One of the sayings in hockey that we've always upheld is this:
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
If there is one thing I can tell you about Nolan right now, he is a hard worker!
He is spending his summer, skating, working out at the rink with Joel- doing FP3, and then coming home on his own and stick handling, and shooting pucks. Every day.
We aren't asking him to.
We aren't telling him to.
When it rains.
When its hot.
He is… one driven kid.
His big epiphany?
Working hard = fun.
Up and down the driveway he goes, faster and more precise each time.
And when you don't see him with a stick in his hand? Its usually because he has a golf club in his hand instead. His passion for golf is just as evident.
He plays in the FM Junior tour and plays in tournaments each week around town. He has been close to placing in the top 3 a couple of times.
And then I got the call the day before. He had played in a Minnesota Jr. PGA tournament in Perham, and he won first place!
Yesterday, he played in town again, and came home with the plaque for a 2nd place finish. Several of our Moorhead boys have consistently placed in the top 3 this summer, and we're so proud of all those boys!
I spent the beautifully sunny morning, yesterday, writing thank you notes. Over the past couple of weeks, these lovely and thoughtful gifts have come through my door.
My friend Kristin brought us a tasty meal two nights ago and the cute plaque below…
and I could go on and list each and every thing.
But, I'm always worried I will unintentionally forget to acknowledge someone…
So please just know I am so thankful to all of you!
Honestly, its felt like my birthday- way before next Wednesday.
One more thing- this friend did something so clever. She held a Thirty-One bag party in my honor and then donated the funds to me. Thanks Karla and Morgan! Plus the bag? Too cute!
I also always hope the tiniest seed is planted. That we all see- that the smallest acknowledgement- a note, a card, a gift, a meal, etc. can do so much to lift a spirit. To refocus our thoughts on what is good, and well, and shed some light on the grace that exists in our days.