View outside my hotel I am staying at! I am right next to the U.S. Airways Center where we practice :)
Today we have an off day which is so nice! Our last off day was Friday, but we had Media Day, so most of the day was taken up doing different things that are required on media day like taking pictures, and things like that.
After being here a little over a week, I still have to say it has been a phenomenal experience so far. The management and coaching staff have assembled a great group of girls. It has been awesome being able to practice with some of the best talent in women's basketball. Practices have been going well so far. We have had a couple injuries, but thankfully nothing too serious which is great!
On Sunday I was able to go to a church here in Phoenix which was awesome. The pastor did a phenomenal job and preached a great message from Romans Chapter 1.
I just wanted to write a quick update to let you all know how things are going so far!
May 4th - Flew to Phoenix
May 5th - Physical
May 6th - Start of Training on the Court
May 7-9th - Practice
May 10th - Media Day/Off Day
May 11-13th - Practice
May 14th - Off Day
May 15th - Resume Practice
May 19th - Pre-Season game against the Japanese National Team
May 23rd - Roster Finalized
So, day #2 is complete in training camp! It has been a busy weekend as I left on Saturday for Phoenix. I got settled in Saturday night and then Sunday we all got our physicals, had some strength testing, and then a team dinner in the evening. On Monday we had our first practice. Phoenix is known for running, so it is a lot of running during practice, but it is good! The coaches have assembled a great group of girls, so the final 11 to make the roster from the 15 here at training camp will make a great team!
I am doing well so far. A little sore, but that is kind of to be expected. I will try to write a little more frequently than I have been.
Something that I wanted to share with you that I read today from “Jesus Calling”:
"Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Concentrate on trusting Me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in My sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter."
I hope everyone is doing great!
I figured I woud write a quick blog and fill you all in on some exciting news. I will be headed out to Phoenix for their training camp next weekend. I will keep you all updated with how everything goes!
I know I said I would try to blog more, and wow the time has gone by so fast! So this last weekend I went to Tennessee and spent some time hanging out with my boyfriend's family as well as Caleb's cousin. I met Jamie back in February, and we hit it off really well, so we decided to meet up. She lives in Nashville, so a good rendezvous point was where the Leuzinger's live, so we headed there for the weekend. I left Friday and came back yesterday. The weekend was a lot of fun, and went by really fast! On Friday I made a meal for the family and Jamie and then on Saturday Jamie and I went around and did a little bit of shopping. Then in the afternoon on Saturday we went hiking on the Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA. Caleb's mom came along with us, and we had a lot of fun and actually ended up walking close to 5 miles! Saturday evening Mrs, Leuzinger (Caleb's mom) made some homemade pizza which was awesome, and then we all went to the movie theatre and watched "The Crood's" which was a great and cute movie.
Here is a pic of Jamie and me :)
Above is a picture of Jamie and me on the hike. And then below is a picture of all of us on the hike :)!!
Mrs. Leuzinger, Jamie, and me!
Below is a pic with some of the Leuzinger family that we took after church! Caleb's parents are on the left, then it is Micah and Josiah, then Jamie, and then me. We had a blast together and it was a lot of fun! The church service was really good too and I especially enjoyed the worship music a lot!! So yeah, it was a great weekend in TN spent with some pretty awesome people that is for sure! Thank you to the Leuzinger's for opening up your home and thanks Jamie for making the drive to meet up!
Then the previous weekend Brittany Cook came in town to stay for the weekend. We went to a "Tenth Avenue North" Concert at Liberty University on Friday night and then went hiking some on Saturday and took in a Liberty and Softball game. Then in the evening we went and watched the movie "42" which is about Jackie Robinson and the legacy he left behind! It was a blast being able to hang out with Britt and spend some time together and yeah just catching up on life. I cherish her friendship dearly and count it a blessing and a privilege that the Lord allowed our paths to cross through the game of basketball. Love you Britt!
With Britt at the Tenth Avenue Concert!
This week I will be staying in Lynchburg all week training and spending time with my parents and friends here in town. Today was a busy day filled with a bball workout, cardio, weights, and then I mowed our grass, and then went to Dr. Farver's and did some stuff for her in her yard. It seems that my days fill up even though I don't have a "full time" job right now.
God is good :)
I wanted to leave you all with this song! I have been listening to it a lot lately and love it :)!!! A great reminder for us all!
Easter Picture together :)
Wow, where has the time gone since I last posted on here? I really need to try to get in a little bit better habit of posting on here while I am in the States. My time home has been awesome! It has been so nice to be able to visit family and friends, AND most recently I finally was able to go visit my boyfriend in Iowa!! What an awesome time it was to be able to spend time with Caleb, see where he is going to school, and yeah just hang out. I celebrated my birthday while I was in Iowa, so that was neat. I turned the big "26" - wow!! Caleb did an awesome job. He took me out to eat for my birthday and then after dinner we came back and watched a movie Caleb had bought and he even had popcorn, some chocolate covered blueberries, and an energy drink to try. Yes, I have never tried an energy drink before, but this was a special occasion haha and so I decided to try it. He was super great, because he even made sure to get a "healthy" energy drink. It has kind of been an inside joke between the two of us (too hard to explain), but needless to say I ended up trying it and it was pretty good!
