Tuesday, July 08, 2008

One of the best days

So, it’s 11:45, and I really should go to bed, but not before I record some of what I’m feeling and what I’ve experienced today. This really has been one of the best days I’ve ever had.

The morning started early, when I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep in anticipation. I got to see my mother and grandmother in law for a few minutes this morning before heading to the pool. My teammates and I decided to meet at the pool to hear the team announcement together. It was bittersweet. So excited for my first Olympic birth, and devastated for my teammates who were not chosen. I have been there so many times before. I know that feeling well, and my heart really breaks for them.

My teammate, Laura, who just earned her 3rd Olympic birth, brought her Olympic ring from 2000 for me to wear until I get my own.

Although sadness mingled with excitement, the excitement grew as I got to tell my friends and family the wonderful news. So many people have been with me on this long long road, and it was incredible to be able to share in this with them.

Tonight I went to dinner with my family that was in town (one of my sisters and my mom were unable to make it) for a night of celebration. We went to P.F. Chang’s (fitting, don’t you think?) and had a fantastic time.

I really am so blessed and so humbled. And ready for bed. : ).


Alan said...

We're so happy for you Nancilea! We look forward to seeing pictures of that new ring soon and a medal to go along with it! Have fun in Beijing! Thanks for sharing!

KFFBOS said...

Congratulations Nancilea, we'll definitely be rooting for you!


dollmonger said...

We are so happy for you. We will continue to pray for you as you go to Beijing. Will your family be able to go too?
Love in Christ,
Steve and Karen Mitchell

Anonymous said...

That sounds like an amazing day! You may be blessed and humbled, but you earned this spot with your incredible work ethic and talent. You are an inspiration to athletes everywhere. I look forward to following you on the Facebook app for the next month and a half!