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Thirsty Thursday: THANKSgiving Way

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/27/2014 at 17:10

Happy ♣THANKSgiving♣, †The Prayer Way

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Let us come before His presence with THANKSgiving. ~ Psalm 95:2

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T is for THANKSgiving♣ and The †CROSS

G is for: ¡Gracias! * Gratitude * Give THANKS * †GOD† * GOoDGreat * Gifts

“He’s Great with a Captial G.”

I’m adopting this above quote from the San Francisco 49ers’ head football coach Jeff Harbaugh, who actually was describing his player at a post-game press conference this past Sunday ~ yet it also applies to our LORD GOD Almighty!!!

* “†The Mighty One† has done great things for me, and †holy† is His name” ~ Luke 1:49

Here are the other ways to pray:

  • Adoration♥ 
  • Contrition
  • Supplication  

Sources

  • Fr. Oscar J. Lukefahr, C. M. “From the Spiritual Director.” The Association of the Miraculous Medal, Vol. 47, No. 3: Fall Bulletin (2014).*
  • Jesus Our Life Activity Book, Faith and Life Series, 3rd ed. (Book 2). Chapter 9, Lesson 2, (p. 34)**; “Kinds of Prayer,” Chapter 15, Lesson 3 (p. 59)***. Ignatius Press, San Francisco. Catholics United for the Faith, Steubenville, Ohio. (2014).

Below are my daily devotions of THANKSgiving, descending from today …

Day 27: I’m THANKful for having a home & being surrounded by love + the freedom to express myself, especially through ADORATION & THANKSgiving! At the Adoration Chapel, during my Holy Hour, a woman who went in was homeless & away from her family. This reminds me to remain humble + reach out & help others in need ~ NOT to take my blessings for granted like I did when I was spoiled. #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #ThankGOD #GraciasADios #GODbless 👏🙏💖💒☝️✌️

Day 27: I’m THANKful for my spiritual gifts of faith, hope & love for our LORD & His creations + my material gifts of a roof over our heads, clothing on our backs & food on our tables! As we enter the Advent season, let’s prepare for the celebration of CHRISTmas: Baby JESUS’ birth! May GOD bless you all!!! ♡ ♡ ♡ from my fam to yours #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Advent #JESUS #CHRISTmas 👏🙏💖💒☝️✌️🎅🎄🏡🏠👗🍛

Day 26: I’m THANKful for my fine, fella Filipinas w/whom I grew up & who still make a profound impact on my life to this day! These fly Pinays all are now Nanays, so I hope that their kids have close friendships like we did! Appreciate you all Ates, especially * my BFF Melody Givan * my kumares/comadres/GODchildren’s mamas Monalisa Wishuknew & Jenny Coleman * my beautiful Beast Mode soul survivor Theresa Del Baggio * my Sisonian Sis from another Ms. & Mr. Delilah! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #LYLAS #LoveYaLikeASista #SFAM #SisterFromAnotherMister 👏💖👭

Day 25: I’m also THANKful for being female (not to be sexist) ~ as it always has its perks in more ways than 1 😉 Happy Ladies’ Tuesday (all about that 10% discount) ~ complete w/this rose to top it off! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Ladies #Rose #SmellTheRoses #YellowRose #YellowRoseOfTexas 👏🚘🚙🌹💐

Day 25: I’m THANKful for my parents, who taught me how to be giving all my life, including the HOLYday season! Growing up, my mom Estrella Dispo showed by her example to sponsor an Angel Tree child, & my *PAPA JUN* had me give my teachers CHRISTmas gifts! They’re still generous, having instilled in me the appreciation of my blessings + joy, love & art of giving to my neighbors & strangers. #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Blessings #SpreadTheWealth #PayItForward 👏☝️✌️🙏👉👈🎁💝💖💐

Day 24: I’m THANKful for my sister, Joanne Dispo, who has her ☼Birthday☼ today! She is one of the coolest + one of the most accomplished, generous & beautiful women who I know! Happy Bday, Sis! ♥Love♥ you & may †GOD† keep blessing you! We both have great taste, including these limited edition collaboration collections! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #HBD #Sis #2greatMindsThinkAlike #PrabalGurang #PhillipLim

