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.


Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful place. The old homes are gorgeous.

Kristen said...

Aw, yea! How sweet! Glad you got some pretty pictures of the Hardeman House and the others, too. I so hope you and your girls can come back for the tea party next year! Thanks for spreading the word about CTS and FHU. =)

Rach said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Pictures are gorgeous. Do you ever record any of your speeches? I would love to hear them.
As always, thank you for your inspiration.
Amy James

Melissa Lester said...

Thank you, Amy. All of the CTS sessions were recorded, and you can find the links here:

My topic for the week was "More Holiness Give Me." I don't think my first lesson, "More Sense of His Care," was recorded, but you can find the other three on the site: "More Purpose in Prayer," "More Sorrow for Sin" and "More Useful I'd Be." The other speakers were excellent, so I'm sure you would enjoy hearing their lessons as well.

Becky W said...

YAY!!!! I am so glad you were able to come and I LOVED being with you! I plan on doing one of your ideas this next week before school starts!!! Thought of you as I went through Montgomery yesterday and saw your exits!!!! said...

Beautiful pictures! Henderson is such a good looking little town. I certainly enjoyed your classes, Melissa, and am listening to those parts I was unable to attend. I haven't started your book yet, but I look forward to reading that also.

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