I am SO confused. It is over 70 degrees outside, but tomorrow is February. Is the world ending? Am I looking at my calendar wrong? You tell me because I am really not getting what is going on!! This is not me complaining because we all know the second it gets too cold outside I will be complaining. I just don't understand what mother nature is doing, I mean TBH I am really praying hard for a snow day or multiple snow days, but at this point I do not really see that happening anytime soon. I should be used to it, but this weather is a tad crazy. I am probably really exaggerating, so I apologize, but I just don't get it. (If you cant tell).
Anyways when its January, but 70 degrees out you have to act like its June. I wore shorts and short sleeves today. I tried my hardest to send a majority of my time outside because I just know this weather will quickly be gone. So what do you do when it feels like it's almost summer? You get ice cream! S/o to my friend Caroline for giving up her parking spot to drive us to go get ice cream because why not? There are some safe times to leave the Greek parking lot because those times are times you know you will have a spot when you get back. There are times where the odds of you getting a spot are slim. Those are times you don't typically leave. Caroline left in one of those non safe times which was really nice of her. Thanks for being my friend Carol!
If you are a fan of summer I highly suggest you soak in the weather out because it is too late and winter is in full force. Get ice cream, go to the park, jump in a pool... whatever you want! You will be thankful... I hope! ;)
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Sometimes I do this thing where I am writing my blog and I am feeling good. I'm typing out some good material and 2 hours later I wake up and realize "wow Cade, you fell asleep." It's the worst, but at the same time the best because that just tells me God is saying I need more rest than I think I do. So sorry that happens for all you people. Anyways, after this past week I was just feeling really tired so I guess you could say I was happy for a weekend rest.
Yesterday was a great day because my cousin Scott was in the area and I was able to join him for dinner at one of our favorite places. I do not know if this has ever happened to you guys, but sometimes I will have someone on my mind and then its like "oh hello... there you are." Scott has really been on my mind lately for various reasons and I was very thankful that God just so happened to place him in my direction. Thanks for dinner and thanks for always being so supportive of me. Life is hard sometimes, but I admire you more than you know. Sometimes things do not make sense at all, but I promise God has a greater plan at work... Just believe in that and I promise you will be so thankful when all is said and done. I love you my friend!!
TCU is so cool and they bring in the coolest people to do random things on the weekend to keep us students happy. Last night they brought Kenan Thompson (I am not sure if y'all know who that is). He is on SNL and for my generation he was a big deal because he was on Nick when we were younger. I just think it is so cool that TCU does that kind of stuff and I got to go for no charge at all. I mean technically I paid because I pay tuition, but still.
Today has just been a really productive day and I cannot believe that it is almost February. I was looking at my calendar and this next month is going to fly by also. Enjoy every moment people. Be thankful. Hope you are having a great weekend!
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Thank you very much for everyone that said a pray for me as I had an interview earlier today. I don't want to make this a long post because well bed is calling, but I just wanted to say that I feel very pleased with the way the interview went (thank God) and I did my best. Often we forget, but as along as we do our best the rest is out of our control. God takes it from here and I am excited to see how things turn out... I will keep you updated! Again, my support system is incredible. I always know you are the right people to talk to... Thank you so much!
The weekend is almost here... Do me a favor and find something to be thankful for!
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One thing, out of many, that I love about my family is that they are not afraid to do fun things. We don't let many things hold us back, and we usually make the best memories. Zip lining, paragliding, skiing, sledding, tubing, etc., are some of the things that we have done in the past and I have always enjoyed that. We typically do these adventurous things when we travel and because we do this I feel like I always see the world from a different point of view. It is really cool to be able to say that and think to times when I did these "bucket list" items at such a young age. My family is so great for supporting that.
One of our recent fav things to do is Segway. A Segway is a two-wheeled motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted above an axle and an upright post surmounted by handles.(straight from the dictionary y'all.) I mean anytime I go anywhere I always seem to suggest riding Segway's. We have ridden them at Big Cedar Lodge and my aunt and I rode them in Washington D.C. (best thing ever). Well when the fam comes to Dallas and you aren't really sure what to do you, of course, book a Segway Tour. So yes, on Saturday we Segwayed through a city we have all seen, but decided to be adventurous and see it differently. It was really fun. We rode all around downtown and even went to the spot Kennedy was shot.
