I count my blessings everyday! Our lives have been richly blessed this past year with love, family, friendship, shelter, food, and MORE. Although this is a bit overdue, here are some people and things I am especially thankful for this year.

(and these are in no particular order)

1) My husband! Seth is my best friend, my rock, the love of my life, and my encourager. I wouldn’t be half the person I am without you! Thank you for providing for us, always having a positive attitude, and loving your Savior, your wife, your family, & dogs with all your heart.

2) Our house. I must admit, I was a little hesitant about our first “big” purchase in 2007 but am so thankful we found a great neighborhood and are able to have our first true home together.
3) My Chi Chi’s! We have all seen each other through thick and thin. These girls were my first friends upon moving to SA back in 1995 and we have continued a unique and special friendship for over 10 years!

4) My in-laws. Seth has a wonderful & caring family who always makes sure we’re taken care of!
5) My friends. My confidants. My roommates. My sisters in Christ. You are all so many things to me! I love you all! And even if your picture isn’t on here…you know who you are :)

6) Our Young Marrieds class at church. What a BLESSING! We have had a blast getting to know the 30ish couples in our group and I can truly call all of you good friends. This includes all the Bible study girls…I love the time and dessert we share on Wednesdays!
7) MY family. I am thankful for parents who raised us to the best of their abilities, always provided us with everything we needed and more, and sisters who have grown up into beautiful women! You always hold a special place in my heart. We are so thankful that you take care of us, love us, and support us in all we do!

8) My job! Moving to Anadarko was one of the better decisions I made in 2007. I have been blessed with an amazing boss, co-workers, and company that exemplifies servant leadership. APC takes care of its employees, provides fantastic benefits, and most of all, has given me a great job close to home!

9) Cherry Salsa. I know. I said “blech” too when I was first introduced to this, But oh, it is so fabulous. Especially the original one. It makes my day complete.

10) And last, but certainly not least. My children! You didn’t think I forgot, did you?? Maggie & Tucker bring so much joy into our lives, keep us fit, keep us laughing, and we would be so lonely without them. Even though their vet bills & cost of pet food might put us in the poor house one day, we still love them. Even though they sometime damage furniture and run away down the street so I have to chase them like an idiot, we still love them. I think I almost understand the unconditional love of a parent now. :)

Hope you all had a safe, fun, and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Now go finish your Christmas shopping and put that tree up!

If the Shoe Fits…

Due to my ultra-fabulous performance at work as of late, I received $100 in the form of a giftcard, to spend however my little heart desired.

My boss also instructed me this was to be a secret from my husband. Clever. However, the man I am married to does not let anything past his nose without intense scrutiny. Without the big question, “is that new?”…or…”Have I seen that before?”. Since my Christmas list was getting a little too lengthy, I decided to relieve my husband of the “NEW WORK SHOES” burden and take things into my own hands. And really, I was fully justified in buying all of these because I had a GIFTCARD.

Thank you Anadarko.

Nine West was having a fabulous sale this week! I highly recommend you all take a trip on your way to Thanksgiving dinner. TONS of shoes were marked down to $14.99 along with their “buy one, get one 50% off” sale too.


I seem to wear down shoes a lot. I think it’s partially because:

-I walk very quickly
-I run up/down stairs in the parking garage
-I’m not what you call “light footed”

So these should last me awhile. Let’s hope.

How super cute are these?!

My Christmas bonus!

Note #1: I know half of you are sighing, “NOT again, Mary! Brown, black, brown, where is the color?!”

I know. I tried. I was thisclose to buying pair #2 in avocado green, but nobody would answer the phone to say “yes! you can do it!!”

Note #2: Please answer the phone when I call so I don’t make any drastic shoe decisions on my own

Now you know I will spend all evening with the brown vs. avocado battle brewing in my head.

And you thought your life was intense.

Midnight Madness

I know you’re all dying to hear how the Twilight premiere went. And frankly, I’ve finally just caught up on my sleep to live to tell you about it.


I can safely say I’ve never had a grande Starbucks coffee and a box of milkduds at 10pm or after. But now I know why…because it keeps you up…and you can’t go to sleep even AFTER the midnight movie is long over!

But it was f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cara, Allison, and I braved the crowds of teens, tweens, and their crazy moms to fight for our 4th row seats. Lucky us. Unlucky for our necks. After waiting in the theater for 2 whole hours, Edward appears on screen…screams erupt…girls faint…Cara starts crying.

Something like that.

The screams continued everytime he made an appearance. Jacob was booed off the screen. This isn’t making much sense to those of you who haven’t read the books. But it was big time.

So glad I did it. Who says you can do wild & crazy things when you’re 25?!

Vampires…Werewolves…Oh My!

Rarely do I get excited enough about an upcoming movie to buy advanced tickets, let alone watch it opening weekend. Not since Titanic hit the theaters, have I so looked forward to something like this.

Gosh, and it’s not like we didn’t know how that movie ended!

And ok, so maybe I know how Twilight ends as well. But that is completely irrelevant. It is my ultimate responsibility, as a reader, to see how this fares in the world of Hollywood cinema.

Which is why I have tickets to the midnight showing.

