Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Roots Revisited

We have lived in Rhode Island for 10 years. It's taken a while but we have put down some roots here. But it's going to be a long time before they run as deep as my roots in Arkansas.

Those roots go back generations. My extended family still lives in Northwest Arkansas, where multiple family members work or have worked at one time or another for Wal-Mart and Tyson. O yes they do! And you better believe my parents sent a Razorbacks outfit for my son to wear when he was an infant!!

Some of my roots are in South Central Arkansas. Arkadelphia, Arkansas to be exact. I lived there four years as a child while my parents attended Ouachita Baptist University. That's pronounced Wash-i-taw for those who are unfamiliar. It was one of the first words I learned to spell and boy was I proud!

I returned to Arkadelphia for my own 4 year stint at Ouachita. And one week after my college career ended I walked down the aisle at First Baptist Church and married the man of my dreams.

Because of these roots I always get a real kick out of Beth Moore talking about growing up in Arkadelphia. It's kind of surreal to be in Rhode Island and hear her mention First Baptist. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed the posts here and here by her daughter on the LPM Blog. When you look at the pictures of the church keep in mind that's where I got married & had my reception. So FUN!

The comments are even more fun for me as I see Arkadelphia names I know well. I've even had emails and comments from Arkadelphia/OBU people as a result of the comment I left. Keep 'em coming, ladies, this is a blast!

I'm thinking I may need to make a sign for the Living Proof Live Conference I'm attending in, oh, about 17 days, have I mentioned that conference? I wonder if my friends will be embarrassed by my "I LIVED IN ARKADELPHIA" sign? Surely not. Not this friend. Maybe she'll even help me hold it up. Or not.


stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

What a coincidence. :) I finished high school (grade 11-12) in Ft. Smith, AR, and actually went on a tour of Ouachita - but I got so carsick on the way there that I decided there was no way I could go to college there. :) I ended up at John Brown in Siloam Springs, Ark!

Marc and Charity said...

I didn't know your parents went to OBU or wash-i-taw. or is it "oh-wah-chita" as I've heard way too many times! :) lol.

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