Well hello hello! I feel as if I have been a tad MIA for the past couple of days. I had my first guest bloggers the other night, Mariel and Michelle. Aren't they the sweetest? I didn't really have much motivation that night, and they wanted to write something for me. I was a little unsure of what that would be, but I loved it. Isn't it so nice to be thankful for such sweet people? Last night, it just got way to late. As I have said before, I am trying to get to bed early, and when it gets past a certain time I have to keep myself from staying up even later to post. I am trying to be a little more grown up or something like that? But no worries, I am here now, and I am thankful to be. You see, the last couple of days have been full of some cool opportunities. TCU is good at providing these.
First, I am currently enrolled in this freshman seminar class that helps freshman better transition into adult world. Not that I need tons of help, but I thought it sounded cool. It has been pretty cool so far, and one thing that really shocked me was one of our assignments. We have to read two books of our choosing. We get to pick. I get to pick what I read. I can't remember that last time I actually read something because I wanted to. I love reading and always have, but when you have to devote so much time to reading text books or other books because you teacher says so, I lose interest. It makes reading not fun. When my professor said we get to pick, I was shocked! I was excited because I typically keep a running list of books that I want to read, that I know I will probably actually never have time to read, but now I can pick two books off of that list and run with them. So the first book I have picked is the Ellen Degeneres book because I mean who doesn't love Ellen? So needless to say, I am looking forward to so reading on my own terms!
Second, part of the reason I needed to go to bed early last night was because I had a Student Foundation retreat this morning at 10 that would basically last all day... I felt it was best for me to get to sleep! Student Foundation is a club on campus that does lots of great things for the community of frogs. The most important thing is their responsibility in guiding tours on a regular basis. This has been something I always wanted to do, and today I officially finished my tour training! I will be giving my first tour this coming Friday! I am super excited! It is a big responsibility, but I know it will be a great one. I spent all day learning some last minute tips to prepare me for the job. I want to have a major impact on those that I introduce to TCU, and I am excited and overly thankful for this opportunity!
TCU is so good about doing things to provided us with great experiences. They go above and beyond with just about everything, and I am so thankful to be at a school that cares so much about its students! I know this may not seem like much, but I am super thankful for these opportunities. The thing I love about a new opportunity is that you never know where they lead. Here I am, on God's path, seeing where all these wonderful opportunities lead. Please excuse me for the last couple of days... I was chasing opportunities and being so thankful for them! You should do the same!
Southern and Thankful
Surprise!!! Tonights post is a little diff!! You are probably expecting an amazing post from Cade, but Mariel and I (Michelle Ross) wanted to share how thankful we are for Cade!! So we decided to write his blog for today. We hope you enjoy this blog post and see how thankful we are for him. Enjoy!!
Today we are thankful for Cade Bethea. He's our third roommate and we couldn't imagine our second semester without him. He always talks about how thankful he is for each day in his life, but he never thanks himself for the happiness and joy that he brings to ALL of us. We are so thankful for you. We're thankful for your good sense of adventure and spunky personality. Whether we are going on random trips to Dallas or driving 20 minutes to get a picture in front of a Beverly Hills we always manage to laugh together. We don't know what we would do without you and our late night talks until 2 everyday. Even though we may all fight and hit each other like brother and sisters, you are worth it. Thanks for always tucking us into to bed and sharing your bedtime stories with us. You are such a true friend and we are forever grateful for you. We are also thankful for your creepiness when you somehow sneak in our room and scare the crackers out of us when you are sitting in our beds. Your cell phone addiction, deep, Arkansas accent, and love for God is something that we are truly southern and thankful for. We love you!!!
Southern and Thankful
(your roommates (Mariel and Michelle))
Can someone please explain this weather to me because holy I am so thankful for it. It is literally January and 80 degrees outside. Is the world ending? I mean I don't think so because this is typical Southern moody weather, but I mean this is too great. I wore shorts and a t-shirt today... it's January. I can't believe it. It's really weird because when I was walking to class it felt so much like almost summer. You know that feeling when it's so nice out and it just feels like things are coming to an end because that is what your body is used to. It made me really excited because I love summer, but then it was a slap on the face that I still have a whole semester. I'm okay with that, but I really love summer. This is why today, I am thankful for a touch of summer. I am so ready and it was so nice to feel like that today and the past couple of days. I am kind of sad that it got cold, but I don't want to fast forward just quite yet. I like freshman year too much!
