This past Feb we started our youngest daughter, Shelby, with tennis. We suspected right away that she might have found "her thing." So this summer we signed her up for a state-wide Colorado youth tennis program. This past week she competed in the girl's singles 10 and under state tournament. With a few hundred girls competing, we didn't expect much. But she kept winning. This past Friday she made it to the championship game. We couldn't believe it. She was matched against a girl from Russia - really - no kidding. (Malonovich was her last name). It had an international feel. The Russian girl was bigger and had been playing a few years, but Shelby had already beaten other girls like that.
The first girl to win 9 games would be crowned state champ. Shelby lost the first game, but we didn't worry. She had lost almost all her first games in every match. It takes her a game or two to gain her confidence. She kicked into gear and won the match 9-5. She won the whole stinking thing! She is my new retirement plan.
On April 23rd my oldest daughter, Elle, was baptized into Christ. It was a great day. One of my all-time best friends, Jim Welzig, let us use his hot tub. It was a beautiful setting with the trees and Rocky Mountains in the background. It was also very windy - like Pentecost day. I know it was God's accomplishment in her, but I sure felt like I got to put a check mark next to one of the top priorities in my life.