Packing Time!

Hello guys!

So this weekend has been spent packing up my apartment in Conway, Arkansas to move it back to Kyle, Texas during my Spring Break. I won’t be able to move it back after graduation, so the pups and I will be living with bare necessities for awhile! Sooo excited to say that graduation is only 55 days away!



I am graduating on May 16, 2015 in Conway, Arkansas at 9 am! This is five months away. Please continue to visit this site occasionally for updates about the events associated with this milestone celebration!

If you would like to make it to my ceremony, please comment on these posts, call me, or text me to let me know your plan!

The following link will allow you to watch the ceremony live in case you are unable to make it in person!

Friday, May 15 at 6 pm: Baccalaureate Service​: Staples Auditorium
Saturday, May 16 at 9 am: 131st Hendrix College Commencement: Wellness and Athletics Center (WAC)

Thank you!

LRAFB Back to School Brigade

I know this is a little past due! But a month ago today, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, AR. Donations made to Operation Homefront from various sponsors and local businesses, who also had booths set up at this event, enabled us the opportunity to give free backpacks to K-12 graders of military personnel on base. Men and women ranked up to E6 had to register their children online prior to the event. I, along with two airwomen, “manned” the registration table, ensuring each individual who had registered was able to get their ticket to pick up their loaded backpacks. There were over 200 children who received free backpacks and school supplies that day! Though less demanding than other events I have volunteered at with Operation Homefront, this event enabled me to see just how grateful these families were for the donations of Operation Homefront to help ease their burden of school supply shopping. I volunteered from 7 am until 1 pm, witnessing the enthusiasm and appreciation of the men and women serving our country. What a great experience!

Yellow Ribbon Pre-Deployment Briefing



Today I spent 6 hours with Cecil Ennett, the Community Liaison of Arkansas for Operation Homefront. We set up a table at the State House Convention Center in downtown Little Rock at 7:15 am this morning. This was a pre-deployment event for the Arkansas National Guard 1038th Engineer Company that will be deploying soon in which the following organizations had tables set up that provided information to soldiers and their families about resources they can use during and post-deployment.

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Military Family Life Consultant

Personal Financial Consultant

Transition Assistance Advisor

Military One Source


VA Regional Office

Vet Center

AR National Guard Education Office

Employer Support for Guard and Reserve

Family Assistance Coordinator

Phoenix University

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

VA Medical Center

Jones International University

Hero 2 Hired

Red Cross

Operation Homefront

It was incredible to see the variety of soldiers that fight for this country. With differences of race, age and personality, they each had their own way about them.  My role was to hand out free 1 pound bags of coffee to the individuals, as well as give them information about how Operation Homefront can help them and their families during this time in their career.  Having my significant other deployed overseas for 9 months, it would have been wonderful to know of such a great resource to help during those tough times. Answering their many questions was something that I never thought I would find so rewarding. This gave me an opportunity to understand their thoughts and concerns as they embarked on a new journey. Many of the soldiers brought along their children, wives, parents, girlfriends, even grandparents to receive as much information as possible and let them all be more at ease knowing how many organizations are available to help them. It was also astounding to see how many young men had advanced themselves to the rank of E-4 in their very early twenties. The rank of E-5 is a sergeant; and to me, their accomplishments of getting that far that quickly is mind-blowing, showing their determination, perseverance and dedication to their duty. I felt honored to be in the presence of such astounding soldiers. May God bless them and their families during their time away as they fight for our freedoms. To them, and all other service members, do I owe such gratitude.

Operation Homefront:

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program:

Veteran’s Day 2013

This morning at 11:11 am, I, along with two other students, and seven faculty/staff members at Hendrix College, read war-related poetry at Young-Wise Stadium Plaza in honor of those men and women who gave their lives fighting, those who served our country and are now veterans, those who are still serving this country actively, in the Reserve or the Guard, and of course, those families who support them. Every aforementioned person has made an ultimate sacrifice for our country, and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for all that they have done. They are truly an inspiration to me, and motivate me to fight each and every day for what I believe in. Here’s to you. Happy Veteran’s Day!

The two poems I read are:

“Afghan Christmas Day” by Mark Quince and “I Am With You” by Hannah Carpenter, both written in 2009

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Flower

Veterans of Foreign Wars Flower




Fishing Weekend!

Well, Saturday morning started with about an hour to ring in the weekend with Kristi 🙂 Then Saturday afternoon, my friend Rebecca and I went out and got our fishing licenses and visited Craig Campbell Reservoir on Lake Conway and had a blast! And Sunday (today), Boots and I went out to Beaverfork Lake for a little and then to Kristi’s neighborhood lake to sum up the weekend! So much water and sun time! Fun!

