So There's That Series

So There’s That: Vol. 4

{Sort of like  a “Friday Five” except it’s probably not Friday and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. This is my# postgradlife.}

1. 11 Days…

Photo belongs to K-State Sports

11 days until the family is back together! {And until my social media becomes increasingly, possibly obnoxiously purple again.} In the meantime I recommend checking out this article on the two young men vying for starting QB. It’s well written and just another reason why I’m proud to be a Wildcat!

2. Thankfulness
I was cleaning out/off my desk this week and finally decided it was time to file away all of my cards from graduation, but not until I read through them all again. Wow. I am one lucky kid.


So…this post is turning out to be a bit mushy so I’m intervening with a bit of humor from some celebrities that put the words ‘respect, talent, hard work’ back into the Hollywood dictionary.

  • Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards Speech
    Okay, still a bit more on the mushy side, but if you haven’t already seen this viral video, then be ready to have your faith in humanity restored, at least for the day.
  • Jason Sudeikis’s futbol commercial

4. Best Friends
My childhood best friend Richole is finishing up her last year at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and after spending the summer at home in Oregon she decided to chart her course driving back to pass through Manhattan to see me! After growing up together and both moving away for school, I’ve learned to cherish the small amount of time that we usually get together, but I am so proud of the beautiful person inside and out that she has become and am so lucky to still be able to call her my best friend! Thanks for stopping by to see me Chole!

5. Happy Birthday Mom!

It’s my sweet mama’s birthday today! Special days are always a bit harder to get through than the regular ones, but I am so thankful that in my coming into adulthood my mom and I have grown even closer than before. Basically she’s the bee’s knees. This picture is from her birthday a few year back, taken by the wonderful Shannon at fotonovella. It’s one of my favorites. Love you Mom!


Friendship, Oregon

God Gave Me Two

Transitioning from high school to college and choosing a college 1,700 miles from home had its rough patches. My world before that was very small, so realizing that people might come and go in your life, and might not stay as long as you thought they would, was a lesson that took me a while to both understand and accept. Now as I take those same steps toward transitioning from college to career, I start to wonder how the people around me might come and go again. It makes me stop and think about how thankful I am for those that are here to stay. The ones I couldn’t get rid off even if I wanted to.

This is Kayla and Richole. And they are my childhood best friends.


I still remember the exact day I met Kay in kindergarten. She was standing on a chair playing ‘Mom’ in a very serious game of house and asked if I wanted to be one of the kids. And Chole I met on the playground in first grade and bonded with over our love for tether ball. In the fourth grade we became the “KAR Speed Readers,” took home first place in the coveted “Battle of the Books” competition and became best friends along the way. The three of us have been inseparable ever since.


Growing up we all played basketball together, ran cross-country and Kay and I were both dancers, but it would probably surprise people to know just how very different the three of us are from one another. Our personalities, personal styles,  hobbies and interests, and even our choice in music is often very different. In high school, when it came to our passions, Chole had tennis, I was the ag kid and Kay had music and track.  But the strength of our friendship came from our love and respect for each other, and for life, allowing us to find the perfect balance. And we always supported each other, no matter what, even if we didn’t understand it.

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When it came time to go to college, we again, couldn’t have been more different. Kay went to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Chole accepted a full-ride tennis scholarship to the University of Alabama-Birmingham and I chose Kansas State University.

Moving away from them and knowing that our friendship was inevitably going to change has been, by far, one of my biggest challenges. I know that I am lucky, that the depth of our friendship and bond is unique. These two girls know me better than I know myself, sit front seat in so many of my favorite memories and never have we had to go through a trial without the other two standing on either side. Not everyone can say they have a best friend like that, and God gave me two.



It hasn’t been easy. Becoming adults and building separate lives means we have each changed and have grown into different people. Skype dates and catching up can be few and far between, and trying to be there for someone just isn’t quite the same when you can’t be sitting next to them. But at the end of the day, their friendship gives me a silent confidence that I have come to depend on and no part of me can imagine not having them in my life.


This week is both of their birthdays, Chole on the 12th and Kay on the 15th. I want them to know just how important they are to me and just how much I miss them everyday.


KAR = Love
Love your sisters, love yourself.

Happy Birthday Kayla and Richole!

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