March 18th . 2018

South Bend Shamrock Cup Tourney

What a weekend! So many highs. And just a few lows. Even though our Renegades didn’t win the whole tournament, they played their little hearts out and delighted their fans through and through. Bastien was an absolute beast on the ice and was told so by many coaches and parents. I remain one proud hockey mom!

If you’ve never been to a hockey tournament before, I think these pics tell a representative story. I will say that Notre Dame felt incredibly swanky, compared to other tournament venues. But not all of our games were there, and perhaps it will make you laugh to know that one of them was another hour’s drive away in the definitive middle of a cornfield. What’s missing here are a few hours of conference room mini sticks and rambunctious pool action (you can just imagine that for yourself).

It was an absolute bonus to have aunts willing to come all this way and join us for a few fantastic breweries (NOT the kids favorite activity). But I would say we all came home happy. AND we did bring home a cup!

March 14th . 2018

Hockey Sisters

We are about to head out for an epic St. Patrick’s weekend Tournament at Notre Dame. I’m so glad for Hadley that she has hockey sisters of the same age on this team. I ordered them an Escape the Room game and plan to turn over our hotel room for the cause while the boys play mini sticks in the conference room. Just look at them. Whatever could go wrong?

March 13th . 2018

One Of Those Days

From the precise moment the kids got off the bus Tuesday, until the very late time they went to bed it was just… let’s just say it’s fortunate for my kids that I’m currently steeped in Lenten meditation on Christlikeness.

It’s also quite fortunate that when we got back from horse lessons, Bastien had this waiting for us:

To a better tomorrow!

March 12th . 2018

Farewell to the Flow

Sweet relief! After three months I can see Bastien’s face again! And I can’t even believe how broken up Jim is about it.

Here’s some trivia for ya… In the hockey world, hair is called “flow” or “lettuce”. Nothing makes me laugh harder than hockey hair. And this is just to make Courtney laugh: Bastien says he’s shooting for ?? for spring hockey season.

March 11th . 2018

Bastien Vs. United

Playoffs weekend has come and gone. And while we did not win the final, we shared in triumph over something much bigger… justice was delivered to Bastien, who despite his faithfulness and hard work for his OLU team last year, was not considered skilled enough to be invited back. Or, in the coach’s opinion to ever play anything besides third string, or even better than house hockey, for that matter.

I’m telling you, the odds of us even matching up with OLU for the semi finals are pretty staggering. The cards had to fall just right, many, many times over.

When it was certain OLU was our opponent I sent a message out to our team explaining the history. I promised root beers for all the boys and beer for all the coaches in exchange for a win.

The coach upped the anti and gave a speech the night before about how the team had to play hard for Bastien. He pinned up five dollar bills in the locker room to motivate them further. He had Bastien start, and play almost every penalty kill.

If there was an ounce of emptiness in my heart over the former unfair assessment of Bastien, it was filled, many times over during that hour. Renegades won, 3-1. The boys enjoyed their root beers immensely.

Last year when we got the bad news about not making the team, I told Bastien God had a different dream in mind. I told him that always, when one path closes, God is opening a better one. I am so humbled to be proven right.

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