Friday, May 20, 2011

Lows and Highs

This has been a rough week around the Fox house.  Suffice it to say that Allie is now single.  After eight months of being a couple, she is now single.  At first, she was devastated.  She cried and cried.  But soon she realized that maybe that was okay.  Then she found out the drill team advisor had to step down.  More sadness. And, add to that that our neighbor announced to Allie that she is pregnant, what a heartbreaking beginning to this week.  (Side note:  pray for that family.)

Then came last night.  Last night was the final band concert and awards.  The concert was good.  Allie played the bells and looked great.  Then the awards came.  Most of these are passed down from older marching band members to the younger ones.  The first award was the Spirit Bee award.  This a huge stuffed Bee, that an incoming senior will give to an incoming junior that shows strong pride, spirit and loves band.  The boy who had this gave it to Allie!  We were shocked, but I was glad for her. 

This year the drill team had it's share of drama.  There was the senior, four sophomores and three other underclassmen.  There will be no seniors with experience on the drill team.  It was one of the sophomore's first year, Allie's second year and the other two girl's third year.  The senior usually gives the drill team mascot, "Kermietta" to the next in line that will be the head of the drill team.  The senior picked Allie, with a nice letter of why she picked her.  It was such a nice letter about how Allie was strong, worked harder than anyone else and never complained.  It was touching.  This doesn't necessarily mean that Allie will be in charge, but it boosted her confidence and got her going with ideas of how she would like the team to go.  I am so proud of our girl.  She has shown leadership and perseverance.  We will find out the second week of June who is leader and I know she will handle everything with grace.  What an honor.

So we went from a very low beginning to a very high this week.  I love the saying that says, "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window."  That has happened this week.  We can't dwell on the awful things.  We have to show that God is in control and he will give us that sense to do what is right.  I am thankful that in school, where I do not see as much of Allie's actions and reactions, that it seems she is still the same no matter what.  I pray that God will help her stay that way.

Psalm 118:5
    5From my distress I called upon the LORD;
         The LORD answered me and set me in a large place

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