Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Fun!

I'm so glad it's starting to cool down a little bit.  I know it's still hot, but it's way better then it was in August! 

I missed school today to make my final post-op appointment with my sinus surgeon.  I'm glad to be done with all of that.  I don't have to see him again unless I have trouble, which I don't anticipate. 

I finished in time to stop by Beau's school and take him lunch.  He was surprised to see me!  I always love an opportunity to see him when I can. 

After all the Dallas fun I headed home to prepare for my annual Fall Dinner Party.  I think it went well.

On the menu:
Baked Onion/Parmesan Dip with crackers
Chicken and sausage gumbo with rice, Dad's recipe
Buttermilk pie, Mom's recipe and Gingerbread/Pumpkin trifle

We had a great time just hanging out and catching up with each other.  We also made time for some games!  Balderdash was great fun! 

 The group picture is always a little tricky!

School is going great, just really busy. I'm hoping to make it to Dallas some Saturday soon to watch Beau play soccer.  There may be a Fall trip in the making too, seeing as I have the whole we off for Thanksgiving this year! 

Happy Fall Y'all.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kindred Spirits!

12 years ago today I was on a Singles retreat in Oklahoma at Falls Creek with FBC Dallas.  I knew a few people on the trip, but I didn’t really know anyone that well seeing as I was kind of new to Dallas and the church.  That weekend changed my life forever.  I got to know some pretty amazing people who are still my best friends to this day.  So every year on or around September 15th, we celebrate.  We call it Founder’s Day, they date we all found each other.  I went to Dallas yesterday to meet up with the gang!  We ate at Blue Mesa and hung out for a while after.  It's always good to be back in Dallas and even better to be with these friends. 
I think it's pretty special that we take time every year to acknowledge our friendship and what we mean to each other. 
We coined our little group The Fly Girls, mainly because a dragon fly was the only semi-cool design Steffi’s old school monogram machine would do.  Through the years, some guys have joined the group. 
We’ve been through a lot and done a lot together over the years:  Church retreats, singles groups,  love, marriage, divorce, loss, children, breakups, crafting, painting. . . lots of painting, decorating, scrapbooking, moving, new jobs, graduate school, crazy dogs, momma drama, serious illness, online dating, blind dates, fix ups, weddings, bridesmaid dresses, bad haircuts and weird colors, showers, shopping, road trips, Halloween parties and oh so much more. 

I know for sure I couldn’t have made it through the past decade if it were not for these incredible friends! Happy Founders Day Y’all! I love Christa, Cheryl, Amy, Steffi, Tad and Nick!  You Rock. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Show Us Your Life!

So I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner today for her SUYL series.  Today she is featuring Single, 30-something bloggers! 

I’m always excited about an opportunity to connect with other 30-something singletons out there.  I’ll be honest and say that I’m not the best blogger.  I often go over a month without updating , but I try. 
Here’s a little about me and my blog:
Hello, I’m Betsy!  Nice to meet you.  I’m 37, Single, never married, no children and I have a blog.  See, I officially qualify for this week’s SUYL link up!
I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart and try daily to live for Him.  I’m human, so I mess up, a lot.  But, I am forgiven.  He has blessed my life far beyond what I deserve.  I have an amazing Christian family that loves and supports me.  Like Kelly, from Kelly’s Korner, I’m an Arkansas Preacher’s Kid.  I was actually born in Louisiana but spend my childhood in Arkansas.  We moved to Texas as I started Jr. High, so I consider myself a Texas girl now! 

I graduated from Baylor University in 1999 with a degree in Communication – Sic’em Bears! 
I lived in Dallas for 12 years and taught high school speech in the burbs.  During the Dallas years I also earned a Masters Degree in Counseling.  I moved to Tyler Texas in 2011 to take school counseling job.  It’s been a great experience and I love my job.  I’ve also recently earned my principal’s certification and I think I’m done with graduate school – forever!  Yay!
I love all things vintage, so I’m quite at home rummaging through a flea market or antique shop.  I like to find old things and re purpose them to fit my life now.  I also enjoy all types of crafts.  Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are dear to my heart. 
 Party Wine Glass DIY Project
Dollhouse re-purposed storage shelf
One of my favorite past times is cooking and entertaining.  It’s so fun to make dinner and have friends over for board games or cards.  I really should do it more often.
Travel is truly a passion.  I adore Southern Coastal cities like Savannah Georgia, Charleston South Carolina and New Orleans Louisiana.  I’ve also been to New Mexico and Colorado several times.  New York City is great in the Spring and Summer, but I’ve always wanted to visit in the Fall. . . maybe someday.  I’ve been lots of fun places in the US, but hope to get a stamp on my passport someday soon. 
Pagosa Springs CO
Savannah GA

I have a fabulous group of friends both in Dallas and in Tyler.  I know for sure that the Lord himself placed this awesome people in my life and I’m forever grateful.

I grew up Southern Baptist but have been attending a Bible Church in Tyler.  I’m active in a Life Group and enjoy church activities. 
I’m so glad you stopped by to read my little blog.  Who knows, God may use Kelly’s Korner and my little blog to connect me to a wonderful new friend!  Hey, I’m game.  Feel free to comment here or email me (  I’m looking forward to searching through the link up listings and meeting some of you. 

God bless and have a great weekend.