This past Sunday was one of the best days ever. Not only were there tacos ( and I LOVE tacos!) but I was surrounded by people that I love the most. I am so thankful for my incredible church family for hosting a special send off party for my family and friends. All of the hugs, cards, laughter, and tears were exactly what I needed before heading off to Miss America.
When I competed for Miss Kansas, my pastor sent me a message of encouragement during the week. I told him then that while I truly wanted to be Miss Kansas, I would be quite content returning home to my church family. This church has been such a large part of my life. These are the people that helped shape me into the woman I am today. They were there through my goofy elementary school days, they prayed for me during my awkward middle schools day, answered my absurd amount of questions during high school, and now continue to encourage and love me through college and my journey as Miss Kansas. Church is fellowship, it is believers coming together and constantly building each other up...and that it exactly what my church does.
I couldn't help but tear up after the church service on Sunday. After and incredibly powerful sermon, my pastor simply asked the congregation to help tear down and set up the big room for my party that afternoon. Without hesitation, everyone began moving chairs and bringing in tables. I stood there, thinking how incredible blessed I am. This kind of love and service is so rare sometimes, but not at Cross Road. Women in the church pulled out the tablecloths and pressed them so they would look perfect. Church leaders helped assemble tacos, volunteers showed up early just to help out, my pastor even stood at the t-shirt table passing out shirts. What a massive blessing to be a part of this family.
Thank you to every person who came to my party to show support and encourage me along my journey. While I am the one who gets to stand on the big stage, there was a full army of people behind me who deserve credit for who I am today. I am a collection of many mentoring sessions, encouragement, hugs, laughter, and worship sessions.
On another note, to my youth group kids- my goodness I miss ya. Hugging you and talking about life was such a refreshing moment. I do hope I can come back to Wednesdays sometime soon and "do life" with ya again. You are all so wise, so kind, and so special to me. I hope you understand that.
With all the love,