Day 23: I’m THANKful for my *DALLAS COWBOYS* who I’ve visited almost every season since their last @ their Texas Stadium stomping grounds & now their AT&T arena in Arlington + root on from afar during their road games! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #DallasCowboys #AmericasTeam #TrueBlue #SundayNightFootball #Countdown2TurkeyDayGame #FamilyTradition #FaithFamilyFootball #HowBoutEmBOYS 👏🏈🌠🏉🐎

Day 22: I’m THANKful for DISPOsers, as in people (& their pets) who appreciate my passion for my profession as their photographer & seek my portraits for special events! Today, I photoed my doctor friend’s beautiful family ~ festive for the HOLYdays ~ complete w/3 generations, gorgeous new addition + well-groomed & behaved K9s! Added bonus: fine wine on site & generous gifted bottle to go ~ nice to save when I become Dr. Dispo! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #DISPO #DISposers #DISPOsFotos #DISPObyDemand #DISPOsAlwaysFly #DISPObustAFlow #Way2goDISPO #PortraitPhotography #FamilyPhotography #CameraHappy #SnapHappy #HappySnapping #Toscana #WinePairsWellWithWork #DrDISPO #DrD #TeamDrD #PhD 👏📷👪👶🎅🎄💍👰💒💖🐶🐾🍷

Day 21: I’m THANKful for my *DALLAS MAVERICKS* & Kyle Scott for taking yours truly to see them live against the LAkers tonight! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #DallasMavericks #LAkers #LINsanity #Dirk #GoMAVS #MAVSmadness #PlatinumLevel #SuiteSeats #SweetSeats #DISPOhoopScoops #Countdown2TIPOFF 👏🏀🏆🌠👊

Day 20: I’m THANKful for today’s beautiful Birthday Girl Ivette M. Bruno, who’s a sweet servant to GOD & our Parish, my sister in Christ & the mother of my Church Bestie the also beautiful & sweet Ms. Evie! They’re like family to me ~ Maggie’s a wonderful cook, hostess, beautician + kindhearted & definitely 1 of the BEST go-getters who I know! Here are 3 generations (not in order of appearance): Maggie’s mother-in-law/Suegra * Maggie * her mother “Grandma Hope” * Evie who crowned our Queen Mother after Sacred Heart’s Corpus Christi Procession on Mothers Day ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Maggie! ♡ ♡ ♡ ¡Díos te bendigas! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #HBD #PTL #MarvelousMAGGIE #EasygoingEVIE #CorpusChristi #Coronation #QueenMother #MamaMary 👏☝️✌️🙏💒💖💝👑👸

Day 19: I’m THANKful for my voice in a country where we’re free to express ourselves, both as a singer & a speaker! As a singer: Church Choir & Opera + Karaoke (also sang solos @ both of my paternal grandparents’ funerals) … As a speaker: Speech Competitions & Speech Teacher + Church Reader #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #voice #LetFreedomRing #FirstAmendment #speak #sing #choir #solo #opera #Karaoke #teach #speech #speecher #teacher #GTD #GreatTeacherDISPO #ExpressiveELAINE #ExcitedELAINE #EnergeticELAINE 👏🇺🇸🎤💒💃

Day 19: I’m THANKful for my voice, both as a singer & a speaker! As a singer, I started participating in our Church Children’s Choir in grade school, followed by solos in our Church Celebration Choir during college, then performed in the South Texas Lyric Opera Chorus (as well as the Responsorial Psalms @ both of my paternal grandparents’ funerals) … + I admit that I kick ace in Karaoke! As a speaker, I started competing in speech tournaments in middle school … Now I teach speech @ the college level, judge UIL contests & best of all: serve my Church as a reader! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #voice #speak #sing #choir #solo #opera #Karaoke #teach #speech #speecher #teacher #GTD #GreatTeacherDISPO 👏🎤💒💃🎓

Day 18: I’m THANKful for my PAPA PED, who left this Earth 6 years ago today + all of my grandparents, who I believe are w/the Angels in Heaven as faithful lovers of GOD. My paternal grandfather was hardworking, just like my dad, PAPA JUN is! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #PapaPED #PapaJUN #LikeFatherLikeSon #LikeDadLikeDaughter #Psalm23 👏👴👵👼💖

Day 17: I’m THANKful for GOD, who is my #1!!! Bishop Mike (my spiritual mentor & good friend) put it best when he wrote me in last week’s letter: “You could not work for a better boss.” All the days of my life, I LOVE & serve the LORD w/my whole heart & soul ♡ ♡ ♡ #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #ThankGOD #GODbless #GODisMyNo1 #GODisMyBAE #WhosTheBOSS #TheGreatMANupstairs #PTL #PraiseTheLORD #PeopleThatLOVE #GODisLOVE #GOD 👏☝️🙏✌️💖