In celebration of this warm weather some friends and I went to Steel City Pops. For those of you who are unaware what that is, let me explain. Steel City Pops is a local popsicle shop with homemade popsicles. They are the bomb.com and they taste so good. They have healthier opinions, they have fruity or creamy options, and you can even get them dipped in chocolate. Tonight, I had a Sweet Tea popsicle... Are you jealous? They are so great, but even greater with warmer weather!
So this post wasn't long or very serious, but this touch of summer was just what I needed to get me through this semester! It came at a pretty great time and I am so thankful for that! Stay warm. Stay cold. Stay whatever you want as long as you are thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Have you ever been so happy that you cried? Welcome to my life today.
For those of you who are unaware, I had to take a very important test today. I had to make an 80 on a standardized grammar test. If I was unable to do so, then I would have had to drop the class I am in this semester that is required for my major. I prayed a lot because I have never been good with super important tests, or grammar and spelling. They have just always been weak points for me. I knew not truly understanding grammar would one day come back to haunt me. When I found out I had to do this, I immediately felt an enormous weight on my shoulders. I also immediately started praying because I honestly didn't know what was going to happen. Going in today, I was prepared to not pass. I didn't want to go in thinking I would pass because typically when I think something, the opposite happens. I was confident in myself, but I knew God had a plan. If that plan involved me not passing, then that would be God's plan. That is really hard to accept, but I am so thankful that I did accept that because it made life a lot less stressful leading up to the test.
When I walked in the room that all kind of went away, but that is okay! I really wanted this class because I really want to get better writing skills when it comes to grammar and looking at my work. The test was 100 questions and with every question, my heart started beating faster. By the time the 99th question came around, I thought I was going to throw up. I am not really sure why I was so nervous, but I promise I was! After I clicked the 99th question I quickly shut my eyes because I was afraid to see the results. That was the big deciding factor. Whatever I made would affect what happened next.
Would I be happy?
Would I be sad?
Would I consider changing my major?
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?
I then stopped and felt comfort when I remembered God is always with me and God has a plan. He would not cause me troubles if they wouldn't be good in the long run. It would have been hard to grasp, but I knew it would all work out.
"Everything happens for a reason. Everything happens for a reason."
I then opened my eyes, with this in mind and saw an 82.
I then stopped and gave all the praise to God because he does deserve all the praise in everything I do. That is the point I am trying to get to. No matter what, we have to be thankful. So yes, today I am thankful for that 82. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but it was a very big deal for me! I appreciate everyone who prayed for me. I really needed those prayers and I am so thankful for a wonderful support team. The stress is over and I can now focus my time on learning. When I called my mom, she said I didn't sound very excited, but I think it was because I was in shock. After hanging up with her I cried. I cried because I was happy. I cried because the build up of all that was so hectic. I cried because I got an 82. I cried because I am thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Stress. Oh stress. Welcome back my not so friend. How I haven't missed you!
I really haven't been stressed since finals because well I haven't been in school. If I could do without the homework and tests then I would LOVE college. Sadly, I hear that isn't a possibility. I am currently stressed because:
1. I have a to do list longer than the San Francisco bridge.
2. I have a standardized grammar test tomorrow (I am not all that good with grammar) that I have to make an 80 on. If this does not happen, I will have to drop the class for my major and I will not have enough hours to be considered a student. Yes, welcome to my fun life.
3. Tomorrow I also have my tour test, which will determine if I get to be a tour guide here at TCU which I so desperately want.
4. I have noticed that when I get real stressed my tooth starts to hurt. I have been to the dentist twice now because my tooth will randomly become very sensitive and/or throb. Guess what? Today it started again. Just in time.
Now, if there is one thing I know about God, it's that he always adds humor in life. Even at the most uncomfortable times there is humor. So I hope you get a laugh out of this!
