After over a year of silence I am once again writing a blog post. It is really quite shocking that it has been so long since my last post. I apologize for the silence! If you noticed from some of the posts leading up to this, I had been trying to do quite a bit. I ended up overwhelming myself and that is the primary explanation for the silence. I had taken far too many commitments and was flooded. But after quite a battle with it all, I am beginning to regain control– or rather I am finally submitting control to the Lord– and things have leveled out quite a bit.
I will try to give a quick recap of what has happened over the last year.
- I started dating an amazing girl (who has made an appearance on here previously when she let me bring my kayak into her classroom at The Children’s Center in Bethany and speak to her students.) Nov. 2011
- I bought a house…. (yes, my dad and I purchased a house – may have been overly ambitious but it happened.) Feb. 2012
- Blacked out from exhaustion… had to stop training for two week, and undergo a bunch of tests. Feb. 2012
- Won second place in the K1 1000m at the Olympic Team Trials, qualified for the Senior National Team (not Olympic), and U23 National Team. April, 2012 (I have sure relived this race a time or two over the last eight months.)
- Won a bunch of races at the Collegiate Nationals (7 all within a few hours of each other) and really screwed something up in my shoulder and haven’t been able to train on the water regularly since then.
- July 7, 2012 I proposed to Ashley Faye Baumann (She said Yes.)
- November 17, 2012 I got married to Ashley Faye Bond.
So today this finds me happily married; a Junior at Oklahoma City University studying Social Studies Education; and less fortunately, a crippled kayaker who’s training consists of physical therapy, running, spin biking, and physical therapy exercises. David Huslig has been amazing and has really helped me make a lot of progress over the last year, but I am still not fully able to train.
If you think that might be a little frustrating you are correct. It has been very difficult. I don’t know when I will be healed but I am hoping it will be soon enough to race this summer. I don’t mind not winning so long as I can give it my all on the water – something I cannot do right now.
I hope to give an account, over the next few months, of my return to health and training. My goal in this is to share the many ways the Lord has been good to me. Thus I will naturally include bits about Ashley and my life together and how we are growing. Marriage has been absolutely wonderful. The Lord is teaching me so much through Ashley and we are both growing closer to Him. Ashley has been very encouraging and prays very faithfully for my shoulder to be healed. Her prayers have mingled with those of many others and this has been a huge encouragement.
Please continue to pray for the complete healing of my shoulder and for a speedy return to the water.
Thank you all for reading! I leave you with a stanza from Anna Waring’s great hymn of Faith:
Father I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
The changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see;
I ask the for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.