This week, I just had to give Rachel & Elijah their own Track post. These two are AMAZING! I guess Rachel decided that she was not going to let Elijah be known as the long distance runner. (She had done better with sprints in the past.) I think that she decided, "Anything he can do, I can do better." And ... she set out to prove herself on the track this week. Go, Girl, Go!!!
First of all ... not to worry ... we are so NOT the competitive parents that set super high standards for their children on the athletic field. Oh. My. No. We LOVE sports. We LOVE competition. But, most of all, we LOVE having fun. So, if the kids are having fun and want to do well at the same time, we say, "Go For It!"
Let me tell you a little about these two ...
Rachel was the youngest in her Ghanaian family
for 6 years (or so) before coming to America.
Elijah was the youngest in his American family,
for 6 years before Rachel arrived from Ghana.
Rachel's birth certificate says that
she is 5 months older than Elijah.
However, since they had both been the youngest for 6 years,
we decided just to treat them like twins.
Our family has already done the twin thing,
so we know the joys and challenges of having twins.
Rachel is a fighter and a survivor,
having survived a very difficult childhood in her village.
Elijah is a fighter and a survivor,
having survived a near-deadly case of bacterial meningitis.
(You may notice the scars on his legs from the 100+
3rd degree burns that he survived, caused by the disease.)
And ... as the youngest of a dozen children ...
Rachel & Elijah think that they can do
anything the Big Kids can do.
Rachel & Elijah are FULL of energy.
Rachel & Elijah are NOT quitters. Never.
Rachel & Elijah are FULL of fun.
Rachel & Elijah LOVE being "twins".
So, what did they do in track and field this week???
Let me tell you ...