Monday, October 6, 2008

Welcome BATW Visitors!!!

I know you are all a little jet lagged from the trip to Japan, so, while you are resting your eyes for a bit, I will tell some of my daily readers what is going on today. I have been a part of Debbie's Blog Around the World (BATW) since the beginning. My friend, Melissa, introduced me to it and I have loved it!! I have met so many new friends and am glad I can share a bit of myself today. For those of you who are not part of BATW, I would highly recommend it!!! Anyways . . . .

This is actually Denver's airport. I could not find a picture of Memphis' airport. However, I am sure this was a stop for some of you as you came in from Japan!

I hope you all landed safely in Memphis. Nashville's airport is usually cheaper, but it is 2 1/2 hours away instead of just 1 hour and 15 minutes. Plus, while you are in Memphis you can visit . . . .the Peabody Hotel - if you time it just right you can see these ducks waddle their way to the fountain for a little swim.

Graceland, Elvis' home,

and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. This place has a special place in our hearts. We have 3 children in our community who are currently being treated at St Jude's. One young lady is Miss Priss's teacher's aide's daughter (did you catch that?). She is now in remission and will graduate from high school in May. She is planning on running in the St. Jude's Hero marathon in December.



You can even check out a Broadway play at the Orpheum or

hear some jazz music on Beale Street.



From Memphis, you will head west on 64 until you hit Hwy. 100 and this will bring you straight into our little small town. If you love the outdoors or need to stretch your legs, I suggest you go to Chickasaw State Park. We love going there for a hike around the lake, riding horses or just playing around outside.

Our little town is right beside Chickasaw and, boy, are we booming!! My family has lived here for 6 years now and we have gone from one red light to three!!! Plus, they have just finished a by-pass around our little town so big truckers don't take out the red lights like they did one time. Stop by the house for a BBQ dinner unique to Chester County. You just missed the BBQ festival, but there is always BBQ to sell.

You can always hit our 1950's Bell's Drive-in Diner for "The Best Hamburger This Side of Heaven." They have been voted "Best Hamburger" in Tennessee!! However, you will need to bring cash with you - you really do step back in time, as they will take cash and checks (?)!!! Arrive between 11:00-11:30 for lunch or 4:3o for supper. This hometown diner is always full!!


Take a drive down Main Street and you will run into one of things we are famous for:

Our favorite thing about our small town is Freed-Hardeman University. This is where I met DH and where we came back to raise a family. DH works here and who knows if we will ever leave. The pay is not much but the rewards are too numerous to count!! Come the first week in February to hear lectures on the Bible from people all over the world or come the first weekend in April to see a student production called, Makin' Music, like none other. Whenever you want, come on down. FHU is always "teaching how to live and how to make a living."

The Bell Tower of FHU


We are also famous for being the home of Eddie Arnold . . . . . .

and the original Walking Tall movie was filmed in our little town. One of my college professors was in the movie - she is always willing to tell you about it!!!
People thought we were crazy moving from Nashville to Henderson. "You will be so bored!" they said. Bored we are not - blessed we are. I hope you have enjoyed a little preview of West Tennessee (I will leave Middle and East TN for someone else to talk about). Feel free to look around my blog - it is mainly about my family and my faith. I am a stay at home mom who loves to scrapbook, make cards, play with my kids, read and teach Bible class (check out my Bible class teacher idea blog here.). I can't wait to meet ya'll and hope ya'll will come back to visit me soon! I will have BBQ and sweet tea waiting for ya!

73 comments:

Debbie said...

Becky...this was perfect! I love that you went from one stoplight to three...that made me laugh out loud because there are three stoplights between me and the grocery store 2 miles away! Great job and thanks so much for your willingness to be our hostess!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

What a lovely town. White House continues to grow and it is losing the small town feel. I like the conveniences but it is a little sad too. Thanks for sharing.
Teresa

Frizzy and Bird said...

