I have told you of my love for the University of Dayton before…..and if you have followed any of the NCAA tournament this year (can you believe it?!?!?!)…you can see why I love UD so much. It is where I grew up. I left home…traveled 7 hours south…with only one friend from high school by my side (ok…my brother was also there…he was two years ahead of me…) I knew I would be happy there. You can’t help but be happy at UD. 20140328_132544


Once a Flyer, Always a Flyer. You walk that campus on any given afternoon and you feel it. Teachers holding class on the lawn on a beautiful spring day…couples holding hands on their way to get lunch…girls and guys all hanging out in between classes throwing Frisbees….15 Freshman walking down to the “Ghetto” on their first weekend in college….front porches that make it easy to find out what’s going on and where…going to 10:00 Mass on Sunday night at the Chapel…. It is a place that I will always treasure. The friends I made there…are lifelong. The boy I met there 22 years ago became my best friend & husband. There really is no place like it on earth.




It isn’t just that we know how to have a good time…because we certainly do…it is that we take care of each other. Folks aren’t jealous of our deep bench basketball…(ok, maybe they are a little)….what they are envious of is all the spirit that we have. Our entire student body (13,000 of them) packed the in the Ghetto (student neighborhood) on Thursday night… “Let’s GO FLYERS!!!” They chanted…you cannot help but start chanting to yourself as you watch on your computer from home and you certainly can’t help but smile at the scene. See…now you’re happy too;)




Dayton will always be basketball (along with being a top tier Catholic University)….but what will always trump basketball is the community that makes us THE University of Dayton. It is why these past few weeks….we are all Flyers….and that is cool with us. We just want to let you know…bring your own cup and meet us on the porch:)





We build a community…with every incoming class. And when we graduate….we look back and think…Once a Flyer, Always a Flyer. #weareUD


Go Dayton Flyers! 20140327_213909

Let’s go eat some gator:)

PS…thanks for the love on yesterday’s post:) Yall are seriously the greatest…

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. You grew up in Dayton? I have relatives in Xenia, spend a lot of my childhood visiting. I grew up in West Alexandria.

    1. No…I just went to College at UD:) I grew up all over….mostly Bucks County, PA and Brookfield WI. :)

  2. LOVED this!!! I found your blog because of your feature in the alumni magazine and love when you talk about UD. I was so excited to watch them play on national tv!!

  3. The last picture is about how things looked at our house too, complete with kids jumping on the couch waving red and blue pom poms. What a great run for the flyers! Love your blog!
    Sarah, fellow flyer and soon to be blogger :)

  4. Ran across your blog through Pinterest today…then ran across your UD post…my son is a freshman UD ROTC student this year. I absolutely LOVE University of Dayton! You now have a loyal blog follower!

    1. Welcome flyer family: xo!

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