Three weeks ago, we were in Dallas and we had an incredible week together as a family so of course I wanted to take time to write about it and tonight is the first chance I’ve had to do it.  So here goes.

I honestly never thought we’d be that family that flew all over the country for volleyball. I say that because for years, we’ve known those families and I always admired them, but also thought they were a little crazy.  Well friends, we’ve become that family.  And for the record, it is a little crazy, but it’s also really cool.

We ended up in Dallas because earlier in the season, Christian’s team won a bid to go to the Boys Junior National Championships.  It was a great honor, but also meant that basically they would be playing against the best teams in the country, which meant that while an awesome opportunity, it would be some pretty challenging days of volleyball.

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However, despite the tough matches, our time in Dallas was instantly amazing because we got to meet up with our Arizona family while we were there.

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Our nephew Jaxon plays for an incredible team and they also got a bid to Nationals so in addition to going to see our son play which we love, we also got to see our nephew play and that was quite amazing as well.  Jaxon is an incredible setter and his team was so fun to watch.

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As I mentioned before, the games were pretty intense.

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But it was most fun to just think about how far our team has come and also how much our son has grown in his abilities and love for this game.

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In addition to all of the volleyball, being in Dallas was pretty fun as well.  We were there over the 4th of July, and form our hotel, we had a pretty awesome view of basically all of the city’s fireworks.

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We also had a lot of time with our Arizona family which was the best.

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I could not be more pleased with our Club experience with Academy.  It was Christian’s tenacity that got him into pursuing travel volleyball last year.  He paid for a portion of his tuition and had a wonderful time playing with his team.

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This past year, he committed to paying for his whole tuition which to be honest, was a goal even I wasn’t sure he could attain within the year.  But after he turned 14, he went and got a job and was able to make enough money to reach his goal and we could not be more proud of all that he accomplished.  Seeing him play with some of his best friends was as added bonus as well.

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The tournament overall was an awesome opportunity for growth and perseverance.  We were most proud to see Christian’s team come together strong and it was a fantastic way to end an incredible year of volleyball.

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Other highlights from our week included going down to the jersey trading floor which in many ways reminded me of visiting Canal Street in New York City.

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And Ellee was a huge fan of Dallas’ City Scooters which were much scarier and faster than they looked.  They kept her happy on the hot days and thankfully she didn’t even fall or break anything, so that was a perk as well.

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So much love goes out to this family and I’m secretly praying that our boys will always love and play volleyball so we can meet up all over the country to enjoy these tournaments together.

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And I have to admit, I got a little teary eyed seeing the Arizona and New York cousins exchange jerseys on the last day.

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I’m praying many prayers for these boys, that not only will they continue to learn and grow their passion for playing, but that their hearts will always be strong in the things that matter most and that they will both grow to be godly and strong young men who do great things for Jesus.

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Congrats to the Acad 15 Boys for all of their hard work this year!

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And that sums up our family trip to Dallas and the awesome week that we had while we were there.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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