Browns in September 2008
School is in full swing so our first weekend we took the opportunity while Aunt Tori and Uncle Tyler and Rachel were here to hit the lake one more time. There is actually a great little lake near our house called Indian Lakes. They have paddle boats, slides, diving boards, grill pits, picnic tables, volleyball nets, and tons of shade trees. We invited several of our church families to go with us spending the whole day out there. The kids loved it! (Again, no pictures, so hopefully we will remedy that soon.) But, you can just imagine how much fun it was with all the kids playing and the moms chatting and the dads trying to show out on the diving boards. The weather was perfect and no sun burns.
Then, I started volleyball season, so we get a little hectic as usual. We made several birthday parties this month; one to Keegan and Colby’s fire station birthday. Jalen’s friends are mostly next month except for Ben Hicks. He’s had a lot of play dates, though.
We celebrated Grandparent’s Day with Grandma Edgmon, too. What a day! We ate lunch twice and spent lots of money on new books at the Scholastic Book Fair. Tricky how they get those grandmas in there. Jalen and Deserae look a lot alike in the picture! The kids have been going to Nathan’s gym after school so I can get to my games on time. Brodie’s love for ball, needless to say, has grown since then. He actually climbs up in Nathan’s chair in the evening and makes him turn on a football game to watch together. He never moves. He just sits right by his dad and watches every play as if he knew what was going on. A coach in the making I’m sure. He likes to watch baseball and basketball, too, but seems to know that football is in season. Soccer started this month, too.
Deserae is on an all girls team which seems to be less distracting for her. She’s one of the best players on her team, but is starting to wonder if she is missing out on some social event by playing too much soccer. Her coach is amazing and she’s made some great new friends like Myka. Jalen absolutely loves soccer playing his heart out every game winning all of their games so far. He’s got moves if you’re ever in town to see them, you should stop by! And Tallin of course is doing awesome in Pre-K now that she has adjusted. She gets smiley faces everyday and enjoys her days learning that, “hands are for helping, not hurting.” I think we’ve moved on to cooler social and academic projects.
Nathan and the kids came out to our Greystone 5K at the end of the month. I came in 10th out of about 40 women and 26th overall of 78 people with a time of 27:16. It was so much fun! A group of ladies from church and I have been training for 10 weeks in a fitness group, running, biking, swimming and eating healthy (haha) to prepare for the race. They are all so tough. What a challenge! I think they are all addicted now. I can’t wait to run Memphis again. I am training to run under 2 hours this time, so hopefully I’ll be ready!
Women’s conference was that day, too. It is unbelievable how many great things happened in one day. We must keep working towards our goals here and for eternity. The Lord loves us and wants us to be happy and healthy. If we continue to prepare, though we may not become perfect in this life, we will be ready for our chance in eternity. I’m so grateful for the understanding of the priesthood leaders in my life, especially Nathan, who know of the load we women take upon ourselves so willingly. I’m proud of my family and our ambitions to convert the city of Cabot to the desire of learning more about his gospel. I’m proud of Caleb for going on his mission to prove to my children its importance and all the dads before him. With this legacy of priesthood, our world will survive the pains of these latter days by shining with pride in our hearts to continue the work. We love all of you! Until next month….which I hope to accomplish before the middle of November this time. J