Friends are Friends Forever...
Erin, Allison, and I left around 6:15am on Thursday morning, and rolled up to her house around 3:15am Friday morning. HOLY MOLY THAT WAS A LONG DRIVE! We stopped for lunch and gas on the Virginia/Tennessee border, dinner outside of Memphis, and a few gas stops here and there, and made it without any problems...well minus the fact that Erin's AC only works in like 10 minute increments, so parts of Tennessee were hot as all get out! We laughed about it though (and tweeted about it) and kept on driving. With the three of us driving, it was that bad. My driving shift was the entire state of Arkansas from around 7:30 until 1 something. I didn't mind, since I'm the night owl of the 3 of us. Just put my ipod on and tried not to get hit by an 18 wheeler or suicidal deer. :)
*Friday we were pretty tired, so we didn't do too much at all. We felt awful! haha.
*Saturday, while Erin was at a job fair, Allison and I went and met some of my girlfriends from DTS. Oh my goodness, that was special. The group of girls I hungout with while I was in seminary are so special to me, and loved me when I needed it the most. I miss them so much.. so to see some of them for lunch while I was in town was so special. I saw 2 of my roommates, met our newest family member, baby Hudson, and 2 other friends. It was so fun to laugh and catch up... and I was happy for Allison to meet them too! That mini reunion was by far one of the best parts of my trip!
*Sunday I got to go to my friend Caleb's church that he planted 2 years ago. Caleb and I (along with our friend Ashley) were the youth interns at my church 6 years ago, and then we all went to seminary together at DTS. I was so stinkin proud of him on Sunday! I mean, I always love seeing my friends do what they love, whether that be music, or preaching, or something else.. but to think back to sitting in the student center with Caleb and hearing his vision and heart for this church he was dreaming up, that the Lord has pressed upon his heart to pastor, and to see it all having actually come to fruition, was incredible. I thought he was a great communicator and visionary back when we were planning dodgeball tournaments and middle school services in 2004... but it just made me so happy to see how much farther he's come since starting Urban Hills. He and his wife Tiffany have worked hard, and I was so blessed on Sunday by the fruits of that labor.
Sunday night we went to
*Monday- I had lunch with my camp pastor from last summer, Ryan and his wonderful wife Katie. Ryan and Katie are some of my favorite friends, and lunch was so much fun. Allison came along for that too... and again was so happy to have two of my worlds mesh together (camp and home). Ryan is crazy. That kid brings it when he preaches and I LOVE how passionate he is about the Gospel. He's also hilarious, which is a great combo.
After lunch we met Erin at the Cowboys stadium for a private tour. Holy sweet California! If my parents ever get tired of me, I can move there and no one would know. It's HUGE! The jumbo screens over the stadium are 9 stories tall and 60 yards long. They were playing some video on the screen when we walked in of game clips and uh, the cheerleaders. On a screen that big, the cheerleaders were SCANDALOUS! haha. I probably could have gone my whole life without seeing cleavage 9 stories tall and 60 yards wide! ..... The tour was awesome though. At one point, we were in the locker room when another public tour came in, Erin turned to the guy who was giving us the tour and asked what was behind one of
Dear Bradie James, I dont know who you are or how well you play football, but I think you and your muscles are lovely. I'll drink a Dr. Pepper with you any day. Call me.
Allison putting on her makeup in the bathroom of the cheerleaders' locker room.
After we saw the locker room in all it's bright pink glory, we cursed the day we turned down our offers to join the squad.
Allison running a touchdown... until she realized how far a run that would be.
And that was pretty much our trip. I'm sad we had to leave Erin there. I'm sad that tomorrow is my last day with Allison... but I'm so excited for my friends and all the Lord has planned for them next. I'm sure going to miss them though! I sang Michael W Smith's "Friends are Friends Forever" to Erin as she drove us to the airport. She might act tough, but I think I saw in tear or two in those eyes! Haha!