This last month has been a wild ride but a good one! We ended up going undefeated and winning Norceca's. It was a great all around tournament for us. We continually got better as the tournament went on and we proved why we are #2 in the World. It was fun to go back to Puerto Rico to see everyone. I played there my first season overseas and it was great to go back and see all the wonderful people that I met and played with. As with every tournament it brings its challenges. It was my mom's two year anniversary since her death on the 16th of September. The 16th of September was also the most important day in the tournament. We had to play Cuba to go to the finals and qualify for World Cup. Cuba is a very dangerous team because they can turn it on and become unstoppable. On this day I struggled with remembering my mom but also being there for my team. I wanted to reflect on the memories I had but I knew that she would want me to focus on the game. She never wanted me to worry about her when she was here and I know she would not want me to worry about her now but just know that she is with me wherever I am. I felt like she was with me that night guiding my heart and giving to my teammates.
After winning Norceca's we got a week off!!!! Yes I SAID IT! ONE WEEK OFF! :) This was a much needed break both physically and mentally for me. This week started out right with a trip to Omaha with the besties! We were able to shop a little and grab lunch. Two of my best friends were also my teammates and former senior captains of the 2008 Nebraska Volleyball team. Every chance I make it back to Nebraska I try and see these two lovely ladies. We have shared in a lot of important things in each other's lives such as winning a national championship, participating in each other's weddings and now Rachel Schwartz (Culwell) is pregnant and we can not wait to spoil her little girl. Getting to spend some good quality time with family and friends was amazing.
While at home I also got to help celebrate my cousins 21st birthday. We went out to dinner and then followed and finished the night off with heading downtown. It was great to spend time with them and help celebrate this momentous occasion. Happy birthday Megan! So glad I got to spend it with you and your friends! :)
My husband Luke and I got to help celebrate our friends wedding that weekend. Luke was in the wedding and got to stand a long side one of his great friends. We could not be happier for them, and it was great to get out on the dance floor with everyone and let go a little. We Love you Katie and Nick and wish you many years of happiness together! :)
To top the weekend off I made a trip up to my home town, Hooper. I do not make it back often because I am usually only home for quick weekends at a time. I went back to the church that I went to as a child. They were doing a special dedication to my mother who had been a member for many years. After her death the donations received were given back to the church because we knew that is what she would have wanted. They had bought eight beautiful banners that they will display for holidays and or special occasions. It was great to go back to see everyone from my childhood and to see the impact my mom had on people. I was very emotional that day because Sunday church was something my mom and I would always do together. I actually sat in the same pew as her. I did not realize it until after I was sitting there for a while but I felt like she was with me that day. I miss her, but know she made me the person I am today and I am so proud to call her my mother.
This was quite the eventful week for me, but it filled me so full of joy and makes me thankful for the people I have in my life. I could not be happier and more blessed. So this is for everyone in my life who has impacted me and made me the player and person I am today, I could not have done it without you and even though I may not see a lot of you or talk to you often you mean the world to me. :)
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