Coming to you from BATW. First time here and I loved your tour. Nothing better than a small town. You made it sound so cozy and welcoming. I am thankful for this stop today. Hope to see you around as we travel together. Not sure how we've missed eachother this long.

Shannon said...

Hi fellow TN gal! Just wanted to come over here to the other spotlight for the day and say hi :)

Great tour! Isn't BATW great?

greedygrace said...

Great tour! I recently called my father on his cell phone (who lives in Cali) and he said he was in Memphis because "he was hungry for ribs." (Don't get me started. Retirement must be nice.) I should show him this tour for his next visit!

Gombojav Tribe said...

LOVELY!

I'll stop by for sweet tea with ya anytime!!

Daja, visiting from BATW!

Sharon (sk) said...

Hello from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi!! I got to visit Memphis for the first time last year when my daughter was there for Nationals (gymnastics). It is such a nice city. I really enjoyed not having to drive while in the city... we took the trolley cars because we were staying right at the convention center area. We got pictures of the team playing in the fountains and toured the firehouse museum (fireman museum?)So much interesting history there. :)

The Farmer Files said...

Much aloha from Hawaii!!!

We drove through Memphis when we moved from CA to VA. TN was so green! It was nice to "visit" and see some sights we didn't see last time!

Sooz said...

BBQ and sweet tea? Be right there (with that stop in Denver being pretty likely since I'm coming from Seattle :)). Thanks so much for the tour!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

OK, that was so much fun! I feel like I'm well traveled now...and a little jet lagged...oh, wait...I'm just up too late reading blogs! hahaha

~melody~

illahee said...

i LOVE BBQ!! thanks!

illahee

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Thank you for the tour. You really cracked me up with the booming growth - going from 1 traffic light to 3? Amazing!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Great tour. I'm a neighbor from Arkansas.
We love Memphis....since we are only 2 hours away we visit quite often.
Enjoy you day.

Dawn said...

Hi from Louisiana! I am a former resident of Murfreesboro and it was one of my favorite places to live! Great post! Thanks for the tour!

Julie said...

Yeah, it is your day... hope you enjoy all the visitors! I loved hearing about where you live and your heart! You are always so encouraging in your posts... I love reading them.

I want to go check out that diner and taste one of those hamburgers... sounds yummy.. Next time we are back in the States we will have to see if we are anywhere near you just to go try one! Have a great day with all the visitors!!!

Veggie Mom said...

Didja mention that the Presidential Debate is in Nashville tonite and that Belmont University, where it's being held, is home to the awesome men's NCAA basketball team that almost beat Duke last year during March Madness? I LOVE Tennessee...you've got such a pretty state! Thanks so much for the tour-aren't Debbie and BATW wonderful?

Lauren W said...

How wonderful! Congrats to your town on making it to three lights :)
I love that you included the Peabody. It was one of my favorite things in Memphis.

Ruthanne said...

What a great tour! I love Memphis - glad I only live a couple hours outside of it (we're just outside Little Rock).

Tracy P. said...

You have a beautiful witness out here in the blogosphere. We go through your neck of the woods when we travel to see family--very nice, and love that BBQ! Thanks for the tour!

~Trish~ said...

Excellent blog :) Stopping by from Kansas :)

Oh2122 said...

vMmmm BBQ. REAL BBQ! Not the "it will pass because this is new England and they have no idea what it really is" BBQ we get up here.

Hi from MA!

Thanks for the tour!

Denyse said...

Small towns are great, aren't they? As long as you can still visit the "big city" occasionally. Thanks for the tour!

Amy said...

Visiting via BATW! LOve TN! I have been there and would love to go back. Graceland was so awesome and very interesting, and the mountains were gorgeous! :D

Joy in the Burbs... said...

I went to Memphis for the first time this year and went to all those places you had pictures of. I was so excited. It brought back a lot of good memories of my girls weekend. St. Jude's Hospital is amazing. We had the sweetest tour guide there. He was a true Southern Gentleman. I love Tennessee. Glad to see your little guy is a Braves Fan.
Saying hello from Texas, via BATW.
Enjoy your day.
Joy

Sydney said...

