Saturday, September 26, 2009

Swine Flu

Has hit our school.  I haven't really been following this closely on a national level.  I know we've had cases reported in our state.  All of my friends who are in the medical field and everything I've read about it points it out as just another strain of influenza.  A young lady in Javi's class has been tentatively diagnosed with H1N1.  From what I understand, anyone testing positive for TypeA influenza is assumed to have H1N1.

I'm hoping that what we all had a taste of (sounds very similar to H1N1's symptoms) was Swine Flu.  That way we have had it, are over it (almost) and can get on with our lives.  My heart goes out to all of the families and friends worldwide who lost loved ones...but every day we wake up carries risks with it.  That is why it's so important to me that I know exactly in Whom to place my trust and hope. 

Another rainy day.  Middlest has a soccer game this afternoon.  Our team played Thrusday in a constant rain.  Middlest is goal keeper.  Thankfully his goalie jersey covers most of his team jersey on those frontal dives to guard the goal...but the shoes, the socks, the shorts, the shinguards...there's grass and mud in places there shouldn't be.  LOL  His team tied 1-1.  We lost a previous game by a wide margin (think soccer wide, not NBA wide) to them, so this was a sweet outcome.

In addition to soccer, our family has been privileged to be part of the formation of an outreach basketball program this year.  Partnering with the Salvation Army, we have coaches who have/are involved with Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Clubs.  We have a Varsity, Junior Varsity, Junior High and Prep Team.  The teams are a unique mix of public, private and homeschool boys of all ages.  What a blessing to be part of their lives.  We had news this week (announced in the local paper, front page mind you!) of a grant being awarded to our organization.  The Captain at our home Salvation Army gym wrote the proposal and it was accepted. 

What does this mean for our team?  Still nailing down the exact amount, but our players (many of whom come from an economically depressed city, broken families, and financially challenged homes) will have uniforms, warm-up shirts, shoes, transportation to and from games, our medical bag will be well stocked and media attention for the program that we hope grows to include girls and branches out to baseball, football, etc.  If the maximum amount was granted, our head coach, who has been almost a year without work due to the Boys and Girls Club closing and health problems, will have a part time job ministering to youth in outreach programs at the Salvation Army. 

We ask.  And He gives over abundantly!

Have a great weekend all!

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