My favorite thing is the looks when you are the one on those things.
1. People look at you like they really wish they were you. Mostly because they are walking and I was riding.
2. Kids look amazed and then proceed to chase you. Their parents then look very angry.
3. Some look at you like you are crazy.
4. Some don't give you the time of day.
Either way Segway's are a great way to see a city. My family and I highly recommend it.
Again, I am just thankful for a fun adventurous seeking family. Until the next Segway ride.... We will stay thankful!
Also, I have an interview tomorrow and I would really like some prayers please. It is going to be a different interview than any I have had before, which is fine, but it does make me a little nervous. So I will be happy to have any prayers... I know you all are great at that!
The week is on the downhill slope... be thankful. Oh and if you want to join our Segway Squad we are now accepting applications!
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This semester I am in Nutrition, which will be my last science class EVER in life. Really wishing I was more gifted in that area, but since I am not I will happily be finishing that lovely chapter of my life. Someone recommended Nutrition to me and so far I am really enjoying it, but today was one of the best things I have done while in a class at TCU. With each science class you take, you are required to also take a lab section of it. In my lab class this semester we will be seeing a majority of the time (I think) in the kitchen learning how to cook meals that are more healthy for you! It was actually so fun. I mean I am not really a professional chef or anything, but I don't mind cooking. Most of the time it is fun to me! So I loved that we were cooking in class. We got into groups and each group cooked something different pretty much and then at the end of class we all sampled each others and talked about whose we liked the best and what made them all easy to cook, etc.
1. Fish Tacos
2. A Pasta Salad type thing
3. Cajun Chicken Stir Fry
My group made the Cajun chicken stir fry and I was a little unsure of it at first, but it turned out tobbe pretty good. We seasoned the chicken, had brown rice, peppers, and tomatoes. It turned out to be really good! So good that everyone said ours was the best because of the flavor. We added a little extra seasoning, which the recipe didn't call for, but it made it really good! (HAHA).
The whole time I snap chatted the different steps of our cooking process hence "Cooking with Cade" via snapchat. So much better than a boring lab doing some busy work on the computer. I swear it's the little things in life y'all. Cooking and learning... what a combo! Right? I mean how can I not be thankful!
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As I said yesterday, I am currently trying to play catch up over the past couple of days so just hang in there with me. This past weekend was so special and I so loved spending time with my family in Texas. (For more info, see yesterday's post).
As much fun as it was celebrating my Janjan and Bia's 50th Wedding Anniversary, I did have to get back to Fort Worth yesterday (Sunday) for some more celebrating!!
Lately, God has been teaching me a lot about friendship and seriously it has been kind of hard. You all know just as well as I do that, at times, learning is not easy. I am still not really sure what God has been trying to show/teach me in this process...I will eventually find out. BUT I do know that as I walk with him, he is showing me who is steadfast and who is constantly a positive light in my life. That is something I do appreciate. Landon Hendrickson has been one of those lights and I have been thankful for him and his brightness more times than he is probably aware of. Yesterday Landon turned 20 and I just knew he and all of our friends would want to celebrate him. Anyone who knows Landon knows exactly what I am talking about when I say Landon is a light. I planned a little party/dinner for him yesterday and it was evident that so many people love and wanted to make him feel as special as he makes us feel. Landon is so caring, funny, honorable, smart, and overall just a great human being. You ask anyone that knows him and they will agree with me 100%.
