Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Coach's Work is Never Done

 One of the things that drew me to Kirk when we were first dating was his sense of humor.  I appreciated it more because it was not, and likely is still not, a well known personality trait outside of his family.  My brother, who has known Kirk for more than 10 years, commented at Christmas on his sense of humor and how he 'didn't realize' what a big part of his personality it actually is. 

Another trait I cherish about Kirk is his hard work and dedication.  This trait is clearly demonstrated every day of his life as I'm sure the HVA baseball families can attest to.  And he does not just apply this to his professional life, it is a mainstay of our personal life as well.

As parents we want our children to inherit our best traits and dodge those that we dislike about ourselves or our partners. I am happy to say that a sense of humor is one trait that Whit has in spades - and all from his father. You can still make the argument that behavior is learned and reinforced, but it is difficult to deny an innate behavior when it is clearly demonstrated in one so young. And if behavior is learned, then Whit has no better example of patience than his mother and of work ethic than his father.

When pondering the title of this particular blog post I wavered between many titles and I think this video demonstrates my choice nicely.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Whole New Year

I've been trying to write this post for several days but I shouldn't be surprised that we are more than a week into the new year before I'm able to write a new post.

The 2010 Holiday Season was just as busy and wonderful as I had expected. My nephew made his debut on December 28th, 2010 and we were all over-joyed to meet this beautiful little soul. As many can attest, I was nearly breaking down the door to see my sister and her new baby. I understand what a challenge it must have been for her to be more than 250 miles from me when Whit was born.

Life continues to progress although faster than I would like.  The fact that Whit will be 7 months old in just 5 short days took me by complete surprise when I looked at the calender the other day.  I have enjoyed watching him grow into a little person and begin to reveal his unique personality. 

Traditionally, people start a new year with a list, be it short or long, of things they want to change about themselves or their lives.  Being more than content in my current situation, and understanding that more than 70% of 'resolutions' are not actually undertaken, I have decided to start a new tradition for myself.  This year, instead of dwelling on those things that have been unhappy or that I may want to change my goal is to focus instead on all of the wonderful things I have been blessed with. It seems logical to me that this is the way to cultivate happiness in your life.

As I look back on 2010 I am thankful for a loving husband and a caring family. I am thankful for a tremendous church family and a fabulous life group. I am thankful for good friends who always seem to be there. I am thankful for a terrific employer who has been more understanding and flexible that I probably deserve.  I am thankful for my overall good health and that of my family.  I am thankful for the miracle that is the little boy sleeping peacefully on the couch right now.  And most of all I am thankful for another year in which to enjoy all of the blessings in my life. 

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed 2011!