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Finals week. These are two words I have been dreading to manifest all semester. Time is a concept I have no control over so the inevitable has happened. The next eight days of my life are going to be sleep deprived and taxing, but wonderful and memorable at the same time. Finals week is also the week my roommate and I like to call “Fun Week”. We always go do a few of the things we wish we had done during the fall semester. Speaking of my roommate, there is a small project that we’ve been working on together that I am incredibly thankful for.

More than any other time of the year, the holidays are a period many people choose for allowing time to evaluate their lives, and discover what the last 10-11 months have been like for them. For the last month or so, my roommate and I have been working on our “Thankful Board”. She had a dry erase board for personal messages in her room, but after a little Pinterest imagination we decided to take it over for our own daily reflection. Every day, Carly and I write or draw something on the board that we had been thankful for that day. We plan on continuing through the semester. It’s nice to see what I was thankful for oh so long ago, but it’s a entire other story trying to remember why!

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Our Thankful Board!


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by Alumni Posts on December 2, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Gobble, gobble!

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? Stupendous!

Hmm, what am I thankful for?

I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the opportunities, friends, family, adventures, and in general, blessings that God has given me. Trust me, I could make a reeeaal long list!*
*I’m not quite positive any of us need anymore reading at this point (can somebody say exams)?

I think that sometimes, we forget to give thanks where they are due. Let’s all try being better at that, whaddyasay?

Let’s just be thankful for life and each other; we are all we need to truly be happy.

Have a most blessed Thanksgiving and please don’t forget to show your loved ones just how much you love them!

Until next time…Ta, ta for now!


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Giving Thanks

by Alumni Posts on December 2, 2013

in Uncategorized

I know that there are a million blogs that have been written in the past week beginning with “I am thankful for…”  But most of us do have a lot to be thankful for.  And by the fourth day of Thanksgiving break with my family, I desperately need to be reminded that I am thankful for things.  Desperately.  Before I start shooting my siblings with Nerf guns.

I think that the things I most frequently remember to be thankful for are first-world amenities like indoor plumbing, running water, and air conditioning.  And in the winter, I often remember to thank God for heaters, particularly the ones installed in cars.  Particularly on days when the temperature is below 20 degrees.  It’s incredibly easy to take our living conditions for granted, especially when we live at home and we don’t see the work our parents do to pay for what we have.  While my family is not rich, and while we have gone through times when we could barely afford to survive, I have never gone without food or a home.  I have been blessed.  Yet, with all of my blessings, I forget to be thankful, and I forget that I have never been deprived.

Maybe some people don’t have days when they forget how blessed they are, but I definitely do.   I find myself thinking “I have nothing to wear—I need to buy new clothes” as I stand looking at a full closet of seasonally-appropriate clothing choices, all of which are high-quality pieces.  Many of my clothes I bought for myself, but some were gifts from people who were kind enough to share their surplus with me.  I should be thankful that I always have what I need.

More than that, I should be thankful that I have excess.  If I want to go out to dinner with my friends, I have extra money to do so.  When I want a new pair of earrings, I can buy a new pair, within reason.  I can go to college, purchase textbooks, live in a dorm, and even go on study abroad trips.  I have been very blessed.

Not only do I have possessions and opportunities for which I am grateful, I also have people in my life that make me thankful.  Even though I resort to shooting my family with Nerf guns occasionally, they’re still family.  Not everyone has a family to go home to at Thanksgiving and Christmas; I am happy (sometimes) that I do.  I have friends who wait to eat dinner with me so that I don’t have to eat alone, who take me to target when I need to buy post-it notes, and who will drive to Strange Donuts at 11:00 for a late-night snack.  And I have a boyfriend who  helps me find solutions to my problems, tolerates me when I talk during movies, and doesn’t laugh at me when it’s late and my words don’t make sense anymore.  I mean, he laughs a little, but nobody’s perfect.

My blessings are well-rounded.  I have enough to cover my basic needs, extra to make me happy, not too much that I’d be spoiled.  I’ve been blessed with good health, with a working body, and family and friends who support me when I need help.  There are so many people in the world who don’t even know when they’ll eat their next meal.  Even in the United States, even in St. Louis, there are families who don’t have homes, people who can’t find jobs, people who can’t pay for their children to have clothes and school supplies, people who don’t have families to take care of them when they’re sick or sad.  The least I can do, for everything I have, is say thank-you every once in a while.  Even better, I can share what I have with those people who may have less than I do.  Who knows?  Maybe I can contribute to their blessings.

Have a great rest of your weekend!  And good luck on finals!


Today, I am back home in Kentucky. After the art show Monday night, my mom, dad and boyfriend packed the car and drove the 5.5 hours back home after a 5.5 hour drive to St. Louis. 11 hour drive in one day! They are keepers.

The show was fantastic and there was a great turn out. A lot of people and a lot of beautiful art. I am thankful for everyone who shared that special moment with me. I will forever be thankful for the relationships I have made here at Fontbonne.

I am thankful for the teachers/education I have been lucky enough to have. I have learned so much and have been introduced to a lot more than I ever thought I would and the great thing is, that will never stop. I will always learn more and grow, and carry my knowledge with me into new situations.

I am thankful for my family for always supporting me and being ok that I moved states away to study art. They always tell me to try my best, and I do.

I am thankful for my roommate. I love her with all of my heart. I will miss her terribly when I graduate in a few weeks. I don’t know what I am going to do without all of my best friends. This means snuggling in bed with 4 of my best friends is a must at least 12 times a day.

I am thankful for my college life friends. These ladies have been with me since freshman year and I would never have wanted it any other way. I love them so much and thank them for always being with me. All of my memories are with them and my college life would have been totally different if it were not for them.

I am thankful for my body & my health.  I am happy I have gone through college as an athlete and have not suffered serious injuries like I did in high school. I am thankful that I did not get deathly ill while away from home. Not once did I have the flu or its equivalent while in a dorm room and I am very thankful for that. I do think I am getting over bronchitis though, but stressing over the show and spending too many nights awake rather than sleeping will do that to you, but still, I am thankful.

I am thankful for the new relationships & new friends I have made. I am so terribly sad that I didn’t meet these people earlier in my college life, but I am so glad I did at all.

I am thankful for the bad. I am thankful for the good. I am thankful for the scary. I am thankful for the unknown. Without all of these things, I would not be who I am or where I am today, and I am thankful. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving from KY!



Turkey day!

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2012

Hey Griffins! Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I had a wonderful time with my family. I’ve been thankful for a lot this year. My number one would be my family; they are always there for me and have been really supportive. I’m also thankful for my boyfriend and his family. Over the summer […]

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