Enduring All Things: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday: A Warm Bed

Today for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for...
A Warm Bed to Sleep In

The temperatures here in Ohio have gotten kinda chilly lately. Yes, in October. We even had a little snow in the middle of the month. And lots of frost since then. So today, in the midst of the cold outside, I am thankful for a warm bed to sleep in. This goes along with having shelter and heat. Some a lot of people don't have these luxuries, and I usually take them for granted. But today I thank God for them. I am thankful for my bed and to be able to share it with my loving husband! Oh and I am thankful that Pearson seems to radiate heat and also keeps me warm.

What "luxuries" do you find yourself taking for granted sometimes?
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

25 Things Harry Potter Taught Me

It occurs to me that some of my readers may not know how much of a Potterhead I am. Why in the world do I not post about Harry Potter more than I do??? It has been a huge part of my life for so long! Just because no new books or movies have come out in a while, doesn't mean Harry Potter is any less important to me. So when I found the announcement for a Harry Potter link-up, I knew I had to join the party!

For the link-up, we are supposed to post about anything Harry Potter related. Anything? Oh boy. I could probably start an entire blog about Harry Potter. After much thought, I decided to come up with 25 things the Harry Potter series taught me. And trust me, it wasn't hard to come up with 25 things.

Oh and before I begin let me put a big SPOILER ALERT on here. Stop reading if you have never read Harry Potter and do not want anything spoiled. Besides, you probably won't get some of the quotes I use.

On to the 25 things...
  1. You don't have to be related by blood to be a family. Harry was no doubt part of the Weasley family and the Hogwarts family.
  2. If a boy thinks you're annoying in your first year of school, you could end up marrying him.
  3. A mother's love is one of the strongest things on earth. Harry's mother's love saved him from Voldemort the night she was killed. Molly Weasley saved him on many occasions by giving him a place to stay and defending him. And Narcissa Malfoy lied to Voldemort about Harry being dead after asking him about her own son's safety.
  4. You are never too young to be a hero.
  5. Never judge a book by it's cover. Sometimes, someone who seems like a villain is just misunderstood, like Snape.
  6. How to exercise my imagination. When I was younger, my brother and I liked to play a game we called "The Potters". We were both descendants of Harry Potter at Hogwarts in the future. Different rooms of our house were different rooms of the castle and we had imaginary schoolmates.
  7. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends."
  8. If your best friend takes the girl, you can always have his sister.
  9. "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" Harry didn't want to be in Slytherin so the sorting hat didn't put him there.
  10. If you don't want to tell people your true feelings and motivations, just give them your memories in the form of tears. Like Snape did in his last minutes on earth, but don't try it at home.
  11. True love never goes away. "After all this time" "Always"
  12. It's OK to be curious about the unknown. Arthur Weasley was obsessed with muggles.
  13. Even the most unexpected people can be hardcore when it comes to their family and what they believe. Molly Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Professor McGonagall buckled down in crunch time.
  14. If you ever want answers, go to Hagrid. He will give them to you and then say "I shouldn't have told you that. I should not have told you that!"
  15. British actors are the best.
  16. Home doesn't have to be a house with your family. It truly is where your heart is. Harry was only ever at home when he was at Hogwarts.
  17. It's OK to be yourself and not care what others think. "Loony" Luna Lovegood was the epitome of this concept.
  18. What seems cool is not always right. Draco Malfoy was rich and popular, but being a stuck up, prejudice Death Eater is definitely not right.
  19. True friends stay with you till the end. Even after he got mad and left in book 7, Ron still came back to help Harry and Hermione.
  20. How to make an awesome costume.
    Famous Couples function as Harry and Ginny//Deathly Hallows part 2 premier as Voldemort and Bellatrix
  21. Never trust ginger twins.
  22. The sports we have in our world are really kinda lame. Even when we try to create a muggle version of Quidditch.
  23. Be nice to nerds. They could save your life one day. Several times. As Hermione saved Harry and Ron on several occasions.
  24. Discrimination of any kind is bad. I'm talking about "Mudbloods" and House Elves.
  25. Not to pity the dead. But to "pity the living and above all, those who live without love."
I need to give credit to the amazingly brilliant JK Rowling for all of the above. Thanks for the life lessons and for a fantastic childhood, Joanne.

