Man the teen’s were full of some of the greatest moments and some of the worst moments in my life. Thankfully I can say that I wouldn’t change a thing. As much as I would have liked the clock to turn backwards when I blew out the candlestonight, I really don’t think that is what I want. I have accomplished fears and doubts I never thought I would accomplish. I made fantastic memories. I was the lead in a play. I loved with a full heart. I embraced just about anything and everything. I learned it was better to lead than follow. I fell in love. I experienced heart break. I learned to drive. I traveled and lived for adventure at times. I became an SHS alumni. I became a Horned Frog. I cried. I laughed. I became Southern and Thankful.
I could really list forever, but when I look back I am thankful that I learned to live for God early on. That made those years so special and full of joy.
To my teen years, thank you for the memories and life lessons. They will never be forgotten. They will be missed on random days, but I know God has great things in store for me as I enter this new decade and phase of life. It won’t be the same, but when all is said and done I hope it will be just as rewarding as this past decade has been. I love you lots and thank you for making me who I truly am today. Until I really have to re-visit you when I have kids of my own, may you always be a smile in the back of my mind. -Cade
I know I may not be ready to grow up, but it’s coming weather I like it or not. Good thing I have a little more time and a confidence that I am ready. With the branding of Southern and Thankful the options are limitless. I am ready to shoot for the moon. I hope this next decade is the best of my life… I can’t wait to see for myself!
Huge thank you to my parents for loving and doing whatever is possible to make me happy on a daily basis. I know they feel the same way I do about leaving the teen years behind. Thanks for being my biggest fans and thanks for being there always. Can’t wait to conquer this next decade with you. Thanks for making my day one to remember.
Thanks to my friends and other family for celebrating with me today. Insta posts, tweets, texts, calls, gifts, Facebook posts, and more has me feeling thankful beyond measure. Life wouldn’t be the same without such love and support. Makes my hearts so so happy. Today was like a normal good day, until I realized I was not longer a teen. Then I really had to embrace it! It was a day full of favorite foods, cake, exciting gifts, and love for the past years. Nothing will ever be like turing 20… until I turn 40. Let’s hope that goes by a lot slower than these first 20 years… Stay tuned. I am sure to be Southern and Thankful for many years to come. Happy Birthday to me… Oh how that means more and more each year. I have lots to be thankful for today!
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