Can you believe that we took our sweet boy all the way to Rocky Top and took ABSOLUTELY NO PICTURES? I am already a failure as a parent... ::sigh:: I will get better at this, right?
But despite no photo evidence, we will commit this past weekend to memory as our first little family trip.
The background checks came back and we debated over plans for our first off campus visit. Patrick and I went back and forth for days over whether to play it low-key or go for spectacular. In the end, spectacular just simply won out. Isn't that just the way it should be?
We surprised our 15-year-old, football-loving, Hokie-fan foster son by taking him all the way to his first ever Vols game.
We told him we were going hiking, which is truly hilarious if you know Patrick and I. And hike we did...all the way across downtown Knoxville to Neyland Stadium! The look on his face was priceless. He was in awe.
We give all the glory to the Lord for working out the most perfect day. The weather could not have been better. The game was one for the records. I mean, seriously, overtime? An interception on the 4th down and a 95-yard run for the win? And then the flag on the play. The suspense. The agony. The chanting with all the fans. And finally, the whole stadium erupting at the overturned call and the winning touchdown was good. It could not have been any more exciting! The four hour drive up and back. The larger than life hotdog he came back with at halftime with Patrick grinning by his side. It was a great, great day. The perfect mix of excitement, downtime, one-on-one time, and togetherness.
But to hear the words, "This was the best weekend of my life," was the biggest blessing. To see him at school on Monday morning proudly sporting the T-shirt we bought him, to share some inside jokes, to laugh about my bad driving at 2:00 in the morning, that's what it's all about, right?
To have the honor to serve in this amazing way is the spectacular part. To share the love of Christ through relationships that He has brought together is the real gift.