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my baby brother

My baby brother is not such a baby anymore.
He is a senior in high school this year.
And he is WAY taller than me.

This weekend we spent a lot of time cheering him on in the bleachers.

That is quite a sacrafice for a pregnant lady.
But it was worth it.
His team made it to the state soccer tournament
and I had to be there to cheer him on.
They did awesome.
They played some tough games.
They made it all the way to the finals and lost by one.
I know it didn’t turn out like they had hoped,
but second place in state is still pretty awesome.

The whole family was there.
Fun times.
I got teary eyed when I hugged my brother after the game.
I knew he was so disappointed.
Man am I emotional…I even can cry at soccer games now!
And I don’t think you can tell in any of the pictures,
but my brother is still sporting his pink shoelace.
For Cora.
What a sweetie!
I am so proud of you Owen!
  • Cherry Tree Lane - What a great brother!
    I love the picture of the whole family!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - We love soccer!! I think eight and six-year-old soccer is a bit different, though…
    What a great time for your family to be together; and you’re so right…second place is nothing to scoff at! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Heather | Cookie Mondays - You guys are SO cute!
    Those are some really great family photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Hey Jess,

    Beautiful family! I saw your comment on my blog earlier this morning. Thanks so much. I have been reading your blog for some time now. It has been such an encouragement to me. I see you and I realize that it’s possible to make it through this pain. It’s possible to hold on to faith and to push through with the grace of God. Not to say that it becomes magically easier, for it will forever be difficult to live this reality. However, if we choose to grow and learn from it rather then dwelling in it, we’ll come out stronger. I hit dwelling days…but then I’ll have a better day, a more hopeful day.

    Thanks for your openness on your blog and for sharing your story with those of us who are just now learning how to live our new, un-asked-for lives.

    I know it’s still a daily process for you as well. I am praying for you and thinking of you often. Hang in there.


  • Sue - How special and well done to Owen and the boys! You’re looking fabulous, by the way!!ReplyCancel

  • Carla - Wow, the boys sure got all the curls in your family 🙂 Lovely post, well done Owen and team. My little nephew is the star of his soccer team (he’s nine), they live in Germany so we don’t see them so often but we got to go to one of his matches last week when we visited. I was very teary watching him fly around the field like a pro..definitely the hormones!! Your bump is so neat btw, Im quite a few weeks behind you and Im twice as big!!!ReplyCancel

  • annaelyse - jess. beautiful. reading it made me tear up. There is just something beautiful about the older sister/little brother relationship. or at least me and my little bro think so. :O)ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - What a sweet family!!!

    I know all about the emotional part … pregnancy does that to you, it’s unreal the stuff you would tear up about.

    You look awesome!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - I love his name Owen….I had a great Uncle with that name and he was so special in our lives. I miss him, he had a great sense of humor. Thank you bringing that sweet memory back and it looks like you have a great family…such a blessing and a treasure. Still praying for you all!ReplyCancel

  • jen christians - What a beautiful family! I pray that my four little ones will grow up to be this wonderful to one another! You must be one great sister! Thanks for sharing. Also, you look amazing pregnant! I can’t wait to “meet” little Mac. his/her arrival will be here before we know it!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Such a beautiful family!! Owen was the name we had picked out for our little Nina.ReplyCancel

  • MICHELE - Isn’t crazy that they are seniors?! He and Meg (my little sis) were in the same class in grade school. Makes you feel a bit on the old side!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Awww, how fun!!!! And that’s awesome they did so well. 2nd place is nothing to be ashamed of 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - What a special family – and Congratulations to Owen. I think it’s awesome he’s still wearing his pink shoelaces!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to Owen and team..Love seeing the family photos and love seeing the baby bump:)
    Always in my thoughts and prayers.


  • PamperingBeki - You guys are so cute!

    And you all have the best genes in that family. You guys are all beautiful and look like teens still!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - how sweet is your brother? what a good looking family!ReplyCancel

  • shepherdsgrace - What a cutie! What a sweetie!

    Family IS a blessings…ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - Awww. Love this post and am sorry to hear they just missed it but I’m sure they played their hearts out. Love the floating Owen head 🙂 Wish we could have been there. Good job, Owen. HUGS to you all.ReplyCancel

  • La Familia Garcia - That is great!! What a support you guys must be to him! oh, and you are looking GREAT pregnant! You haven’t talked much about the pregnancy….just wondering if you don’t mind sharing how it’s going?ReplyCancel

  • Lacie and Stephen - You can actually see the pink shoelace barely if you click on the first picture (panoramic of the whole team). At least I think it was him, he was the only one with blond curly hair! It is his right shoe with the pink lace, correct?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - not feel to bad about crying at soccer games, I cry reading all of your posts and I don’t even have a good excuse like having a rough year or being pregnant – that’s always a good excuse for cryingReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hello! I have never left a comment but I follow your blog weekly and have since a few days before Cora passed into eternity.

    I am so excited about your new little one and think of you often. This baby will always exemplify the Hope we have in Jesus Christ. Hey, that sounds like a good name for her, Hope.



  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - What a sweet brother!
    Great family pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsa - my baby brother is a freshman in college and runs cross country,i totally get your tears at a game 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Sweetie I’m not even pregnant and I still cry at football games during the national athem…crazy uh? Sweet story!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - Your family looks great! Say hello to them all from us! You also look soooooooo cute! miss you and hope to see you soon!


  • Micah - What a cutie!ReplyCancel

  • the whytes - oh, i loved going to HS soccer games! a berean academy kid??? what a blessing to not have to go to public school!!ReplyCancel

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  • LauraLou - Oh my goodness, I found your blog through MckMama and I’ve read through several pages of entries now. I was drawn to your story because of your incredible strength and faith, but even more so after I realized you were from KS! And after reading this post, that your siblings (and maybe you?) attend/attended Berean! I grew up in Wichita and went to Trinity Academy (who may have been the ones you guys played in the finals – sorry if so!) It’s such a small world, and it’s so nice to find someone from my ‘neck of the woods’ in the blog world. Your story touches my heart, especially since I want to eventually work as a Child Life Specialist with families in situations similar to yours, and I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers!ReplyCancel