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Remember me?!

Hi there, it’s me (finally),

This blog was started as a way to force me into trying and doing new things while adjusting to a new environment. As life has evolved and I entered grad school you may have noticed that the blog tended to fall to the wayside. Now that I have graduated, I am going to attempt to regain some “normalcy”

In the words of Ms. Angelou herself…


Hope you will all come along!


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Get voting and smiling

I have to say my piece— GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY!!!!!!!!!

Here are a few words that have made me smile as of late:

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In a funk… need some inspiration


Hey Mama!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!


I know that I have not been the easiest kid to raise, but I would not be me without you. I am so blessed to call you my mom. You are strong yet vulnerable, loving yet tough. You have shown me how to be open, flexible, creative, encouraging, thoughtful and so much more. Thank you for all your life lessons and of course your unconditional love. If I am ever blessed with the opportunity to be a mother, I will pass along all that you have taught me.

I listen to this song often and while it does not directly apply the chorus certainly does, and always reminds me of you. Love you

Well the sun just got through going down on a sleepy little Texas town
Population plus one minus one
A new grandma rocks my sister’s kid just like twenty years ago she did
The same thing in that same chair
She said “this one’s born to run”

Every day at noon like a chapel bell find her Jesus keep her well
Help her do more right than wrong at the end of the day
I got 5 good years and a tank of gas, fifty watts and Johnny Cash
A guitar and a broken heart just full of things to say
You taught me how to stand those tests and trials
But you can’t see a desert sunrise in the bible

She loves me more that anything
And she wants the world for me
Her west dropped of in El Paso,
And her north in Abilene
Mama I’m OK out here
I’ve seen how hard the world can be
My step is sure and I know my name
I’m strong just like you prayed I’d be
I’m strong just like you prayed I’d be

If I’d have done what you and daddy done, would have never lost and never won
Or gotten myself kicked when I was down
I would not know how to travel well, A hundred bucks and cheap motels
I would not know how to fight for my own heart next time around

Now don’t you cry another night about me
In this city I’ve got angels all around me

She loves me more that anything
And she wants the world for me
Her west dropped of in El Paso
And her north in Abilene
Hey Mama I’m OK out here
I’ve seen how hard the world can be
My step is sure and I know my name
I’m strong just like you prayed Id be
I’m strong just like you prayed I’d be

I felt it every time you prayed for me
I’m strong just like you prayed I’d be 

-Mama I’m Alright- Miranda Lambert-

Day 80: Your favorite childhood movie

This is a toughy– there are so many years of childhood. My knee-jerk response would be The Little Mermaid, but then as I grew older I loved The Adventures in Babysitting. Of course there are many others that come to mind but as funny as it sounds I have a recent favorite childhood movie.

Around Christmas time I was with my niece Lola and was surprised that she as watching The Wizard of Oz. Being only 3 I was worried that this might be scary for her. I told her that when I was a little girl I distinctly remember having to hide behind my dad’s back when the Wicked Witch and her monkeys showed their faces on the screen. I said if you get scared you can always cover your eyes or we can change the channel. Very matter of factly she looked up at me and said “Momack, why didn’t your dad tell you to be brave? If you get scared, you can just hold my hand”. Thus, my new favorite childhood movie obsession began. I have since purchased this movie for Lola and can’t wait to watch it with her next time we are together. Love you Loli!

"...And we're off to the the Wizard"

Shiny and Wordy

Day 71: Your favorite piece of jewelry

One of the many things I inherited from my grandmother and my mom is a love of jewelry– and saying love is an understatement. Big. Shiny. Sparkly. Distressed. I LOVE IT ALL! I figure the more the merrier. Some f my favorite pieces have already been posted on the blog so I went digging deep into my collection and then it dawned on me– my charm bracelet. Long before charm bracelets were “cool” I remember sitting on my mom’s vanity looking at her bracelet asking her what each little charm represented. I had such a love for my mom’s bracelet that at a very young age she helped me to start mine. On of my favorite features is the that actual bracelet from which the charms hang belonged to my grandmother.

Each little charm represents various times and experiences in my life. This little guy is no where near finished considering I have eight charms in my jewelry box just waiting to be added to the family! Once this bracelet is filled up, I will have to start another. Like I said, the more the merrier!


Day 70: Something you borrowed from a friend

My girlfriend Casie is an avid reader, and recently lent me a series of books. These are the final two… the red one of which I will begin reading after I publish this post. Happy Reading!

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx

Once there was a tree…

Day 64: Your favorite childhood book 

Hands down my favorite childhood book, and one of the greatest books of all time is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; from the weathered copy you can tell this is the only one I have ever owned.

oldy but goody

With simple pictures and a sweet story line this book has always had my heart!




go read

Of course this is not the whole story, there is much left out. If you have not read it, you should– the lessons told are valid both then and now. Happy reading!

“O Captain, My Captain”

Day 35: Favorite movie that you own

My girlfriend Corbut told me that when she came upon my blog the reason she knew that it was mine was because of my “About Me” section. It contains a quote from my favorite movie of all time and I believe that she bought me this copy of the movie (ahem, I also have it on VHS, what?!) She is one of the most inspirational women and a dear friend. So she and this movie have a special place in my heart!

Love you Corbut!

I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~Henry David Thoreau

Time to catch up (sorry! 18/19/20)

Day 20: Your grades or report card

Since I am years removed from college and nearly a decade removed from high school I don’t have easy access to a report card or any set of grades. And while I did well in college my high school grades were nothing to brag about. Since we no longer get “graded” I strive to do my very best to live my life according to the quote below. With an open heart I try to move through each avenue of my life, and live it to the very fullest.

great advice~ Thanks Jan!!

Day 19: One of the best days of your life


Live each day for today!

Day 18: Your favorite outfit

only a few

A few years back I decided that I would like to revert to the days of my childhood where I loved girly dresses and frills. I made a very deliberate decision to try and get as many dresses I possibly could. I jokingly stated that I would like to have one dress for every day of the year. While I am probably in the 20- 30 dress count I can definitively say that dresses are most certainly my favorite outfit!

Words to live by…

Day 6: Your favorite quote in your own handwriting

"...even if we are not wise enough to know."

My mom told me this my entire life. She told me that often in the midst of things we will not know why something is occurring the way that it is but once you are beyond the situation it will become clear. While I heard her words, it did not start to take on a real meaning for me until I was traveling in Japan during the summer of 2004. The people I met and soon came to love can vouch for the fact that everything just seemed to “workout” that summer. I met some of the most important people in my life on that trip and had some of the most incredible experiences. Since that summer this has been the motto that I attempt to live by.

Anything worth doing…

Paradise 2007

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. ~Robert Cushing