What did I miss? What has the Harry Potter series taught you?
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I Am Failing {Marriage Goals}

Friends, I have a confession to make: 
I am failing at The Love Dare. My first goal for this entire month was to keep up with the daily study. Today is October 29th. We started this book study on October 1st. That means I should be reading dare number 29 today. Nope. I am on dare 21. Sigh. I could use my family being here last weekend as an excuse. But they were only here 3 or 4 days. I just got out of the habit which is inexcusable.

Not only have I fallen further behind since my last Marriage Goals update, I also didn't pay much attention to my motives so they could have been (and probably were) selfish {My other goal from last time}.

I am so frustrated with myself, but as much as I want to, I am not going to give up. I am going to finish this study.

I am not going to add any extra goals this week, but I am going to continue to catch up a little and stay on track for the remainder of the study. And I will try to focus on each dare and continue to let go of selfish motivations.

(Not from this weekend. Just a Pic I like.)

I do have one positive thing to share from this week {and it sort of goes along with The Love Dare since dare number 18 was to make a special dinner and focus on only your spouse}: On Friday, Pearson and I went on a planned date for the first time in a while which was very needed. We both left our phones at home. We went to Red Lobster for dinner where I asked him some questions I found on the internet to ask your spouse. We talked and laughed so much that we only got through the first 2 questions. Next we went to Target in search of some Halloween movies to bring home and watch, but somehow we ended up in the book section. So, we decided to buy our DVDs and head to half-price books. It was so much fun walking around and talking about our favorite childhood books and what we want to read in the future. Of course, we spent a great deal of time in the textbook section and yes, Pearson bought a math textbook just for fun. I am not surprised in the least. We came home and watched Hocus Pocus. The entire night was perfect.

Thanks for reading and here's to a better week of keeping up with my goals!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday and 100th Post!

Since this is my 100th blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to express today for Thankful Thursday that I am thankful for...


I started this blog in July of last year as a means of telling my friends and family back home about what goes on in mine and Pearson's lives. Two weeks after we got married, we moved to Ohio. Having both grown up in Georgia and gone to college in Arkansas, this was a big change for us. Not only were we moving to the great white north where it snows all the time, country music doesn't exist, and people are rude [read: this is what we thought before moving here. It is not true at all. Well, the snow part is], we were moving 500+ miles away from everyone we knew. EVERYONE. Thus, Bisons to Buckeyes was born. 

[I'd like to take a moment here to tell anyone who doesn't know that the Harding University mascot is indeed the Bisons. With an 's'. Yes I know this is incorrect grammar, but it's the school's official plural form so I use it that way in the name of my blog]

Since then, my blog has become so much more...

It has become a hobby: I don't play sports anymore, I am not as crafty as I would like to be, I don't have my ChiO's activities and responsibilities any more, and I don't even have homework to work on after work/school hours. Yet somehow, I am still busy as a bee, but that's a story for another time. The point is, blogging is my new hobby. When Pearson is at work or working on home work, I blog. It is my outlet in which to pour my time, energy, and emotions. And I love it! I am thankful for this hobby.

It has also become a community: I have met so many wonderful women through blogging. I love commenting and starting conversations. I love tweeting at other bloggers. I love watching their lives through their blogs. There is just something about having a friendship with someone who loves this hobby too. I love reading what other's have to say about marriage because I can relate. I love reading what other's have to say about motherhood because I look forward to that in the future. I love getting inspiration from fashion and craft bloggers. I love reading what others have to say about military life or living with an illness because otherwise, I would have no idea what they have to deal with daily. I love encouraging other women through their blogs and through mine. I am thankful for this community.

Since this is my 100th post, lets's take a walk through memory lane, shall we?

  • My very first post ever was about our honey moon. It was so perfect, I felt I had to share with the world!

Towards the beginning, all I blogged about was our life, recapping trips and events for my family. Bisons to Buckeyes has grown more toward a community with linkups and deeper posts. I am happy with the direction this blog is going and can't wait to see how much it grows and matures in the future. 

