I am not sure if you all have seen the new cover story that has been generating a lot of buzz the past couple of days. Yes, the prime subject is Justin Bieber.
BEFORE YOU JUDGE: I really encourage you to read it.
I once went to his concert when he was like 16 years old and it was full of screaming girls. I liked his music then.
When he made some stupid decisions and went through a rough time I had decided I was definitely not a fan anymore. I mean we all make stupid choices, but what I realized is that his were in the spotlight. I make stupid decisions all the time, but the difference between mine and his is that his are constantly captured on camera for the whole world to see.
I am not going to sit here and try to make you a belieber (see what I did there... HAHAHA), but I am going to give you the link to this story and I HIGHLY encourage you to read it. It is well worth it whether you are a fan or not. Justin has obviously been though some things, but what matters most is that he has realized who to rely on: Christ our Savior. He talks about finding confidence through God, which I think is very cool. There is a little bad language that I am not a fan of, but bad language is a hard habit to break.
I am not making a case for Justin or trying to justify his wrongs, I am simply saying this brings me some joy. Celebrities have such an opportunity to speak God's word and do his work in this world. Often they become so confused with themselves that they forget to do this. I love that Justin has found God's love and is now speaking about it. It is very encouraging. He has millions of fans and all those fans are reading what he is saying and I guarantee he is changing lives in a way he never thought he could. I think that is pretty cool. You may think this is a PR stunt, but I am saying in my opinion it's not. This is something that you can't fake. This shows me that God's work is everywhere in everyone. This article is so cool and inspiring to me. Please read it if you have time!! Thanks for being a light to so many Justin. You may not be Southern, but you are SO thankful... I love that!!
"It’s a confidence that’s a godly confidence. That’s what I always want. I wanna be loved for being a good dude and for being confident in myself because I know who I am and what I carry and what I sacrifice." -Justin Bieber
Southern and Thankful
I am a couple of days behind if you cannot tell, but life has been full of several things to be thankful for lately. I am happy about this, but it has caused me to be a little behind schedule. So I have to dedicate today's post to one of the brightest lights in my life. Yesterday she turned 18, but it feels like just yesterday we were hanging out on Lake Hamilton in our life jackets. God knew all the way back then that Hannah Oliver would later play a huge role in my life. Funny how that works, but thankful it does! I actually couldn't imagine my life without her.
Many seem to be confused as to how we define our relationship because it has changed over the years. It really isn't anyone's business, but I love to keep them guessing.
Hannah is probably my best friend. I trust her 100%. We have grown a lot together and at the same time I have loved watching her grow. Things have been different lately because unfortunately we are not in the same place. It is not fun, but I know Hannah and I are strong together and we are also strong apart. This has been a huge growing experience for me, but at the same time I am so thankful that through everything she has constantly been my friend. She is the perfect example of a true friend, which is something you don't often see. She supports me constantly, she gives good advice, she is always able to help me, she does a lot for Southern and Thankful, she loves bacon, she loves sonic, she loves lipstick, she is a firm believer in Jesus Christ, she is a stud all around, and she loves me no matter what. This last quality in my opinion is what makes her so special!
Timing right now for us is not perfect and she will learn this as she begins college in less than a year, but we are both just faithful believers in God's plan. We know that it will work out and we know right now we are supposed to be the best friends possible for each other. That is all that matters!
I am unbelievably thankful that God put her in my life as you can see! I am forever grateful for all the memories together, laughs together, pageants together, and I am hopeful for many more. If you ask anyone, they could probably tell you that Hannah loves me. It is just so obvious. Her heart is amazing. That is what makes her an amazing person. Her love for me is something that I truly need and cherish. I can honestly say that I love her just as much! It may not be as evident, but I can promise you with my whole heart that Hannah will always be loved by me!
Happy (late) Birthday to my beautiful, smart, sweet, best friend who I could not do life without. We have had our ups and downs, but what matters most is that you stick with me through it all. I have enjoyed cheering you on thus far and just know I will continue to cheer you on in the next phase of life. It is going to be the best phase for you yet... I can just see it.
