What did I write several years ago during 2005?   Here’s my journal entry from that fateful year.

Feb. 12, 2005

Where to start?

OK, softball. Ann played in all three games, including the last when the upperclassmen showed up after ACT testing.  She started and played while several upperclassmen sat the bench!   Coach Scott’s remarks after the game made it evident that he’s trying out some some younger players who could supplant some of the older ones.  That makes sense with some of the other comments Scott’s made to me over the last several weeks about the some of the older players (he’s not well-pleased) and the younger players (he has high hopes).  Apparently, Ann’s on the high hopes list.

She played well all three games.  The catch in center field in game 2 really boosted her fielding confidence—she needed that, b/c she was looking kind of tentative earlier.  Then in game 3 against a really tough Pineville pitcher, playing with the varsity, she got one of only two team base hits as she beat out a grounder to the  deep hole that the shortstop couldn’t manage.

Grandma’s 100th, Papaw’s fight back after the hospital episode, the kids’ blessings—where does it all shake out?  Seems like we live in a fallen world where the sun shines on the just and the unjust—blessings and curses, seemingly, falling to us all at once.  But how can we take it all as blessing?  Is that what Paul meant when he said “I have learned that whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content.”  I don’t know all the answers, but I hope God gives me the faith to live victoriously in this fallen world.  Thank God for the ultimate hope!  Thank God for the rock!  He is the rock!  And I stand on the rock!