I could seriously sit here and write forever about how great of a guy you are. From Frog Camp 2014 Mystery Adventures, rushing together, studying for musical theater, trips to Ohio, to now living down the hall from you, our friendship is constantly evolving and I love it. A lot. I am not sure if you are really aware, but you are a constant encourager to me. I do not know if you do it on purpose or not, but you are so good at it. One of the first times I remember thinking "wow God is literally placing Landon in my life" was when I was taking a musical theater test. We had talked about how I was struggling in that class because the tests were not easy, I am not a good test taker, and it was the first semester of college. I was taking the test and probably stressing to the max because I was one of the last people left in the room and I knew I didn't have much time left. You were getting up to turn in your test and for like 15 seconds we made eye contact and you gave me this look. (Promise I am not being weird). You smiled and it was almost like I could hear you say, "Hey it's okay... you are doing great. Keep going. You can do it." It was one of the best things ever actually. I thought it was all in my head until I left the test and I had a text from you. It was so encouraging and you did mention that you tried to give me a look to say good luck. From that moment I knew God had crossed our paths for a reason. Seriously Landon you are a blessing. Thanks for everything... The list is too long, but I will say thank you for being my friend when at times I feel like I had none. I am so excited to see where our friendship goes next. Oh, and anytime you run 16 miles and feel as if you are going to die I will be there to pick you up, take you to Canes, and assure any concerned citizen that you will be just fine! You have my back and I will always have yours....TBH can't wait till you're a surgeon and you can tell me all the fake things that happen in Grey's... that's gonna be a fun time! Love you buddy!
Lesson's from this post:
1. People remember the little things... they can make the biggest difference.
2. God sends you all the things/people you need at the perfect time.
3. Landon is one of the coolest guys ever.
Happy (late) Birthday Landon!! I hope you know that I am thankful for you!
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OKAY so I am going to spend the next couple of days catching up BECAUSE the last few days have been crazy fun, but crazy enough that I haven't had much time to sit down and write a good post. Hate when that happens, but love when I finally get to talk about the excitement!!
Friday I went to join my Mom, Auntie Kiss, and Mrs. Cindy in Dallas because they were working and then Friday night, JanJan, Bia, my Dad, Mills, and Uncle Jeff flew in for the weekend. In case you couldn't tell, we love being together, but this weekend it was for a certain occasion. My JanJan and Bia (Carl and Janis Brothers) celebrated 50 years of marriage on Friday and I am beyond thankful for that. And the fact that they chose to spend it in Dallas with all of us was truly special.
Late Friday night after a lovely dinner at this delicious restaurant in Dallas with an amazing view I went to write my blog and I got all caught up in the number 50. I mean if you really think about it that is a long time. A lot can happen in one year let alone fifty. The fact that my precious Grandparents have been with each other that long makes me beyond happy. They have been through so much together and odds are they were able to get through the good and bad times because they had each other. At dinner they talked about their honeymoon and how young they were. Times were different and because they were so young they had to learn a lot of things as quickly as possible. My Bia told us that they were supposed to go to Hot Springs, AR, but he worried he didn't have enough money for gas so they stopped somewhere in-between Little Rock and Hot Springs, which if you know that area you know especially back then that there was little to nothing. I cannot even imagine. They were younger than me when they got married. I am so thankful for the example that they have set because honestly in today's society things are done so differently. I am not going to say that I have never worried about the fact of being married to someone for a majority of my life because I haven't. That thought has crossed my mind and it makes me worried about the future. I am not judging anyone on how they do things, but for me being married to someone my whole life is something that I want. And today you see that less and less. It is scary and it is even worse how it is handled. When I make my vows I want them to count and I want to be true to them. When I agree to them I am going to act on them. It is so easy to say one thing and do another, but for me those will be serious. I so admire that my grandparents are taking their vows seriously 50 years later. It makes me so so thankful. Thankful because they are the rock of this family. Without theme agreeing to those vows 50 years ago I would not have a family to be constantly blessed by. I know couples have problems and there are some that my seem impossible to fix. I do not judge anyone in that position, but I do admire my JanJan and Bia for loving, caring, helping, bugging, nagging, learning, and forgiving each other when times were tough. 50 years is a chunk of time. The fact that my JanJan and Bia hold true to their vows 50 years later will always make me thankful. I will never forget there love and heart for each other. I will tell my kids and this anniversary will be much more than a celebration. It will be a piece of our family's history.
