Posts Tagged ‘family’


I have not posted in my blog in quite some time.  It has, in fact, been over a year ago… WOW how time flies by so quickly.  In that time, I finished my senior year at Missouri State University and graduated in May with my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, interviewed and got hired in my hometown school district to teach 5th grade alongside my own 5th grade teacher, and I am in the process of buying a house with the love of my life.

It amazes me how 4 years ago when I was graduating high school I wanted nothing more than to move to Springfield because everything I thought I wanted or needed was there.  Turns out, 4 years later, I want nothing more than to move into my new home with my soul mate and reconnect with the friends I so desperately love and need in my life where I left those 4 years ago. Who knew that finding the love of your life would lead to coming “home” to the place where I grew up and hope to raise our future children. I guess that is what happens when you settle down, become grounded, and entirely sure as to what you want out of your life. If I have learned anything through my 4 years of college it is that you must not rush things in life; everything will happen in its own time because, after all, it is not US who is controlling how things are going to play out.  It is up to US to LIVE the life that God has created for us.

All the signs have played out and pointed towards the happiness that I have currently found… I just had to let the pieces fall as they may and realize that God has a plan… a great plan… and one that will involve more for me than I will ever know or understand. I know my future will be bright, so today I need to drop the stress and the worry and just… LIVE.

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Challenge 14

Challenge 14: A picture of something you love…

Well in this case, it is SOMEONE I love 🙂

This is my grandpa, Floyd Duane Blankenship.  My hero, my role model, the voice of my conscience, and above all the one man besides my daddy that can put the biggest smile on my momma’s face.

My grandpa is above all an inspiration to me in so many ways.  He is strong. He has gone through colon cancer, recently finishing up his 12 chemo treatments about a couple months ago, he has survived the death of a son, kept the family farm running and prospering since he was a kid, and above all he has changed the lives of countless individuals within his 33 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  This man has done it all, and given the time would love to share stories of every memory that he has of it all. He is the reason I want to be a teacher.  On him and my grandma’s 50th wedding anniversary, countless individuals came up to him and said “thank you. thank you for giving me a chance when nobody else would. for realizing my potential and not letting me give in to what everyone else thought of me. For you I have to thank for making something out of myself, because without you I would have this wonderful family I have now”.  Hearing statements like this put me to tears and will forever bring a tear to my eye.

This picture of my grandpa teddin the hay in July of 2010 is the look I often see on my grandpa’s face.  This look is calm, thoughtful, precise, and always thinking one step ahead. Ya see, my grandpa is always anticipating every motion and if something arises in his path he has already figured up a way to get through it. Grandpa is not the type to get extremely angry, yes I have seen him upset before, but most of the time he is the type of person that gives you the “I’m very disappointed in you” look that ultimately rips you to pieces without the need of words.

Thought my grandpa has not ultimately been himself lately because of not feeling well, I know that he will be ok.  He is a trooper, a fighter, and this whole cancer thing will not get the best of him.

I love my grandpa. Forever and Always.

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Challenge 12

Challenge 12: Things I believe in…

-God, without Him and his hope for my future on this earth, I would not have survived my car accident.  I truly believe that He has a purpose for us on this earth and His plan for us is a good one (Jeremiah 29:11).

– I feel that without my family and friends I would not be who I am today, which is somebody I am very proud of being.  Family and Friends are vital parts to one’s life, necessary for growth, maturation, love, and pure existence.  They make this journey, although rough at times, worth enduring.

– Hardwork

– Attaining an Education, whether that be High School, College, or beyond.

– Taking responsibility for one’s actions.

– Hope, without hope where is our will to live?

– There are many things I believe in, without beliefs one is missing vital parts of who they are.  If we did not believe in anything on this earth then why are we here? God has a purpose for all of us and the fun part is figuring it all out 🙂

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Challenge 4

Challenge 4: The ‘rents

This is my family. Small, tight-knit, but more love within our little bunch than you could ever imagine.   My mom, Karen, and my Dad, Danny are two amazing people who I am just blessed to have as my parents.  My mom and dad married May 23, 1987 and I was born November 15, 1989.  Mom said the closest daddy and her ever came to a divorce was putting together my swing set in the back yard haha!

My mom works as a secretary at an Elementary School and my daddy owns his own Drywall business ( D. Hoagland Quality Drywall) and it has been in the family for over 50 years.  My mom and dad are both extremely hard-working, loving, responsible, caring individuals and together the love they have for me, our family, and anyone that knows us is tremendous!

People say I look a lot like my mom (which I take as an amazing compliment) but boy do I act like my dad! Mom and I always joke about how I got all the odd things from my father 🙂 But that’s ok, it makes me ummm interesting haha…

My dad lost his mom when he was 21, and my mom just recently Sept. 2009 lost her big brother, along with all of the other real hard losses that have occurred in between.  Our family has had its trials, obstacles, and tears, but never once have we felt alone.  That’s one good thing about having such a close family, you really are NEVER alone and there is always somebody to help pick you up if you are starting to fall.  Now, sometimes you have to fall and bump your head a little bit to help learn for the future, but somebody will always be there with an ice pack discussing how you could have done things differently 🙂

Bottom line: I love my family, I respect my family, and I am blessed to have them in my life.

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