Saturday, August 21, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn...

To everything...turn, turn, turn...there is a season...turn, turn, turn.... Can you hear the music playing in your mind? I sure can...It's all so true you know? Everything has a season and around here the season of choice is football season. I think it's only natural that as children we are immersed in the passions of our parents. At my house growing up it was shopping with my Mother and music lessons and pageants. With my Dad it was shooting hoops and batting cages. Both of my parents are highly educated educators so we spent lots of time at the public library in the summer and taking trips as a family to places like St. Augustine and Washington D.C. My parents did it all. And it was really quite amazing. It gave my sister Amanda, and me the time and opportunities to choose our own destiny, pick our own interests and find our own hobbies.

In Ben's house the mood was a little different. You see, bred into Ben and his older Brother, Andy, was not the natural, child-like quest for hobbies...oh no people...It was football. They live it, eat it, breathe it. On EASTER WEEKEND Ben and Andy will sit and watch an Ohio State game from 2001 as if it's LIVE!!!! Ben and Andy talk about helmet color, sock choices, sideline passes and game tape like it's a matter of life and death.
This is no "love for football"
This. Is. A. Lifestyle.
Ben and Andy are blessed with a father whose love for football is very strong. Ben's Dad was the Kentucky state Referee of the year in 2009. It's a fabulous honor and something of which to be very proud. He is a well respected expert of the game and it's nice to know that Coach Faust (Ben) has been trained for 20+ years but such a fine example of football at its best. So I guess I could say that Ben and Andy did have their parents influence but I don't really think they were dipped into their parents interests, I'm pretty sure they were both held under the football holy-water until they were within an inch of their lives and then brought up for air only after they had been so deprived of oxygen that they could see nothing but gives new meaning to the phrase, "brainwashing." You know I shouldn't give them such a hard time, B's passion for excellence is a huge reason I fell in love with him. Before Ben I had never met anyone else who could get really fired up over something they really cared about in a matter of seconds....not like Ben does anyway.
He loves football for all the right reasons; the pusuit of excellence, the commitment and intergrity it takes to survive 2-a-days in August heat, the mental and physical toughness that men find in themselves when they play, and most of all, the pride and understanding that young men experience whether their band of brothers has succeeded in win or not. Football is timeless, it is something one never forgets and when coached correctly, it can mold a boy into the man you were born to be. It is so important for strong, steady and smart men like Ben to coach, they are the excellent examples to boys who, otherwise, will never meet a man who loves and respects his girlfriend or wife, a man who does what is right even when noone is watching and a man who never says die. Ben is the finest example of a coach. And a really fine man.

The first thing I said to Ben this morning was "Happy Game Day, Coach!" and he glowed. He simply lit up. I took this moment to remind him that he needs to look like that on our wedding day and the day our children are born ;-)

Love and Peace to you all on this cool Kentucky weekend!

*Rafferty's Bowl is tonight at 8pm at the WKU stadium. The Purples play some small Kentucky school I've never heard of. BUT I will be there, selling programs and wearing Purple! And most of all, Cheering on the Coach in HIS season.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I so often find myself over taken by life's challenges. I try to look for the good in every thing, every day but all too frequently I find myself forgetting to "let go, and let God." The last couple of months have been fairly tumultuous, between the move back to Bowling Green, adjusting with Ben and the start of new jobs for both of us I haven't been spending enough time really praising God for everything that has gone so smoothly! I have also realized that not so long ago, things in my life were stressful in a very different way...

Ben has been in Louisville this weekend so I have had a lot of time to myself. One of the things I did was organize my computer. While I was skimming through pictures, I came across a couple of scary photos from the summer of 2008. I had been diagnosed with Cancer almost 4 months earlier but by July I was looking really rough. Dad and I had gone up to Chicago and Lake Geneva. We also took some time to shop on Michigan Avenue, my favorite place. My dad and I make this trip every summer (present summer excluded) and this was my 9th trip. I remember the trip vividly. I felt terrible the entire flight and when we got to our family friends lake house I was so sick to my stomach that I knocked an entire bottle of prescription medication into the running bathroom sink. I didn't eat very much and I was exhausted. I felt like a terrible guest because at that point we hadn't even told my extended family what was going on, let alone our family friends. I tearfully explained the situation to my Dad's family the next afternoon and my Mom's family a few months later.

These pictures reminded me that I have so much to be thankful for. My family has been forever changed by this illness and for many other families the results were not as good. I encourage you all today to thank God for the blessings in your life, no matter how small.

2 years in remission today :-)

Love and Peace to you all!
This Picture is from a Relay for Life event in Bowling Green. The banner says it all!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fabulous Treat!

I know that I just blogged about food but let's just be honest, it's my favorite thing EVER. So on the 4th of July Ben and I went up to Louisville for his family party. I made these treats and they went over really well so here is the recipe :-)

Love and best dishes, from Paula's Kitchen to yours!!!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Birthday Meal!

Well if you're thinking that August is a little early to be celebrating my 24th birthday, you're right. However, the meal Ben and I had tonight was the stuff my dream birthday meals are made of! Football season Friday nights are pizza night. This is because I sit, alone, in the stands and watch a game I don't really get. And because pizza is my favorite thing in the world, Ben rewards me with it after a long night of spectating. It's exhausting people, exhausting I tell you.

Anyway, back to the meal. Ben's first scrimmage was tonight (He even call some defensive plays- a big deal for a man who just moved from Offense after 3 years) he and I went for Pizza a place called PizzAroma. It's really the only local pizza place in Bowling Green and we've been wanting to try it for months. During our 16 inch race around the pizza pan I notices a picture of Italian Cream Cake and I started to drool. I stopped eating pizza almost immediately in a half-assed effort to save some room for cake. When we found out that they were in fact OUT of Italian Cream Cake, Ben offered to drive us through Dairy Queen to split a Blizzard. Half way to Dairy Queen the dessert sadness set in...I didn't want ice cream, I wanted cake.


I yelled as we zipped past the parking lot,

"Ben! Let's go in and get real dessert!!!"

Ben reluctantly turned around only to lament in the process that he had a gift card back at the apartment. And just when I thought my dessert dreams were dashed, Ben spotted a neighboring TGI Fridays. As soon as we were inside and scouring the menu I noticed a desire for Green Bean Fries slowly taking control of my senses.

That's right people, We ordered Green Bean Fries and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake at Friday's after devouring 8 inches of out 16 inch pizza. How ridiculous!!! I must say we made it home with a plethora of left-overs but could we have been any more off-the-wall tonight? Needless to say, Ben and I are beat. Food Comas for us both.

Goodnight all, and Happy Friday Night Eating!