October has passed really fast. Faster than I think I’ve experienced it passing in years. In a blink of an eye, I feel like we’ve gone from warm weather and lake-days to brilliant leaves and cold rain. Halloween approaches, and the question, “What are you doing for the holidays?” is a common conversation starter.

Fall photosLast week, though, was one that brought around a lot of perspective in many ways. It all really started with handling an issue in a closed group I help admin on Facebook. For the first time, outside of approving memberships, I had to put on my admin hat and kick out a member… and deal with the aftermath of the drama that occurred. I don’t like drama, and I often say that I don’t handle it well. However, through the course of the issue, I learned that I CAN handle drama, and that sometimes the only answer you can give is a strong and final, “NO.”

Not long after, I got word of an extended family member’s death. It wasn’t a family member I was close to at all — in fact according to my Mom I probably had not seen this person since I was in high school — but I still felt this distinct pang of sorrow over the loss. Gone too young, I ached to hug his family members, and I wished I could take their pain away. Life is short… make the most of every day you have. Hold on to your loved ones, and tell them you care as often as you can. You never know when it might be your last chance.

Saturday brought about the Oklahoma State University homecoming, and the horrible accident that occurred at their homecoming parade. Suddenly the fact that football does not trump life was brought to light. Win or lose, there were people who would never get to hug their loved ones again. There were others who lay in a hospital in critical condition. All these lives changed in the blink of an eye… the outcome of the football game they were excited about no longer mattered.   

That all being said, football does matter a lot of many people. Saturday night was a difficult for Aggies, as we watched our team implode on itself.  Even as we took a moment to reflect on the tragedy at OSU, it was hard to not feel that sting of loss.

The next day, when I got dressed to go out, I didn’t hesitate to grab one of my Texas A&M hoodies. I remembered a tweet I shared a few years prior (thanks to Timehop I had just recently read it again), in which after the Aggies had lost, someone asked a fellow Aggie if they were embarrassed to wear an A&M shirt on Monday. “Never, sir,” they had replied.

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We get hung up on football records, and so many deem a university “good” or “bad” based on their football season. But I didn’t go to Texas A&M for football. I went for everything else. A good education, the Aggie family, and core sense of values that the school instilled into me. It’s those lessons and the Aggie community that I lean on heavily in my daily life… its why I am passionate about being and honored to be an Aggie. And that doesn’t change whether my team has a losing season or are ranked top of the charts.

So, you know, life is all about perspective. I can look at October coming to an end as a bummer that the year is going by too fast, or I can embrace it as time marching forward towards the next big thing in life… whatever that may or may not be.


Things I love about October

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Here’s just a few of my favorite things about the month:

It means corn mazes…

Navigating the maze

It means changing leaves…

338: Fall leaves, leaves fall

It means pumpkins…

Pumpkin Patch

It means coffee… (okay so this one isn’t exactly October specific, but you start drinking more of it in October)

348: Vanilla Latte Art

It means scary things…

Spider webs

And it means football…

Cameron Yoe vs Lexington Eagles

It means Mums…


It means Oktoberfest…


It means Halloween…

Happy Halloween

It means birthdays…


Yup. I’m pretty partial to October. What are some of your favorite things about this month?

Five on Friday: Sept. 25, 2015

Life is starting to take control to the point that finding time (or more like energy and focus) to blog has taken a backseat. And I truly hate that. Time for some time management adjustments!

Five on Friday gives me a chance to hit on a whole bunch of topics all in one post without looking too scattered. Or at least I hope I don’t look too scattered.



  1. The pope in in the US this week. As I watched coverage the other day, I was moved to tears. I was moved by the thousands of Christians gathering. I was moved by messages of humility and and to not judge others. I was moved by images of peace and excitement. I was moved by the number of YOUTH in attendance. I was moved by thousands unabashedly bowing their heads in prayer to God… on American soil.

    Then I visited Facebook. And my happiness and overwhelmed feelings of hope turned to disappointment. I saw friends fighting among each other over the pope’s messages. I saw people attacked over their belief in God because they dared to be excited to see the pope in America. I saw distrust and dislike. I saw anger and hatred. I saw claims the world is coming to an end. I saw anger at the idea of everyone getting along. And my heart began to hurt.

    I wanted to blog on this, but I honestly don’t even know how to end this bullet point. I guess I just wish more could see the positive of this visit by the pope. Instead of being leery of the pope, pray for him. Pray for him to be the leader the Catholic church — and the world — look for him to be. That we need him to be. Pray he leads with God’s word in his heart. Pray he helps us all find our way to a world with more compassion, love, and understanding.

  2. On a much lighter note, my summer guilty pleasure came to an end this week. Yes, I am a Big Brother watcher. I started watching it from Season 1, but took a break for a few years through college and other life events that kept me from it. But the last several years, I’ve found a comfort in these crazy people as they helped filled my home with chatter when my husband has been on the road. I am reminded every year that I really should have minored in psychology, because the dynamics of the relationships and the individuals fascinate me. Especially when in relation to the fact that they are playing a game. Call me crazy, but I’m going to kind of miss them.
  3. Autumn is here, and there is one thing I do love about living in Tennessee now… we actually get all the seasons. The leaves on the trees are changing colors quickly, and I almost feel like I can sit and stare at a tree and watch it change before my eyes. I love it. I absolutely love it.
  4. This is happening tonight and I LOVE my high school (even more) for this…
    CodyCody is my nephew… and here is the Muscle Walk Link.
  5. I had point five all typed out and that got canceled before I hit post. So I guess I’ll end it with… have a great weekend!


The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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