As many of you know, I was able to spend a long weekend at home to celebrate the Easter Holiday. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days at home a few weeks ago, but luckily I was able to head back to my small town for Easter. I can't really imagine Easter anywhere else but in Stuttgart, AR, at First United Methodist Church. I feel like this is a Holiday that needs to be spent with family and I am super thankful I got to do just that. I could have used a couple of more days, but I will be back home for summer in a short period of time, which makes things all good.
This trip to Stuttgart was a little different than any other time I have been home before. I was honored to take my friend Michael Drake home with me!
Last June when I came to Fort Worth for Orientation I was a little nervous. This was my first time at TCU as an official honored frog and I knew it was going to be a little stressful because I would be having to make lots of decisions regarding Freshman year and I would also be trying to make friends and form relationships. Looking back, it was dumb for me to worry because it all worked out and it was actually a pretty great time. I made lots of friends. Friends who I am still friends with today, which is pretty cool. One of those friends is Michael Drake. We were in the same Orientation Group and after Orientation we had a great conversation with our parents. I knew right then that I wanted to be friends with this cool dude. I remember that our Mom's were talking about how if we ever needed a place to go for a break, we were always welcome at each others homes... We liked each other right off the bat. That gave me huge comfort in coming to TCU and I was instantly thankful for the kid I call my first guy friend at TCU.
Fast forward almost a year later and I had the privilege of taking him to the place I call home. Yet again I love to look back and notice how God works everything out. Michael is from Chicago and the only place in the South he has been to is Texas... I knew it was going to be a fun weekend. Michael also knew that he was going to be in a bit of a culture shock when we arrived at my hometown of 9,000 people. Being from Chicago, he had never had the experience of a small town... I was excited to experience that with him!
Huge shout out to my family, family friends, and best friends for making it a great weekend.
My family welcomed him like one of there own and I loved that. We had a great weekend full of great stories, laughs, and food... DUH FOOD. It was good to be back with them.
Huge thanks to my friends for helping me take Michael all around Stuttgart. We showed him all of the town, took him down memory lane, and even took him to eat at his first gas station. What a great experience that was... I am sure he can tell you all about it.
Overall as a town, everyone was so nice and I think that was pretty evident. All the things I love about my small town was shown to Michael and I am, of course, thankful for that. I really wanted Michael to see the joy of being from a small town and hopefully he did.
I am thankful for all people and things that make Stuttgart, Arkansas, a pretty great place to call home. I may be making a new home at TCU, but Stuttgart will always be my true home. I am so thankful that Michael wanted to take his break and spend it with me and my family in my place. I am super thankful for this weekend, my friendship with Michael, and all the love comes from a small town.
Prayers please because I have a test this Wednesday and next Monday and I really am not feeling to good. I hate being sick away from home and it also pretty hard to get things done when you don't feel well. But I know all things happen for a reason and this will all work out the way it is supposed to in the end, but prayers are still appreciated.
Here's to a week full of thanks!
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!