Have you ever just sat somewhere and watched people? My family calls it people watching! For me, it is currently helping me pass my 3 hour layover. Watching others isn't creepy or weird. It is a good way to really appreciate things. It often leaves me with a lot of questions and a lot of emotions.
1. There is a little boy literally laying on the airport floor with his dad just staring down at him. SAME kid. SAME! I could totally do that too. He doesn't appear to care one bit about his surroundings. He and his dad are laughing and smiling. They are happy. He has clearly blocked the world out. Oh to be young again! I pray that he stays forever young!
2. There is a lady in the corner of the cafe I am in. She has been on some type of business call I believe. I know this because she is talking very professionally, and she said something about the CEO. She seems to know what she's doing. I'm not 100% who she works for, but she has a "make a wish" water bottle and pen. I think she is the type of person who does good in the world. The type of person that is so needed in the world. I pray she keeps doing good work!
3. There is a African American women dressed in a "Peet's Coffee and Tea" uniform. She walks up to another women dressed in the same attire (who appears to be on break). She has a Kleenex and, oh no, she doesn't look too happy. She makes a very sad face and then breaks down in tears. Obviously something bad has happened. I am thankful for the other woman who is comforting her. I pray she knows God and I pray she leans on him in her time of pain.
4. There is a young boy probably 6 or 7, who just came in, with an older women. Probably his mother or grandmother. The young boy has Asian features as the woman with him does not. Maybe he was adopted? Oh what joy that must have brought. I didn't notice him because of that. He has some type of mouth contraption. I have no idea what it is, but it is attached to his whole head. By the way he speaks it sounds like he might have a speech issue. I am not sure why he wears it, but he just took it off. He seems much happier now. The woman with him brought him a smoothie, maybe because he can't eat solid food. He is playing on an iPad... Must be smart! He has glasses! He reminds me of myself in a way. When I was young I had to wear a patch over my eye for a time period. I also had glasses. I pray he grows up to be a great leader, and I pray he possess even greater confidence. I pray he embraces his imperfections!
5. There is an older man in some type of army shirt. He has on a ball cap, a thick gray beard, and camo shorts. I am not saying just because he's wearing camo means he was in, or is in the army, but he just has that look. He looks like he is strong physically and emotionally. He is alone, which makes me sad. I don't think anyone should ever be alone. He has an iPhone... Maybe he is in communication with someone he loves. I pray he is headed to be with loved ones. I also thank him for his service, that is if he ever served.
The thing about the airport is that everyone is going in many different directions. Where are they going? What is their story? Some travel alone. Some travel in packs. Some are in a hurry. Some have all the time in the world. There are all types of people. Big and little. Tall and small. Men and women. Boys and girls. Adults and children. Happy and sad. The cool thing is having the time to sit back and appreciate that God made every single person with every single detail. It's crazy to think that our God is capable of something that cool. So today I am thankful for all God's different creations. And so I have now passed a good chunk of time marveling in God's talent. I hope others see that too... I hope you take the time to marvel in his talent. And of course, be thankful for it!
Southern and Thankful
Viva Las Vegas... Isn't that what they say?!
So sorry that I have been MIA, but I am currently on a little vacation with my parents. Our schedule has been sort of crazy. Plus, the time difference has thrown me off, but this trip has been so fun so far! I have never been to Las Vegas, but I am glad I have been able to experience it. Those of you who have been, you know what kind of place this is. Once I get home I plan to tell you all about it... I promise! But today, I have something to be thankful for that is way more important than what I'm doing in Vegas. You see, it is my JanJan because it's her Birthday!!
My JanJan is my Grandmother (we don't ever call her anything but JanJan; it's against unwritten family rules). If you know her, you know how special she is. My JanJan has been in my life since the day I was born, and I don't know what I'd do without her. She makes the best mashed potatoes, generally against by grandfather's wishes. He, naturally, prefers rice! She always has fresh sweet tea. She is so sassy. She always plays cards with me. She always took me to get snacks on Fridays, as it was "our" day while I was growing up. She always supports me. She has even become a Frog Fan for me!!! She has a talent for being a loving mother and JanJan! Thank you JanJan for being at the center of our family and loving us at our best and worst times. I don't really think we can put into words how loving, stylish, smart, funny, and simply precious you are. Thanks for learning to text/learning to use social media for me, taking me to some of the best places in the world, and for always making me smile. I can't wait to celebrate with you! I hope you know how thankful I am for you today and everyday!