JanJan and Bia, I cannot think of a pair better than you. Thank you for loving me so well for so many years. I constantly consider myself lucky to be your grandson. Congrats on many years together and congrats on setting an amazing example for me and others. I hope that one day I will look back and remember this celebration with my wife on our 50th. Because who wouldn't want to be like JanJan and Bia. Love the two of you times 50!!
We weren't sure if they were actually going to end up making it to us in Dallas because in snowed a ton in Arkansas on Thursday night and Friday. Mills was even out of school on Friday (prayers for a snow day for me like ASAP). But we are SOOO thankful they did. What a very special time for them and for our family. Like I said, this is something that I will be forever thankful for!
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So yesterday I was in class and I receive a phone call from one of my best friends @leigthonlawson. One thing I love about Leighton is that I can always count on her to call and check up on me. Anytime I talk to her it almost always makes me day 10x better. I was in class though so I waited and called her as soon as I was done. She immediately answers and says:
"Cade I have got a story for you!!!" ...Words I love to hear.
***Note this is not our exact conversation, but as close as I can remember.
She tells me that she was walking to class Wednesday morning minding her own business, ya know, normal routine. She said she was wearing her Southern and Thankful for Hot Cocoa shirt and she was feeling good about the day. She then said all of a sudden this girl came out of no where and was freaking out over the fact that Leighton had on a Southern and Thankful shirt. She said that she started talking all about how she reads the blog and didn't know that anyone else in Conway (where Leighton goes to school at UCA) knew about it.
Leighton said, "Now Cade I was feeling pretty special because I mean we are best friends and this girl was low key freaking out."
Leighton then told me how she proceeded to tell this girl that she actually knew me and that we were best friends. And then Leighton said that you could just tell by looking at this girl that she did not believe a word Leighton was saying. Leighton told her we went to High School together and that we go way back.
She said that this girl said, "But he is in Fort Worth?!"
And Leighton said, "Yes I know, but he grew up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, my home town."
And then Leighton said, "I mean Cade this girl did not believe me. I wanted to tell her, well actually I am wearing this Southern and Thankful shirt FROM SOUTHERN AND THANKFUL. But she still probably would not have believed me. Cade I mean I am like squad goals. Taylor Swift has a squad. Southern and Thankful has a squad and I am on it!! But this girl didn't even believe me!! It was crazy!!"
Leighton does not know who the girl is, but y'all how funny is that? I mean Leighton and I laughed and laughed at that. You just have to know Leighton and I can just see this whole conversation taking place and it just makes me smile. Leighton is probably someone who knows me better than a lot of people and I think it is hilarious that this unidentified girl did not believe her.
I tell you this for one sole reason: To show you how Southern and Thankful is growing. All funny aside, I am just totally thanking God for moments like these because it shows me that I am reaching people. My mission and my goal of being Southern and Thankful is happening. It is oddly rewarding. So to the mystery woman... Thank you for being Southern and Thankful. And to Leighton, thank you for being part of the squad... this may become a regular thing so it's okay for you to get used to it. ;) Oddly that makes me so thankful today.
Huge shoutout to:
1. My tour group today for braving the freezing weather to look around at TCU with me. You all make the job so worth it. GO FORGS!
2. Happiest of Birthdays to my friend that constantly receives the head shake from me. Hunter, you are always up to something and I love it. Thanks for being my friend and doing cool donut projects with me. I hope you had the best birthday... Thankful I got to celebrate with you!
3. AnnaLynee McCord (actress) for liking my photo on Instagram. AnnaLynee is one of my favorite actresses. You may know her as Naomi Clark from "Beverly Hills 90210." She also has an incredible story and is constantly telling that story to make this world a better place. I am not really sure how she found me or my photo, but imagine my surprise when I noticed she liked it. SOOO cool. It's the little things people.
Here's to a very Southern and Thankful weekend ahead!
