Yesterday Eleanor had her last soccer game of the season. The team she has played on since kindergarten fell apart this year and they didn't have enough girls to make a team this fall. A few girls from our elementary school had to join another elementary school's team. It was a little scary for the girls but they did great. Kevin offered to help coach the new team and it turned out to be a great season of learning and growing and new friends. For both Kevin and Eleanor. I'm grateful for Kevin's commitment to our kids and his desire to connect with them.
My girls do not have actual first cousins, but they have do have Leah who they call their cousin. She's the most amazing cousin I could've dreamed up for my kids. She's the role model as a parent you pray you'll find for your kids. She's patient, strong, hard working, enthusiastic, passionate and has such a wise way of looking at life. She gives Kevin and me hope that all of this very exhausting parenting work will give our girls the same foundation on which Leah stands. Leah has parents who rock! Not saying Kevin and I rock but we're doing our best and shooting for the starts...aka Leah! I am grateful for Leah and so happy that she has chosen to have such an important part in the girls' lives.
For a baby
In May, the girls will have a cousin! A baby boy is joining our family and we couldn't be more excited! Meredith, who always has a little gift for the kids, surprised us last week with a puzzle for the kids to put together. The puzzle announced the arrival of a baby!! Excitement ensued and technology helped to share the news across the miles between St. Louis and Dan and Beth in Kansas City and Blake in San Francisco. I'm so grateful that I get to be an aunt!