I’m also THANKful for this Snow Day b/c I have a break from both jobs for once & can focus on my own studies today + be w/my babes A&A #PhD #DrD #TeamDrD #SnowDay home w/ #DoubleAteam #CozyComfy #WarmAsToast ❄️✌️🎓😻😸

Day 16: I’m THANKful for ASIA, who I call my Grad Cat b/c she’s been w/me through both my graduate degrees: my 1st (Master’s @ Angelo State University) & my terminal (Ph.D. @ Our Lady Lake University) + lived w/me in Cali, the Valley & back in her stomping grounds of Abilene! Cheers, for here’s a photo montage of the 1st 8 years of her 9 lives as she thrives & strives! ♡ ♡ ♡ #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #ASIAtheExplorer #ASIAfelinaCatalina #DoubleAteam #RescueCAT #CATastic #PURRfection #PURRtyKitty #PrettyKitty #LoyalCAT #RoyalCAT #QueenCAT #GradCAT #WhereItsAt #DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly 👏🙏😻😸🐯🐆🎓🏡👑📷

Day 15: I’m THANKful for my Sweet ANNIE, w/whom I celebrate our 5-year ANNIEversary today as I pray for her face wound to go away, so she’ll keep her moneymaker & happily wag her squirrel tail shaker! ♡ ♡ ♡ #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #ANNIEversary #SweetANNIE #LilOrphanANNIE #RescueCat #TeaCupCat #ToyCat #PURRfection #PrettyKitty #sANNIEclaws #ANNIEs1stSnow #DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly #throwback 👏🙏😻😸🐱🐈🎅🎄❄️⛄️🍎🍊🍌🍐🍍

Day 14: I’m THANKful for HOLYday music, so I’m jamming to my jingles on my iTunes + putting my CHRISTmas CDs on rotation in my truck’s 6-CD changer, including Jenny & William Coleman’s Brian McKnight & Temptations #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #CHRISTmasCarols #HOLYdayTunes #JingleJams #music #PutCHRISTbackInCHRISTmas #CHRISTmasSpirit

Day 13: I’m THANKful for my hair, which I donated to Locks of Love right before I started my Ph.D. & will again after I finish my Ph.D. I appreciate those who showed care for my hair, from cut to color, curl to cornrows & up-dos … I’ve been asked if I have a wig or a weave, but NO extensions here ~ Elaine’s mane’s the real deal! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #hair #cornrows #GoMAVS 👏💁🏀

Day 12: I’m THANKful for good food, most recently military meals for Veterans Day & today’s Sweet Life Cupcakes for my RE student’s birthday! I use food for fuel, & I see picture perfect grub, I go cam happy on that mug! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Food #Foodie #ChowDown #GrubOn #EatToLive #SnapHappy #EnegeticELAINE #ExcitedELAINE #DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly #TisTheSeasonForPumpkinPie #GhirardelliCaramelPumpkinCheesecake = #OffTheChain 👏🇺🇸🎂🍓🍌🍧🍝🎃🍰🍯💒📷

Day 11: I’m THANKful for my family, friends, family of friends, professors, colleagues, students, neighbors & strangers who serve the great *US of A* through sacrifice for our & others’ freedom, especially my fam bam: Retired Air Force Dad & Retired Navy Uncle Antero Tavernero + cousin A1C Jeryl Dispo & the Cooley Bros: my Bro-in-Law Ryan in USMC & Lil’ Bro Eric Cooley in USAF! Please salute & thank your Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard & our nation’s military heroes this Veterans Day & everyday! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #VeteransDay #Veterans #Military #MilitaryHeroes #Salute #WhatItDoSALUTE #USAF #USMC #USNavy #USArmy #USCG #AirForce #MarineCorps #Navy #Army #MerchantMarines #CoastGuard #UnitedStatesAirForce #UnitedStatesMarineCorps #SemperFi #AimHigh #CrossIntoTheBlue #MilitaryBrats 👏🇺🇸✈️⚓️👷

