So it has been quite a while since I have updated my blog. It has been an extremely busy week and a half. From Park City we entered Colorado going through Duchesne, Dinosaur, Craig, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Empire, and finally into Denver! There is so much I can write about so I will just hit on the big ones!
In Craig, I met this little guy named Gustavo at the Boys and Girls Club of Northwestern Colorado. While we were there we performed our disability awareness program for kids, Kids On The Block! It was a hit as usual and after the show this little guy came up to me to ask me about my trip. We played basketball for about an hour and I attempted to teach him how to spin a basketball on his finger. We were caught on camera by a reporter and made the front page of the Craig newspaper! I’ll always have that memory with Gustavo of not only teach him about basketball, but understanding of people with disabilities.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The next big stop was Steamboat Springs where we visited with the organization, Horizons. It is an awesome organization that serves people with developmental disabilities throughout all of Colorado. I was able to reunite with Bruce and Debbie who are just some of the most lively people you will ever meet. Bruce loves to wrestle, and he took down our biggest guy on the team. He wanted to be lifted up like the champ he is and I had the honors of lifting him up! Debbie was a flirt the whole time! She was on the search for her next boyfriend on the team calling all the guys “Baby!” It was so great to catch up with her and of course all the compliments that came along with it, apparently I’m good looking!
Our next stop was at an Easter Seals Camp called Rocky Mountain Village. We spent two days with all of their campers joining in on their daily activities which ranged from fishing to zip lining. The theme of the week was “Zombieland” and the disease spread quickly throughout the camp! We were all infected and the only way the campers could escape our fate was by dancing to keep us away, it worked and none of the campers were infected. Thank goodness we were all miraculously healed the evening before we left, so no worries, I’m good. While we were there, I met Heather and Emily there who were just so much fun. They were so funny and would ask you to watch them as they did a trick or to stay still so they could steal your nose! I dressed up as a fireman so luckily Heather didn’t steal my nose!
Denver is such a special place to the Journey of Hope North and TransAmerica teams. Our title sponsor KRG Capital is based there and we also have many of our other sponsors that are present at our arrival at the Colorado Capitol. On our day off, KRG Capital and Special Olympics of Colorado put on a large event called, Pedal for Pennies. It is a cycling event where our team cycles with Special Olympics cyclists around a lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado. Last year I met Hannah and immediately we had a connection. We learned tons about each other and spent the night dancing and just having a blast. This year Hannah recognized me as soon as I walked up and greeted me with a huge hug! It was so good to be reunited with her, once again we spent the evening catching up on everything from how her school year was, swimming, and how cute she thought all the guys were ha! It was probably the hardest event to leave because I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again, but I’ll carry her memory and inspiration with me wherever I go!
Fort Morgan, Colorado
Last night we spent the evening in Fort Morgan, Colorado for the 4th of July. It was a great experience to celebrate our freedom with my brothers and best friends in a small corner of the country that few people know about. What a blessing this team is and this trip in general. Although I continue to worry about where life is taking me next with a job, these guys put me at ease about it and constantly remind me that God has a plan for my life.
Today’s scripture came from James 13-15:
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
As the summer continues to near towards the end, I am continuing my job search for after August. “What’s next?” is what a lot of sponsors ask me when they find out that I am a graduate and this ends in August for me. A lot of the time I sit there clueless, what is next for me? Honestly, I personally don’t have an answer, but I tell them that my faith is what leads me through each and every day. For now, I focus on what is on the agenda for tomorrow, to make sure my cyclists make it to the next city, that they have the time of their life at the event, and that their lives may be better because of their experience. God has put me in this position to possibly make an impact in peoples lives and I believe He did it to fulfill one of my life goals which are 1.) Marry an amazing woman and raise a happy family, 2.)Be a God-fearing, hard working, honest, man, 3.) Change the world in one way. I believe that this is my opportunity to have an impact on the world in a small way. Although I do not know what tomorrow may bring, God always has a plan. Many times it is hard to believe that and to have faith, but without faith and trust in God, we are nothing. My challenge to you if you have read this far, with whatever you’re struggling with in your life right now, may you hand it over to God. Pray about it and trust that He will take care of you even when it doesn’t seem possible.
Running Update: 45 miles
Here are some photos I have taken over the past week, enjoy!
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