About

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Hi! I’m Allison, aka Allie Rae, welcome to my blog!

I’m an everyday girl from a small town in Kentucky that is now living the NFL life (that is TOTALLY different from what you see on tv!) I’m a *real* housewife that loves to create and is happiest with a to-do list and a plan… and a good cup of coffee, of course! I love to celebrate life and can always find a reason for a party! I’m inspired by the creativity of others, and my hope is to inspire you while letting you in on the journey of our whirlwind life!

Marriage

My husband, Jake, is from that same little small town in Kentucky and we started dating when we were 16. We got married in a big ‘ole church wedding in May 2007 and our crazy life began. He played football at the University of Kentucky and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008. He currently plays tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, so naturally, we now live in Georgia. Jake is a nerd at heart, a collector of books, an investment wizard, an avid (and pretty darn good) golfer, and is a great Daddy. He is the reason we’ve had seven addresses in seven years and I wouldn’t change it a single bit… well, on most days.

Children

Luke is my 4 1/2 year old stubborn strong-willed son that lives life with a passion that is unmatched by anyone I know. He is a chatterbox and keeps me on my toes 24/7. He is a lover of sports and anything with wheels. He pretends to be a different Bronco every week and currently prefers to be called Demaryius Thomas. Not. Kidding. He loves his baby sister fiercely and keeps us in stitches.

Lyla Rae is my 1 year old little girl and she is as sweet as sugar. Her smile lights up a room and she is such a laid back baby, which is a welcome change from her crazy arrival to this world.

Football

Football plays a HUGE role in our life. When I say huge, I mean it. Football is what puts the food on the table, determines where we live and our schedule year round. We are so very blessed to be living the NFL life, but it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. Having a husband that plays in the NFL is a blessing, but that doesn’t exempt us from the struggles of life. If you’ve glanced at headings below, you’ll see what I mean! Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a little insight in to our football crazed world and teach the football novices a thing or two about the game.

Faith

My faith plays a big role in my life and has since I was a child growing up in a Southern Baptist church. Life is hard and without my faith in Jesus Christ, it would be a LOT harder. Being a Christian makes me realize how blessed I am to live this life and how undeserving I am of all of these blessings. My faith makes the highs higher and the lows more bearable. I believe in the power of prayer and have seen God at work in my life and the lives of others.

Cancer

Oh, that C word that everyone hates, well… so do I! My cancer story began in January 2013 and continues today. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma, had a total thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine treatment to kick cancer where it belongs: out of my body! I was given the NED (no evidence of disease) designation on September 20, 2013, a date that we now celebrate as “Good News Day”! Living without my thyroid and the ever present reality of a possible recurrence is a daily challenge that is making me a better, healthier person. As I heard it once said, I wouldn’t call cancer a gift because I wouldn’t give it to anyone, but it has taught me to live more fully, more intentionally, and more vibrantly than before.

Creativity

My happy place is in my craft room turning fabric into my latest creation, whether that be a quilt, a dress, or some crazy idea I found on Pinterest at 2am! I’ve been a crafter since I was a child and it is certainly my passion. I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas when I was nine and the rest is history. I still have the first dress I made for my teddy bear named Sara. Poor Sara couldn’t lift her arms while wearing it, but I was so proud of that frock!

Thanks for stopping by Everyday Allie Rae! I hope you join me on my adventures as we live intentionally everyday!