Day 10: I’m THANKful for my Sister-in-Law, Janet Zapata, today’s beautiful Bday Girl! As one of the toughest chicks I know, she’s always had my back & is my best friend in the Valley ^_^ ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Cuñada, y mucho amor a ti, Suegra y tus hijitos/mis sobrinitos! ♡ ♡ ♡ #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #HBD #VALLEporVida #Familia 🎈🎁🎊🎉🎆🎇🎂🍰💖👟💐🌴

Day 9: I’m THANKful for my GODchildren: Reyanna Blanchard & William Jamal Coleman! Rey-Rey, now 15, is a creative animal lover techie, & Jamal, now 13, is a sweet, swift track star ~ I’m the always proud Ninang ♡ ♡ ♡ Of course, I extend my gratitude to their moms, my kumares/comadres Monalisa Wishuknew & Jenny Coleman, for baptizing their 1st-born w/yours truly ❤ #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #GODchildren #GODdaughter #GODson #GODmother #Ninang #ProudNinang #NinangELAINE #Kumare #Comadre #Familia #Family 👏🙏💖💒👶🎨🐶😻👣👟🌠🏆👫

Day 8: I’m THANKful for My Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), for which I’m ABD (All But Dissertation) ~ all I have left toward my degree is 1 hour credit for my defense after I finish my research on college coaches’ leadership! For 4 years almost every semester, my professors, classmates & I met @ least every other Saturday. We learned so much from each other & put our studies into practice! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #PhD #DrD #TeamDrD 👏🎓👊

Day 7: I’m THANKful for legs that were made for walking & running … 1 full (26.2mi) marathon & many more fun races later! I always get compliments on my calves & thighs, which are partially credited to genetics & my series of squats! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Legs #26point2mileClub #FunRun #race #SolidCalves #RockHardQuads #1KSquats #ShesGotLegsSheKnowsHowToUseThem 👏👣👟🏁💪

Day 6: I’m THANKful for happily serving my beautiful Catholic Church ~ which began by singing in the Music Ministry growing up then through college & when I started teaching in the Valley! Now I faithfully have my holy hour @ the Adoration Chapel (my Thursday commitment), serve as reader (Lector & Cantor/Commentator) @ Mass, teach Religious Education, + photograph! As I keep following GOD’s will, He may lead me to establishing the Catholic school in Abilene! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Church #CatholicChurch #choir #Adoration #ministry #Catechism #photography #PTL #PraiseTheLORD #PeopleThatLOVE #ExcitedELAINE #MakeGODSmile 👏💒🎤💖📖🍎📷🎓🙏✌️☝️

Day 5: I’m THANKful for my photography career here, especially in joyous occasions when we cheer! Of course, photographing always has been my passion, & started out as a journalist when I published my professional photos to accompany my news/feature stories. Now I capture more intimate moments when mom’s welcome their newborns into the world (that has led me further into W TX into Midland & Lubbock) + other special events! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #NewbornPhotography #BabyPhotos #SnapHappy #DISPOsFotos #DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly 👏📷📰👶👪💒🎓⚾️🏀🏈🌳

Day 4: I’m THANKful for my right to vote! Please exercise yours today (unless you already did early ~ like yours truly)! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #VOTE #ExerciseYourRight #WeHaveAVoice #StateOfficials #Propositions 👏🇺🇸✅

Day 3: I’m THANKful for my opportunities to educate, for which I appreciate & have more to anticipate, for which I celebrate! Each & every one of my students, both past & present, matter to me. Whether I’m in the classroom or instructing online, teaching @ Church or tutoring individually, I do everything in my power to ensure that it’s my students I empower! #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #Teach #Inspire #Learn #Education #KnowledgeIsPower #TheMoreYouKnow #GTD #GreatTeacherDISPO #DISPObustAFlow #DISPOsAlwaysFly 👏🍎🍏📚✏️💒🎓👊

Day 2: I’m THANKful for our dearly beloved faithful departed whose souls now rest in eternal peace w/GOD & the angels. My culture pays tribute to them by visiting their resting places &/or leaving them food & drink! We honor them all our days… I’m also THANKful for the extra hour of shuteye from Daylight Savings Time + waking up to purring Annie snuggled comfy cozy against me ^_^
#GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #AllSouls #AllSoulsDay #DiaDeLosMuertos #DayOfTheDead #DaylightSavingsTime #FallBack #SweetANNIE #LilOrphanANNIE 👏✌️☝️🙏💖💒👼🌞🌈🍁🍂⏰😲😵😴💤💭😻🐱🐈

Day 1: I’m THANKful for the Saints who intercede for us from Heaven when we pray to them. As my Church bestie Evie says, they’re our attorneys who defend us when we face GOD the judge! Who are the patron saints who guide you? #GivingTHANKS #THANKSgiving #AllSaints #AllSaintsDay #StJP2 #StJohnPaul2 #StFrancisOfAssisi #StElizabethAnnSeton #StHelen #StRose #StJude #StBenedict 👏✌️☝️🙏💖💒👼🌞🌈🌴🌹🐏🎓

11:11 ~ rather than a wish, let’s give THANKS!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Labor of LOVE for the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/04/2014 at 18:11

Happy Belated Labor Day!

