After being in Cola-town for the entire summer following Greek Summit, Joel and I needed to GET OUT a little. We packed our car and headed west.
Our first destination was Memphis/Mt. Pleasant, Mississippi where Joel’s family lives. We visited with lots of family and supporters, which was awesome!
We were also there in time to see Joel’s little sister, Holly, run in her FIRST race!
We got her registered, she stretched and then hesitantly found her place in the pack…
RUNNERS! ON YOUR MARK! GET SET…
These people were so intense.
I guess I was kinda intense too…I definitely broke out my 6th grade until college cheerleading skills. I think I embarrassed my mother-in-love a little bit. :)
Clearly, Holly appreciated it as she ran her FASTEST MILE EVER! Four more miles to go!
She was kicking butt and taking names, until the last stretch when this chump started messing with her… haha! I love the tenacity in her face. She was such a fighter!!!
Her goal was to run the race in under an hour…And boy did she ever! Way to go, Holly!!
Little did we know that…
She would take home SECOND PLACE in her age division!?! Amazing. Go Holl-le-lue!
These guys were the real deal. Holly received a plaque and a handshake from the first man on US soil to run a 4-minute mile and a 3-time Olympic gold medalist!! We were ecstatic for her.
The next day we had a great time visiting our supporters and friends at Kirby Woods Baptist Church and had a yummy lunch with family and Annie, a wonderful USC student who was interning at an inner-city juvenile detention center.
On Monday, we had worked on support, ran errands, had lunch with Sugar and Sweetie at Chickfila (tradition!) and then headed to Oxford to see some of our dear friends there!
We had a delicious dinner at Beaurae’s and had live entertainment too!
Look at those sweet cheeks!!
On Tuesday, I was blessed with the chance to join Mrs. Anita’s Sunday School class as they went to minister to the women at the Moriah House-a safe haven and rehabilitation home for women.
Normally the women rotate who cooks all three meals per day. But we got to make them a wonderful dinner.
I got to share all God has been doing in my life during the after-dinner devotional time.
And then we got to pampering!
The women could have a pedicure, manicure and facial treatment!
What a privilege to pamper the feet of women who had been mistreated by so many. I was in awe of what a blessing they were to US.
I can’t wait to go back at Christmas time and visit with our new friends again!
The Hurdle boys decided that by Wednesday, it was time to take a fishing trip to the White River, in Arkansas. Which means me and my “bonus mom” got to have a few days of R&R to ourselves…AMAZING!!
One little adventure we had was going to see Mrs. Ann at her “junk store”.
Mrs. Ann & Mr. Charlie are like the Storage Wars show on TV! They are the real deal.
Of course, if you’re a Hurdle, you’re going to get a really good deal…because according to Mrs. Ann & Mr. Charlie, “Hurdles don’t pay for their junk around here.” I walked away with a few wonderful finds.
Love you, Mrs. Ann!!! Thank you for my “door prizes” :)
What a fun few days in Memphis/Mississippi! I will post the rest of our road trip tomorrow!
4,500 freshmen are moving in today! Gotta get back to work!!