Let’s talk about volleyball.
We are already deep into the school volleyball season over here, and this is how these girls feel about that little fact:
Ok, not always like that, because there are always some growing pains with a new team.
The other day I was talking with a friend about our kids growing up and leaving.
We were talking about how interesting (and beautiful) it is to watch the next-oldest kid take the oldest-kid-at-home position after their older sibling leaves. You wonder how it’s going to go, and then they just mature and grow and blossom and you realize, “oh yes, they can do this!”
I think the same thing happens with volleyball each year. At the end of the season we mourn the departure of those big heavy-hitters who we have grown to love so much, and wonder how in the world the next group will ever fill their shoes.
And then we watch the work of growing and learning and guess what?
They do fill those shoes.
Sure, in a different way, and with different talents, but each year I love watching this process.
So many seniors graduated last year and we have a new coach. So this team has had some work to do to figure things out, still do.
But man, this is a cool process.
And it’s so weird that now MY girl is one of the seniors…
So weird to see all these seniors lined up on the wall replacing last year’s banners:
Learning to lead and motivate and lift (she and her friend are the co-team-captains and she’s learning so much).
And hitting her heart out:
On top of the season games we’ve had so far, we had a big multi-school scrimmage and two weekend tournaments as well so this team is definitely learning and growing.
I love watching the energy develop and grow.
And come together as a team cheering each other on.
Some fun spectators:
In the last tournament Claire got selected for the “All Tournament Team” which was a pretty exciting honor.
We got to feed the team at our house (the families of the girls take turns on game days):
Fun to run into club teammates through all this. By this time Claire knows so many of the kids on other teams.
She sure makes this fun for her mom and dad 🙂
Part of me wants everything just to slow on down.
Why does life have to move so fast? Especially that first game when I walked into the gym, my heart cinching up because I knew it was the beginning of the end.
But gradually I’m just learning, like these girls, to lean into it.
And celebrate the here and now while it’s here in front of me like Claire is below:)
I get to be along for the ride!
Go Claire, and GO HAWKS!
On a completely unrelated note, speaking of letting kids grow up, today is the day my little “class” airs as part of the “Get Organized HQ,” talking all about transitions in motherhood.
You can find out all the details (and sign up to hear all the other speakers too for FREE) by clicking HERE. If you want to hear the speakers from the first few days you can check out the All-Access pass HERE.
I have a huge clean-out planned for our house this weekend inspired by those presenters, they are awesome.