In college I had an odd friend. She was a student athlete from Sweden who knew little to no English. I had zero friends and she was new to the campus, so we struck up an odd friendship that has lasted for a decade now.
She was a soccer player; a keeper specifically. Turns out she was good, really good.
She graduated around the time women’s soccer as a professional sport started to blossom in the United States. Where she was from they had a professional league with multiple tiers (Tier 1 being the highest). She played after college back home, but I wasn’t sure how serious she was about the game (college can burn you out rapidly).
Today, via Snapchat, she showed me a black keeper jersey. It said “Jitex” on it. From the years of covering the sport I knew what this meant…
Jitex is a soccer team…
Jitex is tier 1 in Sweden’s domestic league…
That jersey was Jo’s new jersey…
Jo signed with Jitex…
Jo is now a professional soccer player…
Jo made it…
I’m so happy that God blessed her with this insane opportunity. Even through dark times He never ceases to amaze!
Strange packages I come home with…
True story; 28 years of never winning a single athletic event, and today I brought this award home.
I’m happy. While the accomplishment isn’t perfect, it’s still an accomplishment. God gave me strength to move, and a heart to run.
I’ll get my praise on because my God continues to refuse to give up on me.
God is good✔
There are days when it is hard to write when you’re drinking the from intoxicating cup of such an incredible life.
Official score updates came in from yesterday’s race.
I’m very glad that I completed it.
The race is part of a four race circuit throughout the entire state. So, points accumulate through race completion.
What I learned…
-1st in my age division yesterday at the race
-Currently 2nd in overall in the circuit standings for my age group
Run is finished.
Fajitas just finished.
Fresh, cold pressed cherry juice on ice.
Oh the sweet smell of spring…
Paying utility bills this morning and thanks to a fireplace, open windows, and a budget conscious wife, our electricity and water combined for $150 last month. That’s $50 below our allotted budget!