Year 12

The time has come to wind down our time here in Klaipeda, Lithuania for the season. My husband is finishing up his 12th season as a professional and I’m just so incredibly proud of him. We are pulling to bring home a medal in a week or so and then enjoy a summer home in Texas.

This year has probably been the best out of all my years traveling with Zo. I have loved every place we have called home, but this year all 3 of us made a “life” here and it’s really made for some incredible memories.

Logan has excelled in school here and man, we are so sad to leave that. He loves all his friends and teachers, has enjoyed birthday parties and plays dates, and I’ve loved getting to know some of the great mamas in his class as well.

I was able to finally put my degree to use after ten years, ha! I had the opportunity to volunteer at Logan’s school to teach English in the primary school building. It’s been amazing!! I feel so blessed to have spent this time with the kiddos and I’m going to miss my 3 classes terribly.

I also have gotten to hang out with some of my Lithuanian friends I’ve missed so much, hang out with some incredible American wives, and also make some new friends here which has been so fun. I was able to organize several events for the American wives group and the memories from this season for sure will be in my mind always!

I don’t think I spent much time at the apartment this season and was always on the go! It’s been an extremely busy season but seriously the best one.

I also was asked a few months ago to model in a bridal editorial coming up in a few days and I can’t wait! After having prep, hair, nail, makeup, and fitting meetings all week, I’m so excited to watch the teams incredible vision come to life! I’m honored. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve seen my prints on paper so to see these will be fun!

We had THE best nanny, as Logan calls her, Paddington (Patricia) who has loved on our baby boy more than we could imagine or ask! She graduated from University AND got married all this year! She’s a rockstar and we are really going to miss her!

Ohhhh….and basketball! Ha! The real reason we are here!

Zo has had a wonderful season. We are in Lithuania for the third year, he knows the league and they know him! It’s been a fun year, pretty injury free, and a successful season for the club being in 2nd place!

January brought us the hardest month of our lives when we lost my mother in law. Zo had lots of unexpected trips home, lots of long, sad flights, and traveling and playing was extremely difficult.

Grief is tough, it looks different for everyone. But there is one thing I’ll always remember my mother in law saying.

“This is God’s plan for me, I won’t fight it or question it, I know this is my path”

I so want to be like her. I want to have the faith, 100% that God’s purpose for us is good, even through the trial.

We miss her everyday, but I know she’s never been prouder of her son and she finally gets to see all his overseas games!

So here we are, summer 2019, end of pro season 12.

Where to next? I’m not sure, but if it tops this year…we are NEVER retiring!!

-Morgan

Germany trip

Hi friends! I wanted to share our Germany trip here on the blog and I hope you enjoy. Germany is a place we have called home and every time we go back it’s better than before. This year we planned out a route from southern Germany to northern and made 7 stops along the way.

We saw friends in every spot and even were hosted by a few of our favorite people!

Logan and I always have a blast when we travel together but it’s extra special for him to see all his little American (and Australian) friends and get a big dose of English speaking!

Our first stop was in Nuremberg Germany where we took a train to Bamberg, Germany and stayed with Augustine & Bre (they are basically family and we love them!!) They’ve got the cutest little guy Landon and although Logan was pretty jealous of me cuddling him, he warmed up…a little.

We’ve gotten to watch Augustine play many times before but this was fun seeing his game with Logan and in his home arena. They played against a team that another dear friend plays on so to watch them both was really a treat!

From Bamberg we headed to Crailsheim Germany where we got to hang with our Australian friends and old teammates Ben and Bria. It’s always a good time when me and Bria get together (ask our husbands) and I’ve missed having her on a team with me. Ben and Zo played together in Lithuania and we’ve missed them! They’ve got two little boys and Logan had a blast to say the least!

I also got to see my friend Maria, who I adore!! Talk about having a good time! 🙂 You ever met someone who radiates love and positivity ALL the time? Welp, that’s her!! Spending time together always sets my soul on fire and I’m so glad we got to hang out on this trip! She brought her 2 sweet boys with her and Logan had a blast with them.

We headed way up to Vechta, Germany next where I got to hang out with my friend Andrea who I have known for 4 years and weekly video chat on bible study with. This was our first time meeting in person (even though it didn’t feel like it) and oh my goodness her little one Collins and Logan had a full night of belly laughs! Such a sweet family and we had so much fun!!

Next up, Bonn, Germany. Back to basketball. It was Mother’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with some incredible women and some ball! Getting to spend time with the Mayo family was a treat. We have spent time together in the summers as we are both in Texas BUT heading to their overseas element was quite a treat! Our little ones played and we had some great laughs as well.

I also got to have dinner with my girlfriend Masha who I haven’t seen in several years. She’s a gem and radiates beauty and happiness. I was so glad we could hang for the day because we had so much to catch up on. I declared our crew the M’s (Meisha, Mahsa, and Morgan) . We had fun to say the least.

Onward bound to our final stop, Oldenburg! Usually our Germany trip consists of just Oldenburg and visiting the Paulding’s! Rickey plays basketball there and his wife Kara is one of my favorite people on the planet! They’ve got 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl and Logan literally has a blast when they get together. They are all 3 so sweet with him and it’s like his special siblings for the week! Me & Kara always have the best time together and she just gets me. She’s been doing this basketball thing overseas for 15 years so I look to her in so many ways for advice and support when it comes to hoops, motherhood, and much more!

Back to Klaipeda , Lithuania for 3 more weeks and then home to Texas!

I cherish every trip we take, all the friendships we make and continue to grow, and for all the incredible people this lifestyle has brought to our family!!

Tschüss!!

Until next Time,

Morgan

***ive got lots of pictures up on my Facebook page!