Today after class, I head to Chick fil a and quickly realize that I don't have my phone. Then, I remember that I put it in my backpack. When I get to Chick fil a, there is a line. I decide to take my backpack off, and get my phone out. My backpack was pretty full, but I did not see it.
*if you know me, this is the point to where I began panicking
My phone is like my child. WHERE WAS IT? I took everything out of my backpack, in the floor at Chick fil a, and still could not find it. Well by this time it was my turn so I threw everything in there and ordered. I'm not actually sure if I spoke words because I don't really remember ordering, but I had food... I must have. After getting my food, I go outside to a table where I take everything out again. By this point I am thinking:
"What am I going to do?"
"I need someone to track it. Who can I call? Oh wait... I HAVE NO PHONE."
"WHERE IS MY PHONE?"
"WHY GOD WHY? TODAY OF ALL DAYS?"
And then there it was. Right in my computer's pocket. Just chilling. Basically laughing at me.
Hold on. If that wasn't enough for you... I have more.
Then I realize that the shuttle I am supposed to be catching is probably at the stop. I run to the stop just as the shuttle is taking off. Wonderful, right? Then I, for some odd reason, decided I can make it to the other stop on the opposite side of campus to get there in time. I run. With my backpack, food, and phone (thank goodness I found my phone). I then round the corner to see the shuttle driving off. Again. Joy to the world. Then as if I wasn't mad enough, my tooth started hurting out of the blue.
I then just start laughing. People were probably looking at me like, "Is he okay?" I was hot. I had all these things in my hands. I was laughing.
Oh how God makes us feel better, in the weirdest ways, when we are stressed. I ran the whole campus with a backpack and lost my phone, all for a good laugh. I kind of needed it! Thanks God.
Needles to say, after all that I came back and rested for a minute. I mean I had been through a circus. I guess that what God's way of saying, "Hey Cade. Take a second please." So I did. I then felt much better and started studying.
God, you work in myserteous ways, but I am so thankful!
Please please please think of me tomorrow. I have lots of mixed emotions, but I know that God has a plan for me. Next time something like this happens to you, remember that God may be trying to talk to you! When you finally stop to listen... be thankful!
Today was another typical Sunday in Fort Worth. Church, lunch at the bluu, Study, Chapter, pretend tomorrow is not Monday... you know, the usual. Well it was another typical Sunday until two things changed it up!
First off, after lunch, my friend Michele wanted to go to Kendra Scott because it is her birth month. For those of you jewelry obsessed girls, you know you have to have lots of Kendra. I mean I care nothing about jewelry, but after hearing Madison and Hillary talk about it constantly, I decided to go along for the ride. If you didn't know, when it is your birth month you can go in and get 25% off of your purchase. (I wish I had some place where I could do that!) So I went with Michele, and they had some pretty beautiful things. After the first minute in that store, I got bored. Typical, right? I then began to think about the conversation I had a couple of days ago with a friend who could not believe that I had never been thrift shopping. I mean I knew people did that, but she said you really had to go to understand. Then I decided that I would get Michele and Becca to go with me after that for fun. I mean why not? We went to Goodwill and man was it an experience. I am so thankful for those places for two reason:
1. If I was in a situation where I needed a place like that, I would be so thankful for it. Yes, there things are used, but there is nothing wrong with that. You just need to wash it before you wear it!
2. They have incredibly cheap prices. Like what the heck! My dad would be so proud of me lol.
I went in not really looking for anything and came out with two flannels. (if you read Southern and Well Dressed you know I have had a thing for flannels lately) Two insanely cheap flannels... in my size. One cannot beat that! I will be sharing more about those on Southern and Well Dressed, so stay tuned.
Even though I had the sudden urge to take a shower after I left Goodwill, it was still the perfect twist to a Sunday! If you are looking for a good costume, cheap clothes, or even a fun experience, go to a thrift store.
Also, tonight after Chapter I had the pleasure of going to celebrate my friends birthday. Billy is a great guy, and I feel blessed to have met him at TCU. I feel even more blessed to call him my brother. He wears cubbies all year round, he is from Cali, and most importantly he is a great dude. Thanks for buying my first pizzokies and letting me celebrate with you! Happy Birthday man!
(if you are wondering what a pizzokie is, see below. I am forever changed!)
