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    by Amy Chappelle

La Porte Tournament

Busy times around here this week… But before I do the next thing, I want to blog about last weekend. Our boys played awesome ball in a tournament in La Porte.

After 2 games on Saturday and 3 games on Sunday, we finished 2nd in the championship game. Our boys left their hearts out there. We (all parents) could not be prouder. Lots of encouragement among teammates the whole tournament. They had fun. I loved the smiles!!!


All of us learned a life lesson in that championship game. It was the dirtiest ballgame we have ever played…And we have played a lot of ballgames. I will not go into all the details, but it was a rough time. Our coaches displayed amazing self control and set a good example for our kiddos. Some of us parents had a harder time, including myself. I am such a work in progress. After the game, in the team huddle, the coaches had some encouraging things to say to the kids.  One of our coaches, Coach Kevin, said that “Sometimes there are things that are beyond our control. They can argue the calls and stand up for the kids, but that is all they can do. ” I think that is such a lesson for all of us. There are times that things are not going to go our way, even though we are entitled to it, even though we have done nothing wrong, even though we have done everything right, even though….. I asked our other coach, Coach John, how he could be so nice?. He looked over at the kids and said “there are somethings worth fighting for and this isn’t one of them.” OHHHH that was good and put it in perspective for me. So thankful for these guys…

So, we all felt like this after the game! I love them.




And this isn’t the greatest pictures, but this is so Sarah. She is a little Wolverine. She is in every huddle. What a gal?



I think we are still playing catchup from that weekend. Good Stuff!

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Free Dress Day

Its Free Dress Day at our school today.

This is very typical of Caleb. Not much more to say than that… I love him.

Sarah put a lot of thought into her outfit today. Apparently, one of her friends is dressing up as Spider Man. She is supposed to be the Princess. Spider Man is going to rescue the Princess at some point today.

On top of free dress day, Sarah gets to go off campus with her teacher and best buddy to have lunch at Chick-fil-a today. We won this for her at our school auction. To say that she was excited about her day is an understatement.

Can’t wait to hear about their day.

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One reason for doing the blog is to capture some of our family memories; moments that I am sure to forget throughout the years… There have been countless times that I have thought, there is noway I will forget that. Only to find out within days that I can hardly remember the details of it.

Last night, I had a moment with Sarah that I don’t want to forget.

Bryan and Caleb were at baseball practice and I was putting Sarah to bed. We had gone through our routine and then the reoccurring questions started.

“Mom, what if a hornet gets in my room? What if it gets under my bed? What if ????”

This has become a nightly pattern…

A long time ago, probably about 2 years ago now, there was a huge hornet in Sarah’s room at bedtime. She was getting ready for bed and she came down terrified telling us about this HUGE bee. Long story short, Bryan went up there and killed it. Sarah has NEVER forgotten the hornet or that her daddy saved her that night.

The hornet came from a small crack that we had in the attic door. That same week we had found one in our bedroom. We quickly had that attic door replaced.

Every night, I reassure Sarah that we have had that door replaced. I tell her that we had a bug guy come and make sure all the hornets were gone. I tell her that we would do anything to protect her.  Nothing seems to soothe her mind completely. It has been a nagging source of fear that seems to have been getting more prominent the older she is getting.

Last night, I decided to tell her more Truth. I was a little reluctant because it would involve Satan…. Who wants to talk about such a scary thing with their little girl?

I began…. I told her God did not give her a spirit of fear. I explained to her that there is one that wants to take her Joy, take her peace, her rest, and anything good from her. I told her about Satan. I told her that Jesus is bigger than Satan though and He could help her with this. We just needed to ask him.

Thankfully, she knew about Satan already. But this was one of the first times that we had really discussed him.

She asked, “So Mom, Is Satan alive?” Yes, Sarah, he is. But he is alive like Jesus. Jesus is bigger and never loses to Satan.

After we talked a little bit, she said, “Ok Mom, will you go and make sure all the doors are locked and closed to make sure no hornets can come in? Yes. “Ok, You can go…”

I was one step out of the room and I heard this:

“Dear Lord Jesus, I need you to help me to not be afraid of hornets. Satan wants me to be afraid. I need you to help me…. and then she starts with her other request, will you please heal Clint…..”


She went to sleep.


I love this little girl and her innocent faith. May this world never take it from her.


Verses to remember:

  • “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind”. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10


Ginger - April 26, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Sarah is a true prayer warrior! Love her spirit and her faith!

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No – Bake Energy Bites

I am trying to help our family eat a little healthier. I am beginning a process of finding good recipes that support my healthy venture. About a year ago I came across this one and it has been a real winner at our house. I have taken it to several events for the kids and I never come back home with any left overs… AND it is sooooooo EASY. So, I thought I would share it with you guys in case you are looking for some new ideas.


No Bake Energy Bites


  • 1/2 cup nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup addins (I used chocolate chips to entice my kiddos, but any nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc would work)

In ONE (capitalized because it is the only bowl you will dirty up —SCORE) large bowl, add all ingredients and mix together. Then, scoop a large tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball. Put on pan. Continue until all is done and then refrigerate. Finished!

One helpful hint. I have found this to be super sticky when rolling them into a ball. If I put a little butter on my hands before rolling,  it helps.


Sweet Victory!



Michele - April 26, 2012 - 7:48 pm

I am going to make these and then eat them all! Yum!!!

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