Hey y’all! I am in Kingsport, TN (more on that in my next post) and am enjoying visiting with more friends here. I wanted to post a few pictures of the rest of my trip to Nashville and my stop in Knoxville before I forgot to do so. 🙂
I had such a great time in Nashville. I got to spend the week with my friends, Brian and Adrian Hitt. Adrian and I have been friends since our freshman year of college and have walked through lots of ups and downs together. It had been several years since we’d seen each other, so to get to spend the week catching up was extra special.
Adrian and me at Target, one of our favorite places!
I also got to have lunch with my former youth pastor, James Jackson. James now works at LifeWay as an editor for Sunday School material. We had a wonderful time catching up. James and his wife, Trish, came on staff at our church in Kingsport the same year that my dad did and quickly became close friends of our family. As I entered the student ministry a couple of years later, they became my youth leaders and spent countless hours mentoring me and many other students. It was during that time that I really started to grow in my faith for the first time. They taught me how important it was to make my faith my own, not just something my family does, and the importance of daily time in the Word. I am so grateful for the many ways they poured into me and it was so encouraging to catch up with James last week.
James Jackson and me.
I left Nashville on Friday afternoon and drove up to Powell, TN (outside of Knoxville). I spent Friday evening and Saturday morning catching up with the Rogers family. Judy and her daughter, Briana, and son, Jacob, all came to Guadalajara on volunteer trips while I was living there. They have since become very dear friends and it was a blessing to spend time with them! Judy and Briana are so much fun and always so very encouraging to be around.
Briana, Judy and me.
I left Knoxville Saturday morning to drive up to Kingsport. On the way, I stopped in Sevierville, TN to have lunch with my cousin, Kami. It had been at leastt 10 or 15 years since I had seen her, and we had so much fun chatting over lunch at Cracker Barrel.
My cousin, Kami, and me.
After lunch with Kami, I drove the rest of the way to Kingsport, the town I grew up in. I’ll write a separate post about that this afternoon. It has been lots of fun to be here and I’ve got plenty of pictures to share from my stroll down memory lane the past few days!