I’m Gonna Miss This

It’s funny the things we notice when we’re looking. The things that get our attention and stop time for a moment. Sights, sounds, smells that whisper, “This is something to stop and soak into the depths
 of who you are…something to remember.”
For me, it’s the rhythmic clink-clack of golf clubs slung on the backs of my boys as they walk the course. They walk, and I follow, clubs clink-clacking…me, breathing it all in.
It’s the sound of summer…the sound of fall…the sound of boys – young, healthy, and strong for this moment…doing what they love.

It’s the sound of little brothers looking up to big brothers…and dads walking alongside.
It’s the sound of me, following behind…soaking it in.

SGM Golf Outing 2011 ~ Blessed Beyond Words!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011, we held the fourth annual Sufficient Grace Ministries Golf Outing at the Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida, Ohio. There were more than fifty people in attendance at the outing and dinner following. Thirteen teams of golfers participated and several people joined us for dinner, including a very special family, The Vollmers. There were more than thirty hole sponsors and co-sponsors, a beverage sponsor, and a dinner sponsor. Many great door prizes were donated as well.

The golf outing itself raised about $3,000. But, there was another surprise in store for us. In addition to the golf festivities, Dan and Nancy Vollmer hosted a raffle in memory of their son, Michael. And we had the privilege of their attendance at the golf outing and the announcement of the raffle winners. The Michael Clifford “Peanut” Vollmer Memorial Raffle was supposed to benefit Sufficient Grace Ministries and The Nathan Michael King SIDS Foundation. However, Bradley King sent a letter to the Vollmers and requested that all of the money from the raffle would go solely to Sufficient Grace, since we are local to the Vollmer family. Dan and Nancy are such amazing parents, and have done so much to honor the memory of their son, Michael. So many families have been helped already by this generous family….but the past several weeks, they have been working to do more.

And, they did…much more. Above and beyond anything we could have imagined…

After Nancy shared the touching story of Michael’s life, and some equally touching words about how Sufficient Grace ministered to their family during their time of grief, we drew the names for the winners of the awesome prizes donated by the Vollmer family:

1st place Archie Griffin autographed jersey: Val Schulze
2nd place Archie Griffin autographed OSU football: Denise Doenges  
3rd place restaurant gift card: Summer Banks

So, would you like to know how much the raffle raised to support SGM?

$3,365!!!!!!!!!

We have a big God…and wonderful friends. The Vollmers and their beautiful friends and family blessed our socks off, along with all of our own generous friends. It left me speechless…for a few seconds at least! ;)

So…combining the golf outing and the raffle, $6,365 was earned for Sufficient Grace this weekend! Woot!

It didn’t rain on our parade. In fact, quite the opposite. The sun was hot and bright. The skies were blue. And our cups overflowed with blessing (and strawberry lemonade of course), as laughter continually spilled from our mouths…and just a few sweet tears fell as we remembered. After an opening prayer, the golfing and goofing were on!

Team Sufficient Grace was on par this year.

There was Raechel “Watch out for that pothole” Feehan…

And Nicki “Yeah, I golfed 18 holes with the same ball – what!” Strunk…

Dude…where’s my ball? I dunno dude…
Kelly “Drink your own pop” Gerken
Brooke “Clutch Hitter” Amspoker
                                                    And James…”I’ll be your caddy and hit great shots to save the team”
My Tims (in the middle) and their team, coach Kyle McGraw and Paul Wright…
First place winners…Mark, Mike, Denny, and Ben
Second Place…Jimmy, Wally, Dave, and Gary
Third Place went to Mike Gilsdorf’s team…only two are pictured here, though…
Special thanks to the men who joined us from our Harvest Fellowship Family…
I didn’t get to see Holly and Kristina a bunch, but I did get a quick hug…and a whole lot of laughs from viewing their pictures. I don’t know what was going on, but these girls looked like they were getting their fun ON!
                                                                                 

                                                                                         

To view many more pictures, visit the Sufficient Grace Facebook Page.
It was another great SGM Golf Outing…and we can’t say thank you enough to all of you who made this amazing event possible.

