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A challenge worth accomplishing..

Sometimes, I get too complacent.
Sometimes, I get lazy.
Sometimes, I get scared to push myself...

Thank goodness for my 9yo who reminds me every now and then...

My 9yo has a busy schedule, just like his three older brothers and sister.
And sometimes I get overwhelmed, and get worried.

So one day, I was talking to him about gymnastics. With the intense summer schedule (2 ½ hours four nights a week), I asked my little guy if he wanted to quit.

And he said,
    “Mom, I told you, I quit quitting.”

I replied,
   “But gymnastics is such a commitment even at summer time. Your hands are getting calloused, you're getting bruised and you won’t get to play that much at the pool. And there’s so much competition and so much hard work. It’s okay if you want to stop.”

He answered,
   “Mom, remember when I said "no" to the South Pacific musical international tour?"

    I nodded...(We said no after a call-back because being on tour interferes with family)

   "Mom, gymnastics is a challenge worth accomplishing…”

I smiled, wrote down what he said and gave him a tight hug.

(The photos were taken when I went hiking with my husband to the top of Mt.Mansfield in VT)


  1. Aww, your little guy is special. You wouldn't have to worry about him. :)

    By the way, I love your new look.

  2. Sorry...On a blog break but had a chance to read your comment today. No break when it comes to praying. Keeping your SIL in prayers. May the Lord guide the surgeon's hands and Him be the One to operate on her. Praying for a quick recovery, comfort, strength not only for her but also for her family. God bless you and have a great rest of the week.

  3. Your little man is so awesome. You're truly blessed, my dear sister.

    ((hugs)) and have a nice day, Jenjen.

  4. What a mature little guy you have there!! He's already showing great integrity and commitment!

  5. He is such a mature little guy. His comments always make me smile.

  6. @Buckeroomama, thanks for noticing the new look!
    My little guy truly is special! (poo-poo)
    @Rcubes, thanks for the prayers..
    @Veronica, you have a nice day, too. Thank you :)
    @Alicia, we're teasing him.. We tell him he should write a motivational book :)
    @Pam, thanks for the visit..and yes, he does make us smile, too!
    Have a great summer everyone.

  7. Beautiful view! There is no feeling in the world like standing on top of a mountain.

  8. I think your 9 year old has a wise head on his shoulders and will go far in life!

  9. Sometimes, we can learn more from our children then we think!

  10. @Tracy, thanks for the visit..and yes, it's an exhilirating feeling being on top of the mountain. I felt like one of the VonTrapp family!

    @Annette, thank you. I think my 9yo is the next Tony Robbins.
    @Tess, so true, children have full of wisdom. I think it's their innocence!
    Thank you for the visit.
    Have a wonderful summer :-)


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