She hasn't posted about returning to soccer yet, so I'll take that one. (Though my duplication dislike falls apart at this point because I'd like to read what she has to say about soccer and I hope she posts about it sometime even though I'm writing about it from my perspective.)
I have to say, I was a little surprised when Carmen decided to go out for soccer this spring, and I almost tried to talk her out of it. She's been away from soccer for a couple of years (choosing riding over soccer) plus she's now U12, which is a competitive league. I thought it would be too rough, fast, and basically hard for her.
I'm happy to be wrong.
Although she signed up for social reasons (Elliott) Carmen has been having the best time with soccer and has blown me away with her work ethic and courage on the field. I'm amazed and impressed.
(The Elliott part is working out to.)