Today’s Thirsty Thursday segment refers to doing GOD’s work, not Man’s. 

Glorify GOD’s grace with our gifts. 

My Church buddy, Joe, reminded me that through our ministry, we’re mainly here to serve GOD above all else ~ giving him our BEST. 

Thanks to Joe, Evie and I’ve embarked on team teaching Religious Education! 

Our endeavor can help prepare us for the Catholic school, but either way, we’ll be reaping our rewards to head closer to Heaven. 

Photo: Studying for RE classes with fellow Teacher, Elaine J. Dispo!  Can't wait to meet our blessed little angels to teach the Mysteries of Christ to!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

Feline Friday: Charlene & Fluffy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/29/2014 at 06:30

I blessed my family friends’ cats one week ago before they travelled to their new home in California.

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Before they left Texas, Charlene and Fluffy got groomed to look like lions!

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Aren’t they absolutely adorable?

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Gorgeous Gatos!

Thirsty Thursday: Blessed Birthday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/28/2014 at 13:30

One week ago, I celebrated my birthday with a special blessing.

Religious Gifts

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Suegra) * Peace bracelet (Nanay), St. Benedict & Puerto Rico jewelry (Brunos) * St. Pope John Paul II  Cross (yours truly) * St. Pope JP2 Rosary (Joe) * Straight from the Heart: A Prayer Companion (Vince) * St. Agnes Church Cross (Sis) * Deuteronomy Cross & Philippians 4:13 Ichthus (Tita Brenda)

This year, I received the most religious gifts.

Religious Gifts

Hello Kitty in purple and pink match OLG from México wrapping

Plus, my family and I visited St. Agnes Catholic Church in Terlingua, Texas.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church (Terlingua, TX)

Here is a prayer that my Pinoy boy Vince wrote for me:

LORD ~ Give me the ability to maximize the gifts you have blessed me with. Let me have the vision, the discipline, the commitment, just a little bit of habit that gets me from talking about where I’m being, to actually living it. AMEN.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

St. Agnes Catholic Church ☼sunset☼

 For me, GOD has graced me with my most memorable birthday to date!

Thirsty Thursday: Birthday Blessings

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/21/2014 at 21:31

Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!!! 

What better way to ring in my special day☼ than to celebrate at Church†? I began my birthday at the Chapel for my Adoration hour. Then Father Bob blessed♣ me and my gifts from my special friends, Evie, Maggie and Joe.♥ ♪They even sang Happy Birthday♫

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PTL for Praise The LORD * People that LOVE * Pretty Tough Lady 

Manic Monday: Sunshine Anniversary

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/23/2014 at 17:55

Happy 4th ♥Anniversary♥ ☼Sunshine☼

Today marks four years since I purchased my truck. GOD and His Guardian Angels have protected Sunshine and me, whenever she’s parked and whenever I’ve been behind the wheel.

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The staff informed me that I’ve actually been the only person who’s requested a group photo!

Sunshine has survived natural disasters, including the recent hail storm in my hometown since I was on work assignment. During my vacation away from the Valley, the dealership actually housed her in the showroom to prevent damage parked outside when a hurricane hit, and I was told that thanks to her being on display, many customers purchased new accessories for their rides. When I picked her up, I dowsed her with holy water from Our Lady of San Juan del Valle. IMG_0759 IMG_0762 IMG_0768 My good friend and spiritual mentor, Bishop Mike, blessed it and gave me a Rosary that is still adorned to my rear view mirror to this day.

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Of course, I represent my Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks when I drive!

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Rolling TRUE BLUE through & through!

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ASU Grad School + Official TRUE BLUE Member

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Dallas Mavericks Power Decal

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Dallas Cowboys Side Mirror Covers

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PHD for Pretty HOT Driver & PhD Candidate!

 GOD bless us on the road!