Posts from the ‘PRCA 3330….Personal’ Category

Engaged On The Beach

On July 3, 2010, I got engaged to the most wonderful man. He took me to Tybee Island to watch the fireworks. We both enjoy watching the firework show; we watch it every year in our home town. This was our first time watching the show on Tybee. By the time we got to the Island it was so packed that it took a hour to park.

Finally, after parking we walked to the pier to eat supper. On the way I picked up a shell. It is tradition, every time I go to the beach I come back with a bucket of shells. We ate at Fannies. By the time we got seated, ordered, and then ate the food it was almost time for the fireworks to start. We walked down to the beach and put our blanket down. We talked and laughed until the firework show started.

Halfway through the firework show Mark handed me what I thought was the only shell I had collected that day due to time. I looked down and he had written “Marry Me” on it.  I was asking him how he wrote that on my shell, because I had been with him the whole day. After I said “Yes” and he gave me my gorgeous ring he informed me that the shell I had was not the same shell I had picked up earlier that day. The shell was from a previous trip to Tybee, they just happened to look similar.

I was so excited it was hard to watch the rest of the firework show. His cousin Nicky and her boyfriend Bert showed up shortly after and we told them the news. Nicky gave me a fortune that she had got out of a fortune cookie a few days earlier. It read, “Soon wedding bells are in a family member’s future.” She never showed it to Mark and we thought that was so cool.

I spent the rest of the night on the phone with my mom, dad, brothers, grandma, and aunt. This day will go down in my book as one the best days of my life. Here is to a new chapter in my life; a year of planning and getting married to the love of my life.



Love Conquers All

This summer I have had the opportunity to visit my boyfriend in Tennessee. We have been together going on eight years (August). We started working together while juniors in high school. He was a cook and I was a waitress. At the time we both were dating other people. After graduation we ran into each other and the sparks flew. From that moment on we have been inseparable until recently, although in our hearts we still are.

After he graduated he looked for a job close to home but had no luck, so he tried out of state and received the first job he applied for. We discussed how taking the job six hours away would affect our relation. I knew that this was a great opportunity for him in fact for both of our futures; I was not going to stand in the way. I helped him move in and leaving that weekend was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. You know the saying, “time makes the heart grow fonder”, and well I am living proof. Even though our relation has been great, having time apart is hard and when we do get to see each other after some time it is wonderful. It has really made me see the small and big things that I took for granted. Every time we get the chance to be together we cherish it. I can’t wait until this year of school is over and we can start our future together. He is truly my best friend and soul mate.

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

~Franklin P. Jones

Get Out There and Volunteer

Since attending Georgia Southern University, I have participated in numerous activities where I have got the opportunity to volunteer and give back not only to the campus community but also to the community of Statesboro, Ga. I can not put into words what it is like to be able to bring smiles to people that I have never met, as well as those that I have known for years.

Even though I do not have as much as some people, I feel as though I am rich.  I use to take things for granted, for instance running water, a car that gets me from point A to point B, the ability to attend college and much more. December 2009, I was blessed to have gotten the opportunity to go on an alternative winter break trip to FreePort, Bahamas. While there we constructed a library, served lunch to children and their families, and handed out Christmas bags to the children. Some of the children came up to me, hugged my neck and told me “thank you.” It meant so much to be able to bring joy to these children. Some of the parents said this would be the only thing their children would receive for Christmas. At that moment, I knew I was taken things for granted. After about week from when I got back home it was time for me and my family to open our Christmas gifts. Usually, I am ripping into my gifts with my brothers, however this time was different. All I could think about was those children and thinking that some of them were waking up to nothing under the tree. For more information and pictures from the Bahamas winter break trip visit: Community Service

Not only have I had the opportunity to go the Bahamas, I have participated in numerous activities at the local elementary schools and it is the same feeling. If you have not been involved in volunteering please get out there and bring a smile to someone. It does not have to be anything huge, just simply helping an elderly in the grocery store, helping a neighbor, anything that can make a positive impact on your community. Volunteering will bring so much joy to your life and to the lives of others.


Here are a few quotes that I have come across during my time volunteering. They have been used on brochures, shirts, books and ect.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~Japanese Proverb