Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It is time for the big meet.....................


Ten years ago this guy started swimming year round.  Before that he swam in the summer, played baseball and soccer and even did a stint with roller hockey.  When he turned 11 he dropped the rest of those sports and concentrated on triathlons and swimming.  Soon his coach told him he had to pick one, he was good at both, but to be really good he had to pick one and concentrate on that sport.  He choose to swim, and although the path he chose has not been an easy one, he is still at it.  Tomorrow we fly out to Iowa City to watch Mr. 21 in the Big Ten Swim Meet.  I am so excited and nervous I can't even tell you.  This is the biggest meet of his life so far.  Hopefully there will be more.  Can you keep your fingers crossed that all goes well?  And if you have a spare prayer or positive thought can you send it his way?   I know all the young men participating deserve the best, but I know what swimming has done to, and done for, this really great young man of mine.  He deserves the best.  And if you have another spare prayer could you send it my way so that I don't make myself sick with nerves and anxiety about his swims?


  This is my favorite swim picture of my son.  He was a senior in high school in this picture.  His face has matured as has his body, but you get an idea of how amazing swimming can be.  Go Mr 21!  I am rooting for you!


45 comments:

gilly said...

How wonderfully exciting! Sending prayers & positive thoughts and good wishes your way. Safe & happy travels and try to just keep breathing and enjoy every moment. And tell us all about it when you get back!
Hugs xx

CJ said...

How exciting, I really hope it all goes well for him. I can imagine how nervous you will be, I'm sending you a big cyber hug. I know how hard he has worked for this, and for how many years. I'm sending him lots of good energy. CJ xx

kathyinozarks said...

Sending well wishes and prayers for a good swim meet-and do enjoy all of it Meredith-you deserve it too-hugs

Margaret said...

Congratulations to you all for getting this far, there is soooo much pressure on young athletes these days, he must be a very special person.
I am sure he knows how much you love him and are already so proud of him and all his effort, sacrifice and commitment to even get this far, no matter what the result of this meet.
I hope he has a great swim and enjoys the excitement of being part of it all.
I wll be thinking of you all and sending good wishes .

Dee said...

I love that photo too! The water splashing shows just how much effort is put into those strokes. I'm guessing he was doing butterfly?

I won't wish Mr. 21 good luck.....he's trained well. He's ready for this! We always tell Alexa (our gymnast friend) --- "do what you do!"

And that is what I will send out to Mr. 21 --- You go! DO WHAT YOU DO!

Take your knitting, take a breath and enjoy the competition. I'll be waiting to hear how he did.

Happy travels!

Regena Fickes said...

Of course, I will pray for Mr. 21. I fear that Mom's nerves will continue until the end of the meet. Never could let go enough to keep my nerves down when I was excited about something good for my children. I still remember the feeling & it has been 11 years since I last had a Mr.21. God bless and safe journey.

Lilbitbrit said...

I do wish him the very best, these young ones work so hard. Your boy is so similar in age to my boy, your heart goes out to them. Take what calms you, Tea and Crochet.
XXX OOO

Gracie Saylor said...

Exciting indeed, Meredith!!! I pray that you and yours will have safe and healthy days and make many good memories before, during and after the
Big Ten Meet! xx

brsmaryland said...

Good GOOD luck to Mr. 21! and to you! and to all the Buckeyes! Been keeping my eye on all of the results online. Sending lots of positive winning thoughts your way.
hugs,
Beth

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so exciting! My oldest did some competitive swimming so I get how hard it is. So proud of Mr 21. I've got fingers crossed and prayers being said for him and you. Can't wait to hear the results, but to participate is an achievement in itself!
hugs,
Linda

Chris said...

Go Mr 21!! Keep calm and try not to hyperventilate Mom and Dad!!!!

Judy S. said...

Wishing all of you a wonderful meet! Hope your son beats his personal best, and that you, Mere, enjoy every moment. How special that you can be there! Safe travels.

Teresa Kasner said...

You've got my support for the both of you! I will be sending good mojo your way for the big meet. Be sure and take some new photos to share with us! I'm at the beach.. plan to have lots of fun tomorrow.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

My Garden Diaries said...

GOOD LUCK to him friend!! Keep us posted! Such a committed kid! You should be very proud!!! Nicole xo

Teresa said...

Crossing everything I can possibly cross! For your son and you. Look at the cute picture of him at 10 years of age. What a difference between the two pictures! Congratuations to for getting this far. I know that he had to be really dedicated!

