It was just yesterday I was carrying this guy in my arms.
Every day he’s growing more and more into a young man-standing inches taller than me now.
And even though I can’t carry him in my arms anymore, I’ll always carry him in my heart.
It’s such an honor to watch him grow into who he was created to be.
He sat down with us last fall to share some of his future hopes and dreams.
After some research and a visit to Salina Tech, Reece applied to their welding program.
He met with his counselor and several teachers to get everything lined up and to meet the requirements for admission.
He kept us posted along the journey, but went through the process entirely on his own.
Last week he received his letter of acceptance into the program, it was such a gift to watch him open his letter and get the good news-his smile was priceless.
Reece has had a tough year. He was injured in wrestling in January 2020. That injury ended his freshman wrestling season. He worked through the injury with therapy and strength training and returned to football in the fall. Football was also a struggle for him. He fought nearly constant pain and went through a fall of ups and downs fighting the injury.
By the end of football season, our 15 year old knew he was faced with making an adult decision about what to do next.
He considered his future if he continued to overwork and abuse an injured shoulder.
We talked and prayed and sought more therapy. Reece ultimately decided to sit this wrestling season out.
That was a hard decision.
Several years ago Reece had to go in for surgery. It was meant to be simple and uncomplicated, a surgery that would give him relief and an escape from being constantly sick.
His recovery from that surgery took weeks.
He was so sick following the operation and I can still remember my six year old Reece saying to me, “I didn’t think it would be this hard.”
As a parent, it is so hard to watch our kids struggle and it’s so hard to not be able to make things better like we did when they were babies.
But I’m convinced it’s in these moments they grow the most.
And it’s in these moments we grow the most.
God uses it all to refine and sanctify our lives.
And because the struggle often makes a mark on our memory bank, we can look back and remember just how, with His help, we persevered.
❤️MHS Football photo credit Eldon Clark