Posts from the ‘Hokie nation’ Category

More football ‘cus I got nothin’!

I have been chasing my tail in circles since Thursday so I can’t even think of anything coherent to write about-but here ya go…love this song and the video will have you grabbin’ for the tissues!


We remember


“If it were easy, everyone would be a Hokie.”

-Homer Hickam, Virginia Tech Class of 1964

Author of Rocket Boys inspiration for the movie “October Sky”

The wedding

The day has come and gone.  It is over.  It has taken us until today to recover and I still think there is some tail dragging going on.  But the wedding was beautiful.

I wasn’t any too sure that it was going to be that way at the rehearsal on Friday.  The tshirts that VTHemi bought for the groomsmen and ushers were all wet.  The priest was not there because of an emergency that he needed to tend to.  The seminarian sent to help us had a thick accent and was very difficult to understand.  80 percent of the wedding party was not Catholic.  The readings and rites were unfamiliar to most of us.  One reader read a wife should “delete her husband” instead of delight.  The singer was uncomfortable singing Ave Maria and the flower girl was not to be persuaded to stand at the front of the church.

On the morning of the wedding I overslept.  So I went with very dirty hair to take Lullibell to have her hair piled on top of her head in a mass of curls.  My momma dressed sweet Bubba in a tuxedo that for the most part fit him although I feel certain that the vest and tie were safety pinned in several places.

At the church before the wedding my MIL asked Bubba if he knew what he was supposed to do and he said,”Yeah, I walk down there and then back up. Then down there then back up…”  Luckily we got that corrected before the wedding started!

Once the ceremony started though, it seemed that all was right with the world because everyone did what they were supposed to do and the whole thing went beautifully.  The bride looked beautiful down to her white fuzzy flipflops.  The groom was handsome and even managed a big smile.  The priest’s homily was just the right length with just the right amount of humor.

The reception was a blast right down to the Hokie Bird showing up to the tune of “Enter Sandman” and doing the Hokie Pokie with us all.  Lullibell danced and pranced and had a great time.  Bubba was able to eat enough to fill himself up and go home to sleep off the food coma! 

And now the happy couple is on their honeymoon at a resort in the Dominican Republic!

Silent Sunday

Check out VTHemi, at 30 doing what most of his 19-21 year old cheerleaders can’t do! Guess it was all those hay bales from the ground to the barn loft!


Closing remarks


We are Virginia Tech! The Hokie Nation!…I love her thoughts on how our lives fit into the world as it was and is. How things happen…terrible things and that it is ok to be sad and embrace it. I listen to this when I start reeling from sadness about the world. I sometimes get overwhelmed by the sadness of the world we live in…so much so that it becomes impossible for me to see the beauty in the world. I get down and wallow in the sadness and while I know it is ok to feel the feelings I also know that there has to be balance and life in the living (not just going through the motions). Nikki Giovani’s remarks or poem, whatever you wish to call it remind me that we are strong and we do build he future and we will laugh again.

“We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be!”

We are the Hokies! We will prevail! We are Virginia Tech!

Let’s go HOKIES! Let’s go HOKIES! Let’s go HOKIES! Let’s go HOKIES!

Some great memories of a great place


Hokie Nation….It might sound kind of nutty if you’ve never been there. But once you have you never forget it. I was born into the Hokie nation.

I grew up in southwest Virginia, not too far from Blacksburg. My aunt worked for the University for years. When I was little I would love to go over to the campus and visit her at work…Burrus Hall was my idea of what college was supposed to be like…It seemed so big and wondrous…the Hokie stones were the coolest colors and it was always so cool in there…so very quiet…peaceful. The drill field was always teeming with life…frisbee, touch football, people just sitting, reading , enjoying the day. A visit to the bookstore for some much needed Hokie sweatshirt or tshirt was a fun part of hanging out on campus! I loved going to the duck pond and feeding the ducks, watching them dive and looking at their beautiful colors. I loved watching the students…knowing I wanted to be one someday…

The campus is situated in a beautiful valley that is all rolling green hills, cow pasture dotted with dairy and beef cattle, and beautiful tree groves that turn the most amazing colors in the fall…Tech is an agriculture school so if I say the amazing smells you will understand that I don’t mean all delicious smells…but still amazing.

And Hokie football…sometimes my mom and dad would go with a group of adults and I would hang out with my Mammaw and Pappaw and listen to the game with them on the radio. But sometimes I would get to go with them…The spectacle of it all is so hard to describe…the stadium, the field, the players, the game, the mascots, the cheerleaders, the corps of cadets, the bands, the crowd, the music…Let’s go…HOKIES!!! Let’s go…Hokies!!! Let’ go…Hokies!!!

When I became a student at Tech I couldn’t believe how much I still loved it…I had classes all over campus…and it was great…I found some beautiful places to sit and study and often just be…I met some of the best people you will find anywhere…I had professors from all over the US and all over the world…India, Scotland, Africa…

Now that I am out in the wide world and far from home I still feel a part of the Hokie nation. I meet people everywhere I go that are from Virginia Tech…at hubby monsters office, skiing for the weekend, at Lullibell’s school! And it’s always warm and welcoming and familiar.

I love being from southwest Virginia. I love being a part of the community (even if it is from a distance). But most of all I love being a HOKIE!

We are Virginia Tech!

Haiku Friday


Maroon and orange

We are a strong, proud nation.

So hard to describe.

Wounded, hurt and sad

Prayerful watching and waiting

How many are gone?

Thirty two lost lives

musician, dancer, lov’d one.

Professor, father.

Healing has begun.

Prayers and tributes abound.

Never forgotten.

We are all hokies.

We are a strong proud nation.

The Hokie Nation.



I hope that giving the massacre at Virginia Tech my attention for the entire week will make it easier for me to write about. I was planning to post on April 16 about it but Just couldn’t get started writing about it. I knew that it would be hard to write so I thought I would start ahead of time and write a little on it each day but the more I thought about it the harder it became. So I decided to write about it in little pieces each day. I hope that it is a fitting tribute to the victims and their families.


If you are interested vtHemi (my little brother) and the Tech cheerleaders made it through the prelim round…I tried to post the video but, but once again couldn’t get the code to work so here is the link!