October is my FAVORITE month – and it’s finally here!! WHOO HOO!!!
Why do I love October? There are SO MANY reasons!
1. The weather! It’s fall and fall ROCKS. I LOVE scarves and boots, and October is perfect for those things!
2. Football season! It’s in full swing, and the best game of the year happens the second Saturday in October – Texas/OU weekend!
3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Lattes, scones, raviolis, pies…pumpkin ROCKS and is the official food of October – at least to me :)
4. Orange! There is a lot of orange everywhere these days, which warms my Longhorn heart to the core :)
5. Baseball playoffs! This is my beloved Chipper Jones’ last season, and if the Braves could make a run for it, I would be one very happy fan.
That’s right, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! Couple that with my favorite ACTUAL season (fall) and all things pumpkin, and you’ve got yourself one happy girl. I love this time of year because of the abundance of orange (leaves, pumpkins, Longhorn attire), delicious recipes (I made pumpkin cheesecake trifles the other day – YUM) and of course, FOOTBALL. I don’t discriminate between college and professional football – it is all glorious in my book! And with both the Texans and the Longhorns currently undefeated, I can say that this season is starting off nicely.
What else is great? On Wednesday, The Weatherman said the low will be 48 when I wake up. FORTY-EIGHT!! I’m PUMPED to bust out the jeans, boots and scarf for a fall fashion fest! Everyone knows I LOVE scarves (just look at the inordinate number I own, given where I live), and boots are the best thing since sliced bread, I’m pretty sure. Bless you, Wednesday – and get here soon!
All over Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere, I’m seeing friends and family post the things they are thankful for during the month of November. Since I am the queen of stealing other people’s ideas, I thought I’d do the same!
I probably won’t blog every day – I don’t even turn on the computer on the weekends (usually) – but I’ll definitely post about 30 things for which I am thankful. The hardest part will be quelling that list down to just 30 things!
So here are reasons #1-#3, since it’s already November 3:
1. The Cross: As a Christian, there is not greater thing than the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. I am thankful for a God who loves me so much that he sent his son to die for my sins!
2. My Husband: Chad is such an amazing gift and blessing to my life every day. Not a day goes by where he does not make me laugh, his hugs can cure any sadness and he’s such a strong leader for our family. I am so lucky to have him as my husband, and I look forward to the amazing life we will share together!
3. My Mommy: My mom is the reason I am the woman I am today. She raised me to be strong, independent, hard working and so much more. She’s definitely one of the most driven people I’ve ever met, and she always has my back! Love ya mom!
Y’all – today is a GREAT day, for many reasons:
1. I had an awesome discussion about Jesus, the church and reaching people with a coworker today – it was so uplifting and encouraging! Too often I am stuck in the trap of “you can only be helpful if you’re in a ministry position.” Which is totally a lie!! I mean that’s not what Romans 8:28 says – we are CLEARLY told that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him. Sure, that can also be applied to trials in your life, but also as a reminder that in every situation, God is using us for His glory. We don’t need to be a pastor – we can spread the Word wherever we are! It also reminded me of Romans 9:17: For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” God displays His power through us wherever we are!
2. I am going to see “Courageous” – the new Christian film that comes out today – with the Young Adult group from Immanuel. Whoo hoo! Love social outings :)
3. It’s FRIDAY!
4. Tomorrow we’re going over to our friends’ house to watch football and eat fun snacks. Who doesn’t love college football, food and friends? I’m not sure we can hang out if you don’t like the trifecta of awesome.
5. Baseball playoffs start today!!!
6. October starts tomorrow – my favorite month of the year!!!
7. Today is payday!!!
8. My friend Laura finished a first draft of a 12-page paper for grad school! Of course, a master’s degree is no cake walk, and I’m super proud of her for balancing a busy school, social, church and family life all at once! Love you, Laura!
What are YOU happy about today?
Today was about as close to perfection as a day could get, minus Longhorn football, getting engaged or getting married :) (I would know, I’ve done all three!)
Chad and I woke up at 9 a.m. knowing the weather was going to be gorgeous. (In fairness, we also know when it’s going to be not-so-gorgeous, but that is beside the point.) I went downstairs to whip up some banana walnut pancakes and turkey bacon – and of course, my morning coffee – and we headed outside to enjoy breakfast on our back patio. It was a glorious 66-ish degrees (Chad will have to tell you the EXACT temperature – that level of detail is far more important to him than it is to me), and the first time we’ve been able to enjoy dining al fresco in our new apartment.
Then we got dressed and headed to Pinnacle Mountain to meet up with our friends Danny and Laura Bauer (and Danny’s parents, who were in town from the Woodlands). It was Danny and Laura’s first time to Pinnacle, so Chad and I were happy to show them the trails (though there was an unexpected detour due to renovation of the path we wanted to take). Because it was the first day that did not include unbearable heat since who knows when, the entire state of Arkansas was also attempting to climb Pinnacle – but that didn’t stop us. Before we knew it, we’d made it to the top!
Looking west from the peak, toward Lake Maumelle
After saying our goodbyes, Chad and I headed home for lunch. He, unfortunately, had to work today (boo!), so I did my weekly ritual of planning our meals and shopping for them before I headed back outside to finish up my latest book, Starting Your Marriage Off Right. More on that later.
Now, it’s time for me to get dinner started for my hubby, and when he heads back to work I’m sure I’ll either start reading something else or watch Shrek – I’ve never seen it before, so I decided to DVR it. Who doesn’t love a good cartoon?
Hope you guys enjoyed your Labor Day as much as we did!
Today is Thanksgiving, and I’d like to take a moment to say what I’m thankful for:
- Salvation through the blood of Jesus – I don’t deserve it, but He gives it freely. Thank you, Lord!
- The love of my boyfriend, family and friends – You all have been there for me through thick and thin, and now across state lines. I love you more than words can say!
- Starbucks holiday lattes – You were especially good to me this morning at 5 a.m. :)
- A job I love – Thanks for challenging my comfort level (moving) and presenting me with lots of opportunities every day.
- Football – You entertain me for weeks on end, even if you suck – Longhorns, I’m talking to you.
- Chad – Because you understand my particular breed of OCD crazy, yet love me anyway :)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, and that October is my favorite month. Fall brings awesome weather, pumpkin flavored everything and burnt orange everything, straight from God. October means the heart of college football, NFL football and baseball playoffs – I mean really, this is my time to thrive!
In honor of fall/October/Halloween, Chad and I decided to watch a bunch of scary movies throughout the month. So far we’ve seen Psycho, The Crazies and The Hitcher. Psycho was dumb, The Crazies was good and The Hitcher is also recommended. To pick our movies, we’ve been going through the list of top horror movies of all time.
On the list, The Shining made a consistent appearance at the top. Chad was not interested in seeing The Shining because he said it was dumb, but I’ve always been interested in it. So, when AMC had a Steven King marathon this weekend, I signed myself up for it. As I settled in to watch the movie alone, I thought nothing of it.
SCARIEST. MOVIE. EVER.
Okay, maybe not EVER, but seriously – it was freaky. I’m a HUGE fan of psychological thriller books and movies, and this was no exception. The music made it EXPONENTIALLY scarier – well done, Stanley Kubrick. So, while I was totally freaked out and scared out of my mind, I loved the movie. (Apologies to my friends on Twitter/Facebook who were subject to my live updates while watching the movie – it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.) However, I won’t be watching super scary movies alone any more – clearly this was a mistake.
Bottom line – scary movies are fun, especially during October. However, they’re definitely date night events – not to be viewed alone – so that you can snuggle with your sweetheart when you feel scared :)