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August 2013

When God Works

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you might know that the Sims family has moved three summers in a row.  And you might know that when we move, it can be a monumental mission:  it's only us and our stuff, eight kids, a few pets and Grandma, after all. But what I want you to know is how God moved us this time.  To this house.  

Last fall, just a few months after we arrived in Virginia,  the Captain was driving around, praying he could buy me a house (

Scholarship Diva: Attn. High School Sophomores and Freshmen

For the third summer in a row, the Sims family is on the move.  A local move this time, but like my friend, Mary Kay, pointed out, you still have to get everything from Point A to Point B.  Boxes fill the house, the walls are getting bare, but we are so thrilled and thankful for our new home.  I can't wait to blog about the way it all unfolded. 
 
But since tomorrow is moving day, I am glad today is Scholarship Diva day.  Here's what high school sophomores and freshmen should be working on now to land those college scholarships.

Peru

Mary and Emma returned from their mission trip to Peru late last night. The original plan was for a Saturday return, but the flight was canceled, rescheduled, then canceled again.
 
They boarded the plane in Lima on time for a midnight departure on Friday, but the pilot soon announced there would be a delay due to a broken windshield sensor.  "Four hours later, we were allowed off the plane. We had had half a cup of water, no sleep and some stress," Candie, the team leader, wrote in an email.

Attention High School Juniors

The Captain and I closed on our new house yesterday.  Then we took the kids over to play in the yard and scope out the rooms (now that it's ours).  The boys threw the football, Dorothy tried out the swing set, and Hope toddled around the yard like she knew she was home.  But that's a blog for another day. 

Once again, I'm sorting, packing, hauling, and cleaning.  So it goes without saying that I am happy it's Friday and I can welcome the Scholarship Diva.  Today she talks about what high school juniors should focus on right now to land that college scholarship.

Falling in Love. With Football.

Ben brought his pads home for me to wash today.  Smelly, dirty, grungy. It reminded me all over again how much I love football season. 

Before I had boys, I could take it or leave it.  But when I saw what the sport does to them; for them; in them.  I fell in love with football.  

As a tribute to the start of the season, and a salute to my wide receiver, here is my Philosophy of Football.  The years have passed, but I still love it. 

I spent my childhood immersed in football.
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