While I was in Iowa I was able to check out Caleb's college (Dordt College), meet some of his friends, cook a few meals, watch a couple movies, of course take in some NCAA action, spend some quality time with Caleb, eat out a few times, play some basketball and raquetball with Caleb, go to church on Easter, go for a walk with Caleb, did a little running by myself, and also some quality chill time. Oh and I also have to add we visited Blue Bunny and got some awesome Ice cream. Le Mars the ice cream capital of the world is about 30 minutes from where Dordt College is. Caleb is in the midst of his student teaching, but he had last Friday and Monday off because of the Easter weekend, so I flew in to Iowa on Thursday and then left on Tuesday morning. The weekend was definitely full of memories and I am thankful to the Lord that it worked out that I could go see him and spend some time with him. Thankful for a guy who loves the Lord most importantly, and who shows Christ like love to me through his actions and what he says. Super neat and definitely a gift from above.
I have been staying busy going here and there. I have gone to Ohio a few times to see my sisters and grandparents. I am also continuing to work out and do basketball workouts as well. I am not sure what this summer looks like. I may try to play in the WNBA, but just waiting to see right now if anything opens up. If nothing does open up, then I will spend my summer working out, hanging with family and friends and Caleb, as well as working some summer basketball camps. I know the Lord has it all planned out, and so I can rest in His perfect plan. Although, I am going to be honest, sometimes it would be nice to know what my future plans are. Once again though I can rest in THE ONE who knows and holds my future in His hands. Thankful!
Well, it is bed for me here soon. I have had a busy day, starting with early morning workouts. Was nice to get a 6:15 a.m. wake up call...joking of course...but always glad to have the workouts behind me by about 10 a.m. Thankful for the ability to get out of bed, workout, and do basketball.
I hope you all are doing well! Just wanted to write a quick update. I hope to be more faithful in my blog posting from here on out.
Below are a few more pictures from my weekend in Iowa!
A collage of some pics from the weekend!
A sign on Dordt College Campus
Blue Bunny Ice Cream :) YUM!!
Fun time of playing raquetball and basketball with some of Caleb's friends :)
Time has been flying by since I have been back in the States. I went to spend some time with my sisters in Ohio shortly after I got back and was there for about a week and a half. It was such a blessing to spend some time with my sisters and see where they are living now. I also got to go spend some time with my wonderful grandparents...I always enjoy doing that for sure!
I came back to Lynchburg for awhile and spent some time with my parents as well as did some workouts. Then I was off to Nashville this past weekend to spend some time with my boyfriend's family. Caleb's mom is an assistant coach of a high school girls basketball team in Tennessee and they actually won the Christian School State Championship on Saturday which was awesome!!
A picture with some triplet girls on the basketball team :)
What an awesome time it was to be able to be a part of the girls winning their third State Championship in a row. The picture at the very top is of the girls after winning the State Championship! The next picture is me with some triplet girls that were on Tri-Cities Christian School - the girls team that my boyfriend's mom helps coach.
Here is a picture with Mrs. Leuzinger (Caleb's mom) and me :)
Had to get a pic with my boyfriend's mom - STATE CHAMPS!!
The next picture is a picture of me with some of Caleb's cousins and then Caleb's cousin Jeremy's girlfriend Megan!
Jamie (Caleb's cousin), me, Megan, and Jeremy (Caleb's cousin)
What an awesome weekend it was getting to spend time with the Leuzinger's as well as getting to meet Mrs. Leuzinger's sister and her precious family. After spending the weekend in Nashville, I came back Saturday night to Blountville where the Leuzinger's live and spent the night with them and then went to their church on Sunday. After church I then went and got to visit with Britt and Courtney Stone. I played with Courtney at Liberty. They only live about 15 minutes from the Leuzinger's. They just welcomed their first little baby into their family. Here is a picture of baby Eli - he is precious!
Eli is about 2 weeks old here in this picture :)
Well, I just wanted to write a little blog and update you on my life back in the States. I am around Lynchburg the rest of this week and part of next week. My brother and his wife are coming this weekend for a few days. My brother will stay through some of next week as well because it is his spring break and my parents have theirs next week also.
I will travel with my parents to Ohio for a few days to see Grandparents and to spend some time with my sisters. Then I will be back in the Burg for the following week before heading out to spend a few days in Iowa with my boyfriend. It will be great to see him since I haven't seen him since New Year's.
I hope you all are doing well :) It is nice and snowy here today. I am off to workout here in a little bit!
"Jesus Calling" - March 6th
Continue on this path with Me, enjoying My Presence even in adversity. I am always before you, as well as alongside you. See Me beckoning to you: Come! Follow Me. The One who goes ahead of you, opening up the way, is the same One who stays close and never lets go of your hand. I am not subject to limitations of time or space. I am everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working on your behalf. That is why your best efforts are trusting Me and living close to Me.
Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.~ Hebrews 7:25
How is everyone doing? It has been a busy time since I have been back. I have been enjoying my time with family and friends. On Thursday I left for Ohio to spend some time with my sisters and grandparents :)! It has been a lot of FUN getting to spend some time with them and hang out. They are adjusting to their jobs and life away from home. Their place is looking really nice and is coming along great. I had no doubt that it would!
Tomorrow I am headed to see my grandparents which I am excited about!! Woo hoo :)
Jesus Calling ~ Feb 18
I am with you. These four words are like a safety net, protecting you from falling into despair. Because you are human, you will always have ups and downs in your life experience. But the promise of My Presence limits how far down you can go. Sometimes you may feel as if you are in a free fall, when people or things you had counted on let you down. Yet as soon as you remember that I am with you, your perspective changes radically. Instead of bemoaning your circumstances, you can look to Me for help. You recall that not only am I with you, I am holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory. This is exactly the perspective you need: the reassurance of My Presence, and the glorious hope of heaven.
The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Hey All,I hope everyone is doing well. I have been enjoying my time at home for sure. I have gotten into a routine of going to bed early and waking up early. Fun Fun :) The past few days have been good. I have connected with some people here in the Burg, spent quality time with my parents, and done a fair amount of relaxing :) I wanted to share a link with you all to an article that was recently done on the Big South Website. As they gear up for another Basketball Conference Tournament they decided to interview a couple current professional basketball players who have formerly played in the conference:http://www.bigsouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=4800&ATCLID=206353461I hope everyone has a wonderful "hump day" today!February 13th - "Jesus Calling"
PEACE BE WITH YOU! Ever since the resurrection, this has been My watchword to those who yearn for Me. As you sit quietly, let My Peace settle over you and enfold you in My Loving Presence. To provide this radiant Peace for you, I died a criminal’s death. Receive My Peace abundantly and thankfully. It is a rare treasure, dazzling in delicate beauty yet strong enough to withstand all onslaughts. Wear My Peace with regal dignity. It will keep your heart and mind close to Mine.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
You gotta love the jet lag. It is going on 6:45 a.m. and I have been up since about 6 a.m.
Many of you may be wondering why I was not able to blog the past few days. Well, I actually have returned back to the Unites States. The team I was playing for has had different problems throughout the season, and most recently they have continued to struggle with paying salaries that they owe. My decision to leave the team was not an easy one, but after discussing with my agent, family, and thinking and praying about it, I felt it was time to take a stand morally for what is right.
I am not sure what the Lord has in store for my future, but I know He holds it in the palm of His hand, so I can rest in His perfect peace. I have no hard feelings against my coach, club President, or team.
I will probably be blogging less frequently as I am home, but will continue to update you all from time to time. Thank you so much for all of your support and keeping up with me while I was in Turkey.
"But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me." Psalm 13:5-6, NLT
These devotionals below are great and so applicable in my life right now!
February 7th - "Jesus Calling"
“COME TO ME FOR REST and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life.
Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern of good, including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time. Your main responsibility is to remain attentive to Me, letting Me guide you through the many choices along your pathway.
This sounds like an easy assignment, but it is not. Your desire to live in My Presence against the grain of “the world, the flesh, and the devil.” Much of your weariness results from your constant battle against these opponents. However, you are on the path of My choosing, so do not give up! Hope in Me, for you will again praise Me for the help of My Presence.
*Thankful we serve a God who knows what we need when we need it. He is faithful to give us enough strength to get through each and every day. This life is full of twists and turns, but we serve a God who has paved the way ahead for us that we may walk fully in Him - in His unsurpassed strength. May we strive to live in His Presence on a daily basis.
February 8th - "Jesus Calling"
I AM ABOVE ALL THINGS: your problems, your pain, and the swirling events in this ever-changing world. When you behold My Face, you rise above circumstances and rest with Me in heavenly realms. This is the way of Peace living in the Light of My Presence. I guarantee that you will always have problems in this life, but they must not become your focus. When you feel yourself sinking in the sea of circumstances, say “Help me, Jesus!” and I will draw you back to Me. If you have to say that thousands of times daily, don’t be discouraged. I know your weakness, and I meet you in that very place.
Like this devotional says below, we WILL encounter problems and trials. Our focus must be Heavenward and not inward. He promises to give a "Peace that passes all understanding". May we not lose heart, but rather press on in victory knowing that the Lord has already won the battle for us.
I am in DC staying with my brother and his wife. I flew in yesterday afternoon and will be staying in DC until Sunday. My parents are coming up today and I am looking forward to seeing them!! :)
"Jesus Calling" - February 6th
COME TO ME AND REST. I am all about you, to bless and restore. Breathe Me in with each breath. The way just ahead of you is very steep. Slow down and cling tightly to My hand. I am teaching you a difficult lesson, learned only by hardship.
Lift up empty hands of faith to receive My precious Presence. Light, Life, Joy, and Peace, flow freely through this gift. When your focus turns away from Me you grasp for other things. You drop the glowing gift of My Presence as you reach for lifeless ashes. Return to Me; regain My Presence.
Matthew 11:28-29 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.