The first part of the year found T.Puzzle winning his school’s spelling bee. As a fifth grader he went on to place ninth out of thirty-six at the county level with mostly 7th and 8th grade competitors.
T.Puzzle has always been a good student and leader, but in many ways, he is more content configuring Legos or playing video games. However, with our move to Texas, he has come into his own. With his academic load increasing in amount and rigor, he is exceeding all our expectations. Mad Dog and I have been amazed at his growth and maturity. But do not worry, his unique brand of humor remains fully intact:
Full Speed’s first year participating in track had all sorts of life lessons woven into it. It provided great fodder for WFAM, but truly, it helped him learn about honoring commitments and to not take life too seriously:
Over the summer he attended a three-week high school honors class at Northwestern University. He received high marks and a glowing summary report from his instructor. It was a growth opportunity not only for him, but for me, too. Letting go of your children in any capacity is never easy:
Full Speed’s transition into his new school has not been without challenges. But really, even in the best of circumstances, is the life of a middle schooler a breeze? It took a bit, but he is finding his way. It helps he is now a team basketball manager. At a recent tournament, he was gifted the championship trophy by his team and his coach:
Mad Dog continues to demonstrate exceptional leadership within his new role at work. It may have taken a while for his title to reflect the scope of his responsibilities, but this never hindered his passion and commitment for lifting others up to their highest potential while making a positive impact across the globe. Despite all this awesomeness, on occasion, he still needs to be supervised:
I would happily follow Mad Dog anywhere. Even though I mean this, moving to a new city and state has been quite the shake-up for me internally. Now that I feel like my boys are in a good place, I think I can finally exhale. My only goal for the new year is to make sure I appreciate the blessings I already have. If I stop and soak in the prayers already answered, I could not ask for one thing more.
Not one thing.
May your 2019 be filled with all the love and adventure you seek and may your dreams, if not already here, find their way to you as quickly as possible.
Happy Holidays, Y’all!