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SGM Golf Outing 2011

We are so thankful to everyone who has given their time, talent, abilities, financial resources, and most of all prayers to help support Sufficient Grace Ministries and to help make this outing a success. Thank you for helping us offer comfort and hope to grieving parents all over the country and beyond. ~ Tim, Kelly, Becki, & Holly ~ SGM

Special Thanks to:

The Russ and Renee Wenzinger and our Harvest Fellowship Church family

All of today’s golf teams

Greg Klausing and the wonderful staff at Country Acres Golf Course

Becki Burner for the delicious strawberry cake and all of her support throughout the year

Melissa Hill for taking pictures at the event

The Micheal Clifford “Peanut” Vollmer Family ~ Dan & Nancy Vollmer

                                                           
Beverage Sponsor ~ Deitering Landscaping, Inc.

Dinner Sponsor ~ Ned & Tracy Sponsler

Hole Sponsors

In Loving Memory of Kathy Rutter

In Loving Memory of Faith, Grace,and Thomas Gerken

In Loving Memory of Kelly Michelle Sponsler Daughter of Tracy and Ned Sponsler

Haas Family ~ In Loving Memory of Carleigh and Jordan Haas
In Loving Memory of Jordan Bodey
In Memory of Michael Clifford “Peanut” Vollmer
Sufficient Grace Ministries
Rodenberger Funeral Home
Floral Art ~ YourHome Decorating Store ~ Downtown Napoleon
Teresa Rohrs ~ Optometrist
State Farm Insurance – DarleneSteiner
B.A. Miller & Sons Trucking
Avina Specialties Inc. ~Embroidery and Silk Screening ~ Napoleon
Pro-Tec Coating Company ~ Leipsic, Ohio
The Parry Family
My Forever Child
Davis Farm Services
Dave and Brooke Amspoker
Brian and Nicki Strunk
Glenn and Toni Christiansen
TNT Body Shop ~ Deshler, Ohio
Mark and Tracey Schwiebert
Corn City State Bank
D.S. Nickels Inc. ~ ElectricalContractors ~ Dave Nickels
Isaac Delisle Foundation
Zachrich Funeral Home
Richard and Sue Souvenier
Jimmy and Lisa Niese
Madge Schmidt ~ In Memory of Dekar Ezri Schmidt
Verhoff Machine & Welding Inc.
Sunderman & Rode ~ Attorneys at Law
James Kieffer



Door Prizes & Donations

Subway ~Deshler
Ron’s Super Valu
NAPA Auto ~ Deshler
10K Korner Mart
My Image Salon
Marathon~ Deshler
Defiance Regional Medical
Roses & Ribbons
Christman Brothers
WalMart~ Findlay
Meijer~Findlay
Blue Flame
Sufficient Grace Ministries
Country Acres
Deborah Pucci
Russ & Renee Wenzinger
Candy Creations Bouquet~
Teresa Brown
Henry County Hospital
Widewater

SGM Golf Outing 2010 and A Big Thank You!!

The third annual Sufficient Grace Ministries Golf Outing was held on June 19, 2010 at Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida, Ohio. Prior to the event, the forecast was a little bleak. Many prayers were offered up on behalf of the weather, and every other detail of this day. As late as the night/morning before at 2:00am, the hourly forecast for last Saturday showed chance of storms in every hour’s slot. I folded the last golf towel, said a prayer, and went to bed…unsure if all the last couple month’s of planning and praying were going to result in the outcome I was hoping for or not…but trusting that God was big enough to take care of our concerns.

The next morning, after a night of blustery storms, I awoke to check the hourly forecast once more, and found that the storms in each slot had been replaced with sun, sun, sun!!! That, my friends, was a Daddy’s little girl moment. Believe me, I know things don’t always work out the way we plan…and God has a plan that doesn’t always fit ours…but, I still love to praise Him and give Him glory for the blessings when they come! As a matter of fact, it’s good to praise Him in the sunshine and the rain! And, boy did He bless that day…not only with good weather, but with good friends, generous supporters, delicious food and fellowship, and a whole lot of fun…even if some of us have a golf game that is slightly lacking!

Team Sufficient Grace finished last once more, but we gave a valiant effort…especially the two expectant mamas (Holly and Raechel) who were such troopers…and the two first time golfers (Becki and Holly)! Thanks girls…love you!

