Friday, July 22, 2011

A Tennessee Walk

Last week I had the privilege of speaking for the annual summer Christian Training Series at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. Although I spoke for a ladies day in Henderson a couple of years ago, this was really my first visit to campus. I must say, I fell in love with this Christian school almost immediately. During one of our session breaks, I walked around the quaint neighborhood that surrounds FHU. 

This beautiful home belonged to a former president of the school, A.G. Freed, one of the men for whom the university is named. The Freed House is currently a funeral home, and the home and grounds are immaculately maintained.

Crepe myrtles brightened the path on my Tennessee walk.

The N.B. Hardeman House is the former home place of the other man for whom Freed-Hardeman is named. I enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Hardeman house during my visit. After getting a tour of the home, I am even more eager to return to Henderson for one of the FHU Associates' biggest events of the year: the annual Victorian Tea Party, held the first weekend of May.

This arbor caught my eye across the street from the Hardeman House.

This lovely home serves as the FHU Alumni House.

A highlight of my week at Freed was spending time with people who bring such joy to the Christian journey. Top right, my roommate for the week was a lifelong friend I just met. I was moved into Tiffiny's campus apartment when the fire alarm went off in my original dorm. Several times since we have talked about what a blessing that fire alarm was because it allowed us to get to know each other. And bottom left, I eagerly anticipated spending time with friends I have gotten to know through blogging: Becky of Slipping Through My Fingers (left) and Kristen of Pretty Sweet (right). Becky and Kristen both shared lots of inspiring ideas during CTS that I can't wait to put into practice. They are such sweet girls, and we thought of so many more things we wanted to do together that I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.

Too soon my Tennessee walk ended, but I left CTS with renewed joy for my Christian walk. And a lot of happy memories to last the whole year through.

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