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906825_10201159476297539_742330727_oYesterday I experienced some of the most vivid physical and emotional responses of my life as I watched my daughter compete in her first ever cheer competition.

There was one tumbling pass she was struggling with in practice the last couple of days, so I was talking her through it beforehand and praying like crazy as time approached for her squad to perform.

My stomach was in knots as I waited for them to take the floor.

As they started their routine the cheerleader in me took over and started yelling and cheering them on.

As they finished the first part of the routine and were ready to start the second part, there was a malfunction with the sound system and their music didn’t start. But they didn’t miss a beat, they started doing the rest of the routine to counts.

When Anne landed her troublesome tumbling pass, I was ecstatic!

They hit every stunt, their moves were sharp, their tumbling was great!

I was such a proud cheer mom! The adrenaline was running high.

And then we heard that because of the malfunction and their wait for the music to start, their routine went over on time and they would be penalized for it.

All of us parents were hurting for our girls. We were angry because it wasn’t their fault. And they did so well!

And then we got the word at the end of the day that on their first competition of the season, they qualified for state! But they didn’t place in the competition.

Talk about feelings and emotions all over the place!

As I sit here on the couch reflecting on the events of the day, I wonder what it is like up in heaven as God watches us. Does he have those up and down feelings as he watches us choose right and wrong, watches us thrive and fail, watches us jump for joy and cry out in pain?

I believe that He has such joy in His creation that He can’t help but be ecstatic when He sees us being the people who He created us to be, when He sees us loving one another the way that Christ loves us. I believe that His heart breaks to see us hurting, both when we make poor choices and when we have done nothing to deserve it.

And I also know that through all of the good, bad, and in between in our lives, God is present and “works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Our girls are strong, and they showed that strength as they continued their routine without music, and as they reacted to the reality that they may have placed in the competition were it not for the technical problem. They will use this as a jumping off point, and they will be back stronger than ever next week.

If you are feeling like life is hard and out of your control, know that in the midst of your circumstances, God is at work. He is bringing His good into your life and is cheering you on as you proceed down the path that He is leading you on.

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Dear Friends,

Can it really be December of 2010? This year has just flown by. I remember mom telling me that the older you get the faster the years go, but I am not sure I believed her until this year.

Anne, who will be 10 in January and is in 4th grade this year, still loves to dance, play basketball, and just generally have fun. Her summer was spent at camp: Family Camp with Ty and I, church camp, and basketball camp. She had so much fun, but I was ready to have her back home. She is really starting to grow up and Mike and I are so proud of the young lady she is becoming. (She was the subject of this post, if you want to read about her.)

Ty and I spent some quality time together at Children’s Hospital in May, when we discovered he had a serious infection in His knee. (You can read more about it here.) But thanks to some great doctors, surgeons, nurses and meds, within a few weeks, he was back up and going again.  He played baseball  this summer and flag football this fall. He was super excited to start first grade and to turn 7 years old. It hardly seems possible that he is that old already.

This year, I completed half marathons 3, 4, and 5 (the fifth one in Alabama Thanksgiving weekend with my family—including Mom and Dad—cheering me on); I renewed my love of theater by playing Renee in the female version of The Odd Couple; and I have begun blogging more regularly. I am still at the church—10 years this fall—and loving it and have also been doing some preaching at some little churches nearby.

Mike is now in year 7 at Carlisle Syntec. He is doing well and has filled his free time with kids, golf, hunting and fishing (as always). New this year was a boat that he and my dad bought so between working on it and fishing from it, he has been a happy guy. (Anne and Ty might be a little happy, too, since he did buy them a tube to use when we take the boat out sometimes.)

As I have looked through pictures and reflected on the last 11 months I am so grateful for our family, friends, and the time that we have had together this year, and I look forward to even more memories in 2011. We hope and pray that you have been blessed this year and those blessings will continue as the new year begins.

The Ennen Family

Mike, Chrisy, Anne and Ty

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Friends

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Friends
Current mood: busy

 

I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I need more friends to just be silly with. And that the ones I do have that afford me this luxury, for the most part, live entirely too far away (Jenny, Crissy & Darren!). Sometimes I want to have a serious conversation, but sometimes I just want to do absolutely silly stuff and laugh hysterically as we capture it all on film. Yes, I can do this with my children who are 7 and 4, but it isn’t really the same thing.

Sometimes I think that the adult relationships that we make are skewed by the fact that we are all trying to be adults – adults that have it all together. But the fact is we sometimes need to let go and just have a little fun.

One of my favorite times recently was going to see Enchanted with a few of my girlfriends. Now, that was some silly fun, but not nearly enough. We all “grew up” again right afterwards.

(Of course the second half of this problem is finding the TIME to be silly, but that’s another subject altogether!)

Currently listening :
Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
By Stephen Schwartz
Release date: 16 December, 2003
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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Who are we?
Current mood: pensive

So, I have been thinking a lot lately about who I am. Am I the person that I was in high school – somewhat boy crazy, attention-loving, do my own thing, not care what people thought person? Am I the person I was in college – crazy, fun-loving, somewhat out of control person? Am I the person I am now – settled, working wife and mother, trying to do what is right? Or would I even be the person I am now without the past?

I have been talking to some old friends that I haven’t talked to in years. And some of those friends and I parted on not great terms. Yet I want so much for them to know that I am not the same person I was back then. I am so much more sensitive to the feelings of others. Regardless of the fact that I am self-confident, I still wonder what people think about me and want people to like me.

This book I have been reading has really got me to thinking about being the person we claim to be. One of his comments is “Do I want social justice for the oppressed, or do I just want to be known as a socially active person?” Hmmm.

And then I start thinking about authenticity. Which is better – to live a life of apparent “holiness” or to live an authentic life that may fall short of holiness? For me, I think I would rather that people saw me as an authentic person who struggles to live a life that is pleasing to God. It’s hard to be good all the time. We were created for good, but it doesn’t come naturally because of the fall.

What do you think?

Currently reading :
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
By Donald Miller
Release date: 17 July, 2003
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