(Kids, as a reminder, I typically fall asleep on the sofa watching TV between the hours of 8 and 9)

Looks like I’ll have to visit my local Starbucks on the way…

…and probably take a nap when I get home from work on Thursday…

Cannot wait!!!

Ring Dunkin’

This past Saturday we went to watch Seth’s brother, Chase, dunk his Aggie ring. For those of you who aren’t Aggies…you probably think we’re nuts. :) As for the rest of you, you know Aggie rings are a pretty big deal…

The boys pre-dunk. They were shakin’ in their boots!

Chase finished in approx 30 seconds. We’re…so…proud?

Frank, Alex, Curtis, Wade, Travis, & Chase

Aggie Anderles’ – Seth, Chase, & Me
Chase & Lindsey
Rachel stopped by to join in the fun…


Seth, Me, Lindsey, Chase, Mom & Dad Anderle

Baby Beckett’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to Beckett Walker Cocke, who was born this morning at 4:56am after his mom was a trooper from 20 hours of labor! Yikes. Better you than me, Sheila.

He was already demonstrating advanced skills such as rolling over, walking, and biking. Talk about a show-off!

I really think this is the first ‘baby’ Seth has ever held. He claims he held his cousins when they were babies. His cousins are about 5-6 years younger than us so I’m not sure that totally counts. Seth & Beckett had some great bonding time.

Babies are so fun. And smell good. Congratulations to Sam & Sheila!

On another note, thank goodness the week is nearly finished. I am so over this work thing.

Rain Rain Go Away


How am I supposed to work when it looks like this outside:

I know, I know. Never mind the 3 large windows. Or my nice spacious office. Or the other part I didn’t even show you which includes pictures, a lucious green plant, and a candy bowl. And yes, that is an Oscar on my windowsill.

What? You don’t have one?

Here’s to pjs, hot chocolate, a good book, and my pumpkin spice candle tonight!

Our Hope Endures

Lately I feel that I have been bombarded with songs about hope.

Coincidence? Maybe.

God speaking? Probably.

I wanted to share one of Natalie Grant’s new songs which can truly speak for so many of us. This isn’t the “official” music video, but at least you can hear the music. It’s difficult to understand how life can be “unkind” to us at times…how things aren’t fair…why things hurt. Fortunately, we have an all-knowing, loving, merciful God who will carry us through our temporary time on Earth until He is ready to bring us home!! :)

Enjoy the music. I pray for all of us to have unchanging hope.

You would think only so much can go wrong
Calamity only strikes once
And you assume that this one has suffered her share
Life will be kinder from here

Sometimes the sun stays hidden for years
Sometimes the sky rains night after night
When will it clear
But our hope endures the worst of conditions
It’s more than our optimism
Let the earth quake
Our hope is unchanged

How do we comprehend peace within pain
Our joy at a good man’s wake
Walk a mile with a woman whose body is torn
With illness but she marches on

Sometimes the sun stays hidden for years
Sometimes the sky rains night after night
When will it clear
But our hope endures the worst of conditions
It’s more than our optimism
Let the earth quake
Our hope is unchanged

Emanuel, God is with us
El Shaddai, all sufficient
Emanuel, God is with us
El Shaddai, all sufficient
Emanuel, God is with us
El Shaddai, all sufficient

We never walk alone
This is our hope
Our hope endures, the worst of conditions
It’s more than our optimism
let the earth quake
let the earth quake
let the earth quake
Our hope is unchanged

-Natalie Grant

Boomer Sooner than Later…

I can’t vouch for the quality of any of the pictures in this post, but am super excited because I can take pictures on my phone and email them to myself. Thanks to the sweet 2.0 megapixel camera on the blackjack! And really it’s because I just forgot my real camera.

These are a tad old, but several weeks ago we went to see The Woodlands High and College Park battle it out on the field. We were only biased since David coaches at College Park. But we had a great time watching the game, the MARCHING BAND, and learning what teenagers wear these days.

(I’m just kidding about the band…but they were still pretty good!)

Amy & Makenzie cheering on their dad/husband
Georgia & Kim discussing the latest play

Luckily, we also got to see OU pummel the Aggies this weekend. In person. At least we scored 28 points. I would’ve never seen that one coming. But it was pretty bad. And I almost fell asleep in the first quarter (more on that later). BUT, on a positive note, thanks to Paula & Ben (and really Jeremy & Stacy) we were able to pull a seat switcheroo at the last minute and got to enjoy the miserable defeat from the alumni side, 2nd deck, 35 yard line…WHOOP!

I figured this was the closest the score would ever be. I should’ve just taken it when it was still 0-0 because that probably would have looked better. Oh well.

“Hey old seats at the top of the Zone! Suckas!”

The first and only time we’ll probably be in these seats :)

Let me just say how cute the old folk were that surrounded us. These people represent dedication! The old man in front of us graduated in 1943. That was a LONG time ago, people! And it was so sweet to hear him & his wife discuss how this year’s team was nothing like the national championship team in 1939.

I am not joking.

Just makes you want to put them in your pocket!

I would write about other things I remember from the game but it’s mainly the old folk, kettle corn, and OU fight song. Seriously. By the end of the game, Paula & I were actually dancing to it. Because what else were we supposed to do?