It almost blows me away how quickly time passes. My last post was in 2013 – 2.5 years ago! I’m reading old posts and the “About Me” & “A Few of My Favorite Things” pages (both temporarily taken down for editing), where I talked about college roommates, being a newly wed, the first stages of writing my thesis, and getting to move out of our first apartment!
Now 2.5 years later…
- Cooper and I both have jobs (still in Lubbock – didn’t necessarily expect that one)
- We both graduated with our master’s degree
- We celebrated our TWO year anniversary last month
- I get to be apart of IF:Lubbock and the amazing women who joined together despite different denominations, backgrounds & cultures to “gather, equip & unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.”
- We have a wonderful community surrounding us
- I truly believe we have a purpose here in this season (hopefully I’ll get around to expanding on that a little more someday).
So what does life in the fast lane of Lubbock, Texas look like?
A little bit of this..
And just to prove I actually do cook..
Last week Coop officially hit *one whole year* at The Bank! He has been extra busy lately – busy season – who knew!? So that means he stays late to wrap up loose ends, comes home mentally drained & answers my randomly awesome text messages with one word. Bummer. But I’m so very proud of him. He works his tail off.
He has also been roping a lot. Its fun working at Tech because there are still a few students who were students when I was a student (if that doesn’t jumble you up I don’t know what will) but anyway, they come by and see me! I get asked quite a bit if we’ve been to a show lately or if Coop has anything to show. By the way — when someone asks “you got anything to show” they mean a horse – duh. ;) But anyhow, so we don’t really have “anything” to show lately. Most of our horses are young and really when you have a 8-5 job and the sun sets at 6:30 p.m., you only have so much time to get home, change and ride. He does it though. All that to say, he has some friends around here who get together and rope a bit.
Personally, I have the best job. I work with great people. I’m on a beautiful university. And I get the opportunity to motivate and encourage students to see their full potential. Overall the people make this place home. The College of Ag Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech is where it’s at! I’m thankful everyday for the healthy environment I get to be a part of.
I’ve been loosely training for the Cowtown Half Marathon this Sunday in Fort Worth. I’ve been pretty excited about it until the weather hit.
I’m still excited but getting nervous. We find out tomorrow if the race is still officially on. Number one perk of going to Fort Worth… getting to see some of my dearest friends! It will be so great to catch up with them. So thankful they opened their home to us this weekend. Number two perk of going to Fort Worth… going to the American Rodeo Finals! A sweet couple in our Hillside home group knew I was running and asked if we all wanted to go together. Rain or shine, it will be a fun trip.
On a different note – lets be real, this whole post has been scattered – I feel like something inside of me is fighting to get free. I don’t know what it is, I guess that’s part of why I want to start blogging again. I desire a little corner to express myself; I yearn to find my voice. I feel like I’m in the middle of a battle. I’m fighting for so much but honestly, even though I know this, I’m a pretty lazy warrior. I get distracted. I get tired. I lose the passion of yesterday. But I long for the good fight. There is purpose in it and freedom that comes from it. I guess I’m hoping I’m not the only one. I’m overwhelmed by ISIS beheading Christians, human trafficking, the hungry & the lonely. I tear up when I read someone hitting the nail on the head about owning our gifts – and piercing right to my heart in the process. I want to use my gifts! I want to live out my purpose! But then I get distracted, I get tired, I lose passion. But I tear up all over again when I’m reminded that when I wait, I do not wait alone (even if it feels like a battle to wait).
Battle [bat-l] noun
- a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing forces
- any conflict or struggle
- to work very hard or struggle; strive
- to fight
Synonyms – contest, conflict, war.
I battle against my flesh. I battle against my sin. Thank you Lord that You have already won the war.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rules, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-29 ESVLord.creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 ESV
xoxo – Holly