Life Notes

#MonthofThanksgiving – Part 3

Wrapping up my #MonthofThanksgiving by sharing Part 3. Hope everyone had a wonderful month and got a chance to reflect back on a few of the things that they are thankful for. I’m glad that I did. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays, I am pretty excited to finally be on my home in just 12 days! Enjoy.

#Day21 I am thankful for childhood #bestfriends that still support each other though we’re thousands of miles apart#MonthofThanksgiving

Kay, Chole and I as senior's in high school.
Kay, Chole and I as seniors in high school.

#Day22 I am thankful for technology that lets me be with my family on days that being far away stings a little bit more #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day23 I am thankful for faith, hope and love, and being taught to believe in each. #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day24 I am thankful for Caden Eli. 5 years ago today he was born and changed a lot of lives, including mine. #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day25 I am thankful for my roommate Kyla, for being my voice of reason & favorite crazy redhead all in one. #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day26 I am thankful for my mentors, who are there to lift me up, challenge and push me to be better and dream big #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day27 I am thankful for Smurthwaite Scholarship House, my sisters and the memories it has given me #home #smurthielove #MonthofThanksgiving

Seniors back for this fall's alumni dinner.
Senior Smurthie’s back for this fall’s alumni dinner.

#Day28 I am thankful to have grown up in a family business, to work alongside and learn from those I love and respect #MonthofThanksgivng

#Day29 I am thankful for the talent & character that God has given me & the drive to try to do something good with it #MonthofThanksgiving

#Day30 I am thankful that I get to live in this “crazy, beautiful life” of mine #MonthofThanksgiving

– Amanda

Friendship, Oregon

Happy Birthday Caden

Caden Eli Lloyd born November 24, 2007

When you are 22 and a senior in college, five years ago seems like a long time. In five years I have graduated from high school, moved here to Kansas to be a student at K-State and in that time, had the time of my life. The things I’ve learned, experiences I’ve had and people I’ve met have surpassed every expectation I had ten times over. So yes, in many ways five years seems like a long time. But there’s one way it doesn’t seem like that long at all.

Because five years ago today Caden was born.

Now since I’ve moved away for much of his growing up, Caden doesn’t really recognize me anymore until Cris tells him that I’m someone whom he needs to run up and hug. But it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. He might not remember me, but I sure do remember him and impact that he has had on me. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to be somebody that he is proud of. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share with him that I got to where I am partially because of him and my friendship with his lovely mama .

Caden at almost 5.

Until then, Happy 5th Birthday Caden! You are loved more than you know little boy.

– Amanda