Thank you God for placing Hannah in my life. Thank you for her family, her friends, her advice, her jokes, her ghetto music, and most importantly thanks for that moment watching fire works on the lake. Loved her ever since! Thanks for being you Han. I am thankful for that everyday!
Southern and Thankful
This may be really cheesy, but my mom and I have always had a thing for the moon. It is absolutely breathtaking. In my small town you can look up on any given night and I promise you will see a sky like no other. The stars are always out and the moon always looks so different, yet so beautiful. My mom and I always notice and look at it. It has been kind of sad coming to college because:
1. I now live in a city and the stars are hard to see.
2. I don’t have my mom here to look at the moon with me.
Last night I received a text from her saying that I need to go out and look at the solar eclipse. This almost brought tears to my eyes because it makes me miss my mom, but then I started thinking about it. How cool is it that we got to experience a solar eclipse and how cool is that my mom and I could both see it even though we were miles and miles apart? I mean the moon is just one of those things that will always amaze me.
This also worked out well because I had a current event due on Tuesday and I decided to find an article about the solar eclipse. This taught me so much about it that I never would have known. For example, did you know that the next eclipse won't happen again until 2048?! Isn't that crazy?! I feel extremely blessed to have seen this first hand. It would have been better seeing it with my mom, but at least we both got to witness it. If you missed it, I highly encourage you check it out in 2048!
Super thankful for the beauty God gives us everyday. Thankful I also get to share that with my mom!
Southern and Thankful
Back to Texas I go, but what a great weekend it has been. It is so weird to think that the next time I'll be home is Thanksgiving. Seems so far away, but at the same time October is right around the corner, which has come so fast. Don't really know how I feel about it. I'll blink and I'll be back at the airport waiting for my fam to pick me up after I get my bag! Let's just hope school doesn't get the best of me before that. (Lol totally joking). It has been hard, but I'm glad I could recharge a little and head back! Super blessed by a family that loves me so much!
Funny story from the weekend:
At Stuttgart High School it is a requirement to have a robot baby for a whole weekend. I had mine in the 9th grade and guess who also had his' this weekend. Yes, my brother! It's really funny because I feel like just yesterday I had mine. It is also funny watching him and remembering things from when I had it. He was so great with it and I hope he gets a good grade. We went to lunch in Little Rock before they dropped me off at the airport and the looks we got were to die for. People thought this was a real baby. Good time!
It is the last Sunday of September, which means I have the honor of sharing where this month's proceeds from Southern and Thankful sales are going. Since having them at a store in Texas we have money to be given! After being home I was reminded how cancer is impacting my small town. It has been impacting my town for a while, but it seems all of a sudden in the past year or so. Cancer is something I will NEVER understand. I don't know why God would create something like that, but I do know it has shown me some of the strongest people ever. I was told September was National Child Cancer Month therefore, proceeds will be going towards that effort. It breaks my heart to see anyone struggle with cancer, especially children. To those battling cancer, Southern and Thankful is thankful for YOU! Showing us all that no matter what happens in life we have to keep fighting! This is to you!
Everyday is a gift. I feel so fortunate to be living everyday for the Lord. Life and school may be stressful, or we may be battling a disease. Two totally different things, but all that matters is how we look at it. I am thankful to be blessed with family, friends, and a school that I can love. Enjoy each day and be thankful for the blessings you have... All we are promised is today! That I am thankful for!
Southern and Thankful
Currently: sitting on my couch, where I have been all day, watching TCU vs. Texas Tech and Arkansas Vs. A&M. Like I said, I have been on my couch all day catching up on my TV shows and simply doing nothing. MY FAVORITE THING TO DO.
Yesterday was a lot of fun helping my aunt get ready for the trunk show she is doing for the CH social shop on Monday and then getting to work on some Southern and Thankful things... Can't wait for you guys to see it!
Last night we had a good ole Arkansas County Fish Fry. Funny because I was just telling someone a couple of weeks ago that I was craving a fish fry. Praise I got one! It is just one of the many perks of living in a small town in the south. Fish Frys on Friday nights. Can't beat that with anything!
