Today was a much needed off day which was so nice. I don't have too much to update on the game from yesterday. There has not been a box score posted yet from the game. I do know the final score was 69-64...definitely a tough loss, but we have to keep our heads up and keep on moving forward. This next week we play on Monday and then also on Friday.
Today I did a decent amount of cooking and baking. I slept in a little bit, then I made some banana bread for a teammate. I then made a burrito for lunch which was really good!
After lunch, I went to the grocery store and got some ingredients to make chili. I love to eat the chili over rice and it makes for a quick meal. I still have some leftovers from pasta that I made for pre-game yesterday so between the pasta and chili I have quite a few meals that are quick. I also made another batch of granola bars for this upcoming week which was good. Last week I had made some pumpkin energy balls and still have a few of those to eat as well.
homemade chili :)
Tonight one of my teammates is coming over to do some baking and to hang out so that will be fun. We each looked up a recipe to make. I am going to be making a homemade apple crisp. I will be sure to post some pictures tomorrow :).
I wanted to share with you some notes from the message this past Sunday at Thomas Road Baptist Church (my home church in Virginia):
Thomas Road Baptist Church
Christmas Cares…about your dreams!
1. Our Dreams and God’s plan don’t always agree.
a. Matthew 2:13
2. God’s plan is orchestrated long before we can imagine.
a. Psalm 139:16
b. Matthew 2:19
c. God always has our best interest in mind and He did so before we even took our first breath.
3. God leads us where we NEED to be, not necessarily where we WANT to be.
4. Making God’s plan our dream takes OBEDIENCE and FAITH.
a. Matthew 1:24
Tomorrow we have practice in the morning and then I am planning on hanging out with a friend in the evening for a little bit!
Unfortunately Game #6 did not turn out like we were hoping it would. We took a loss. We really honestly could and should have beat Holon but ended up losing by about 8 or so. I don't have the box score or anything yet, so I will write more tomorrow.
This morning we helped out with some kids and their grandparents and put on a little clinic and then finished with a little bit of dancing for fun.
I took a nap this afternoon which was really nice to do, and then we hit the road for the game. I will be sure to write more tomorrow. So now on the season we are 3-3. We are hoping we can finish out the first half of the season with 2 more wins.
Tomorrow we have off and then it is back to the practice floor on Friday!!
"God’s kingdom is a treasure meant to be shared." - Our Daily Bread
Today was a great day! I went to my General Manager's son's soccer game this morning. He did really well and was able to score at least 4 goals that I saw. Then from there I went and did some grocery shopping, and then I went and got some therapy on my finger. I got good news today....I now can play without buddy taping my finger and am now down to just taping my pinky by itsel :) Woo hoo!!!
This afternoon I cut up veggies, cooked some chicken, and cooked some rice, because I invited one of my teammates over for dinner. She wanted to learn how to make the chinese rice dish that I do, so I told her to just come on over and I would show her. As I was cutting up one of the peppers for the dish, this is what I found:
I had never seen something like this before. Basically, a new pepper had formed inside of the red pepper. For some reason, my mind immediately shifted on the Lord. First off I was thinking wow how amazing it is that I can cut up this pepper and eat it. Then the little pepper inside kind of reminded me of a heart, so then I was thinking about God's love for you and for me. I couldn't help but be reminded that we are kind of like the small green pepper and Jesus is like the red pepper. He is willing to shield and protect us if we let Him. He will wrap His loving arms around you and hold you, carry you, hug you, whatever you may need. God never makes "mistakes". Just like this little pepper that developed inside of the red pepper. It may look like a "mistake" but it wasn't.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). --"The wonder of it all— just to think that Jesus loves me." ODB
Practice went well tonight. We went over the game plan for tomorrow and did some shooting. For dinner I fixed (along with my teammate) the chinese stir fry which basically has chicken, veggies, and rice. I have posted a picture before on the blog before, so I won't post another one. But a new picture I did want to post is from the dessert that I made for after the meal. I made a strawberry shortcake homemade and then cut up some fresh strawberries and added some cool whip :) SO GOOD!! It is strawberry season right now, and I have to say the strawberries taste wonderful!!!
Tomorrow night we play at Holon at 7:00 p.m. I will be sure to post on here after the game and let you know how the game goes!! I am not going to post a link to watch the game tomorrow, because obviously the links are not working...so be sure to check back tomorrow for the outcome of the game!
Let's go Ramat Hasharon!!!!
Last but not least as we have entered into the month of December, I wanted to share a really neat rendition of the song "Little Drummer Boy". ENJOY!!
Today was a great day once again here in Israel. I slept in a little bit, then I relaxed in my apartment, then headed out to practice. We practiced earlier today which was really nice! I definitely wasn't complaining at all. After practice I went and lifted and did an ab workout and then I came home and showered and had a little bit of time to chill before it was time to head out to watch one of the women's basketball games in a nearby city.
I have to add that for supper I had some leftover ingredients from the Mexican Pizza that I had made, so I decided to make a burrito and it turned out amazing!! Here is a picture:
Homemade Burrito :)!! - Black beans, peppers, onion, cilantro, chicken, and cheese!