Even with pulling out the big guns…

James “If Your Team Can’t Do it, Just Par the Hole By Yourself”…

Holly “Keep on Smilin’ and Keep on Swingin’” Haas…


Kelly “I hope the people living near the golf course have good insurance…FORE!” Gerken…

Raechel “Long Drive” Feehan…

and Becki “Six Iron” Burner…

Thank you to Country Acres Golf Club for the delicious food and to Becki Burner, owner of Floral Art for the scrumptious strawberry cake…

Talking with my hands, again…

Ten teams totaling about 40 golfers joined us for the event…

First Place ~ Billy, Tim, Mark, and Daryl…

Second Place ~ Ryan, Scott, Chris, and Dustin…

Winning the tie for Third Place ~ Tim III, Tim II, (my Tims!) Mark, and Paul…

Tied with…Gene, Ron, Tony, and Russ…


We are so thankful to everyone who has given their time, talent, abilities, financial resources, and most of all prayers to help support Sufficient Grace Ministries and to help make this outing a success. Thank you for helping us offer comfort and hope to grieving parents all over the country and beyond. ~ Tim, Kelly, Becki, & Holly ~ SGM

Special Thanks to:
Russ and Renee Wenzinger and our Harvest Fellowship Church family
All of today’s golf teams
Greg Klausing and the wonderful staff at Country Acres Golf Course
Becki Burner for the delicious strawberry cake and all of her support throughout the year
Melissa Hill and Holly Haas for taking pictures at the event
Ron Rutter for his continued support

Beverage Sponsor ~ Deitering Landscaping, Inc.
Cart Sponsor ~ Rodenberger Funeral Home
Hole Sponsors
Rodenberger Funeral Home
In Loving Memory of Kathy Rutter
In Loving Memory of Faith, Grace, and Thomas Gerken
Ned and Tracy Sponsler ~ In Loving Memory of Kelly Michelle Sponsler
Floral Art ~ Your Home Decorating Store ~ Downtown Napoleon
State Farm Insurance – Darlene Steiner
B.A. Miller & Sons Trucking
Horizon Eye Care
Teresa Rohrs ~ Optometrist
Avina Specialties Inc. ~ Embroidery and Silk Screening ~ Napoleon
Pro-Tec Coating Company ~ Leipsic, Ohio
The Parry Family
Marge and Harry Tussinger
Todd and Kelly Bodenbender
Dave and Brooke Amspoker
Brian and Nicki Strunk
Glenn and Toni Christiansen
TNT Body Shop ~ Deshler, Ohio
Mark and Tracey Schwiebert
Corn City State Bank
D.S. Nickels Inc. ~ Electrical Contractors ~ Dave Nickels
Marie Myers
James Kieffer
Debby – http://wwwforyourtears.blogspot.com

Door Prizes:
Subway- Deshler
Pisanellos – Deshler
Ron’s Super Valu
NAPA Auto
10K Korner Mart
Howard Spangler
My Image Salon
Marathon
The Golf Shop
Lima Memorial Hospital
Spengler’s
Roses & Ribbons – donated flowers in memory of Kathy Rutter
Carolee Isaacson
Sufficient Grace Ministries
Country Acres

Thank you to the Harvest Fellowship Men for supporting SGM…

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the generous sponsors who gave to support Sufficient Grace, to our friends and fellow golfers, to everyone who prayed or offered their time and talent! Sufficient Grace was blessed with more than $3,000 thanks to the generosity of those who gave. God is faithful and His people are pretty awesome, too! We hope everyone had a great time, and hope to see you next year!

*You can view more pictures of everyone in attendance that day by visiting the Sufficient Grace Facebook Page.

Timothy’s Golf Skills, Stuff That Makes Me Happy…and a Giveaway

Yes…I am a little proud of my oldest son’s mad golf skills! How cool is this video he made in the backyard? I thought you might like it!

I don’t have much to say that’s earth-shattering here…but I thought I’d keep it simple and maybe do something fun and random if you’re up for it. That’s about as deep as I can get right now.

It’s been on my heart lately to find joy in the little things. So, here’s the deal: I’m going to list five things that “make me happy”. They have to be in the simple, little things category. I’d love to hear what makes you happy, too. So, if you’d like to play along, list five things that make you happy in the comments below…and you will be entered to win a signed copy of Lynnette Kraft’s wonderful book, In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me. For a chance at a second entry, become a follower of this blog…or let me know in the comments if you already are a follower! I love a good giveaway! Giveaways make me happy!! =)

What Makes Me Happy (this week)?

1. Fresh tomatoes…mmmm, mmmm…good.
2. The smell of my kitchen after I’ve baked cookies all day (and the satisfied tummies of my family after they sink their teeth into the goodies!).
3. Cleveland Browns football (Even more so in the rare event that we win! And triple if we beat the Steelers…sorry September! Quadruple if Brady’s playing!)
4. New school supplies (especially pink post its).
5. Laughing with friends.