Cherish the people you love and let them know that you are thankful for them always! Stay tuned for some insight into my latest adventure! Happy Birthday JanJan! Go out and be thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Reason 1,009 why I love staying with my JanJan and Bia (my cool grandparents) is that JanJan makes breakfast when you wake up! Some
of my most favorite times are when I when I spend the night at their house. Last night I got to stay with them, and I was pretty excited because I usually get some of the best sleep when I'm there. I Will tell y'all, since I have been writing in the morning I have been able to go to bed sooner and oh how nice it is has been. When I go to bed at a decent hour and wake up at a decent hour it just makes me feel so much better. I know as a teen, my sleeping schedule has varied. I love sleeping in, but a lot of the time when I would sleep so late, I would feel even more tired. Also, I'd feel like the day was half way over, which at that point, it was. Today I am just thankful for good sleep. If there is anyone who understands good sleep, that would be me. I mean, I count the hours of sleep I can get to ensure I can get eight, because that is a must for me. You can ask my friends...if I don't get eight or more hours, it takes me a while to get going. It is amazing how much better you feel when you have a good sleeping schedule. I do understand wanting to sleep in. Every now and then, I sleep in. But, I think it is super important to have a schedule. I mean...it's Monday...and I feel rested and ready to go. Part of that may be because I am at my JanJan and Bia's, but still! Happy Monday... I also recommend a nap during the day if you still need some rest! Stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful
I am a big community service guy! I enjoy community service because it is the right thing to do, plus it feels good to help others. You can give back to the community in several ways. One of my favorite places to do this in my community is at the local food bank. I have volunteered there for a long time. Each community has a food bank normally. Generally, it is based on the size of the community. I once worked at a larger facility in Nashville, TN. It was so organized. It was obvious they served a lot of people on a daily basis. My local community food bank is in the back of a church and fits the needs of my community. The local churches take responsibility for the food bank. This means a lot of people get to volunteer and help out. I enjoy help make the bags they give out and organize all the food that is brought in. I have seen that the key is being organized. I always enjoy my time at the ICCM Food Bank in Stuttgart, AR.
As I have hinted, I am starting something new and I am very excited! As you know I have been selling t-shirts. I have dreams that this brand will grow into something much larger. As Southern and Thankful I think it is extremely important to give back. From now on I will be giving a portion of the month's sales to a charity. I feel that by doing this my mission statement is complete, "To be a leader wherever I am, and let others see God in me, all while maintaining my Southern roots and daily thankfulness for all God has given me.Good & bad, small or large blessings, I will always be Southern and Thankful." This puts a real purpose behind my brand. And it is simply the right thing to do. The food bank has taught me so much and they are doing a service for this community that is always going to be needed, so I will be giving back to a place I am so thankful for. Stay tuned on the last Sunday of each month to see who or what Southern and Thankful is going to give back to...It is always sure to be a thankful time!
Southern and Thankful
Today is a tad bit bittersweet because my mission team left for their annual summer mission trip. It is bittersweet because this the first one I have not been on in a long time. If you know me, then you know I enjoy working in the mission field. I love any opportunity to share God's love and message through serving time and others around me. We actually live in the mission field every day, which is so important to remember. Opening the door for someone with a smile, or any simple action like that is the least you can do daily. Mission work can be done right in your own backyard, but it is always fun to travel and do mission work. When you travel you are spreading God's message to a whole different audience and then experience is different than in your typical surroundings.
I have traveled with the First United Methodist Youth mission team for five different trips over my years in Junior High and High School.
1. Houma, LA
2. Nashville, TN
3. Louisville, KY
4. Daytona, FL
5. New Orleans, LA
All have been such great experiences. The type of work on each trip was different. The people we interacted with were so special. The number of memories made were endless. The hours in the van were many. These are the times I will always remember and cherish. It is kind of hard to explain, but you learn so much about yourself, others, and our creator... It is always an incredible experience. If you have never traveled and done mission work I highly encourage it! It is honestly life changing.
This week I will be praying and thinking about my mission team as they travel back to Daytona, FL. They felt lead to go back there and I pray for whom and what they come in contact with this week. I am incredibly jealous. I pray that they do great things, make their church home proud, and survive the 18 hour drive.
