Sunday, November 9, 2008

Longhorn Love

This Saturday, we spent our afternoon doing this...

My hubby loves Longhorn Football, and it was time for me to enter into his world and experience one of his favorite things with him. Truman attended the University of Texas and the Longhorns are near and dear to his heart. He has attended several games with friends since we got married, but we hadn't had a chance to go together yet. Tickets can be hard to come by, but we were able to get tickets for their game this weekend against Baylor.

I even sported burnt orange. The crowds are huge and the energy in the stadium is high. As we were walking to the stadium (a few minutes late because of all the game day traffic!), I could hear the roar from blocks away!

I enjoy attending games SO much more than watching on TV, so it was fun to enjoy the game and experience Longhorn game day with Tru! We had a great time and the Longhorns brought home a win.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Meet Brandelyn

Meet Brandelyn. Her husband Brock went to college with me at Miami University in Ohio. We were both involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and had a lot of mutual friends. I've never met Brandelyn, but anyone that has adores her.

Yesterday, I found out that Brandelyn has been suffering from some serious & debilitating health issues that are growing worse with time. She has a "mystery illness" that has stumped doctors and despite Brock & Brandelyn's best efforts, they have not yet been able to find help for her.

As I read about their story, my heart was so burdened for their situation! I know how wonderful the blog community is, and I wanted to share Brandelyn's story in hopes that someone out there may know a specialist in the medical community that could solve the mystery of Brandelyn's pain.

Brandelyn's friends have created a website, Diagnose Brandelyn, to help create awareness and assist in the search for answers. It has a summary of Brandelyn's medical history, including detailed descriptions of her symptoms.

Please help to spread the word about Brandelyn and feel free to share her story on your blogs! If you know of someone in the medical community who might know how to help, please share Brandelyn's story with them.

Please join us in lifting Brock & Brandelyn up in prayer. I believe that God can heal Brandelyn, and He can also work in unexpected ways to lead them to a doctor who can uncover the cause behind Brandelyn's pain and effective treatment. I know that they would appreciate your prayers!

Here is an excerpt of Brandelyn's story from the website:
"Brandelyn is a 27-year-old woman suffering from an undiagnosed illness. Otherwise a vibrant, healthy, positive young woman, this illness has become completely debilitating. Brandelyn’s symptoms include terrible pain from her pelvic region, swelling aroung her abdomen and thighs, and a purplish-red honeycomb pattern on her abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. This has progressed over the past six years, beginning with mild pain and progressing to the point now where it is very difficult, if not impossible, for her to sit or stand. She and her husband, Brock, have been through a multitude of doctors, tests, and procedures, to no avail. Please check out the Medical History page for a description of Brandelyn’s symptoms and procedures that have been tried. We are reaching out to try to find anyone who can give us some answers. Can you help?"

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a fun & safe Halloween night! I always enjoy passing out candy and seeing all the cute kids in their costumes.

Last weekend, Truman and I headed out to Marble Falls, Texas to visit the pumpkin patch at Sweet Berry Farm.

One of the things that I've missed most living in Texas is having traditional seasons. I miss the fresh smell of crisp cool autumn air, vibrant colorful leaves & bonfires. Despite the lingering warm temperatures, I was really wanted to celebrate fall in a festive way. The farm was a perfect spot to enjoy some fall fun & pick out some pumpkins & gourds.

They have a giant corn maze in the shape of Texas. There are 11 Texas cities marked inside the maze, with a punch at each mark to track your progress of finding all the hidden cities.

And one of the biggest pumpkins I've ever seen on display...

I'll leave you with a laugh. (And a question....Look how giant those head holes are? I'm wondering whose head would be large enough to fill those holes?!?)

Happy Fall!