It all started with a distant family member passing away. Someone who has been 'hanging on' for such a long time. She was so loved by anyone who interacted with her. She lived a long and great life, doing what she loved, and always laughing, of course. My aunt (her primary care-giver) did everything she possibly could to make sure that she had the best life possible during the end of her days. I know that she is with Jesus now and there is no more suffering.
In the upcoming week, I will have yet another baby cousin entering the world. I'm so excited to meet this little one (this makes two this summer). I also have two good friends, both from K-State, who are expecting later on this fall. Both, soon to be moms, are hanging in there so strong, and though they did not choose for this to happen, I know for a fact, that those two little boys will be loved more if not just as much as any other miracle. I can't help but think of a stronger act of love; for that mother to drop her time at K-State and make the way to help coach that little boy to a wonderful life, all by herself.
The next afternoon, I continued my journey in Manhattan at Kansas State University. I moved back into FarmHouse Fraternity, and have enjoyed reuniting the relationships that I built the semester before. "Life" is pretty fantastic in MHK (especially while class isn't in session yet). If you know me very well, you'd know that one of my favorite things to do is meeting new people. I enjoy meeting people and connecting the many mutual friendships we have. This is just one of the reasons I love Manhattan so much. None the less, seeing people I haven't seen since May is so exciting, and walking this journey of "life" with them is so much more enjoyable.
While working on things here in MHK, preparing for classes to start, I've been hit up for my thoughts and opinions on the Kansas Federation of College Republican's "death penalty decision."
And while I refuse to publicly comment on whether I agree or disagree with KFCR, I will tell you that our state has better things to be fighting over than a policy that hasn't even been used since 1965, not to mention our state needs lots of help, most of which isn't a "social issue."
Lastly, I see a little boy, struggling to keep his life, while his family lives in the Ronald McDonald house. It breaks my heart to see this little boy having to deal with all of this put onto his plate. His father, who took the opportunity to be his bone-marrow donor, is willing to give up almost everything to help his son out, and it's an amazing love that the whole state of Kansas has noticed. My plan here is to try to help out this bud, as my fraternity is involved with the L&L Foundation, I hope to at least help out his parents, with such a financial brunt they must be handling.
So, the whole point of this blog is to really step back and look at "my life." Life is hard. I know how cliche' that sound and how each person has their own battles, but my pledge for this upcoming school year is to realize how blessed I am and to concentrate on making great decisions for my life as well as putting a mark on others lives as well. Be thankful that you are living, that you don't have to worry about your next chemo appointment, how you're going to start planning a funeral, where you're going to live for the next year