Thanks so much for reading this post and all you have read in the past. I hope some of my 100 posts have been encouraging to you and I hope you will stay with me in the future. I love you, my readers, and am so thankful for you as well!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Family Weekend Recap

So I know this is Wednesday, but how was your weekend? Mine was fantastic! For those of you who missed my Thankful Thursday from last week, my family was in town this weekend. When I say family here, I mean my mom, dad, brother, grandma, and grandpa. And yes, they all stayed in our two bedroom, one bathroom apartment!

As I have said before, when Pearson and I moved here, we moved 500+ miles away from everyone we knew. So we don't see our family much.

My brother is in school at Harding and had Friday off for Fall Break so he flew in Thursday night. Pearson and I headed to pick him up from the airport at like 11:30 PM. We had to leave before the end of the Miami-UNC game. The game was crazy close, so Pearson made me drive so he could continue watching on his phone. (Miami scored a TD to go ahead in the last 16 seconds and won!!!) We got home from the airport and stayed up late catching up with Tyler before finally going to bed around 2:00 AM.

Friday was a normal day for me and Pearson, we both had to work. So Tyler slept till about noon then spend the afternoon playing video games and playing with Pip till everyone else finally got here.
Finally, my parents and grandparents pulled up. We put Pip on a leash and greeted them at the car. I couldn't wait any longer! (sorry I have no pictures of any of the reunions. lol)

That night we had Crockpot Lasagna for dinner and Gooey Bars for dessert which were both a big hit. It always feels good when your company tells you over and over (so you know it's not fake) that a meal you fixed was fantastic and there's no way you can top it. We spent the evening watching game 6 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series. Big win for St. Louis!

The boys had tickets for the OSU game on Saturday. Memaw and I decided to go to Skull Session (pep rally with the band in the gym) before the game with them and then just come home while they go to the game. It was my second Skull Session and it was pretty awesome.
Top: All of us about to leave for Skull Session (pip didn't go)//Left: The boys in front of the stadium before we left them//Right: The band coming into the gym. The place went crazy!
While the boys went to the game, we girls did some shopping. When they finally got home around 9:30 (it was a 3:30 game), we went to Skyline Chili!

On Sunday we got up and went to church. It was so much fun to show off my family to my 'church family' and to show off my 'church family' to my family. We went to lunch at Piada and then to campus for Pearson to show the crew his lab and office. Then we had to take Tyler to the airport. Boo for having to go to class on Monday and Tuesday!

After dropping Tyler off, we headed to Lynd's Fruit Farm for some apple picking and Amish Market shopping! I believe this is going to be an Autumn tradition for me and Pearson. We have now been 4 times; twice last October and twice this October.
Left: I got on Pearson's shoulders to get the prize apple//Top: Memaw and Pepaw posing in front of apples with their apples//Middle: Mom and Dad//Bottom: Memaw and Mom
Top: 171 pound pumpkin at the market!//Left: With the huge chair in front of the market//Right: the huge apple pie we made with all our apples
Sunday night we had some of Pearson's scrumptious grilled burgers and went to bed pretty early. We were exhausted.

Monday, Pearson and I had to work but my family drove around Dublin looking at all the golf courses then took me to lunch at Donatos. Then they took a self led tour of downtown Columbus. We had chili for dinner and a lazy night watching Dancing with the Stars!

They all left yesterday morning and I have to say, the apartment seems a bit bigger and very quiet! But of course, I enjoyed every minute and would have them all again as soon as they are ready to come back!

Thanks for reading and happy hump day!
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday and Boys Behind the Blog

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...

My family coming to visit this weekend!!!

My mom, dad, brother, grandma and grandpa are all coming to visit this weekend!!! So I will be a little preoccupied starting tonight when my brother's flight gets here and ending Tuesday morning when they leave. I am so excited I can hardly stand it! So today I am thankful for my family. For their ability to come to Ohio to spend time with us and see where we live. And for their willingness to drive all those miles and all stay in our 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. [That's 7 people by the way]. It's going to be a blast!!!

On another note, today I am linking up with Mal Smiles for the "Boys Behind the Blog" linkup. This link up features... you guessed it: The boys behind the blog. In my case, my husband, Pearson! I am joining this party a little late as this link up started in June, but hey, better late than never, right? So at the beginning of every month, the hosts post 5 questions. We bloggers are supposed to ask our "boy behind the blog" to answer the questions. Then we post them and link up on the third Thursday of the month. So here we go!

