Puerto Rico!

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Hey everyone! I know it been well over a month since I last wrote but I have been pretty busy as of late. It has been a little over three weeks since I returned from a missions trip to Puerto Rico! I left for this trip the day after I got home from the family reunion (Which was in my last blog post) and I was gone for just over 1 week on that and when I returned I just returned right into a bunch of 40 hour weeks at my job! I could’ve┬ádefinitely still written in that time but it just kept slipping my mind! Anyways, if you are reading this, I appreciate you. NOW, onto the good stuff!

Puerto Rico!

When I signed up to go on this missions trip I signed up as a chaperone/adult figure. I didn’t know what to expect and, in fact, we were supposed to go to Nicaragua but the country is in very rough times at the moment so we changed plans and we landed on Puerto Rico! Now, the last time I went on a missions trip I went to Nicaragua as a student through my church’s youth program Route 28. I had made a few friends in Nicaragua and was initially really excited to go see them again for the first time in 4 years, so when the country started going downhill and we had a change of plans I was fairly sad. NOW, I knew that I wasn’t going on a missions trip to just meet up and hang out with friends. We were there to do God’s work, I just thought that knowing some of the locals and culture would have made it easier for me to do so. With that being said, God did not want us to go to Nicaragua, and we changed the plans to go to P.R.

I went with a group of 13 youth kids from the church and a group of 8 other adults. Two of the adults were my brother’s so I did know some other people but other than those two I really didn’t know anybody that well. Now, skipping ahead of the flight to P.R. When I got to P.R. it was nothing like imagined, and due to the hurricane that ripped apart the island it looked like a mess in a lot of areas but the island was beautiful and God was in motion. I met all the kids and other chaperones, everyone was really cool and in the end, I even ended up becoming friends with a few. Our job while we were there was to put a roof on house for a family that currently had none. The story behind the family was fairly sad. They were making a new house when the father of the family died and the house was not finished. Then the hurricane came through and made it that much harder to finish the house. The whole family was living in the basement!

When we arrived at the house, the rooms of the house were filled with water all over the floor because of constant rain, trash littered the place, and of course, there wasn’t a roof! So the gang got to work right away, we worked on this house for four whole days (Also a quick note, Greg and I actually showed up to P.R. a day later than everyone else because of the family reunion so I have adjusted some of the times to fit the whole group. Greg and I were actually only there for three of the days.). In the four days, we split up the group, many of the guys ended up working on the roof and placing water treated plywood down and nailing it all down. The guys and some girls ended up being able to put a whole roof on the house and caulk the holes, and even throw a layer of paint over the few panels that were not water treated. Mostly girls ended up staying down in the main living areas and painted the WHOLE house with first and second coats! They did so much work it was so impressive to see the whole house come together. Sadly, we would not be able to place down sheets of metal over the roof as those were coming three weeks later so around this time they should be getting a final roof! I also cannot fail to mention that when we got to the house one of the family’s cousin’s who just happened to live right down the street offered to help us and ended up being a HUGE contributor in us being able to finish the roof. God really blessed us with Edward during the roofing process. I could feel God during the whole trip just moving so freely throughout the group, it was phenomenal.

So, after our three days were up, working on the house, the whole group packed our bags and moved out of our hostel that we were staying in and went to the other side of the island over by San Juan and stayed in an awesome property for the next three days. This place was partially hand built by the owner and it was basically four houses built on top of each other in a way that each floor made a balcony above the below house. I wish I would’ve taken more pictures myself so I could show you all how awesome this place was. And to top it all off, they had a huge courtyard/field area that we could play football and they even had a volleyball court! The volleyball court did not have a net hung up sadly because the group before us actually broke it but we made the most of some rope we had lying around and made a 1 rope volleyball net! Then we got half the group playing! It was a lot of fun.

In the next days we all bonded, shopped, sightsaw, wandered and just enjoyed God’s presence on the trip and it was amazing. The only sad part was having to leave. I thank God that I got to go on such an amazing trip with so many unique and awesome people. Shoutout to all the people who went on the trip!

Now, to top off the post, here are some pictures I took of my amazing trip to Puerto Rico!

Till Next Time,

W.P.

Family reunion is back! Volleyball here I come!

Alright, so for any of you who have read my post since almost the beginning, you all would know that my volleyball obsession slight started at my family reunion. (When I say slightly it’s because there were more determining factors that led to my obsession). Well, every two years my reunion takes place down in Indiana and guess what? It’s that time again! Two years goes by so fast and I have grown so much as a volleyball player and a person. So for this blog post I will be laying out five things that I have learned in volleyball in my first two years of playing!

1. The proper way to receive a volleyball! If you all remember, this is what made our team lose to My Uncles team at the last reunion. This time will be different!

2. That volleyball is a team sport. Volleyball is one of those sports where you can’t play alone, you have to trust and believe in your team. You can’t hold the ball, and you can’t touch it more than once in a row. This one was kinda hard for me because I’ve never played on a team till recently, so it took me a while to learn to trust my team and not try to carry the whole team by myself.

3. Hitting the ball hard is not always better. If you have ever watched Vball on tv they spike hard and powerful BUT, that’s professional and if you aren’t professional there is a good chance you can’t do that. Well good news, there are other ways to score points. Volleyball is very much a game for thinkers. It’s a tactical game. You can score points by being smart and thinking ahead. For example, where is their weakest receiver, I’m going to serve to them. Where is there shortest player, I’m going to spike by him. Find your strengths and use them against their weaknesses.

4. How to spike! This one was the most fun thing I learned in the past two years, learning how to spike and the proper approach to spiking really made a difference in my game!

5. Jump serving is hard. So I have learned to jump serve but I don’t play on enough leagues to keep up the practice and drill the form and approach into my head so that way I can be consistent. Lol so basically, I can do it about 30% of the time ­čÖé

And that’s all for me today! I’m hanging out with family most of the day so I will be busy. I hope you all have a great day!

Till next time,

W.P.