Son: “Daddy, Time to Play”…Daddy: “No, Not Today Buddy”

This past Saturday was this daddy’s first soccer practice for our six year old son.  To say the least I was beyond pumped and I thought that our son Micah would be too.  As we got ready, Micah appeared to be a little quiet and when we got settled in the truck, he said, “Daddy, I’m scared.”

We adopted Micah this past March and with any new situations such as starting school or attending a soccer practice where he doesn’t know anyone a natural fear arises.  As we arrived at the soccer practice field the fear became stronger and stronger.  A phrase I have been using with him is’ “just take the next step.”

Well, Micah took the next step that landed us on our butts as we watched the 9 kiddos work through their drills and connect with Coach Steve.  Toward the last third of the practice, coach had the boys engage in a scrimmage and Micah perked up and said, “Daddy, time to play.”  I looked into the eyes of my son to say, “no, not today buddy.  Your teammates have been working extremely hard on their drills and they now have earned the privilege of playing.”

What?  Did I really say that?  I had no plans to share that direct message, it just came out.  Well, the team took one more break and then the coach said, “ok, for the last few minutes let’s play the boys against the dads.” Micah looked up into his daddy’s eyes and not a word was said but we both knew that is would be game on next saturday at soccer practice.

I am sure you can tell that I am new at this daddy thing and would welcome any and all of your advice.  I will be sure to let you know how this saturday’s practice unfolds.  Here are a few photos of Micah in our back yard preparing…

Micah practicing soccer

Lehman Party of Three, Your Table Has Been Set

 

Many of you may have seen some of my recent updates of the story unfolding with Micah and Leslie and I truly appreciate all of your prayers and kind words as this has been an amazing journey.

This past weekend our dear friend Sarah-Marie Smith presented us with a video of our Lehman Adoption Story and I must admit…I was moved to tears.  Here it is for your viewing:

Again, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for loving on us and welcoming Micah Nelson Lehman with open arms.  We can truly see the hand of God setting the table for the Lehman Party of Three.

Lehman Party of Three

In His Grip Golf Vision

I want to thank you for all of your requests to know more about In His Grip Golf.  I have put together a short 4 minute video to give you a look into the future direction of where we believe the Lord is leading us.  You can check it out here:

Feel free to leave your comment and I look forward to see you on the fairways of life.

Celebrities Swing for Charity

The 2nd Annual IHG Celebrity Invitational and Pairings Dinner Party is teed up for July 6-7, 2014.  On Sunday night, there will be a Celebrity Meet & Greet, a sit down dinner, a silent and live auction as well as performances by Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Chris August along with Adam Agee hosted at The Factory.

On Monday, the tournament kicks off with a Long Drive Exhibition by REMAX World Long-Drive Champion Gerry James. Golfers will be playing along side of a Celebrity that will be featured in each foursome hosted at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, TN.  There will be a $2500 Putting Contest by SeeMore Putters, a ball fitting experience by Bridgestone Golf and breakfast served by Chick-fil-a.  BBQ Lunch is provided on the course by Famous Daves.

Here is a video highlight of the 2013 IHG Celebrity Invitational.

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Zach Johnson’s “Ace in the Hole”

You may have seen the earlier article of the amazing story of how I have had the opportunity to caddy for Zach Johnson.  Zach is known for his laser-like wedges but from first hand experience his iron play is pretty stellar also.  Here is his hole in one at the 2014 U.S. Open:

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Another great reason of why Zach is such a crowd favorite.  You can also follow him on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/zachjohnsonpga

What’s In My Bag?

I want to thank you for all of your inquiries of what equipment I have in my bag…here is a short video clip with the answer.  Enjoy the U.S. Open!

Payne Stewart’s Connection to “In His Grip”

It is so hard to believe that it has been 15 years since Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.  It is such an epic story that is still so fresh in most golfer’s minds, at least it is for me.

Payne’s duo with a much younger Phil Mickelson on that 99′ Father’s Day will be remembered as one of those most amazing putts on the 18th hole to win a Major Championship.  But the memory that is etched into my mind is when Payne grabs Phil’s face and told him to go home and be a great dad.  Phil and Amy were expecting their first child that next day.

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It was only 4 months later that Payne perished in the horrific plane crash on October 25, 1999 at the age of 42.  I still remember it and what moved me to the core of my heart was the story that when Tracey Stewart (Payne’s wife) opened up Payne’s briefcase that was found at the crash site, there sat a copy of an “In His Grip” book.  Wow, the same book that God used to draw me into a personal relationship with Him in 1997 at the age of 36.

Are you living “In His Grip”?  Let me encourage you to take that step of faith that Payne took to ensure his eternity is now spent in heaven…commit your life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to be the Lord of your life.

I hope to meet you at a future In His Grip tournament.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if Phil wins the 2014 U.S. Open?

Scott

Statue of Payne Stewart

Dealing with Adversity on the Golf Course

Have you ever pulled your drive and you are left with a blind shot with trees between you and the green?  I’ve been there and yes, recently I might add.  Here is how I keep par in front of me and steer clear of the BIG numbers:

Please comment and let me know what other golf instruction you would like to see.

I look forward to seeing you on the fairways of life.

In His grip,

Scott