Friday Favorites

Good evening and happy Friday! I’m liking up with Andrea today for Friday Favorites; I’m lat with it because I forgot to schedule a post for today and was in the office all day today but I did remember to jot down a few favorites this week to share so here goes….

1.) My Fitbit Flex. 
I am totally in love with my Fitbit Flex and the app that goes along with it. I love that it tracks my steps, calories burned, and even my sleep patterns. I wear it all day every day and on days when I don’t want it seen on my wrist (lets face it, it’s a little clunky) I link it to a belt loop on my pants and wear it discreetly…but it still measures everything. 
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2.) Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

Target had these on sale 2 for $6.00 so naturally I bought two…and I will probably head back to Target for two more! You just add milk to the Latte concentrate and serve it hot or iced…I’ve had it both ways and I LOVE it iced! 
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3.) Checkerboard Slipper

Living in Michigan I’m pretty used to crazy weather but we had a crazy cold front move in yesterday and I was off work so I stayed inside, with tea, an episode of Gilmore Girls, some knitting, and these awesome checkerboard slippers on my feet. I would love to tell you where you can find the warmest, most comfortable slippers around but sadly I can’t link to it. My grandma made me these. She’s been making these for members of our family for as long as I can remember – sometimes a new pair every year. I hadn’t had a new pair since I was in third grade…thirteen years ago. Finally last year she made me a new pair and I wear them just about every cold night here in Michigan – so from September to May : )
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That’s all I’ve got this week because – admittedly – I forgot about posting this week. I wrote a note in my planner to remind myself to post on Fridays, so hopefully next week I’ll be more prepared. 
Thanks for stopping by today, sorry for the quickness of the post. 
I hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends! 

Thirteen Years Ago

I have to admit that until nine o’clock last night, I didn’t realize what today was.

Thirteen years ago I was eight years old.

Thirteen years ago I had just started third grade, and was pretty stinkin’ excited.

Thirteen years ago I got up and walked to my bus stop, and one of the morning flights from the airport not far from the house took off and flew over my head, just like it did every morning.

Thirteen years ago I went to gym class and came back to my teacher in tears.

Thirteen years ago I came home from school and none of the evening flights went over the house.

My small Midwestern neighborhood was eerily quiet that night thirteen years ago; no planes flew overhead, no kids played in the yards, no one was out walking.

Parents had to answer tough questions that night thirteen years ago; they tucked their children into bed and hugged them a little tighter. In the days and weeks to come families had to say goodbye – to loved ones lost and loved ones heading off to fight.

First responders from across the country volunteered to clean up the fallen towers, to fight the lingering fires, to come alongside a city – a country – that was hurting.


Today I am twenty one years old.

Today I am in the first week of my senior year of college…and I’m still pretty stinkin’ excited.

Today I woke up and had breakfast with my mom – watched that morning flight go over my house just like it does every morning.

Tonight I will sit in my living room and watch the evening flights overhead just like I do every evening. I will hear the sounds of kids laughing and playing, people will walk their dogs, and ride their bikes.

Parents are still answering tough questions – these days dealing with math, history, science. They tuck their children into bed, hug them tight, praying over them. Families are still saying goodbye to loved ones lost and loved ones heading off to fight.

In some ways not much has changed from thirteen years ago. Morning routines are the same, planes still fly, parents still answer the questions their children ask, families still say goodbye.The landscape has changed, the country has changed and is changing, the history books have changed. I think in some ways we were all changed by the events of that day. I would be lying if I said that thirteen years ago I wasn’t a little nervous when the planes started going by the house again.

This country will forever carry the scars from that day and the days that followed.

To the police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and rescue workers I say ‘thank you’.

To the men and women who serve our country in the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Gaurd, and National Gaurd I say ‘thank you for keeping us safe. For defending this great nation.’

To the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, friends, and loved ones who lost someone on that day or in the days that followed I say ‘your sacrifice will not be forgotten’.

To the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, friends, and loved ones who sent someone off to defend our country I say ‘thank you for your faith, your courage, your bravery’.

There were several times when the words wouldn’t come, where I felt that my words wouldn’t help, or be heard. There have been times where I was at such a loss for words and only tears would come.

My prayer today is for the families that were touched by the tragic events of this day, my prayer is for our nation – still healing, still facing uncertainty.

Hug the ones you love today.


Back To School

Happy September (a few days late…oops)!!! I love September; school supplies “bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils” (name that movie), Pumpkin Spice everything, leaves changing colors, football – college and high school (I live across the street from the field where our district’s HS team plays Friday home games are the best; you can hear the band and the PA guy), canning, Christmas Concert prep for choir and orchestra, Bible Quizzing starts in September, and (of course) my fall semester starts! Wow! September is packed with great things!!

I started my fall semester today – I’m taking one class (YAY!!) online (YAY!!!)…it’s algebra (BOO!!!!). I am not a math whiz by any means; I can do “everyday math” – addition, subtraction, money math – but give me equations with numbers and letters and multiple operations and balancing equations and fractions and…and…and………


 I get so stressed when it comes to algebra….it’s crazy!! Luckily for me, with this class I have lots of help here at home. My dad is a college professor who just so happens to teach algebra (along with statistics and economics), so more than likely I will be having him help me out this semester…because I’m going to need it…big time!!

I much prefer English Lit., History, and Biology. Which leads me to my summer reading list . I finished my entire summer reading list!! This is the first year that I made a list to read through for the summer and I will be the first to admit that the list was a little daunting at first and at one point I almost gave up, BUT on Sunday night August 31st I finished the last unread book on my list!!! I’m thinking I might review a few of them or at least write up some recommendations.

Happy September my friends!!