We Are There

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We Are There

We Are There

We sit in the sun, in the pouring rain, in the cold with blankets, on the hard metal bleachers every Saturday and Sunday and on evenings scattered throughout the week, we sit and we watch. We are the parents who choose to be in those stands watching, cheering and supporting our children on the court and on the fields of any and all sporting events that happen. Some of us are screaming and cheering and others just watching but no matter how loud or quiet our voice is we are there. We are there not to be entertained, although many times we are. We are there, not to socialize with other parents but it is a great way to get to know others. We are there to support our children whether they are the stars of the team or the bench warmers. We are there because we love them.

Our being there does so much more than at this moment we could ever know.

As a child my parents were always there but many of my friends were just dropped off. My parent’s presence gave me confidence and belief that what I was doing mattered to them and was important. They built my self esteem and hugged me and let me cry when I was horrible and hugged me and smiled when I was not.

We are parents and we are there on those bleachers because our presence signifies love support and confidence for our children for the rest of their lives; simply because we are there.

Copyright 2013 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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  1. My sons are all young adults now and I look back with great fondness and a few tears–because the time is so fleeting–that we were “there” at their games. I’m not entirely sure that this becomes a contributing factor of their ultimate self-confidence but I do know that it has given my husband and I numerous sweet memories.

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