If you would have told me a year ago that I would be flying to Texas to play basketball, I wouldn’t have believed you. But, God knew that I was going to Grace and that I would have this amazing opportunity. And so… the Texas journey continues. We have all loved embracing the summer sun and lovely weather down here. None of us are ready to go back to the cold, blustery, snowy, and nasty weather in Michigan.
Today started off with leaving the hotel at 9:30. We were uncertain of where we were going to go but we were ready to see whatever we could experience Dallas.. We were all so excited to pull out our shorts again even though it was only in the 60s. Then all of us filed in one by one to a 15 passenger van and we were off. We were amazed by the many ramps and huge roads there are down here.
We ended up in downtown Dallas. We wanted to go see the 6th floor museum where JF Kennedy was assassinated. On our walk from the parking lot to there, we saw cacti and several big buildings. One building in particular was shaped uniquely and took a lot of interest in our team. Sarah thought that it was very interesting. As she was admiring the structure of it, she failed to see a big metal mailbox that was in the middle of the pathway. She ran right into it and has scrape on her face from where she hit. Oops! It started swelling a little bit but it is nothing too bad! This is where the first and only injury of the trip so far took place.
We just went to the gift shop at the 6th floor museum and then proceeded to keep on seeing what we could in downtown Dallas. As we got to a monument, we started looking at it and a guy on a bench started giving us a history lesson. Little did our team fail to realize was that he was doing that for money. Let’s just say we learned a valuable lesson today. Next time we will not be listening to a guy just going to “give” us a history lesson.
From here we kept on walking and just continued to enjoy the time together with our teammates in downtown. Following downtown, we filed back into the van and made our way to a huge mall where we were going to have lunch. This mall was huge! It was four stories and had an ice skating rink on the ground floor. Continuing with our “funny” sounding restaurants, we figured that we would try a place called “Potbelly’s”. Let’s just say I underestimated that one but they had some very good subs. Following lunch we had an hour to go walk around the mall. The first stop many of us went was H&M because there is not one near us in GR. Surprisingly, no one bought anything but we all had a fun time in the mall.
After the mall we came back to the hotel and we relaxed until we left for the game. Our hotel was roughly 10 minutes from the college. We got to Dallas Christian College with plenty of time to warm up and get ready for the game. We are very happy to have won our first game and we are getting ready for our tough competition tomorrow.
Following the game, we engulfed burgers, fries, and shakes from In-and-Out. Came back to the hotel and did devotions as a team. I love being able to open the Word of God with my team and hear testimonies from my teammates. God has truly blessed me with such great teammates.
From here on we are on our own. Some people went straight to bed, others watching TV, swimming/hot tubing, and mentally getting ready for our game tomorrow.
From the many laughs, talks, and memories, we have grown together so much as a team. We have been so blessed to take this trip down to Texas. Thank you Grace for letting us come and share God with the teams that we interact with! We are half way through our trip and it is flying by! Looking forward to what tomorrow brings.