Southern and Thankful
Irony follows me around like a stray cat I swear. So yesterday I was talking about how I didn't really enjoy reading text books for a class and then today while I was reading the text book for my interpersonal communication class, which is a much easier book to read because it is more interesting. But it is still a text book... Anyways as I was reading I stumbled across something that has been a mystery to me for a very long time. I mean I have been trying my hardest to find this for what feels like my whole life.
When I was younger, I am talking like in-between 6 and 10, I watched a movie with my Dad. It was probably one of those movies that I shouldn't have been watching, but since Mom wasn't around it was an early male bounding experience. I love movies and I love suspense and I love humor. This movie had it all. I also could remember it was about a con artist and it was based off of a true story. This movie had all of those things, but like I said I was young so I know I didn't fully comprehend it. All I know is the older I have gotten the more I have thought back to this movie and how much I would enjoy it now that I am older!! It is one of those things that is kind of always in the back of your head. It's like when you lose something you are never able to find. You search and search then you give up, but you never forget the green sock you lost when you were 11. I mean I have googled, my Dad and I have talked about it, but nothing. I never have been able to find that movie.... until TODAY!!!!
And this is ironic because I found it in my text book that I kind of complained about yesterday. It was talking about people with different identities and right after I read the paragraph using this movie as an example, I knew it was my missing movie. I actually almost could have cried. I immediately looked up the trailer to confirm and I am like 98% sure it is the movie I have been searching for all my life, or what feels likes it. I then called my Dad and incase you were wondering he said, "Oh yeah I remember that movie!" No worries we plan to watch it together soon. Oh, and the movie is "Catch Me If You Can" directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. It came out in 2002, but I am still surprised that I never found it in my searching. God just knew today was the day for me to find it. If you have seen it and don't recommend it, don't ruin this great moment for me. I cannot wait to watch it!!
I really hope this doesn't make me sound crazy, but if you have ever found something after a long time searching for it... then you know exactly why I am thankful today. God, your timing is like none other... thank you!
I'll let you know when movie night is incase anyone would like to join me, my dad, some popcorn, and my missing movie for a good... much awaited time! ;)
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I don't know about you, but one thing that brings me pure joy in life is reading a good book. The older you get in school the more required reading there is and the less fun it becomes. I am sorry, but I do not really want to spend my time reading a bunch of textbooks. I mean I know I sign up for the class, but a lot of the time I feel there is a better way to learn than having a student read 30 pages in a textbook every night. At least in my case, I am not that type of learner. But no worries, I have found a class that has put my reading mood at a little bit of a better level (if that makes sense).
Here at TCU you have to satisfy a certain number of core classes over your 4 years here. Some core can be very difficult. Some can be very manageable and fun. The hard part is finding that manageable and fun core because it is at times almost hidden. Last semester I heard of a class that was for Education majors only, but it satisfied TWO core credits... AKA a double dipper (big deal people... for real). My friend said that I could get in if I had a permission number. After a series of e-mails I had the address of the woman who gave out the permission code and I proceeded to do my best to get a code from her. I e-mailed her so many times it actually isn't very funny, but my determination paid off because I got the permission code and all is great with the world. Oh... and the class is Children's Literature.... You can now see why I am finding the joy in reading again.
No boring text books. An actual story. With characters. Entertainment. Pure joy people.
So today I have been reading "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" because it was assigned by my teacher. And yes I read it many years ago, but when my teacher tells me to read something for class I have to do it, right? ;)
I am excited to read it again because it has been so long. Also, you are probably thinking that I can read fun books whenever I want. This is true, but especially during the school year I do not really have a lot of time to read a good book. I wish I did, but I sadly just can't seem to find the time. I do always look forward to vacations because that means I can find a good book to read. Today, I am thankful to be in a class that makes reading fun again. Reading will always be fun, but the key is that it has to be something that interests me. Something that takes me to another place. Thank goodness for learning about Children's Lit this semester... I have a feeling I will be happy to read for that class.
I encourage you to find a good book... one that makes you happy... and read it when you have time. Even if that means one page a day. Read something exciting because it is good for you and because it is something that will take you away from the stress of life. I promise you will be happy you did!
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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!