To my sister... I can't believe this is your first mission trip without me. I know it is going to be a great week for you!! I can't wait to hear all about it! Be good, laugh lots, and let God's light shine though you. Also, don't share the woats... Lol:)
I make it a point to remember everyday that we as Christians are constantly living in the mission field. Whether you go half way around the world or 5 minutes down the road... We are always in the mission field. I hope you take advantage of that and learn to be thankful for it. I am thankful for the mission field and the impact my home church is going to make all the way in Florida! Have a great week guys!
Southern and Thankful
Sometimes I like to search the web and see what I can find out there about gratitude. It is often encouraging to see that others know the importance of being thankful. Today, I want to share a poem I found titled, "Forever Thankful". This poem is by M.S. Lowndes and I think you will like it. I know I do!
Being forever thankful,
Is what God wants from us,
Never forgetting from where we came,
Or His boundless, saving love
All of heavens blessings
Poured down from heavens gates,
Everything we have in life,
He's given with extra grace
We need to always thank Him
For this, and so much more
Not only for tangible things,
But because He is our Lord
Thanksgiving is the key
For His blessings to increase,
If we've not got thankful hearts,
His blessings soon will cease
Don't ever start complaining
At what you may not have,
Look around at what you see,
Then be thankful and glad
I really like the fourth stanza because that is what I try to stress daily. You HAVE to be thankful at all times. It is as simple as that! I hope you take this into today. I hope this makes it a great day. I hope this makes it a great weekend! I hope you will be forever thankful!
Southern and Thankful
The temperature in the South this past week has been in the upper 90's. All over the U.S. the heat seems to be taking over. I have something we can all be thankful for. The air conditioner...How would we survive without it?
I was laughing yesterday because I was watching "Live with Kelly and Michael" (one of my favorites) and Kelly Ripa was talking about how much she loved the heat. The heat she was referring to was heat in New York City, which was about 88 degrees at the time. Those of us in the South wish it was 88 degrees! The problem here is the humidity adds something to heat that is just not needed. You don't really understand what humidity is until you are in this neck of the woods. It can be in the hundreds on the west coast, but still feel so much hotter in the South because of humidity. It just comes with living in this part of the world!
Y'all know something usually happens that triggers the "oh I am thankful for this" switch in my brain. On Monday, I became thankful for air conditioning and I have stayed thankful for it all week. It really is just so hot. On Monday, I went to work and could immediately tell something was wrong with the air. When this happens, things get serious! After sweating it out for a little while, we called a professional to come and take a look. It turns out, the problem was electrical, which meant they had to shut the power off to repair it. This not only cut off the air (that wasn't working in the first place), but it also cut off all the fans we had going. Let me just say...we made a quick exit! The heat just makes it almost impossible to get anything done. After my time with no air, I stopped and thanked God for it.
Some people work outside in the heat all day long because of his or her job. Some kids are working out/practicing sports in this weather. Some people don't have air conditioning at all. No matter what you do, the heat just takes it out of you. It sucks all the energy and just makes you so tired. I had to stop and thank God, but also pray for those who have to battle heat daily.
May you all stop and do the same. May you all stay cool and stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Good morning ladies and gents... It is a great day to be alive I'd say!
At 5:30 I woke up and went to work out.
At 6:30 I left and went to Daylight Donuts... My kind of start to the day:))) Might have blown my workout though?!
I hope you all had a happy Tuesday! I am extremely grateful to have my sweet sister Madison Homra back in the Natural State and I am so so glad I got to pick her up from the airport. I love picking up people from the airport! I like it because it is just such a happy time, in most cases. I know when I am on the other end, the one being picked up, I always enjoy the moment, seeing my family or friends, & their sweet, familiar faces!!! I do have a confession... I hate to travel alone. I have discovered that since being in school in Texas. I don't know what it is, but I just don't like being alone when I travel? I think it has to do with the fact that when I normally travel, I travel in a pack of 8?! Anyway, I was very excited to pick up Madison with Hillary. No worries... Madison did make me get out of the car to put her bag in, so it was an official pick up, as if I was her driver!! After that we went and ran some errands in Little Rock and had a very fun time.
I would really encourage you to pick someone up from the airport. The best thing to do is go inside and wait for them right outside of security. It's also fun to make signs or take balloons, even if they haven't been gone that long. You know, make 'em feel real special. I have also heard of people that make some outrageous sign like "IT'S A BOY!!!", when the person isn't expecting. Embarrassing them might make for a little hilarity. Making a person feel special might be better than embarrassing them, huh??...that's your call!!!