Then I was super happy to find out that my sweet friend Leighton was in town!! Love having friends home when I am home. We spent a majority of the night just catching up. Much needed for sure! It is so weird how hard it is to stay in touch when you are in a different place with lots of stuff going on, but I love Leighton because she always does her best to keep in touch. Love love love her!
Madison then stayed the night when she got back from the Ricebird away game. We got to hang for a little while before we were both ready for bed. When we woke up this morning Dad was fixing omelettes and bacon while Mom was fixing butter sugar biscuits. Best way to wake up on a Saturday morning!
There you have it... Life is good! Resting, eating good food, and spending time with family. Just what I needed! I also really need TCU to win... Fingers crossed on that one!
If you need me the rest of the night you can probably find me on my couch. I hear s'mores are for dessert... It's okay to be jealous and thankful at the same time! Hope you all have taken full advantage of your Saturday! Be thankful for it... I know I am!
Southern and Thankful
S U R P R I S E !!!!!!!
Oh how nice it feels to be back home on my own couch in good ole Stuttgart, AR!! I have been gone for five weeks, which feels like a long time but at the same time it feels like I just left. I wasn't originally planning on coming back until Thanksgiving, but y'all that is a long time. Too long for me to stay away from one of my favorite places. I am not coming home for fall break so my mom mentioned that she could fly me home on a Thursday to see my brother play football if we could find a time that originally worked for the both of us. I picked a weekend in October because it just sounded like a good middle time, but it didn't work for my family. This was the only other time that I didn't have an event, game, or school work that would be getting in my way. So it is sooner than I thought, but it is good to be back no matter what. It is always hard for me because I hate leaving TCU, but I also hate leaving home. It is just not fun all around, especially since school is so crazy and a little more difficult than last year. I only told my Mom, Dad, and Aunt I was coming so they helped me pull off a surprise for my brother, JanJan, Bia, and the rest of the family and friends. It was almost too good to be true! I am actually looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing. I am really praying that God will use this long weekend to get me rested up and ready to go back to school. I really can't put into words how difficult this week was. Lots of late nights and really early mornings, lots of homework and studying, some really hard tests, plus the everyday stuff, and then waking up this morning at 6 a.m. feeling sick. It seemed like I just couldn't really catch a break. I think God arranged this time for me to come home because He knew I needed a little TLC from the 72160! Let's pray I get all that I need. I got to watch my super sporty brother do his thing tonight and that was really fun. I am sad to be away from TCU and missing two social events, but I am super thankful to be able to come back to Stuttgart when I need it. It is going to be a great long weekend. Thank goodness I kept the secret and thank goodness I am here now!
I AM THANKFULLY ALMOST TO MY BED!
Southern and Thankful
When your accounting test gets the best of you and you see on snapchat that Nick Jonas is playing in Dallas the next day, you call up your friend, who also hates accounting, and you get the cheapest ticket just to cheer yourself up. You also ignore everything else you have to do because you're in college and life is about living and not always stressing. So yes, I bought a Nick Jonas ticket and less than 24 hours later my friend Michele and I were seeing him live in Dallas!
It was at a smaller venue, but still so fun. Concerts in general are fun! I am not like a crazed fan or anything, but still it was an adventure. A much needed adventure! Some spontaneity is good for us, ya know?
I now have to go finish a rough draft of a paper that is due tomorrow morning. Oh the joys of college!
Sometimes life is hard and you have to make some fun. That's what life is all about! I am thankful for days like today that are full of excitement and the unexpected!
Southern and Thankful
It's over. Praise the Lord my first round of tests are over. I can't really say that they were 100% successful, but I can say I did my best and THEY ARE OVER. You all have to understand that I struggle with test taking. It is really hard for me. I still have an essay due, but I would take an essay over a test any day. I am just thankful I can somewhat relax!
When I got back to my room today I walked in the door and immediately saw something that made the stress of taking multiple tests go away. Yes, I spotted the tub of homemade chocolate chip cookies my mom brought me over family weekend. I had kind of forgotten about them to be honest. I brought in a lot of hanging things on Sunday along with the cookies she brought me. Between that and needing to study I kind of forgot I even had them. I wish I would have remembered because they would have been a perfect study snack, but I believe they were an even better after tests celebration snack. Though life may get hard, this should remind you all that something sweet is always around the corner!
