When I left you all I was in the car riding around the big town of Athens, Alabama promoting the 37th Annual Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo! I was so blessed and lucky I got to spend so much time with one of my best friends miss Kaitlynn Norman the 2018 Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Queen! We had an absolute blast running all over the town and filling the world full of the good news! The rodeo was coming to town!! Mr Mike Wentworth also spent quite a bit of time with us as we went to ten schools during the week to talk to the kids and hand out rodeo tickets! It was an interesting experience as Mike had brought a couple of horses along with him! He packed the bouncy horses and the teachers would race one of the rodeo queens across the gym. I tell you what, if that doesn’t get kids riled up and ready for a rodeo I don't know what does! I went to several TV and radio interviews throughout the week. On Thursday I was sad that I knew it was my last day to spend with my Alabama family, but I knew that I would be back! Spending time with Kaitlynn’s family was really a blessing we had a lot of good laughs and I of course ate way to many of Fancy Nancy’s brownies that looked like cupcakes (but tasted like heaven). I still can't believe I left home without the brownies! We watched several world champion athletes compete on Thursday in the slack and enjoyed great day in the sun and no rain! Which was a first for Limestone in about six years! The committee and Kaitlynn and myself all met at the Sheriff's office right before I left town and I was presented with a beautiful bracelet from the committee! They truly become your family when you join the bama crew!
After packing the car and driving through the night, I pulled into Newnan, Georgia. It was pretty late when I got there but I was welcomed with a big smile open doors, and a hug from Miss Elise! I was welcomed into her home for the weekend where I would stay for the 29th Annual Coweta Cattlemen's Rodeo! After getting a few hours of sleep Elise and I got up bright and early and headed down to the local school where I was able to talk to the kids about the rodeo and introduce them to the western way of life! I loved getting to meet the kids, there are always so many fun expressions and of course there are always the wild questions! I can’t tell you how many times this year I have been mistaken as a bull rider! After leaving the school we headed to the Bar W Feed Store where I met the owners Mr Allen and Mrs Leah. I just absolutely loved meeting them and hearing about how they started their business from the ground up and how they have grown to what they are now! Allen and I got to talk some cattle and about the farming industries and the differences from our home states! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how they do things there in Georgia! Elise and I left the feed store after getting to talk to several customers and of course we enjoyed ourselves some of Leah’s great grilling before heading out. We then went on to the rodeo where I was greeted by the one and only Bubba Oubre, where he introduced me to the pick up men Patrick and Kevin. I then got to hop on Mister John the horse and ride throughout the rodeo! John was a great horse and never once missed a beat! I can’t thank Kevin enough for a great mount!
After two really good nights of rodeo and two wonderful nights of slack my time in Newnan had come to an end. I stayed with Miss Elise for the evening before I left to get to spend some more time with her, she was just an absolute doll and I loved hearing about her cows, and how she had done things there on her farm. Not to mention I would be lying if I told you I didn’t enjoy her cooking! Elise always made the most amazing breakfast and of course anything else she cooked was well worth it! As I sit in my hotel room tonight here in South Carolina I think about all of the things I have blessed with. I know you all hear me say that a lot but I don’t really think I can express to you all how lucky I am to get to be on this journey! I am so lucky and God has been so good to me in my life! Please stay tuned to see what else I have been up to. I promise they just get better and better with each and every stop! Before I leave here is one of the more famous phrases I heard while I was in Alabama! “More nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers” -Kaitlynn Norman!
After leaving Evans, Georgia I was finding it hard to leave all of the good people that I had met. I wondered and hoped that the next several people I would be spending time with would be as fun! I of course was shown by the good lord above that with each stop the people get better and better along the way! My next stop was Madisonville, Tennessee, I was very fortunate to be able to spend my time there with the Hedrick family! They are the stock contractors for the rodeo and were beyond good to me! During the rodeo I was so fortunate to get to carry the American flag and present the colors of our country both nights. Meeting lots of new people is one of my favorite things to do and of course I was able to do that as I got to meet and greet with the crowd both nights during the rodeo. We all took lots of photos and I was able to sign a few autographs as well.
The following morning I had to get up early and leave Tennessee to head to the great state of Alabama where my next rodeo family was waiting on me. My first stop though was a little out of the way but more than worth it! I was able to meet up with my good friend Kaitlynn Norman who is the current Miss Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Queen. She and I had competed with each other last year during the pageant and then again this January at the Miss Rodeo USA pageant. We have become such good friends and she has helped me out on the road tremendously. Once I reached my destination I was then preparing for a wonderful photo shoot with the one and only T.P Creations of Des Moines, Iowa! This worked out perfect to me as she stopped by Alabama to do a fun shoot with me on her way back to Iowa from her adventures! We shot photos in a creek out on a farm here in Athens, Alabama. The landscape of Mr. Allen’s homestead was just absolutely amazing and I am so lucky to have been able to do photos there. The following evening we went out downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Talk about crowded, haha it was just awful! There were so many people but it was wonderful I did not feel out of place one bit. The beautiful scenes of Downton Nashville will make for some amazing photos and I can't wait to see the photos that Tisha will produce! I can't thank her enough for being with me on this journey!
After the photo shoot I spent some much needed time with my Alabama family here in Moulton, Alabama! I sure have missed them and all of their personalities! I have been so blessed to walk in the shoes that I do and to have met the people that I have as I walk down this path in my life! Every morning I wake up and feel so blessed! The good lord above is wonderful, speaking of that he and miss Sara Pro with Lazy P Creations worked some magic for me not long ago! As I was walking out the door for my photo shoot my chaps from Lazy P Creations showed up and were nothing shy of amazing! I was absolutely thrilled with the way that they had turned out! There is so much meaning behind my chaps and they are so bold I just had no idea what they may actually look like, but I assure you that if Sara can imagine it they will be perfect! A huge thank you is in store for her as she is a big part of my life!
Well folks I am currently on the road and headed around town here in Athens, Alabama so I will have to leave you for now. By the way, No, I am not driving! Ha ha! I do have a driver and good company! Thank you all for reading my blog and I hope that you are all following me on social media to see all of the fun things that I am getting to do! Before I leave you I wanted to share something with you! Throughout my year I have been writing down some sayings that I have learned while being in the south! Things that I have never heard before and have had a good laugh about usually. This one comes to you from Evans, Georgia; “So many people you can't stir them with a stick” thank you Susan for the good laugh! God bless you all and thank you for reading! Stay tuned for my next blog!
Miss Rodeo USA 2019