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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

Took A Lot of L's...

… called 'em lessons never took a loss

September 14th & 15th, 2018, was Fort Osage High School’s Homecoming football game and dance. Homecoming is a great tradition rooted in the welcoming back of former classmates (alumni) and celebrating the common tie that will forever bind them together. My wife is Fort Osage High School Class of 1996. My daughter will be Fort Osage High School Class of 2020. They will forever be Fort Osage Alumni. They will share that bond forever. I’m a little jealous of them…

On the fourteenth, there was the football game. Fort Osage fought hard. They were facing the North Kansas City Hornets. The Red and White Brigade marched a great performance. The cheerleaders and Indianettes were supportive and did a great job getting the crowd involved. The crowd didn’t actually need much help being involved… they were rocking. The King and Queen were crowned at halftime and they are such wonderful young adults (all the royalty were). It was an amazing atmosphere that I was privileged to be a part of.

The game came down to the last seconds, and what looked like it could end up being a win turned to a loss on a last second Hail Mary. While the L stung, hopefully something was learned. It reminds me of one of my favorite passages from the bible.

Philippians 3:12-14

“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,  I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

I need to keep fighting, just like the football team will. I need to forget all the mistakes I’ve made and strive to keep moving forward (just like the football team did)(They won the next week’s game btw!) Below are some images of the game.

On September fifteenth, the Homecoming dance took place. My daughter decided to attend the dance this year. She went to courtwarming last year and really enjoyed her time. I’m glad that she is stepping out of her comfort zone and doing more at school. (sometimes I worry that she is too much like me and doesn’t want to be around people). She decided that she was going to get a group of friends to attend together. Once the group was formed, they asked if I could take some pictures of them before they went. How could I refuse?!

We decided that Waterfall Park near the Bass Pro store here in Independence would be a wonderful place to capture some amazing images. We decided on the time and then I began to scour the internet for ideas. I’ve done pictures for couples going to a dance before, never a group.  I looked up several that I liked, and planned on how I would make them happen. I have also noticed that I’m better at thinking up things on the fly. Several of the images below are from my preparation, others were conceived on the spot.

This group of friends that my daughter has are amazing. I coach several of them in track, and know almost all of them through school. They are the kids that are always visible, always helping, and always doing what they should. I’m proud that Talia has picked such a good group of friends!

The whole Homecoming concept reminds me of Hebrews 11 and 12. There are many great People of Faith that have come before us. Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Rahab… The Bible is full of their stories. But 11:40 and 12:1 tie it all up in a neat little bow. We share the same GOD and same reward as them! We will be made perfect TOGETHER! We share a common bond.

Hebrews 11:40-12:1

“since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us.

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,”

I know this was long post, but your almost there… all that is left is to enjoy some photos of my daughter’s wonderful friends!

Song:  Holy Water by Lecrae

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