here each week and has improved her strength and tolerance with standing on her left leg by using the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill. One of her major goals is to be able to support her full body weight through her left leg, at which point she could stand and potentially take some unassisted steps.
From Baltimore, we will fly to Chicago where her team will play at the Wheelchair Basketball National Tournament.
Once we get back home the first of April, I plan to catch my breath a little…just in time for the girls to be out of school for summer break the following month.
Sometimes I find myself thinking back to simpler times. I look back at myself a decade ago, wanting to go in a different direction just like that clay. But there was a greater vessel I would become if I would just trust the Potter to shape me. And like that clay, He was just helping me grow into what I really wanted to be all along.
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8