O.K….your turn…What makes you happy?

Sufficient Grace Golf Outing 2009 Slideshow

Thanks so much to our friends at Marshall Photography for making this awesome slideshow of the Sufficient Grace Golf Outing 2009. And thank you to everyone who supported this event…including our sweet blog friends for your prayers and support. We are also so thankful to MckMama for her recent generous donations and for sharing about our ministry. Please continue to keep her sweet Stellan in prayer.

Thank to everyone who has given their time, talent, abilities, financial resources, and most of all prayers to help support Sufficient Grace Ministries and to help make this outing a success. Thank you for helping us offer comfort and hope to grieving parents.

Special Thanks to:
Ron Rutter for your continued support
MckMama: http://mycharmingkids.net
Beverage Sponsor ~ Rodenberger Funeral Home
Cart Sponsor ~ Patrick Capital Management ~ Patrick Keedy

Hole Sponsors
David and Brooke Amspoker
Davis Farm Services
Ned and Tracy Sponsler ~ In Loving Memory of Kelly Michelle Sponsler
Floral Art ~ Your Home Decorating Store ~ Downtown Napoleon
State Farm Insurance – Darlene Steiner
B.A. Miller & Sons Trucking
Horizon Eye Care
Deshler Optometry
In Loving Memory of Kathy Rutter
In Loving Memory of Faith, Grace, and Thomas Gerken
Avina Specialties Inc. ~ Embroidery and Silk Screening ~ Napoleon
Pro-Tec Coating Company ~ Leipsic, Ohio
The Parry Family
Marge and Harry Tussinger
Spenglers~ Napoleon, Ohio
Spencer and Stacy Delisle ~ In memory of our son, Isaac Timothy ~ October 7, 2008, 8:33-8:49 am ~ Psalm 107:19-21
Team-Up Embroidery, LLC, Deshler, Oh (Owner Kim Rosebrook)
Marshall Photography ~ www.marshallphotography.org
In Loving Memory of Carleigh McKenna Haas ~ http://carleighmckenna.blogspot.com

Others Who Gave:
All of Today’s Golf Teams
Harvest Fellowship Church
Chris and Mary Koppenhofer ~ Website
Tim and Becki
Kaye, Joyce, Jacie, Cindy, and Marlene
Dawn Marshall for taking our photos today
Greg Klausing and the Wonderful Staff at Country Acres
Beck’s Construction Co.
Becki Burner for making the delicious strawberry cake!

Door Prizes:
Lynette Taylor
Whirlpool Corporation
Henry County Hospital
Subway
Ron’s Super Valu
10K Korner Mart
Connie Sue’s Flower Shop for donating the beautiful flowers
My Image Salon
The Wright Insurance
The Golf Shop

A Sneak Peak of the Sufficient Grace Golf Outing…and I’m Gonna have Fun Like It’s My Birthday!


Just wanted to thank everyone again who supported the Sufficient Grace Ministries Golf Outing! And a special thank you to my friend, Dawn Marshall, who baked in the hot sun photographing the event for us! Love you, Dawn and can’t wait to get the photos so that I can share them here! But I do have a sneak peek of some pics that I took with my own little camera.

There were 8 teams or 32 people participating in the event.(a little down from last year when we had 13). There were twenty hole sponsors, a (non-alcoholic) beverage sponsor, a dinner sponsor, and a cart sponsor. Door prizes were also donated. I haven’t run the final figures, but Sufficient Grace probably earned between $2500-$3000 from the event! Thanks everyone!

The day began with a rain storm, but there was sunshine by tee time and all was well. My golf game, however, not so much! Team Sufficient Grace, the only all-girl team finished dead last! But we had a blast. There were chunks flying and giggles galore. It was a great time. And we are so thankful for our sweet friends who could share the day with us!

Here are a few pics of team Sufficient Grace. Stay tuned…when I get the pictures from Dawn, there will be more pics of others who shared the day with us.

Kelly “Chunkalicious” Gerken (because of the way I hit…not a reference to my body type which may or may not be a true description!) When I hit, chunks of ground fly up in protest. This misery went on all day…but I kept smiling. =)

Nicki “Scoots” Strunk (also in reference to hitting)
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Raechal “Fee-Fee” “Ice-Ice Baby” Feehan (Fee can hit off the tee further than any girl I know…except for sometimes Scoots who also has the uncanny ability to hit like a man, when not scooting, of course. Thanks for carrying our team girls.)