Hi there -- My dad was one of the founders of St. Jude hospital and I had the honor to grow up watching that place grow and in my 30's served on the board for about 7 years. I've raised funds for it all my life. It's been an honor.

And I LOVE seeing the Peabody's ducks!!!!! I was just staying there in June! Loved your post, which helped me to know much more about the city I've been to so many times but was working too hard to see much of.

Lynda said...

What a wonderful tour you gave for BATW. I can tell how much you love your state and it's nice to be a part of it - thank you!

Tara @ Living A Dream said...

Thanks for the great tour! Enjoy your BATW day!

Cant Hardly Wait said...

I loved the map-like directions. Hello from Louisiana! What a quaint looking town! Great post.

Elena said...

Thanks for sharing today. Your quaint little town sounds adorable. I would love to visitn one day! And do those ducks really live in the hotel? Crazy!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

Over from BATW. What a great place you live in. There are days when I yurn for a small town.
Enjoy your day!!!

Tamie said...

i think that my favorite part about your town is all the little things that make it a "small town" esp the diner---now that is awesome! and i espcially liked your picture of the denver airport---ah home!

EmmaP said...

i love small town living. but I have decided it is easier when the small town (or at least the next town) has 1 or 2 good restaurants, and a Wal-Mart. hehehe. BTW, my sis & her hubby own a pulled pork catering company. The customer's fav BBQ sauce seems to be the Memphis Sauce. MMMMM!

Marla said...

thanks for the awesome tour... i love fun facts about new places...

Breanne said...

On my BATWI love TN. We go to Gatlinburg when we can. Thanks for teh tour - it was great.

American in Norway said...

Hope ou are enjoying YOUR day! Your blog is adorable! LOVE it!
Thanks for stopping by & showing some bloggy love on my big SITS day!

JourneytoFamily said...

Congrats on your BATW feature! I've been to Gatlinburg, Chattanooga, and Nashville, but not Henderson. Sounds like a lovely place to visit and also a lovely place to live!

Elizabeth said...

zipping in from BATW! I love that you gave a glimpse of both city and small town life. I might have to steal your idea for my post!

Jill said...

i love your description of henderson! makes me want to come home and visit! :)

Shell said...

Happy BATW day, Becky. I enjoyed the Tour. So sorry we missed BBQ festival. I'm sure the food was so yummy.

Star Forbis said...

I've enjoyed getting to know you a little bit. I think we have a few things in common. It's nice to meet you.

Tulsi said...

I loved reading this. It is clear that you love where you are.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Joining for BATW :)

I love Memphis--we stayed at the Peabody with the ducks and had so much fun--and BBQ. The. best. period. (And I am in Texas!)

Amy Kay said...

Greetings from South Georgia via BATW. Congrats on your spotlight today. I have only visited TN a few times just passing through on my way to other destinations. I really enjoyed this stop today. I hope to visit again. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Amy ;)

Mamasphere said...

If I ever find myself in Tennessee, I want YOU to be my guide! Thanks for a great tour!

lynn said...

Stopping by from BATW! Thanks for hosting and sharing your area with us!

This Mom said...

Hello from UTAH stopping by from BATW. thanks for the tour.

Gramma 2 Many said...

Great blog and wonderful tour. I lived in Georgia for four years. Actually got to where I liked it down there. Sometimes, even now I miss the humidity. Especially in the winter when it is 45 degrees and raining.
I grew up in a very small town. Just a dot on the map and if you blinked you missed the one crossroad. We live in a small town now. Could not handle big city life at this jucture in my life
Thanks for the tour.

Vicki said...

I love small towns that are near large cities. It's the best of both worlds. I don't do Elvis, but I do love bbq so I'll take you up on that!

Thanks for the tour!

Michelle said...

