Fall, Football, Friends and Fairs

I LOVE FALL!!!  Most southerners will tell you they do, after the summers we endure down south of the Mason Dixon Line.  There are so many fun things that come with the season and we wanted to share a few of them along with some tips and tricks to make your football tailgate the best and easiest on campus!

Let's start with the quintessential fall item....THE PUMPKIN!  How gorgeous are these white tones with each other?  And super easy too!!

white hydrangeas, pumpkins and a few faux or real deer horns makes this motif beyond simple and elegant!

white hydrangeas, pumpkins and a few faux or real deer horns makes this motif beyond simple and elegant!

and what says fall better than football?  Something about the combo of food, friends and fun all being in the same place at once makes my heart skip a beat.  the clothes, the shoes, the sounds and the food cannot compare to any other season of the year.  

In my favorite college town of Oxford, style is of upmost importance to those gracing The Grove.  The best advice though on these sacred Saturdays would be COMFORTABLE shoes!  there is honestly nothing worse than sore, blistered feet on a hot and long football weekend.  So, if fashionable shoes matter to you, let me suggest this little gem.....

Band-Aid Friction block stick

Band-Aid Friction block stick

This little stick fits easily in your lipstick bag or even in your pocket.  And boy will your heels or tops of your toes thank you for it!  Trust me here....these feet have walked enough football games to know.

The last, but not least, most iconic fall function can be nothing else but THE County FAIR!!!  There is no smell like a corndog and fried oreos in October.  Nothing in this world is worth more than a $40 gold fish in a glass bowl that will more than likely pass away within 10 days.  And no smile is compared to a child on a merry go-round that waves at each passing.  My family loves the fair if only for the joy it brings my husband alone!  we go for the people watching, the laughter and joy that comes watching our littles weave through the crowds to find their next ride.  

so, this fall take the time to relish in the smells, the air, and the colors of the season.  but most of all, take each moment as a gift and reminder to cherish each day that we are given.  That each season is God's way of showing us His creativity and joy He finds in His creations made to bring us closer to Him and our families. 

with joy ~ em

Sad News from a Small Town....when we don't understand God's timing

My little college town received devastating news yesterday afternoon and i'm still at a loss for words or why.  3 couples, happily married and returning from a dental conference in Florida were killed in a plane crash near Tuscaloosa, AL.

If you have ever been to Oxford, MS you know that it is a town bursting with love, pride and genuine support for all that reside there.  It is a true Norman Rockwell town and the moment you step foot onto the square your heart skips a beat.

I spent 4 glorious and joy filled years in this town and still get butterflies walking around campus or laughing in the Grove on a brisk game day with my heels on and red solo cup in hand.  So, gut wrenching news as this is sure to shake a town like Oxford and a school like Ole Miss, as it should and would any town this size.

I write this to bring light to our eyes about how we spend each and every day on this earth.  There are 11 children this morning that woke without a mother to fix them their favorite cereal with just enough milk, just the way she knows they like it.  There are 3 sets of grandparents that woke to begin the planning of funerals for grown children gone way too soon.  And there are dear friends that will never call, text or laugh with their best friends again.  There are tears that won't be wiped by a loving father and scrapes and bruises that mama won't be able to heal with a kiss.  Anyway we, as earthly beings, seem to look at it we simply say, "It's so sad and just not fair."

BUT {i adore GOD'S BUTS!} we serve a God that knows and sees way beyond our own understanding.  He knew before those 6 parents left this earth that yesterday was their day.  He knew they would be called to Heaven much before anyone was ready for them to be.  And although we don't understand, HIS way is perfect and true.  So, my prayer for moments as these is it will cause us to love harder, laugh more and let go of regrets, grudges and past tenses.  That we would become a people that LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.  To be His hands and feet to serve and love those around us.

Help us to love well, Lord and always remember that YOU WIN IN THE END!!

To read the full story on these young lives lost too soon----- Oxford Eagle