Becki “sink that putt” Burner who lended both her putting skills and her caddy skills to the day in addition to her delicious strawberry cake, which I will be enjoying for my birthday today as well.

Remember my motto, if you can’t be good at something, you better at least look cute doing it. I think that was achieved!

And…fun is also required!

And now…I’m off to have fun like it’s my birthday…because it is!

Thanks again to everyone who helped support the event! There will pics of sponsor signs and an official thank you listing all those who gave posted soon. Love to all…

Aye, Aye, Aye…a Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Aye, Aye, Aye! That’s all I can say about the sad events that have NOT transpired on the golf course the past couple weeks. On Mother’s Day, I did NOT skip unto the golf course with my pink golf bag and matching pink accessories with high hopes for some good golf and quality family time.

I did NOT proceed to play as if I’ve never touched a golf club before, instead of playing like someone who has attended the Women’s Golf Clinic three years in a row and who golfs weekly…in a couples league. No way…that was NOT me.

I did NOT continue to play horrendously and want to shout and say words I don’t normally say! I did NOT proceed to get increasingly irritable as my ball would sadly roll just a few feet in front of me with each wholehearted swing attempt. When I totalled the score card at the end of the round, it was not determined to be quite arguably the worst game in the history of my extensive (read: pathetic) golf career. Furthermore, my eight year old son did NOT legitimately and quite heartily beat me…on Mother’s Day…dashing my high hopes for a good day of golf. The Tims did NOT thoroughly enjoy the display!

And…this weekend, I did NOT have a repeat performance of the aforementioned worst golf day ever…during couples league…at our home course…where other human beings could witness my demise. Of course…that’s impossible. There is no way to golf this hopelessly bad two weeks in a row. I did NOT golf worse than when I began the game. It was NOT like playing crochet or ping pong (if you count the balls ricocheting off the trees when they did make it in the air…and coming right back at me!) I did NOT state rather definitively more than once that I hate golf and will never play again. I did NOT almost break the cardinal rule of golf…”There’s no crying on the golf course” more than once. Tim did NOT proclaim that I almost really was playing crochet when the ball almost went through two sign posts on a tiny sign. The ball did not instead ricochet off the sign and fly to the right on the side of a hill. I did NOT laugh hysterically at Tim’s proclamation…so hard I could barely swing the club. The scenery was NOT so beautiful that it took my breath away…and I did NOT thoroughly enjoy the time with my Tim, despite the stench of my golf game.

I did NOT seriously consider naming this post, “Why I Hate Golf”. (Remember the post when I pledged my undying love to this wretched sport?) And I most certainly did NOT beg my husband to call and get me a lesson with Tony at the Golf Shop before I set foot on the course again. No way…I would never.

You will NOT find me in the yard trying desperately to correct the problem when I should be doing the laundry. I will NOT be the one with the bandaid on my ring finger covering the spot where the skin ripped off yesterday from swinging the club too many times. After all, it’s only a game. I wouldn’t let something so minor get to me! No way…NOT ME!

Have a great NOT ME! MONDAY, all…thanks for stopping by!

Why I Love Golf…And Some Random Spring Pics

O.K. you caught me…this post was originally written “in the beginning” of my blog days. But, I feel confident most of you have not read it: a. because no one was reading my blog back then and b. because most of you probably are not drawn to a post entitled “Why I Love Golf…”. So I think it’s safe to re-post as a Wednesday’s Walk! If you are among those who do not love golf, I encourage you to read anyway. There may still be something for you! To share your sweet memories, please visit Lynette by clicking below:

The love affair began with the first ping….the beautiful sound of the club connecting with the sweet spot of the round dimpled ball. And it happened…the glorious white sphere flew up into the air and soared against the blue sky just like it was meant to do. Never mind that it took so many agonizing chunks and duffs and whiffs that resulted in the ball rolling a few feet in front of me before it happened. Never mind that I had only made the beautiful connection once out of fifty swings. Never mind that sweat was dripping down the side of my face and my arms were aching. It was too late…I was forever bound with this exhilarating, exasperating, humbling, enticing, equalizing game they call golf. That night, I stayed at the ladies’ golf clinic (the one Tim had encouraged me to attend) long after everyone else left…long after blisters formed on my hands and they started bleeding. I asked for a band-aid and kept swinging.