Thanks for the cookies Mom... Love them and love you!
You all will have to excuse the short post tonight. I do have to write an essay, which means I should probably save some of my words and writing for the thing that is going to be graded. I hope you go right now and make some chocolate chip cookies and remember to be thankful for the sweet moments in life!
Also, came across this earlier on Facebook and loved the compassion Jamie Lee Curtis has for being thankful. It really is important! Check this out:
Southern and Thankful
Boy oh boy has it been a day! It has been so crazy today between tests, tours, and more tests. Thankfully I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! I woke up at 5:00 a.m. to study for my accounting exam that was at 10:00 a.m. I know that is quite sometime between the two, but I also had a tour to give at 7:45 a.m. that lasted until 9:50 a.m.
Do you see why my day started out crazy?
I don't care what I have going on, I always love Monday's at TCU!! They are so fun. This was my first tour of sophomore year so I was super pumped to be back at it! I had such a fun co- tour guide today and a nice sized group of students and parents eager to learn more about TCU. I love that!!
I was also pretty excited because I had a familiar face in my tour group today! A family friend of our's and her husband and son were in my group! I was so happy to show Mrs. Amy, Mr. Bobby, and Jacob around my home away from home. I think this was actually my first time having someone I knew as part of my tour group. So exciting!! I also have to thank Mrs. Amy because she reads my blog everyday and I can't think of anyone better to have showed around campus today! Needless to say GO FROGS!
In the excitement of Monday at TCU, I almost missed my test. I can't even begin to describe the 12 minutes I had to get from one side of the campus to the other. Reminds me why I never took up running as a hobby. It was awful. I got to the class one minute before the test. One minute. I can barely breathe at this point and I reach down to get my, of course, empty water bottle. At about that time, my professor says to put everything away and hands out the tests. After reading the first question a good 10 times I decided I better take a second to catch my breath and then focus. For a second there I thought that was going to be the end of me. Right there in accounting, ironic huh?
After a pretty hard test and some water I went and sat in on the student panel, picked up a care package from Vineyard Vines (SO COOL), and proceeded to study the rest of today for my test tomorrow. Prayers for a better test tomorrow! I just can't wait to be test free.
Even on my craziest days I am always reminded of how blessed I am. I mean I thought running across campus was bad, but it could have been worse. I mean imagine doing all that in a wheel chair. Count your blessings my friends... even on the craziest days!
Southern and Thankful
The second TCU family weekend is in the books and it has me feeling extra thankful today! You all already know how thankful I am for my family if you read this often, but I will never be able to fully describe that gratitude I have for them. They are truly so special!
I want to thank them for being constant encouragers, riding in a car for a total of 12+ hours, and going above and beyond to make this a wonderful weekend. Having seven people easily made me the person with the most family members, but I loved every minute of it. It is really funny trying to keep us all together. It is almost like follow the leader. You can only imagine!
Yesterday was full of horned frog football, lunch with friends, and a large tailgate. But I loved getting to introduce my family to all my friends and their families. So much fun! You can always tell when the family gets on campus and I love it!
I am a little disappointed in TCU though. I have a tour tomorrow morning, an accounting test right after, another test on Tuesday, and and essay due on Thursday. What poor planning that is in my opinion. The sad thing is that I am not the only one. I just hated it because my family was here and I wanted to be enjoying time with them, but in the back of my mind I always had the thought that I needed to be studying. I am thankful that it was a great weekend despite all that!
With that being said, prayers would be greatly appreciated. All these tests are my first in these classes so I am unsure of how the teacher tests. I really don't know what to expect, which is probably the hardest part. I am trying to remain calm, but I am freaking out just a tad. I would love prayers for sure!
What a fabulous weekend it was and what a fabulous family I have! That is one thing God will always know I am thankful for! Hope you all have a great week and don't forget to be #southernandthankful!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!