Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This has been quite a month.  As much as I love fall and love this time of year, I am glad that today is the last day of the month.  October, you wore me out.  God is good in all things.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Well, I guess I just haven't been in the blogging spirit lately.  I've wanted to, but I guess I just didn't know what to do after my cousin passed away.  We have had lots of fun things going on and it is my favorite time of year.  Pretty much from September to December I am in love (and even January and February, especially if it snows).  I'd like to get back on schedule and do have a little a lot to catch up on.

Here are the highlights as of late:

- Trip to Chicago: lots more on that
- 25th birthday: had while in Chicago, I first typed my 23rd birthday, wow, I guess the last 2 years have gotten away from me.  :)
- Fall is here!  Hooray!
- Braschler fam was in town for nephew, Jack's 1st birthday
- Trip to Wichita for funeral. Special football game where my youngest cousin got to wear his brother's jersey and lead the team on to the field.
- Fall decorations up at home
- Weeklong class at work for me with some 12+ hour days.  Glad that's over.
- Caleb pooped on the recliner.  Yes, it happened.
- War Eagle Craft fair with sis-in-law last weekend!
- Blessings for Nick at work
- Lunch date with Nick at the Wooden Spoon - best food ever.  E.V.E.R.
- Where has October gone?

Well, that's the latest in a list (lists are my favorite).  Looking forward to more apple cider/hot chocolate drinkin-blanket snuggling-movie watching-pumpkin patching-2nd birthday-leaves a turnin-cooler weather-candles burning-fall fun!!

I will post about our trip to Chicago ASAP. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Playing at the park

Back in September, while it was still warm but not too bad out, our AC was having problems so it was hotter in the house than outside.  So Caleb and I decided it was time to take a trip down to the park.  Here are some pics.

Random: Caleb was sitting in the chair with his Cardinals hat - reminded us of Grandpa Braschler, so we had to capture the moment.  :)

Caleb had a ball playing on the equipment.  Then we ran into a friend!  Little baby True was taking a stroll with his parents, Luke & Ellen, so the boys chatted it up while the parents talked.  

We made them pose for a picture, hehe.  :)

It was a fun day outside before the sun became too sweltering hot.  I'm so thankful for these cooler temperatures!!!  It makes me one happy momma!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sad Week

It has been a sad week for our family.  We found out on Sunday that my 17 year old cousin, Tom, passed away Saturday night.  Here is a link to the story in the newspaper.  Please keep his parents and siblings in your prayers and our extended family as well as his friends and teammates.  I think it will be especially difficult for them as the funeral comes and goes and people leave town to get back to their routines, while their lives will be drastically different.

I think it is fitting that my last post was what Nick had recently written about things that matter and things that don't.  Unfortunately we were reminded of that again in our own family in a very tragic way.  My mom posted on facebook Sunday this thought which I thought I would share: "Have your hugged your kids today?  Do it again, please."

We have been so blessed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone and the community.  It is times like these where it is hard to be 4 hours away, but social media and cell phones make it easier to stay connected, along with supportive co-workers, friends and family.  We are praying that God uses this to his glory - and we know that we serve a good God and cling to that truth through the hurt.

Here's a sign that was posted by one of the restaurants near my cousin's high school.

We'll miss you, Tom.