Monday, September 8, 2008

The First Game

This weekend was the opening weekend of the soccer season. We've had a couple of practices with Henry's team. For any of you who've not watched 4 & 5 year-olds play soccer - you're missing some great entertainment.

During the practices leading up to the game - Henry and I were practically and perpetually attached for the duration of practice, the only exceptions were the not-so-infrequent water breaks during which took place some of the only actually running he did. For the game, I was uncertain of how he'd respond to being on the field by himself. But with a little preparation, he was ready and out there in his bright red jersey. He kicked the ball off for the first game, he did a throw-in, a couple of goal kicks and played goalie (imagine him, hands up and bending his knees up and down - being "ready", even with the ball at the opposite end of the field).

He is, of course, no star player, but he ran and participated all independently. I don't think that anyone could have guessed that not more than five months ago, he was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy. Tara and I were so proud of how him. He's doing great!


rlbates said...

Wonderful news!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to Henry and the rest of the family as you resume a new "normal". Bless you all for the year you endured, the love and faith you found, and here's to a great fall!

Please continue to keep us posted!

Chad, Julie, Lane & Keller Routzahn

Anonymous said...

Way to go #3! Good job getting in there and being goalie too! We're looking forward to catching one of your games soon. Keep up the good work!

Love, Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew and Samantha

ms. t said...

WOW.I am so proud of you little H. You look wonderful and I love the color red! And what a honor to get to start the kick off! Whoa...

I know how proud your Mom and Dad are of you and so am I.

Have a blast and kick hard!

Ms. t

Anonymous said...

I have been checking the blog to see the latest soccer update! Way to go Henry!! and I love the near hair do!!

Love always,
Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Henry, you remain my hero.