Giving Thanks

Today was Thanksgiving. This was my first Thanksgiving away from my parents in my life. I'm 26 years old and have had the tremendous blessing of a united family my entire life that has always made an effort to be together during the holidays. 

As I began my journey, this was a difficult decision. I knew that leaving just two weeks before Thanksgiving meant that it wouldn't make sense for me to go back to Dallas for a weekend. 

Today was much harder than I had anticipated, though. I missed my family dearly. 

FaceTiming with the family today. So great. 

Fortunately, the Jost family has welcomed me in with open arms. They have gone above and beyond at making me feel at home, welcome and a part of the family. I am truly blessed. I got to partake in a wonderful Thanksgiving feast today with their family and friends. Josh and Rachel have seriously blown me away with their kindness and making me feel welcome in their home. They've even reserved a room for me in the basement, where I sit typing now. 

Thanksgiving Feast with the Josts and friends. 

The Ministry

Interviewing James, one of the skaters that comes to SkateChurch SLC. 

Setting up to interview Rob, one of the leaders at SkateChurch SLC. 

Over the past few days, I've also been filming some interviews for a video I'm making for the SkateChurch ministry here in Salt Lake that Josh started. The interviews have been going extremely well and I'm going to finish up by filming a ton at SkateChurch on the 3rd of December. 

The Weekend

Tomorrow morning, I have a super exciting opportunity. I am getting flown out to Woodward at Copper, Colorado to cover a re-grand opening of one of their parks there for RIDE BMX Magazine. I am so unbelievably excited about this. This is a HUGE answer to prayer. I've been praying for freelance work and the fact that it's for RIDE is just such a huge bonus. Thanks to everyone praying for provision for me back home. 

I fly back from Denver to SLC on Sunday, film SkateChurch on Tuesday, and then I'm off to Reno to see my wonderful friends, the Magnusons!!! Please pray for freelance and ministry opportunities while I'm in Reno. Also pray for some good downtime. I feel like I haven't really had a day of rest since the trip began, which is pretty weird, especially considering I don't even really have a job...