With Kristi and Boots!

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With Rebecca and Boots!

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Just Boots and mama 🙂

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Fishin’ Pals!

Today I had the incredible opportunity to go fishing with my friend Kristi at her parent’s house here in Conway and we had an absolute adventure! The sun was shining with just a few clouds, a little bit of a breeze: perfection.

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Mommy got one!

Mommy got one!


Kristi and her first fish of the night!

Kristi and her first fish of the night!

Here fishy fishy!

Here fishy fishy!

My first fish of the night :)

My first fish of the night 🙂

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Boots and mommy :)

Boots and mommy 🙂


Grrr! haha

Grrr! haha

As you can see from the pictures, Boots loved the water (he didn’t swim though)! He would stare at the bobbers in the water and whenever they moved, he would cock his head (sounds like we could train him, Chrys 😛 ) He tried attacking the fish each time we caught one and was so astounded by their movement. Kristi and I each caught a few fish, some of which swallowed the hook and we had to take back to the house to clean out and save to cook (although I won’t be partaking in the cooking or eating this time). It sure was a blast and I can’t wait to go out there again soon!

Boots’ First Dog Park Visit!

Today was my baby’s first day at a dog park and being around more than just three dogs 🙂 We went to Murray Park in Little Rock on a 2 acre fenced dog park! It made me think of a kindergartener going to their first day of school! We walked in, and he whined a little bit and turned back jumping on me. After being around the dogs a little bit, he started to run and play with them. And our last 45 minutes at the park, he was finally playing fetch and tug-o-war with a couple of the other dogs! It was a beautiful day with a high of 85 degrees, cool crisp air and not a cloud in the sky. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be going back on the weekends! Thank you to Chrys who brought this baby boy into our lives 🙂 And thank you to both of you for helping me from sun up to sun down to keep a smile on my face. I love you both!

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Life to Live

Well, this weekend, my family and I celebrated the life of my step-grandpa Wally, and it couldn’t have gone any better. He had his family there and a whole room full of bikers who loved who he was and how he lived his life. Through all of our stories and recollections of memories that we experienced with my grandpa, it’s amazing to see just how much joy he brought into each of our lives. Granted, he might not have seemed on the outside to be the biggest teddy bear: riding his Harley with the most profane stickers on his helmet J But he would give anything he had to help those who needed it and was loved dearly by his friends and family. I was given the amazing opportunity to wear his helmet and ride on the back of his bike with my step dad and do him justice by cruising on and letting the wind blow through our hair, living the simple life. I didn’t spend much time with my grandpa during my life, but I do remember he was the first person I rode on the back of the motorcycle with and the joy and humor he shared with every person he came in contact with.

I live every day of my life doing my very best to help whoever I can as much as I am able to. And that is what I want to do the rest of my life: help those who need me, whether it’s teaching, being a helping hand, listening without judgment, donating my items, clothes, money or time, or sacrificing my pride for what is needed for the better.

Hopefully, all of you reading this know that I am always here, no matter the circumstances, to support you and help you with things that are valuable to you in your life. My family and close friends are the closest things to my heart before anything else. And I will do whatever I can to help even those I’ve never met who need help in some form or fashion. Anyone can have a list of a million accomplishments, but all that matters in the end is those who helped us through those times along the way, and whose lives we were able to influence for the better. I remember my parents drilling my brothers and I about the meaning of important words: integrity, character, respect, honesty, loyalty, compassion, faith, and love. Still, to this day, these words are ones that I live by.

That day of celebration also taught me about what this life is about.

It’s not about living the perfect life. It’s not about how much money you have in your wallet or the bank. It’s not about working your life away. It’s not about all of the material things you have inside your home to show off. It’s not about having everyone’s approval when making your own decisions on how you want to live.

It’s about what you stand for. It’s about giving everything you are to help improve the lives of those less fortunate. It’s about doing things that make you proud of who you are. It’s about being grateful for the ability to take another breath, see another sight and live out another experience. It’s about having fun. It’s about sharing happiness and genuine optimism for what this life has to offer. It’s about loving those who love you.

Mom, Dad, Daddy, Angel, Chrys, Allan, Steele, Faith, Grama, Papi, Grandmama, Gumpy, Grandma, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and my wonderful friends. I am more than grateful that you have been by my side through this journey. I have a long road ahead of me. But rest assured: I won’t forget to stop and smell the flowers along the way.

I love you.