1. Describe yourself in 5 words. Scientist. Guitarist. Funny. Humble. Passionate.
2. What is your biggest fear? Things that fly and sting. Especially Japanese Hornets. [click at your own risk... I refused to include a picture here]
3. What is your favorite candy? Candied fruit slices.
4. What was the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? The Grim Reaper
5. Who is your favorite football team? Miami Hurricanes!

Well now you know a little more about the hubby. Thanks for reading and I will get back to you after this fantastic weekend!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DIY Fall Monogram Wreath

I know there are many variations of "DIY Fall Wreathes" out there in the internet world. Especially on Pinterest. But I am going to show you how I did mine. Take it or leave it. It was pretty simple and I love how it turned out!
Here is what I used. I bought it all from Michaels when everything for fall was 50% off!
The first thing I did was the wrap the burlap around the wreath. I wanted to have some of the grapevine showing so I didn't wrap it all the way next to itself. Does that make sense at all? This actually turned out to be kinda tricky because the burlap kept getting stuck on the wreath. I tied the two ends together into a bow on top.
Next I cut the flower stems off. Well, I say cut. Really, I made a dent with the scissors then tore it off with my hands. I had to bend it back and forth and twist it. I apparently don't own any wire cutters. 
I just stuck the flowers through the burlap and into the gapevine wreath. Then I turned the wreath over and bent the ends of the stems and stuck them back into the wreath to hold them in place. No gluing.
After much debating with myself, I finally decided to wrap the 'M' in my cute fall ribbon instead of painting it. I wrapped each side, one at a time, and then the middle V section. Using hot glue, I glued down one end of the ribbon and wrapped as well as I could adding a little glue here and there to the back of the 'M'.
 I cut a strip of the burlap in half longways to tie the 'M' to the wreath so that it would hang in the middle.
 And here is the finished product! I love it!
Oh! And I didn't glue anything except the ribbon around the 'M'. So I could take it all off and change it to match different seasons. We will see if this happens. :)

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Releasing Selfish Motivations {Monthly Marriage Goals}

I am continuing with The Love Dare challenge and the monthly marriage goals link up today. If you are just joining, you can read about the book study here and last week's goals here (as well as clicking the buttons below). 

The past couple weeks have been difficult and a little crazy in my world. Work has been a bear. I lost my childhood pet. I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. So somehow during all this, I got behind on my reading again. Today is the 16th of October and I read day 13 this morning. I honestly do not know where I lost 3 days. That is kind of frustrating, but I am not going to let it discourage me. 

I have noticed this week, that some of these dares are coming at perfect times in my life. Isn't it cool when God has a plan like that? For instance, Day 8's dare was more or less to praise your spouse for something they succeeded with instead of being jealous. I could not think of anything in the recent past notable to use for this. That day, Pearson got home from school and told me that his teacher singled him out and told him he was very impressed with how he was performing in class. I was honestly so proud of him and happy for him. This is sort of a silly example, but I also just wanted to brag a little on my brilliant husband. ;) Also, Day 6 talked about how stress "weighs you down, drains your energy, weakens your health, and invites you to be cranky." It is so true. I have been pretty stressed this week and thanks to The Love Dare, I have taken extra caution to not be cranky towards Pearson. It is easier said than done.

So on to what this post is supposed to be about [but hey, it's my blog and I do what I want]... My goals for the next week are, first of all, to stay on track, even with my family coming to visit this weekend. But also to not have a selfish attitude at all. The book explains that a lot of our human actions and reactions are fueled by selfishness. Deep down, we humans tend to want what's best for us, even if it doesn't really show on the surface. That is not a good foundation for a marriage. For the remainder of this book study and on throughout our marriage forever, my goal is to not have hidden selfish motives for my actions. I will do and say things out of pure, unconditional love for my husband because that is what I promised to him and to God on that wonderful day 15 months ago.