Great tour... I really wonder how much simpler my life would be if I only saw 3 stoplights every day...

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tour. I go to church with Melissa and attended Faulkner University.

Brian and Staci said...

HEY THERE SWAP FRIEND!!! Didn't realize it was your BATW day!!! What a great tour! Looks like a lovely place to raise a family! Hey...I'm hoping to get your stuff sent to you tomorrow :) YAY!!! I hope you like everything :) Congrats on your day in the spotlight :)

Betty said...

Loved the visit! Happy BATW day!

Lady Dorothy said...

I love small town living!

I think I've visited you before, but I can't remember how. Anyway, I enjoyed the visit again!

Greetings from California!

karin said...

Greetings from Alberta, Canada - wild rose country. Loved your well-guided tour! First time visit here.

sassy stephanie said...

I wanna see the home of Elivs!!!

Susie said...

Greetings from Wisconsin. Congratulations on your BATW feature. I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

Karen said...

A wonderful tour....

I'm a small town girl at heart, as that's what I grew up in.

I'm hoping that's what we will be moving back to, when we finally head back to NZ.

Melissa B. said...

Hey there--you're a GREAT tour guide! I've always liked visiting Tennessee, and was happy when I looked at our itinerary and found out we were Tennessee-bound today. Japan yesterday; Tennessee today, with no jet lag, either. Isn't BATW great?

Kori said...

Oh it was wonderful. Sorry aI'm late. I read it earlier and must have forgotten to leave you some love.

Awesome job on your BATW feature!

Kat said...

I am not much of an Elvis fan, but I have this strange desire to not only visit Graceland but to also have our vows renewed with Elvis in Vegas.

The Hultman's said...

My husband and I went to Nashville and Memphis for the first time recenlty and LOVED every minute of it. My hubby keeps saying he thinks he is meant to live in Nashville. I think he belives that he was supposed to be a country superstar (did I mention he was born and bred in Chicago??) Yeah, that's not happening! :)

LaDonna said...

Thanks for the tour, visiting from BATW.

Michelle said...

I love small towns. Although I have a feeling that I'd never fit in... regardless of how long I live there, I'll still be the new girl!

I've heard about the ducks at the Peabody. I think that's so neat. Definitely something I'd love to see someday. And mmmmm the best hamburger in Tennessee? I could really go for one of those. Yum!

Mrs. X said...

Thanks for the tour! I loved all the pictures!:)

Melissa Lester said...

Whoo-hoo, Becky! I'm so proud to be your 65th comment at least today. I went to Georgia to meet my niece and missed my usual Tuesday morning blog rounds, so I was so excited to see that you have been featured. You did a great job! Someday I would love to visit Freed-Hardeman for the lectures. Friends at the GA never miss it!

Brenda Jean said...

I lived in Tennessee for a tiny bit right after college! I made it to Nashville and Chattanooga (I love that name). I think I remember Henderson--but it was a loooonnngggg time ago. I do remember my favorite thing was dogwood in the spring. Thanks for the cool tour:)

Karol said...

Thanks for the tour!!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I've never made it to WT... sounds like I need too!!!!

Darcy @ LWM3B said...

Here a day late and a dollar short for the tour!

Loved it!

Now I'm wishing Debbie will redo Iowa soon so I can redeem myself. ;)

Domestic Executive said...

Thanks for the accompanied tour. I'd never have found my way around without you. Sorry my flight was delayed from New Zealand! Hope you enjoyed your BATW day.

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

Here I am catching up on the BATW tours...and then I realized I have read your post already. Seems like I didn't post a comment on the day that I read it. :(

Anyhow, I hope you had a great BATW day!

Elliemae said...

Fun post. Guess it's not Texas after all.

Katy Lin :) said...

Loved the tour of Henderson! how fun! We live in a little town in Iowa!

It's interesting, I looked into Freed Hardman University when I was college-searching, but ended up going to Emmaus Bible College - where I met my hubby :)

Happy SITS day!

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