Throwback to January 2014:
If you didn’t know I am a frequent pageant goer. Half because I am forced to and half because I like supporting my friends. So here I am in El Dorado, Arkansas, semi board because I was at my
Keep in mind during this time the pressure to choose a college was heavily weighing on me.
“Your next contestant… blah blah blah… she… blah blah blah… and will attending Texas Christian University this fall as a freshman.” In this moment I was pulled back down to reality because that is where I was looking at. it was one of my top choices. I thought, “Someone else is looking into TCU? In Arkansas?” TCU does not have a large population from the natural state. I was shocked!
Long story short, about a month later, after I made the decision to attend TCU I knew I had to meet this girl. Our mutual fiends basically introduced us and shortly after she because such a special friend to me. Houston, I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I was at that pageant because if not I am not sure I would be a TCU. I don’t know if I ever told you, but when I made my decision, knowing that I could possibly make a friend from “home” before going to school gave me a lot of comfort and I didn’t even know you! You have been so nice to me from the first time I meet you and I am beyond grateful that God crossed our paths. I have so enjoyed supporting and cheering you on a various pageants and of course, Miss Arkansas. It was been such a joy in my life! YOU have been such a joy in my life. I also remember when you gave up your crown in August, right before we were to move to TCU, I was so nervous about a lot of things, especially classes. I was there talking with your Mom about everything. When she and I realized we would have a class together the first semester of college, I thanked God again because he was comforting me through you. I am again so so thankful to have you as a friend. Finally, the first weekend I moved to TCU we had the thing called “Frogs First.” I don’t like to look back on that because I remember being so scared and so missing home. What I do like to remember about that weekend is the ceremony. There I stood in a sea of freshman, scared to death. Who would Is it by? Where are the few people I know? And then there you were. Right in front of my eyes. We ended up sitting by each other that right and again, you brought me so much comfort. Wow thinking about how God placed you in my life and looking back and seeing why, almost makes me want to cry. I am SO blessed by you, Houston. I cannot think of another smart loving, all around good person like you. If it weren’t for you, who knows if I’d even be a honored frog with you today! We may not be best friends, or hangout all the time, but you will always be a special friend to me for this reason. I am thankful for you sweet friend!
Look and learn because the people in your life are there for a reason… don’t forget to be thankful for that! Happy Birthday dear Houston… thanks for being a wonderful friend!
Also, can we please get back in the pageant ring? I am ready whenever you are!!
Southern and Thankful