Preeti said...

Best wishes and prayers for your son. May God give him the strength, courage and happiness to enjoy and win the challenge:)

gaia said...

Good luck! Sending positive thoughts and prayers ...
Hugs,
Gaia.

Valentina Olden Patterns said...

Wow, this is rad! All the best wishes to Mr 21, hope it all goes well for him! xx

Joanne Wilson said...

How exciting for you all! All my fingers & toes will be crossed and lots of positive prayers & thoughts are on their way. Hope it all goes wonderfully well xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Cheering all the way!! Go Mr. 21! blessings ~ tanna

Home Meadows said...

Best wishes to Mr. 21 for a win at the Big 10! Will be thinking of you and looking forward to hearing the results of the swim meet. Heather

Betsy said...

Meredith, you know you have my prayers and so does "Mr. 21". This is such an exciting time for him and for you. I also pray that your trip will be a smooth one and that you will have a wonderful time together. So exciting!
Blessings,
Betsy

Liz said...

That's so exciting. Best wishes and I know you both will do great. Just have fun and take lots of photos.
Liz

Beth P said...

Send my best wishes for a massively successful meet!!! What a cutie pie we won't tell him that... :D I have always had trouble just picking one thing to focus on but now that I am sixty (eeek!) I see more clearly the reasons for focusing on one thing. Not that I am capable of doing that but I better understand :D
Hugs and safe and successful trip,
Beth (I'll be cheering right along with you!)

Vikki Hooks said...

Oh yes, sending prayers and special thoughts your way. How exciting for you and your family. If you are a bundle of nerves, how must your boy be feeling..enjoy this journey. Many blessings,

kathy b said...

Just said a prayer that he wins. I don't usually pray for outcomes..I let God work on that...but THIS time for YOU I prayed for the best outcome we earthlings can image.....WINNINGS

kristieinbc said...

Sending lots of positive and calming thoughts your way Meredith. What a proud moment this must be as the mom of this amazing young man. Remember to take your knitting to keep you calm, and to breathe.

linda said...

Good luck to Mr 21 year old I know he is going to be great!! xx

Christina said...

I am with Kristie, take your knitting or your hooks, keeping fingers busy stops the mind from worrying. Works for me and I hope it works for you, too. Good luck to Mr 21! What an exiting weekend. Cxx

Melissa said...

That is very very cool!! My oldest did swim for a couple of years, and I loved it...but he didn't :( . Stay warm!

elns said...

I'm so excited for you both. I am sending a lot of good luck! You're both going to be just fine Mere. You know why? Because you can look back at those last 10 years of an exceptional and hard working man and Mom. No matter what, you've already won. But yeah, I feel a good swim coming. Fingers crossed and lots of hugs. Drink some gingerale ;)

Lynne said...

Good luck to your boy!!!! Have fun at the meet Meredith. I bet you are more nervous than he is. Bring kleenex, you know you're going to need it :)

Karen said...

How exciting to see how far he has come! Love both of the pictures. Definitely sending prayers your way!

Amy at love made my home said...

Good Luck Mr 21!! I hope that it goes really well!! xx

Carla from The River said...

Sending prayers and a hug for you.
xx oo
Carla
GO, Go, Go Mr. 21!!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

All prayers and positive wishes are headed your way Mr.21!!
Safe travels,xoRobin
(still on vacation of a lifetime)

Becky L. said...

Praying Mr 21 for the best race results ever. I am glad you are happy and you will be fine, mom! Have a good trip!

Jo said...

Go, Go, Go from this side of the pond too. Jo x

Caffeine Girl said...

What a thrilling time -- and nerve-wracking, too. I can't wait to hear how it went, but he's already a winner!

handmade by amalia said...

You must be so proud! Fingers crossed.
Amalia
xo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Congratulations Meredith!!!
the wait is always long, but I'm sure that he will do well! Swimming is the BEST sport for any young person!! No helmet or pads, not having people tackle you or slam into you. Every muscle in the body is being used, but not stressed by beating on the pavement!! Your son is a winner in so many ways!!!

Anita said...

Oh my toes are curling up with excitement for you!!! lol It's the best feeling when our children go for it. Best wishes always.
Cheers, Anita.

Helen said...

How exciting! Hope it went really well :)

Annie Cholewa said...

I think I must be commenting after the event. I do hope all went well and your nerves aren't remotely shredded x

Fay said...

I hope your son did well at the swim meet! Fay.x