I don’t mind playing USM if Ole Miss is playing them and the games are played on the campuses. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be interested. Some of my favorite memories as a kid were the State/USM games in Jackson. What do you guys think? Of course, we are talking about football here.
Next week, Coach Mullen is allowing the public to attend practices. MSU will practice Monday @ 3:15, Tuesday @ 6:15, Wednesday @ 4:45, Thursday & Friday @ 9:00 am. I am hoping to attend one of the practices. I really want to get a feel of how intense our team is. We play Jack St. in just 4 1/2 weeks. Gameday can’t get here soon enough. Our family and friends are already getting our tailgating plans together. Looks like we’re gonna be spending Game days in the Junction.
Here’s a little article to get you angry (can’t believe how few games they pick us to win): MSU Football Preview.
What an inspiring story? I learned about this last night at the Mississippi Baptist Youth in the Coliseum in Jackson. He’s not old enough to drink, he’s not old enough to vote, but he’s old enough to sail solo around the world. American teenager Zac Sunderland, 17, has become the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe alone. When most kids his age are playing Xbox or hanging out in the mall, Zac decided to achieve his dream. He started his 28,000 mile (45,000 km) voyage from a marina in Los Angeles 13 months ago when he was still just 16 years old, and faced storms, equipment failure, and a close call with pirates before making it back to the same marina yesterday.
How much do I trust God? How much do I trust my children? How much do I trust the training I’ve given my children? Young people aren’t just the future; They are today! Our children can make a difference NOW! “Training a child in the way he should go…” is just that: TRAINING! Parenting is different for every family. For Jennifer and I, parenting is not just about teaching and protecting. It’s about allowing Connor and Anna to face the world alone NOW at age 7 and 3. Most probably call us irresponsible. However, if they’re gonna make a difference, training must start at an early age. The hardest thing for us to do as parents so far, was to let Connor go alone to Camp of the Rising Son in French Camp where he knew absolutely no one. Yes, he did get homesick, missed his sister, and parents. But Connor grew more in confidence in that week than in his whole life previously. Camp, Little Dawgs Football Camp, and MSU Soccer Camp coming up in a couple of weeks are difficult to let a 7 year old experience. It’s been hard for Connor.
It’s the hard things in life that make us who God wants us to be. It’s hard to read your Bible every day. It’s hard to do what’s right. It’s hard to build relationships. Zac’s motto for his voyage was: “Do Hard Things!” So, don’t do what’s easy. The hard things make us better.
This week our family wraps up a busy week. It’s been a crazy summer so far. The chaos hopefully ends today with the closing ceremony for Vacation Bible School at our church and Jennifer finishing her Comprehensive Exams today in Hattiesburg to complete her Masters of Music Education Degree at William Carey University.
This year’s Bible School has been great. The theme: “It All Comes Back to Jesus” has focused on stories about Peter in the Bible. Our church workers have done a fantastic job and I’m sure everything will be wonderful tonight for the closing ceremony. Last night the kids really got involved during the worship time. How I wish adults would put as much energy into worship as the children did last night.
Jennifer has worked hard to do well on her exams today. I’m sure she’ll pass with flying colors. Her expertise in Music Theory, History, and Voice Training has definitely improved with this degree. It’ll be a nice celebration August 8 at the Graduation Ceremony.
The Summer still holds some busy moments, but there will be some separation for us to recover before the school year begins (7/17-Youth Night; 7/27-MSU Soccer Camp; 8/1-Waltman Wedding; 8/8-WCU Graduation; 8/9-Revival @ Union BC; 8/10-Vacation for Mom & Dad).
And yes, Jennifer and I will reward ourselves with a vacation. It will be the first time we’ve taken an overnight trip, just the 2 of us, since 2004. We’ve not been able to properly celebrate a wedding anniversary since moving to Meridian. So, here we go on a 5 night Carnival cruise. I can’t wait!
Love is in the air everywhere I look around...The Love Boat!!!