Needless to say, today has been a fun and awesome day with a twist of course!
I have a BIG test on Tuesday. I have a lot riding on this test and I really need prayers. It will determine if I can continue in my major and I believe I would really like to, so prayers please. I trust that God has a plan and he will see me through everything, but I still love your prayers. Y'all rock!
Do something different. Celebrate a birthday. Eat a pizzokie. Remember that Sunday is the day of rest, and you are allowed to have a little fun, even if Monday is haunting you!
In all you do, remember to be thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Well, another market trip has come and gone for the ladies of Coker Hampton, but it would not have been complete without a quick trip to Fort Worth to see me! I always love that market brings them to me because, I love visitors. Not because I am lonely or anything, but because I love for my family and friends to see how wonderful things are here. This trip, my mom and aunt were doing the visiting, and I am so thankful they came! It seemed their whole visit revolved around food this time, but Fort Worth does have great food and we are a family that loves good food!
First, I met them at Fuzzy's. This wasn't really my decision, but I swear my Mom could spend hours...wait...she does spend hours, in that place. She loves the food and the atmosphere. I am not really sure what else she loves, but she loves it. I took three of my sweet friends to meet them because I know my mom likes to meet my friends. I mean, I have to prove I have some, right? Lol. It was fun, and of course, a necessity for my mom!
Once we left there, we made a dinner reservation and decided to have dessert before dinner at Sweet Sammies. This is one of my favorite places in Fort Worth because I have a huge sweet tooth! I have never really taken anyone there before because I really just discovered how it works. They have blue bell ice cream, and then they have all these different homemade cookies. HOMEMADE. They are to die for! Some people get ice cream sandwiches, but others, like me, get a cookie or two heated up with a scoop of ice cream on top. Pure bliss ladies and gents. Pure bliss!
After dessert, I took them to the new bluu to look around, and because I thought it would be a good place for us to chill as I had a paper that I needed to finish up; and I figured that would be a good spot. I submitted my assignment and then we headed to our dinner reservation. I was pretty excited about this place because my sweet, sweet friend Cam (who by the way is an official Chi O as of today... congrats my friend!!), told me about this place a while back. I just remember her saying "take your parents because it's a tad expensive for just a night out, but so worth it". So, I did exactly that and it was so worth it! This place is called Reata and it is downtown, which by the way is such a cool part of Fort Worth. Also, I got to valet AGAIN! Second time this week...how fancy. Anyway, Reata is traditional Texas food, but in a very classy way. I had the chicken friend steak, which was as big as Texas and so, so good. The gravy was perfect and it came with mashed potatoes and green beans. It was way too good!! Between this, and the homemade corn bread and other bread, I was so stuffed. But then... I remembered Kam saying how good the banana pudding was and man am I a sucker for good banana pudding. So, of course I got it and, it was better than a lot of things I have had in life. I mean holy cow. You just have to taste it to understand!
Then, we went back and went to bed early. Yes, I said early. I was shocked too, but it was so nice. I really should try to go to bed earlier.
This morning, I took them to McKinley's. This is my second favorite place because it is good, simple food. It is a bakery with amazing baked goods, but the food is great also. We all ordered the best chicken taco soup. It was like my Janjan's, which was fitting because we missed her being with us on this trip. For dessert, Kiss got cookies, I got pie, and my mom got German chocolate cake. Hungry now?
I am so thankful that they got to come visit me for a little bit. I am so thankful we got some pretty great food. I am so thankful for them -- You both are just so great to me and I am so thankful that God provides me with constant love via you two-- Until next trip with great food! Love you two a lot!
Southern and Thankful
Today is such a wonderful day because my grandparents have been married for 49 years. What an awesome example and legacy they are leaving on this world and in my life. They have been in my life ever since I can remember, obviously. I am so thankful for the impact they made on me and the great times we have had together. They have enriched my life with there wisdom and by allowing me to travel. That is the best gift they have given me and it makes my heart so happy to have someone that loves me so much! I have learned so much from them. For example, there house was built on rice and that means that when I want mashed potatoes, it must be for a real good reason. If not, we will be having rice. I have also learned that Bia may appear to rule the roost, but in all honesty, Janjan really rules the roost. She likes to let Bia think that he does, but in all honesty, she does. I mean one time we went to China and she bought a house. Didn't even ask him, she just bought it and hoped he would like it. That is something I will never forget! They have been together for such a long time and have loved each other through some pretty hard times... Some I probably don't even know about. No matter what, they still love each other and that is something that I will always remember when it comes time for me to be in there shoes.
