Happy Birthday Mikiyas!
This weekend we went to the beach and celebrated Mik!
He had a basketball tournament and it was his birthday, so we figured there was no better way to celebrate him then go and cheer like a bunch of freaks and eat cupcakes with his team.
It's a ready made party weekend with lots of entertainment!
Mik plays with a team of guys that have played basketball together for several years. It is a little team with a lot of diversity, and a whole bunch of puberty hormones, and feelings and attitudes and fun, and good hard life lessons all wearing the same jersey.
Coach deserves a trophy for taking on this group like he has. He deals with a lot of "stuff" that doesn't have anything to do with basketball, but has a whole bunch to do with some messy teen life. These guys aren't your run of the mill teens (if there is such a thing), they are super diverse from the inside, and on the outside.
It's amazing the power of sweat though, it's refreshing to see these guys work hard together and sweat it out as a team.
Many times when they bring it all together, it's really exciting to watch and cheer them on.
Mik is a gift to this family. I have watched the Gospel take root in his heart and see the power of forgiveness at work in his life.
He has truly learned to receive and give grace. Mik knows what it is like to be treated unfairly by circumstances and people, and yet he knows the power of love and trust and he is growing in both of those, as much and as fast as he is growing in his body.
Mik got Student of the Month Award at school in December. This is just one huge example of how well Mik is doing. Mik has also worked hard to be in Honor Society this year.
Mik is smart and he is kind.
Mik can make me crazy (and not the good kind, if there is such a thing), and turn it around really fast and make me crazy proud of him.
I know that God gave us Mik for so many reasons and I also know that we could have missed this amazing kid by not taking a crazy quick leap of faith.
We needed Mik as much as Mik needed a family and neither one of us knew it at the time.
He will always be a reminder to me, that God gives good gifts and blessings, but sometimes it looks and feels scary for everyone, but it's worth the risk.
Mik has a funky "lump in his throat" that the Dr. is keeping an eye on.
We are praying big prayers with big lumps in our own throats, that God heals this and it's not another "issue"
that Mik has to work through.