Picking up someone from the airport is something simple that will make you feel happy. Along with simply being happy, comes feeling good. There are actually many things that will make you happy!! I picked up a friend from the airport. I challenge you to do something that makes you happy today. It will make a difference in your life I promise. Happy Wednesday... Stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Good Morning Y'all!!
Okay so I am going to ask that you bare with me as I work sometimes out with my posting schedule. At night when I typically write the post it can often get really late. This is also an issue because the later it gets the more I want to go to bed. I am actually more of a morning person. I am also starting to get up earlier, which means I am going to try and post early in the mornings. I do have a very complicated schedule as a college student. All you need to really know is that I am still going to post everyday (duh), but it will just be at a different time. I know some of you read it on a daily basis so I encourage you to check the Facebook page (Southern and Thankful) to keep up with my posts. I will also be sharing the post each day on my personal page too. If you are viewing the blog on the website, I hope you will share while you are at it. It means a ton when people take the time to share my blog. The more people that see it, the more my message gets out there. Also, you can always google "Southern and Thankful" where you will find my site and can read it straight from there. I have had some questions and figured I would take a minute to talk about my new posting schedule and where you can follow along. Spreading my message is so rewarding, but also so hard. I am truly thankful for those of you that help me do that by "sharing" my blog on Facebook daily. It helps more than you know!
On another Southern and Thankful note, I still have t-shirts. Not very many, but I do have some. Please visit
for more info and to place your order. Once these are gone there will be no more. I know you want to be able to say you had one of the first Southern and Thankful tee/tanks! One day, hopefully, that will mean something! I also have a big announcement coming later this week... Stay tuned!
Now I have to tell you that the coolest thing happened today!! Going to TCU has been a blessing as you know. One of my favorite parts about going to this university is the amount of people from different places, backgrounds, and ways of life. I mean my Instagram feed has been so cool this summer because I have meet so many people from some many places. Not only are they from cool places, but they travel to great places. Having friends from all over the place has been a huge blessing because they are taking my brand and message all over the world. Yesterday, Southern and Thankful officially went abroad!!! I am so excited!! One of my best friends, Michelle Ross, is in Paris on vacation this week, and you know she took my shirt. She has been wearing it proudly all over the place. Yesterday, she sent me an amazing pic of her in front of the Eiffel Tower... in her Southern and Thankful tee shirt!!! Absolutely made my entire life!! Thanks Michelle for knowing how important this is to me, understanding and loving my message, and taking it to a whole different country, miles and miles away. This is why I am thankful to have such great friends like you!!
It is always exciting around here and everyday I see how Southern and Thankful is making it's way, slowly but surely. I love that, and I love those of you who have helped me with that! I hope everyone had a happy, thankful Monday. Stay cool this week and stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Today I finished an exciting application for a small job I am hope to get. It is something big and it isn't like your typical job. It is something I think I would be good at if chosen. There were several aspects to this application, but there was one part I want to share with you. For the written section there were three questions. I had to write a response to two of those questions. One of the questions was:
If you had a boat, what would you name it & why?
My response was:
If I had a boat, hands down, it would be called Southern and Thankful. Not only is that the name of my website and blog, it embodies who I am. Growing up in a small, rural Southeast Arkansas town one understands and appreciates being “southern”. Life goes at a little slower pace, people still use “please and thank you”, folks still take time to speak, and waving at other drivers while tooling around town is very commonplace. It is a fact that most people know your business, but when struggles of life, or joys occur, the support received is overwhelming! There is just a different kind of lifestyle lived in the South, one with a hospitality that is not easily duplicated. It is of course one of the many reasons that I am thankful! (You see these two things are closely linked!) Thankfulness is a state of mind, and as I write about in my blog, there is something to be thankful for every day. In fact there is generally more than one thing. That attitude brings a joy and contentment that makes each day a happy one, no matter what. I don’t know where life will take me, but I will always be a Southern boy with a thankful heart. A vessel named Southern and Thankful would be the truest representation of me!
If I don't get the job it will be okay because there is something to be excited about. No matter what happens, I am thankful because I can look at this as another way to share my message and share my brand with someone. In this case, hopefully, more than one person will see my message. Everyday I wake up and try to impact others with Southern and Thankful. Some days are harder than others. Most days, I feel like I succeed. Today, I know I did. Now it is all in God's hands... And HEY I am thankful for that!
ps- thanks to my mom for the help with this answer and the application. Also, thanks to Hannah Oliver for the additional help. It's good to have kind people in your corner.
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!