Also, this year is a big year because my Bia has been working with Riceland foods for 50 years. Isn't that an awesome achievement? He has worked so hard and he has a lot to be proud of. His job has taken him places that I am sure he never thought he would go. He has come a long way because he started at the bottom and has worked his way to the top. Most people don't have the strength and determination to do something like that. I admire him for that and I am lucky to come from a family with a great work ethic. It is so cool to have that and those people to learn from. When we went skiing a couple of weeks ago, that was in honor of my Bia and his wonderful accomplishment. He loves to ski and I am so happy he chose to celebrate with that trip. I will always cherish or times on the slopes. Bia is such a talented skier and even though he has to put up with all of us ammeters, he does it and never says one word. Even if he takes me down a black on accident, truth is, I would do it for him. He is such an inspiration and such a great leader. If I can one day be as successful and kind as him, then I know I am doing things right.
Janjan and Bia have worked to make sure that we experience and enjoy all that life has to offer. I am so thankful for this and I am so thankful that they get to experience it with us. I am sure 49 years ago, they never thought they would make it to this point in there life, but look at them now. It is truly a special thing!
I thank you for being my grandparents and I thank you for loving and teaching us all everyday. I am so thankful for you and I look up to you in more ways than you know. God has given me a wonderful example of life loving, christians who have a gift of spoiling there loved ones and being the heart of our family. You two are so special and we are thankful for our Janjan and Bia. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on such a successful life together. We are beyond thankful for you and your everyday example. I love you lots and thank you for being the heart of our family!
Southern and Thankful
Today was a good day, but even these days can have big disappointments. For those of you who read yesterdays post, then you were aware that I had an important test at 5:30 today. There are three things that I should remind you before I continue with my story.
What a day... What a day! For the first time, today I got to experience what the Dallas market is all about. My mom has been going ever since I can remember and I have always wondered what it is like. I mean it has always looked fun and easy, but today I learned that is not the case. I mean it is very fun, but it is also very exhausting! We left the hotel 9:00 this morning and left the Dallas market center at 10:00 tonight. What the world? How do they do this? I mean it is so fun and exciting, but having to stand all day is just crazy. We also didn't eat hardly anything during this time period, which was also crazy! I can see why my mother never likes to go shopping. This much shopping for a whole week would take care of your shopping fix for a good while. Even though I am so tired and even though I had no energy because of the conditions and there being no time to stop and eat or rest, I am still thankful for today. There is just so much to see and buy that you really have to take all the time you have. It is such a great feeling to find something so cute that you know people are going to love. I had some exciting moments myself! I meet the kindest women in one of the show rooms who was almost in tears after hearing about my blog. She said, "It is was blessing that I meet you today. God brought you here and I needed that." I absolute loved that. I am so excited because I got to get to create some Southern and Thankful things that will be coming soon.
I basically made my own candle and they will be coming and smelling great. The scent is so me and it really reminds me of "Southern and Thankful." (if that makes sense.) I picked different scents and I cannot wait to see and smell them! I also will have some Christmas ornaments next Christmas. Isn't that so weird that we shopped for the fall and Christmas today? It is January... isn't that crazy! It was a really good day and I am excited that I finally got to be a part of such and important process in my families business. I kind of wish I could just skip class tomorrow and stay. Sadly, I cannot. Please pray for me tomorrow because I have such an important and busy day ahead. I have to drive back to Fort Worth, I have 4 classes, and I have a very important grammar test that I have to pass in order to continue with my major... Stressful, I know. So please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. The exam is at 5:30!
Today, was such a fun day filled with lots of laughs, sore feet, no food, new fabulous products, and great experience with the one and only Coker Hampton crew that I am so thankful for! I would not trade that for anything! Until next time, market!
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 student at 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!