Sunday, September 28, 2008

far from the tree

you may remember our first foray into team sports, when jack attended soccer camp at the beginning of the summer. i alluded to the fact that fall soccer was most definitely in our future.

the moment has arrived, and saturday was opening day of Fall Soccer 2008! i don't have the car magnet yet, but go ahead and call me *soccer mom.*


from the moment the kids got started with warm-ups, i was absolutely in awe of jack's talent on, and off, the field. this kid has an athlete's body - long and lean, built not only for speed, but for tricky footwork and maneuverability.


he loves
to get
psyched up
before the game.



he is often right in the middle of the team, someone to whom the other kids naturally gravitate, and he handles this with grace...



...even when he doesn't feel like being the center of attention.



he's a natural athlete, and i find myself questioning the "laws" of nature. he is fast, where i am slow. he is driven, where i find myself distracted. he has endurance, where i am winded.


he is humble. and i could not be more proud.

18 comments:

Michelle said...

a busy fall it shall be! wow, he suddenly looks so grown up! great photos. they told the story perfectly.

Amy said...

I loved this post, Lelly. And it makes me realize how long we've been blogging now because Jack is NOT the little guy he once was!

Kim Sue said...

"soccer moms unite!" - here's to having fun outside using the bodies God gave us...have fun!

patsy said...

He's so cute!! I love that hair... that cuteness- you have in common :)

Sandy said...

Great post!
Yay - you're now a soccer mom!

Jill said...

I enjoy being a soccer mom. It's really something to see my kids out there playing, working as part of a team, making progress, being active and loving it all.

Lene said...

What wonderful post.
Jack looks like a natural out there on the field.

The monkey bunch said...

Soccer moms are the coolest- although they tend to be a wee bit busy when soccer season comes around! hee hee!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I LOVE this post, Lelly. It is so well written and articulate. The pictures are perfect for the captions (the one not wanting the attention was funny). Oh, I enjoyed this.

Do you have lipstick?!

Liz Davis said...

Well, there goes your weekends! He looks like he really is having a great time!

Jenmomof4 said...

Ditto what Kim sue said!

"Soccer moms unite"

Becky said...

What a lovely post about Jack! Great photos by the way!

I love Jack's hair and he certainly does look grown up like the others have commented. You are a great mom :)

wende said...

you are both darling...i think you must have that in common! i love the photo of him in the middle of everyone, it's so telling of his personality. great post.

MaryRC said...

how blessed he is to be a natural athlete. my poor son is a bean pole, but LOVES sports, football the most. But he excells at soccer. Have fun on the field.

Janiece said...

Congrats to Jack! It is wonderful to watch nice kids succeed in something they enjoy!
Hey, and have fun being a soccer mom! Life is good!

Alisha said...

Yep, my son didn't get his athletic abilities from me, either.

But Jack certainly has your eyes and facial features!

What a great post.

michelle said...

Wow, what would it even be like to be a natural athlete?? I agree with whoever said that he looks so much older than I remember!

Rebekah said...

you are one proud mama! go jack!