I hope everyone has had a great start to a new week! Tomorrow it is back to the practice floor here.
My Utmost For His Highest:
God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants.
How is everyone's Sunday going? Welcome to the month of December :)!! Today was good for me here. I slept in a little bit, then I walked to the grocery store. I decided to try to make some pumpkin energy balls. I had seen a recipe online and they looked good. Only difference was, there is no pumpkin pie filling here so I had to buy some fresh pumpkin, boil it, and then mash it. All things considering I felt like the energy balls were a success. Here is a pic below:
We had practice this afternoon which went well. Before I went to practice I had decided I was going to try to make a Mexican pizza. I had some time before I left for practice to chop and cut everything up, so all that was left when I got home after practice was to put everything on the pizza and bake it. The pizza consisted of homemade dough, black beans (I smashed them and added some spices which then made the sauce of the pizza), cilantro, cheese, onion, peppers, and chicken. Here is a picture of the finished product:
The rest of the evening I plan on relaxing. We don't play until Wednesday this week, so we have practice tomorrow and Tuesday.
I hope everyone has a wonderful evening!
"The ultimate protection against sinking during life's storms is devoting time to develop your friendship with Me." - Jesus Calling
Today is the last day of November...unbelievable!! Today was a great day here. I slept in a little bit and then I headed to the gym to get a short lift in and then went for a run! It was great to be able to get a nice casual run in :)!! This afternoon I took a nap and then this evening it was practice time. Practice went well. We watched some video from last game which was good.
Tomorrow it is back to the practice floor in the evening. After practice I am going to try my hand at making a homemade Mexican pizza, so stay tuned to hear how it turns out :)!!
"The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." Isaiah 58:11
Haifa, Israel :)
Today we had off which was really nice. We found out that our game on Monday is now switched to Wednesday, so we have a little bit longer of a break. I actually drove to Haifa which is about an hour north of Ramat Hasharon and I met up with some American's up there and had another Thanksgiving meal today. What a blessing! I got connected with them through a mutual friend who I met in college!! I tell you what, it seems like Liberty University has allowed me to make so many connections which has been great! It was awesome to meet up with some fellow Believer's...incredible. The picture collage above are some pictures I took as I was coming into Haifa. I pulled alongside the road and snapped a few pics - what a beautiful place!!!
Below is my Thanksgiving meal that I had today :)
Salad, green beans, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and Turkey - YUM!! :)
I finally had the chance to post the box score from last game! We won the game 82-73. Enjoy :) We are now 3-2 on the season so far. We have 3 more games to finish out the first half of the season...it is hard to believe that we are almost half-way done with the regular season games!! Time is flying by.
I hope everyone continues to have a blessed extended weekend :)! Tomorrow it is back to the practice floor for us!
OUR DAILY BREAD:
If we could view through eyes of faith
The people we meet each day
We’d quickly see God’s gracious hand
In all who come our way. —D. DeHaan
A pic post-Thanksgiving meal - what an incredible spread of food!! :)
Happy Thanksgiving to you ALL!!! :) So many things to be thankful for this year ! I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, thankful for my wonderful family, thankful for my amazing boyfriend, thankful for all of my great friends, thankful for the great team win last night, and thankful I get to see my sisters and parents next month here in Israel!!! - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! --- "my cup runneth over" - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Here are a few pictures from the evening today. I have to say that this is one of the best Thanksgiving meals I have ever had hands down!!! After we finished eating we went around and said something we were thankful for. Was neat to hear different people's responses.
This morning I slept in and then went to the fitness center to workout and then went for a walk. I then made some chocolate chip/white chocolate chip zucchini bread that was phenomenal!!! I am going to take a loaf with me tomorrow when I go up to visit some other American's in the northern part of Israel. Tomorrow will be Thanksgiving #2 for me :) We have off tomorrow which is so so so nice!!! :)
chocolate chip zucchini bread!
This morning when I went on my walk I snapped a few pictures :) I loved the flowers!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! :) God bless you all.
"Jesus Calling" - November 28th
Rest in the deep assurance of My unfailing Love. Let your body, mind, and spirit relax in My Presence. Release into My care anything that is troubling you, so that you can focus your full attention on Me. Be awed by the vast dimensions of My Love for you: wider, longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know. Rejoice that this marvelous Love is yours forever!
The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness. Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God: receiving with thanksgiving. Bring Me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much I bless you.
We got the win today!! Woo hoo :) Such a great team effort and a HUGE win for us!! So thankful to the Lord that He allowed us to come out with a victory. We had 5 girls in double figures which was awesome!!! God is so so so good :). I will try to post the box score tomorrow for you all!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have two days off which I am so looking forward to. Tomorrow night we have a team get together which I am super pumped about :)!! We are having a Thanksgiving meal and a chef is preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal and then on Friday I am heading up north to get together with some American's up there for Thanksgiving! Fun times ahead :)!!!