Happy New Years!!
2011 has officially begun in Turkey :) Just got back from a party, so I will blog more tomorrow. We head to Kayseri tomorrow...5 hour bus trip! We play Kayseri on Sunday, Fenerbahce on Wednesday, and Tarsus on Sunday to finish out the first h
We practiced twice today. In the morning it is normally shooting, but this morning it was a practice. So, after the first practice I took a nice nap to get geared up for the second practice. I hardly slept at all last night because of the time change, so I am hoping for a better night of sleep tonight. We have one practice tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. followed by film. Tomorrow night some of us are going to go over to Coaches house to celebrate the New Year coming. I guess it will be 2011 here, before it is in the States :)
Do any of you have some New Years resolutions? I have not really nailed one down per say, but my ultimate goal is to continue to strive to grow closer in my walk with the Lord. I want to be used by Him for His glory in whatever way that looks like.
I hope you all have a great rest of the day :)
Verse of the day:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.— John 16:33 (NIV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...This world is a place of struggle. Yes, we can live above the struggle for awhile. We can find a way to simply ignore or re-label the struggle for a time. But in the end, the struggle will find us. But in the midst of struggle, we can remind ourselves that our victory is secure. Jesus has won! We will share in his great triumph. In case you didn't know, the final outcome is already determined and Christians "win big" through Jesus. And this victory is a forever win!
My Utmost For His Highest:
Once God has begun the process of sanctification in your life, watch and see how God causes your confidence in your own natural virtues and power to wither away. He will continue until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through this drying-up experience!
Our Daily Bread:
Have you lost your spiritual balance through a sinful choice, which is keeping you down? Repent and follow the God of second chances once again.
Day #1 is complete in Turkey :) It is looking like I will be over here for about three months. Our season ends mid March and then playoffs start after that.Christmas break was a BLAST!!
I love, love, loved being HOME :) I am away so much, that it makes it extra special when I am able to spend time at home. I got in around midnight on Monday night (the 21st). My whole fam was there to pick me up at the airport (minus Amy and Zeb though).I was dead tired after close to 24 hours of traveling, but I couldn't sleep so I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. talking with my sisters. Here is my first picture I took at the airport at midnight with my sisters :). Before we started talking, we opened up our Christmas presents to one another and to and from our parents. Monday night was the only night that both of my sisters had off, so we were opening present at 1:00 a.m. This was way past my parents bedtime, but they were gracious enough to let us do this.
I will post a link at the bottom of my blog with pictures that I took while home :) I never really slept in while home because my body never really got adjusted to the time change. Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with a couple doctors appointments and then just hanging out with my family. I went to the chiropractor and then also found out I needed to get some glasses. Is that what getting old does to you? Or maybe working on my masters? No, I am kidding. I am thankful that the Lord has allowed me to do what I do.
Wednesday I left with my parents to make the 8 hour drive to Indiana. We go to Grandpa and Grandma McNally's house in the afternoon. My brother and his wife Amy came in on Wednesday as well. This year was the first Christmas that our whole family was not able to make the trip. Moriah was able to fly in Christmas Eve, but Molly had to stay back in Lynchburg to work. Nursing schedules are pretty crazy during the holidays. Somebody has to work in the hospital even though it may be Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We missed Molly, but thank the Lord for Skype...we were able to let her watch people open presents and stuff. My time at the McNally's was great!! It was great to see Grandma and Grandpa again. I miss you a lot when I am gone, and wish I could make it more often to your house. I am so thankful for the times that I am able to come and visit. We had some AMAZING food prepared by Grandma...wow...she can cook! I took a few pics of the food that you can check out from the link at the bottom of the blog. Grandpa, thanks for keeping the fire roaring...nice and toasty in the house which was great! Love you both!
On Christmas Day we headed over the the Frazee's. We had some ham and turkey served for lunch. I got to see my Uncles and Aunts which was great. We always have a great time when we all get together. There is never a dull moment in the Frazee house, with all the great grand kids running around and playing...so FUN! Great seeing you Grandma and Grandpa Frazee as well. Love you too!
The day after Christmas found me traveling back to Virginia with my parents and Moriah. We got back to Lynchburg in the afternoon. I was able to go to Walmart and get stocked up for things to bring back over here. I went to bed kind of early to get a good nights sleep since I was flying out the next day.
Monday came oh so fast! Thankfully my flight was not until 5:00 p.m., so I was able to wrap up any loose ends that I had. My flights over here all went very smooth. I flew from Roanoke to Chicago and then from Chicago to Istanbul, then Istanbul to Adana. I arrived last night around 9:00 p.m., which is 2:00 p.m. your time.
