Being a mom comes with great moments. And some just have to be shared. This is not a post about creativity but it is inspiring for parents and for moms especially moms of triplets. My very special boys came into the world 10 weeks early. Their prognosis was less than stellar. I was told they would have mental slowness and physical disabilities. I never once thought anything but perfection, maybe that was naive of me but it got me though each mini crisis.

Yesterday I had a very proud moment one of great triumph for one of my boys -Chip. Knowing what the start of his life entailed to being a great athlete now brings me astounding joy. For anyone that doesn’t know what school sports are like, let me tell you he practices 5 days a week 3 -4 hours a day, then he comes home to home work. Have I mentioned he is brilliant? Um I am not saying that because he is mine, I am saying that because every day he amazes me with his knowledge. I have never known a 12/13 follow politics and be able to speak with knowledge about the issues, kinda freaky!

Okay on to my proud moment-
He is in 7th grade and has played football for 4 years but this year he is a shinning star. The coaches have shown a great deal of interest and care for him. Yesterday was his first game of the season. I have never seen a little boy captain and command a field like this. As I stood on the side lines and watched I could hear the three coaches talking about him. Things like “I think Strader is the only one out there” and “my god that boy has got heart” and “we are moving him into 8th grade football, cause he is too good to be with this level”. With each comment I began to realize what I always knew in my heart. He is bound for greatness! When we went to the coaches after the game they suggested moving him to 8th grade level football, I asked if he would be able to compete at that level? The coach looked at me and said ‘I don’t think you know what you have here, I have never seen HEART like this”.

He came home and let me tell you what makes me ever more proud. He said he didn’t want to leave his team and his coach. His loyalty out weighed his need to feel important or to be praised. I am proud because I feel like these are qualities we instilled. I felt like a good parent last night.

I am proud of all my boys but yesterday it was Chip’s turn to be bragged on.

Thanks for letting me gush.

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