30 Days Till 30 – 26 Days to Go!

Yesterday I told you about the #1 and #2 things in my life, today is #3-5.

#3  The Alexander Family

Alison's Family

Alison’s Family

I’m currently blogging from my parents house in Mt. Pleasant, TX.   (North East Texas at it’s finest!)   My family is sitting around watching the Cowboys play football, a roaring fire is keeping us all cozy, I have both brothers sitting beside me, Mom and Dad visiting with Robby and me, sister-in-law having teacher talk with me, my niece and nephew running around the house.   All this adds up to one things = LIFE IS GOOD!   I’ve blogged about my bothers before, so I won’t remind you how amazing both Mark and Scott are.  My mother and father are pretty great people.   Both give selflessly to the community, help others when given the chance, and have a smile on their face and love in their heart for anyone they encounter.  My grandmother was here earlier, an intelligent and wise 91 year old whom I seek advice from.  My family is very important to me.  I have only known one house; we never moved!   I grew up with both sets of grandparents in the same small hometown and cousins all over the place.  Yep, Mt. Pleasant and Mayberry were pretty much the same place for me!   My heart is so happy to be back here with them for the holidays.  My family is always in my heart while we are apart.  I love my family!


#4 – The Rigney/Reese Family

Robby's family

Robby’s family

My 2nd family is my husband’s family. Robby’s family accepted me as one of their own so quickly, that it’s sometimes hard to remember that we haven’t been family forever!   My mother-in-law Greta is so helpful and jumps at the chance to give to others around her.  Joe & Jenn have become not only family but friends to Robby and me.  Danny & Kayla bring so much talent and music to our family!  Sam & Peter, the precious nephews, keep us laughing and entertained all day long.  Daddy Jim, Robby’s grandfather, so gracioiusly let us live with him for the past 1 1/2 years, and Manaynee, Robby’s grandmother, is so sweet!   And then there’s cousins and aunts and uncles.  Oh my!   What would I do without Aunt Carol and Uncle Rocky to joke with when our family gets together?    Yes, the Rigney and Reese family are very near and dear to my heart.

#5 – My College Friends!

The College Girls, Christmas 2012

The College Girls, Christmas 2012

The day I moved to college I met 5 ladies:  Crystal (my roomie), Sarah, Miranda, Jennifer, and Katy.  We have added in friends along the years (Jessica is awesome!!), always welcoming anyone that has an open heart and love to share.  After 11 years, we have stayed close and get toether as often as we can.  We have stood in each others weddings, laughed till we peed our pants, cried through heataches, and prayed ferverently for each other.  We have traveled together, sometimes even as far as around the world, and giggled ourselves silly way into the wee hours of the night.   Our mothers told us early on that our friendship was special and one-of-a-kind.  Little did we know ours was a friendship that spans the globe, that endures the ages, and holds us together through the good and bad that life hands us.  I know that if I needed anything, all I have to do is call any of them and they will be there.  Just this past weekend we got together  and laughed and talked till after midnight, and it did my heart such good to see these ladies!  How fun it’s been to watch Katy fall in love with Dan and get married 8 years ago, or Sarah bring Justin to meet us all in Dallas for weekend and later go on to marry him and have their own optomotry office!   The guys are just as much a part of our group, bringing joy and laughter to us all!   We love each other like family.   I don’t know where I would be without my college girlfriends!  Love you, ladies!

30 Days Till 30!

Ladies and Gents….the countdown has begun. 30 days till I turn *gasp* THIRTY!! (Actually, the countdown started on Christmas Day, but we’ve been a bit busy so I’m going to catch up today!)

My creative sister-in-law, Jenny, suggested that I blog the 30 days leading up to my birthday. The blog posts can be filled with important people, memories, favorite places, etc… What a fantastic idea! So today, I will play catch up and do the top 2!

#1 God- My life would be nothing without Jesus Christ. By God’s mercy I was born into a family that taught me about our Lord and raised me to know the Truth. I became a Christian at the age of 10 and was baptized at my home church. I pray that I continue to follow and trust in The Lord all my days, honoring him with all of the talents and blessings He has so graciously poured out on me.

#2 Robby- My husband is amazing!! Just the other day a new friend was telling his girlfriend about Robby while at a party. “Robby’s a good guy. He’s got a great heart and is smart….” I know he is fantastic, but it’s even better to hear others speak so highly of his character. If you haven’t met Robby yet, what are you waiting for? He’s the life of the party, a great listener, a problem solver, a team player, the “best man” every guy should have at his wedding, compassionate, funny, and the biggest Aggie Fan you’ll ever meet. I love my husband!

Tomorrow I will blog the next few items on my list. Watch out, year #30!

New House!

We have moved!   

After a year & a half of being married, Robby and I unpacked boxes from our separate lives pre-marriage and set up our 1st home.  Oh, how I’ve dreamed of this day for so long!

I know I sent out thank you letters after the wedding, and I have given many hugs and big smiles, but THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all of the thoughtful wedding gifts.   Many of you don’t even know the blessings that you have brought into our lives so many months after the wedding.  As we unpacked, it was a flood of memories of sweet friends and families that gave us each item.  New knives – thanks Uncle Rocky and Aunt Carol!  Beautiful plates from Crate & Barrel – thanks Cousin Allison!  Pretty pillows for our bedroom – thanks to my mother’s Yaya’s!   Each item that we unpacked had a story behind it.  We were overwhelmed with blessings and memories!

We are still settling in, unpacking things as we go, and trying to remember where we put everything.   There aren’t many picture of our new place just yet.  Maybe soon when we get set up.  Until then, here we are in front of our 1st home:

Our 1st Place

Our 1st Place

And…..our 1st Christmas Tree:

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Yes, this year we are very blessed.

Merry Christmas!    

The Greatest Man I Never Knew….

The past few weeks have been challenging.   (To say the least.)

  • We’ve been patient and waited.
  • We’ve prayed fervently.
  • We’ve traveled, some family and friends came from the other side of the United States!
  • We’ve seen the weather go from ice to 80 degrees to 17 degrees.  Crazy Texas weather.
  • We’ve laughed.
  • We’ve met new friends.
  • We’ve reunited with old ones.
  • We’ve met family members.
  • We’ve hugged, embraced, and held hands.
  • We’ve cried and blown our noses more than we can count.
  • We’ve grieved and mourned.
  • But most importantly, we’ve rejoiced as a loved one went home to Heaven.

This week, we said good-bye to Robby’s dad, Bill Rigney, Jr.  After years of battling Alzheimer’s, God called Bill home.

Bill Rigney, Jr.

I did not get to know my father-in-law when he was well.  I’ve heard stories for 3 years now and seen pictures.  But this week, I got to know my father-in-law.  Through friends and family reuniting to remember Bill’s life and legacy, I saw who Christ made him.

Robby had an amazing father!  This man was positive and all smiles.  He was the guy you call when you’re in a bind.  Need help with something at work?  Call Bill!  (I now know where Robby gets his ability to run numbers in his head!)  Bill was the guy who loved people.  The stories from his college buddies were just the start of his love for a good time.  He was the big brother.  You could see something sparkle in the eyes of Aunt Lynne and Uncle Tommy as they told stories about their big brother.   He was intentional.  He was patient.  He loved his family!   He poured his life into his friends and family daily.  Bill kept up with others, no matter where they lived (some far away) and no matter when he had last seen them.   My father-in-law loved life, and lived it to the fullest.

I am privileged to call Bill my father-in-law.  What an amazing legacy he left for us.

Here’s a small snippet of his life, just a brief summary, of the great guy Bill was.