Friday, February 18, 2011

Jorboy, #21

Last night ended our basketball season.

It is bittersweet.

Our church sponsors the Upward Basketball program. It is a faith based program that mixes ball with sharing the Gospel. My hubby has been the minister in charge, the last few years. He and the director of the program, at our church, have spent three nights a week for the past few months up at the church gym. A lot of planning, organizing and time has been spent. And it has been well worth the efforts put forth. It was an exciting season and we grew in numbers from last year. Not to mention that kids and parents heard about the love of Christ during every practice and game. Can't go wrong there.

Yet, we are tired.

It is bittersweet for me, because although I am ready for the season to be over, this was my baby's last season to play with Upward. (It is for kindergarten through 6Th grade) One more reminder that my boy is growing up. Last night I took my camera one more time, for some last game shots. You will have to forgive my photography. I still can't figure out how to get great action shots in our gym, with my camera...

Jordan had hurt his knee the night before at AWANA at church, during rec time. He insisted on playing the last game anyway. I don't think anyone else could tell it hurt him at times, except mom and dad. Then he jammed his finger. It was a tough game for him, but he was determined and ended up having a lot of fun anyway. He is one tough kid!

The games start with prayer and they ended with prayer last night. I could not pass up this photo memory. My favorite picture of the night, seeing young hearts praying before a game.
Jordan had a great season. They practiced hard and played hard. His team was undefeated.
Way to go #21! Mom and Dad are very proud of how you played this year.


Jim said...

Sis & Jor,
Thanks for the update. Jor, looking good! Now, I suppose it will be some other major activity to keep you busy, huh?

Love you,


Kellie said...

That is great!! We have Upward teams around here, too. Glad he had the chance to go out with a "bang" so to speak. You captured great shots! :)

Kristin said...

That sounds like such a great program and I am sure all the kids were so blessed by it. I love that last picture of them praying!

Bridget said...

Good basketball pictures! Our basketball season is over, too...I miss it... :(

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

Glad that he had such a good final season! My older kids played Upward also. Fun times!! :)

Sharon Sloan said...

Oh that is bittersweet. Upward and Awana are great, Word-centered ministries for children. Great foundations are being built!!

Congratulations to Jorboy! :) We hope his leg heals quickly!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I remember all the basketball milestones in our household; some sweet, some not so much. We're a very competitive family, and basketball is our favorite. I can't count the number of miles I've put on my van traveling all over the state, but every one of them has been worth it to share in the sport with my older sons.

Now, we're working on a younger generation, and funny thing is, it doesn't seem as fun. Poor tired momma. I'm just about over it!


Mocha Momma said...

Long time since I've been by. I love this post about Upward basketball. What an awesome ministry.

Your son must have had a great year and I hope his wounds heal quickly.

God bless you & yours.
Mocha Momma