Monday, July 9, 2018

G L O R Y | D A Y S

Going by my past journey, I am not certain where life will take me, what turns and twists will happen; nobody knows where they will end up. As life changes direction, I'll flow with it. 

Katrina Kaif

I just wanted to write a happy post…

                Photo courtesy of my mom :)

I was good.  I was really good.  Being a goalkeeper in soccer was something that came naturally to me.  I was MVP at the East vs. West game my senior year in high school.  I was MVP at the University of Kentucky soccer camp.  While I was there, I was asked to participate in a demo where professional players tried scoring on me… they never did. They tried putting shots over me, to the side of me, in the corners, and not one shot passed me.  One professional said he was taking me back to his country with him.  It never happened, but I’d like to think he was sincere at the time.   I earned several awards including first-team all region in my area.  It’s funny and a little embarrassing, but my parents still have all of the newspaper clippings.  My last year of high school, I averaged 20- 25 saves per game; during one I had over 50 saves (we weren’t very good that year).  I was asked to play in Mexico and Germany, which I turned down ultimately because I was terrified to leave Abby.  I already had it in my heart and head that we were going to eventually marry, so I stayed. To this day, whenever I mention that Abby and I dated in high school, and then wed, people can’t believe it.  Probably because it isn’t heard of in these times.  

Sometimes, I look back on that time of my life and wish I would have gone. I imagine myself playing on a field of perfectly cut green grass within a beautiful stadium, a captain’s armband around my upper arm, helping guide all of my teammates around the field.  I guess everyone has things they wish they would have pursued.  However, everything has worked out for the best. I wouldn’t change anything in my life.  Perhaps the most important thing soccer gave me was an outlet to focus my energy on something other than overthink everything.  


  1. I know we hear it and say it often God doesn’t place us in situations we can’t handle.. sometimes it’s hard to believe that, especially when we are struggling but I do believe it’s true.. Your struggle will always be with you but God will be there with you as well.. you are very blessed to have the support you have there are many that don’t. God Bless you and thank you for sharing your story. I believe it will help someone!