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2022 Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Pageants

The first Miss America Competition was held in 1921 on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It would be just 11 years later when the first Miss Texarkana would grace that same boardwalk to compete for the coveted title. And for 90 years, the Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Organization has continued the legacy. … The mission of Miss America, Miss Texas/Arkansas, and our program is to prepare great women for the world and the world for great women.

Fernanda and Andrew Martin Wedding

Q. How did you meet? … A. “Andrew and I met in the CrossFit room at the gym we both went to. I had seen him a couple of times before, but we never spoke. This particular day, I noticed he was leaving, but then he came back into the training room, walked up to me and told me he misplaced his phone and asked if I had seen it by chance. I offered to call it, to which he replied, “It’s on silent, but yes, please call it.” He sent me a text three days later. He didn’t get my name the day he lost his phone, so his text read ‘Hey pretty girl from the gym.’” … Q. What drew you to each other?

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
How Sweet ’N Low It Is! … To be honest, on a romantic desire scale of fairy-tale-prince-on-a-white-horse being the most romantic and hey-you-wanna-do-this-or-not being the least romantic, I fall somewhere around the thoughtful-words-and-practical-gifts-on-a-regular-basis part of the spectrum. I’m a little cat-like when it comes to romance. When I want it, I want it, but when I’m done, that is enough, and I need to go back to my own non-gooey-sentiment corner. … However, I see the intrinsic value of romance in dating and marriage relationships.

Sharing The High Life

Holland, Brian, Meagan and Remington Harris submitted photo
No one understands the importance of family time quite like the Harris family. For Holland Harris and her late husband Brian, what started out as a place for their family to enjoy each other turned into a business that allows space for other families to spend time together. … In 2014, the Harris family longed for a quiet place to gather. A childhood friend of Brian’s informed them of some land in Glenwood, Arkansas, along the Caddo River that was for sale. Holland recalls the first time they visited the area and how hard it was for her to see what this area might develop into.

My Drift

(L-R) Karen Mote, Karen Stephens, Karen Rayfield, Karen Wacha and Karen Mittelman. Sitting: Patsy (NOT Karen) Morriss and Karen Schmidt. photo by Matt Cornelius
Don’t Call Me KarenI have a friend who enjoys engaging in debates on social media. Because she is my Facebook friend, those debates usually show up on my feed. Recently, a participant in one of them made an unnecessarily biting comment to her, and I couldn’t resist pointing out that it was inaccurate and unfair. … “You’re missing the point, Karen,” was the reply. … “He called me Karen,” I texted my friend. … “LOL. That’s what they call any woman they disagree with,” was her reply. … I wasn’t amused. I didn’t even know this guy.

The Monthly Mix

Galentine’s Brunch Inspiration … Observing Galantines has gained popularity in the past years after being featured on Parks and Recreation as a holiday and I am totally here for it! Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your partner is great, but why not celebrate your friendships as well? Throw a brunch with your closest Galentine’s during the month of February and start a yearly tradition! Add a fun playlist, a charcuterie board, and themed props for a photobooth to make memories you’ll love to look back on!

Publisher's Letter

In the Muhange District of Rwanda in 2016.
I always had the desire in my heart to go on a mission trip to Africa. I never really knew anyone personally who had done this, but it was still something I always wanted to do. When I was offered the opportunity in 2016, my heart was full of joy! … This trip, through IF:Gathering (IF) and Africa New Life Ministries, was to Rwanda. IF:Gathering was something I first experienced in February 2015 when an acquaintance invited me to an IF watch party at her local church.

2022 is the Year!

I am a slob. My room is like a maze. That’s why I decided to change for my new year’s resolution. My room will sparkle more than a light bulb. Once I’m done, my room will gleam like a butterfly. I’ll get Clorox wipes to wipe the room, then I will use Febreze spray to make it smell nice. … I am an A/B Honor Roll student. I want to make A Honor Roll in the future. I will have to concentrate more than usual. If I reach my goal, I will be beyond average. … My sister and I don’t really do anything around the house. I will dedicate myself to completing chores around the house.

Bougie Grubs Mexican Pork and Waffles


Cornbread Waffle … 1 box Jiffy Cornbread mix … 2/3 cup milk … 2/3 cup cheese … 1/3 cup diced jalapeno

Meat … Pre Cooked Pulled Pork

Sour Cream Sauce … 1/2 cup sour cream … juice from one lime … 1 Tbsp of cayenne pepper


… • Mix cornbread mix, milk, cheese, and jalapenos. • Spray heated waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour mixture in waffle iron and cooked until golden. • Top waffle with pulled pork. • Mix sour cream sauce ingredients together. Drizzle on top of pork. • Garnish with cilantro. • Enjoy!

2022 is the Year!

My resolution for 2022 is to get better at memorizing and reciting Bible verses. I chose this resolution because it might come in handy for conflicts in the future. For example, if someone is in a fight or lost, reciting a Bible verse might help save the day. A Bible verse could also cheer someone up or cheer yourself up. … One way I can work on my resolution is to set a goal that every other day I study at least five verses for ten minutes. If I do this process throughout the year I guarantee I will know more Bible verses than I did before.

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