As the Thanksgiving season approaches I cannot help but think of all the things I have to be thankful for. I could never have imagined I would be living in Wales and be able to experience some of the things I have. I am so thankful for the friends and family I have back in the States who have prayed for me and are always encouraging me. The love and support that has been shown through you all is something I can never thank you enough for.
I am also extremely thankful I have been able to call Wales my home for a little over a year now. I am grateful for being able to establish new relationships with the people of the Vale of Glamorgan. This place and the people I am surrounded with continue to teach me so much about life. The churches have been so supportive and is amazing to see the work they are doing in the surrounding area. Their willingness to serve people in the community continues to inspire me.
When I was about four years old my parents decided to place me in the local YMCA soccer program. Despite playing many different sports growing up, soccer seemed to be the one that always stuck and where my real passion was. I look back now and think how that one decision has drastically impacted my life especially in Wales. I know that was no accident, but merely an example of how God’s plans are far greater than anyone can ever anticipate. Due to that decision, I am now able to go into a local primary school and teach six kids the values of life behind the sport. It has been very challenging because of different behavioral issues. However, this has also taught me without challenges there is no room for growth. It is so rewarding when I see them implement or talk about specific things I have taught them.
I have been given the opportunity to come out of retirement (as some would joke) and play for Barry Town. I love being apart of the team and being able to play competitively again. They are all so great and am thankful for the friendships I have made through this. I am so excited for the season ahead with the team.
I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. It’s hard to believe that three weeks from today I will be on a plane to the States for Christmas. Time seems to be going so quickly and am excited to spending the holidays with friends and family.
Thank you guys for your continual prayers and support. Look forward to seeing some of you very soon.