I know what you girly-girls are thinking…ewww sweat….ewww blood! Let me tell you something…I am the queen of girly-girls. I was the girl in gym class that made the athletic boys groan with impatience when it was my turn at bat in wiffle ball. I am not one who regularly works out. I am not very coordinated and no one would ever mistake me for being athletic. The thing is, most of my life, I have avoided making attempts at sports or anything that I knew I wouldn’t be particularly good at. And here’s the reason…I can’t stand to not master something. It’s fine for me to say I wouldn’t be very good at something I’ve never tried before…but it’s another thing altogether for me to try and fail. It drives me crazy to not “be good” at something once I’ve tried it. I’m not competitive with others so much as myself…I want to do my best.

I know…prideful and petty though it may seem…God is using this pathetic trait of mine for good in my life. And learning to step out and try things that are not in my comfort zone is part of His plan for me. After all, our determination and perseverance comes from having high standards of excellence. And, while the Lord is often allowing me to be humbled and reminded of my imperfections and incompetencies despite my strong bent toward perfectionism…I press on.

Like so many who have fallen into the captivating clutches of the seductive game of golf, I decided to work at this game so that I could get better (or at least not completely embarrass my family on the course). And in the process, I have become utterly and completely smitten with golf.

Our entire family golfs. Tim…who incidentally is good at everything he does… a natural athlete with high standards of his own. The difference is that he is almost always able to achieve the standards with his grace and quiet, strong confidence. Timothy…who shares many of his father’s athletic traits (except that he golfs and plays baseball left-handed)…he eats, sleeps and breathes golf…his attention to detail and mental focus …his swing is beautiful, smooth and graceful and he has learned so many lessons that are applicable to life as he grows on his journey toward manhood. James…who at age seven hits the ball about the same distance as his mama…he has a natural swing, and a sweet serious, focused look in his eyes as he approaches the ball. He has learned so much on the course about patience, selflessness, waiting your turn, respecting others, self-control and being quiet (which doesn’t happen anywhere else in his life…the quiet part, I mean!)

And me…sometimes I can really hit it, and most times I really CAN’T! When I can’t, I’ll be in the back yard until after dark trying to do it right. Does that mean I do it well? No…but I won’t give up. The other important note: all of my clubs, bag, hat and accessories are pink, cute and girly…even my golf balls. Girl-style is encouraged in golf. The best part of my golf swing is my follow-through. Whatever happens in the beginning and the middle, it all seems to fall together in the end. I guess that’s kind of indicative of our walk with the Lord…lots of stuff happens in between the beginning of our lives and the end. He uses all of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly…he shapes and molds, comforts and heals, forgives and cleanses, grows and strengthens us…gently making us into a new creation in Him. And because of Jesus, when the Father sees us …we look just like we were created to be…and everything just falls into place. We are beauty from ashes to Him…we were the joy set before Jesus…His reason for enduring the cross, despite the shame. And because of Him…for those of us who have placed our trust in Jesus, our follow through…our ending is perfect and secure.

More reasons why I love golf…

1. The golf course is like land-scaping art work. It’s a display of God’s creation that truly, majestically honors the Creator. The different shades of green contrasting against the blue skies. The trees gently blowing in the breeze. The fluffy clouds…the rolling hills. It’s breath-taking. It fills me with peace.

2.Because it’s something my family loves. We can enjoy being together…learning patience, humility, integrity, and grace at the hands of this marvelous sport.

3. Golf is revealing. If you golf with someone, you can peek into the windows of that person’s heart and soul. What kind of personality do they have? Do they have a temper? Are they honest? How honest? Are they thoughtful? Detail oriented? Focused or easily distracted?

4. Golf is humbling…even those who are very good at it can have a bad shot, a bad round. Behind every joyous, victorious success there are several moments of discouragement and defeat.

5. Golf is a test of will, mental strength, and perseverance. How much are you willing to endure? Can you shake off the bad shots? Can you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again?

6. Just when you are about to give up…just when you think your love for this game could turn to hate…it happens…that perfect ping and soaring ball. And your hope and determination are renewed. And you vow to press on in your quest, not to master but to relish the game.

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And now…some springtime fun, including a light saber battle. And James taking pictures of mommy standing beside our tree which bloomed in full this weekend.




Happy Wednesday Walking and Happy Spring!