Praise the Lord I was able to sleep fairly well last night. I slept in today until 11:00 a.m. and then we had practice at 2:00 p.m. Practice wasn't too bad, but I could definitely tell I was tired.
Well, I think I may go to bed early tonight. We have two practices tomorrow. One practice from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then another one at 4:30 p.m.
I hope you all had wonderful times with your families :)
P.S. Link is at the bottom of the page.
Verse of the Day:
My Utmost For His Highest:
Our Daily Bread:
Here is a link to some pictures I took while home:http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2368041&id=55710205&l=dcbc8f909f
*There are some pictures where you will see some fine cuisine prepared :) Don't get too jealous ;)!!
It has been awhile since I have last blogged. I had a wonderful time at home visiting friends and family. The time went super fast, and I couldn't believe it was time to head back across the water so fast. I just wanted to write a quick update and let you know I made it back to Adana, Turkey safe and sound.
I will update tomorrow about all the FUN things I did while home, and I will also post a few pictures :)
God bless you ALL!!
This is Moriah blogging again :) It is currently almost three in the morning. I worked tonight from 7p-11 then was sent home on call because our patient census was so low.. So, needless to say now I can't sleep. Megan made it home safe and sound Monday night around 11:30 PM. For once she did not have any major delays to which she and us were VERY thankful for! We are gearing up to make our egg rolls. They are sooo delicious! It is usually a New Years Eve tradition but since Meg probably won't be here for New years we are going to make them early. And that day is TODAY! We also opened up our family gifts last night because Molly can't come to Indiana for Christmas and I will be working the other nights. So that was fun getting to see what everyone got each other! I am sure that Meg will get on here in a day or so to update her blog herself but I just wanted to let everyone know that she made it SAFE AND SOUND! We love having her home! Have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!
Two days until I start my trek HOME :) One game stand between me and getting ready to go home.
The flight to Istanbul went great today! We got to the hotel (Holiday Inn), which is really nice, and ate some lunch. Shortly after lunch we headed out to practice. Practice also went well. Tomorrow we play against Besiktas at 3:30 p.m. After the game I will be going to a hotel closer to the airport to spend the night with a couple of my teammates.
I will try to update tomorrow after the game. I am not sure if the hotel will have free internet or not, but I hope so. Holiday Inn has free internet, and it is good too. A lot of hotels have free internet over here in Turkey believe it or not, but a lot of times it is sketchy.
Looking forward to coming HOME soon :)
Okay back to listening to the Liberty Lady Flames basketball game!! It is 23-21 at the half. Liberty is playing North Carolina Central.
How is everyone doing? I am doing well :) Had one practice today that went well! After practice we watched some film.
This afternoon has been filled with packing and also I made some banana bread for the trip to Istanbul for the team. Tomorrow we head to Istanbul.
I sent my paper in today, so I am done with classes for a week :)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
Verse of the Day:
Today was another good day :) We had lifting this morning and then one practice this afternoon. I worked on my paper some this afternoon and then finished it up tonight. I spent a solid couple of hours hacking away at it. I will look it over tomorrow and then turn it in :) So glad to have the big project complete.
Break time is almost around the corner. Two practice and one game stands between me and going HOME!! So excited :)
I hear a lot of places in the States got snow today or last night. Enjoy the white stuff, but also stay safe. Best place to be is inside the house, next to a nice and cozy fireplace, and reading a book.
Have a wonderful rest of the day!! Tomorrow I pack for going home and for our game in Istanbul on Sunday. We will be leaving Saturday morning.
And then there were FIVE!! YAY :)
Today we scrimmaged Tarsus. Tarsus is in our league and they are about 45 minutes away from Adana. The scrimmage went really well. We ended up coming out on top which was good :) I didn't to a whole lot today. After the scrimmage I ate with some of my teammates. We ate Mercemik Koftesi (lentil meatball) for lunch.
Here are the ingredients: *it is really good!!
I am only 3 practices (one Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and 1 game (Sunday) away from coming HOME!! I can't wait.
I hope you all are having a great week so far! Happy HUMP day to you all.
Verse of the day:
How is everyone doing?? Hard to believe it is less than a week until HOME :) I am so excited! Today was a good day :) We just had lifting and then we had the afternoon off. I was able to do some work on my research paper. I hope to finish that up within the next few days.
This evening I was able to talk with Shanna, Shannon, Sidney, and Brittney as we discussed the "God's Space" book. SO amazing how technology allows you to talk to multiple people at once on different continents and in different time zones.
Tomorrow we scrimmage Tarsus and then we have one practice on Thursday and one practice on Friday. Saturday we head to Istanbul to play Besiktas on Sunday and then fly HOME on Monday!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
I am currently playing basketball professionally. The Lord has blessed me with so many opportunities. I hope to be able to share some of my experiences with you!