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

A Day in the Life: Pip Edition

Hi! I'm Pip. Mommy is letting me write (or dictate) on her blog today. I thought I would just tell you how a typical day goes for me because, lets face it, I have a freaking fantastic life.
Daddy usually gets me out of my crate first thing in the morning because Mommy is usually still in bed. I get to go outside using my pretty leash that Grammy made for me. 
(It's blue with paisleys on it)
Then I come back inside and if it is too late for Mommy to still be in bed, I get to jump on her and wake her up!

Once Daddy leaves for work, my day is pretty lazy. Mommy works on her computer so a lot of the time I lay on the bed next to her just chilling. 
Aren't I just precious?
I also like to watch out the window in the spare bedroom/office. The window is just the right height for me. 

Speaking of windows, sometimes chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits like to chill on our patio. When they do that, Mommy opens the blinds so I can watch. 
Squirrel and rabbit watching takes a lot out of me so I eat some lunch.

After lunch, I have more energy. So I play with my toys. I grab them and run up and down the hall. I bug Mommy until she throws them for me to chase. I really like my squeaky alligator that Grammy gave me. 
Whoa! Scary eyes!
Great action shot, Mom!
When Daddy is on his way home, mommy opens the blinds by the front door so I can watch for him. 

When I see him coming I get so excited and I can help but jump up and greet him! 

I usually spend the rest of the evening cuddling with my loving family. Unless we go somewhere fun like the park or drive-in movie. Then I get to ride in the car! 

So that is a typical say for me. I hope you enjoyed it. I know you liked the pictures, right? How could you not? I am just so darn cute!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Whoa! October snuck up on me! So much has been going on with my blog lately, I haven't gotten to do this post. I wanted to share my Halloween playlist with you guys. Yes, I have a Halloween playlist. Don't worry, I have a Christmas playlist too, which has more tracks. Halloween is my favorite holiday and though you don't really have much traditional Halloween music like you do with Christmas music, there is some out there.

So here it is!
Yes there are 27 songs in that list!

We of course have the classic "I Put a Spell on You" but this is a great version. I LOVE She & Him.
Then there is "Thriller," and "The Twilight Zone", more great classics, and I have always loved "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." I am a pretty big Johnny Cash fan. There are a few other typical, fun, Halloween songs on the list ["Little Old Lady from Transylvania," "Purple People Eater," "Monster Mash," "Ghost Busters"], but most of the others were new to me. I found them by just searching for Halloween music on Spotify. Believe it or not, listening to this play list has gotten me even more excited for Halloween!

On a slightly different note, guess what I saw at Kroger this weekend. Go ahead, guess... Christmas decorations!!! Yes, Christmas decorations on October 5th! If you don't already know how I feel about this, maybe your should read a post of mine from last year around this time. That's all I will say on the matter at this time.
Are you excited for Halloween? What songs would you add to my list?
Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thankful Thursday: God is Bigger than the US Government

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful that....
My God is bigger then the US Government
I'll be honest, I don't know everything that is going on with our government right now. I know that congress is in a stale mate and therefore the government has been shutdown for over a week now. I don't know a whole lot about Obama Care but I do know a little bit. I know that there are good things and bad things about it, and I know a lot of people are either strongly for or against it. Maybe I should care more about this stuff. But frankly, I don't. One thing I do know is that our government is not the only authority I answer to.

In November of last year, during my 30 days of thanks, I posted this on Facebook. It was the day of the presidential election and I was tired of hearing all the arguing and worrying about who would be elected. I feel the same way today. We serve a God who is greater than our government. He is greater than any healthcare plan out there. He is greater than Obama and even greater than congress. 

Basically, whether you are for or against Obama Care, stop worrying! Ok ok, I know. Easier said than done. But God says [through Paul] in Romans 13:1 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God" (ESV). Well, that right there tells me that God has a plan. Instead of worrying, complaining, and arguing, we Christians should trust God and pray for the leaders of our country. No they are not perfect, and no system of any kind that humans put into practice is perfect, but God knows what he is doing. Whether God's plan is for the healthcare changes to work and be good for our country or for us to learn from our mistakes, I trust Him.

So today, I am thankful that our government is not the only authority I answer to. I am thankful that my God is bigger than the US government. And I am thankful that He has a plan and will not leave those of us who spend our lives serving Him.

Thanks for reading!
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