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End of Year Teacher Gifts … May is one of the busiest times of year for those with children in school. Proms, recitals, graduations, programs, and more all take place during this month. As the year draws to a close, it is also a great time to show appreciation to teachers who have had a hand in helping your child grow during the school year. I am sharing end of year gift ideas any teacher would love to receive.

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A couple of months ago, I wrote about our new camper and the escapades that were on the horizon for the Meisenheimer family. The good news is that it all has gone well, and everyone is still intact after two weeks of camping adventures. … These outings are probably very different from what most would envision when using the word “camping.” For example, we had a water view and community bathrooms and showers, just like I did camping as a child.

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Rodeo Style … The Four States Fair and Rodeo is in town, y’all! This is the perfect time to channel your inner Yellowstone. I love to style a good western outfit, and adding a cowboy hat or boots to a look is always a great way to accessorize. Here are a few that will help you saddle up and have a great time at the rodeo. … A gorgeous pair of white cowboy boots will truly go with everything. This color has been on trend the last few seasons, and it does not show signs of going anywhere soon. Available for $204 via Boot Barn … This button-up top is giving me all the western vibes with a twist.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

Why I Love EasterHappy Easter to one and all! This is such a special time of year to me personally because of my relationship with Jesus Christ. I usually allude to my faith each time I talk to you guys, but I have never really laid it all there, so to speak. That changes today! … I grew up in a Christian home from birth. I went to church, Sunday School, children’s choir, children’s mission organizations (shout out to all my fellow Girls in Action!), Vacation Bible School, camps, retreats... if it had to do with church, more than likely, my family was in attendance.

Publisher's Letter

Front—Britt Earnest, Jenni Hedrick, Kara Humphrey, Shelby Akin Back—Megan Menefee, Ashley Washington, Ashley Eddy, Margaret Barker, Cassy Meisenheimer, Rachael Potter, Lacey McCulloch, Samantha Stokes, and Jordan Miller at IF: 2023 Gathering in Dallas, Texas at Watermark Church.
In 2015, I was invited by a friend to attend a Christian women’s conference I knew nothing about. The second annual IF Gathering in Austin, Texas, was being live streamed that year at Fellowship Bible Church in Texarkana. I had originally planned to be on a girls’ trip that weekend, but my heart was stirred to skip it and to check out this gathering instead. Attendance has been a priority in my life every year since. … IF was unlike any event I had attended before, and I was unsure what to expect.

Reviving the Past

The newly renovated Potter & Marks Law Firm building has been a part of Texarkana’s history since the early 1900s. … From the research Josh Potter has done, he learned that his family’s ties to the building date back to the 1940s or 1950s when his grandmother worked for a business located in the building. In 1997, his father, Charles Potter, bought the building along with his law partners at the time and set up an office for the Arnold and Arnold law firm.

If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Matt Cornelius
Several years ago, a group text was created with my mom, my Aunt Mommy (my mom’s identical twin sister), their daughters, and daughters-in-law. When Apple’s update gave iPhones the option to name a group text, Momma named this one “Cool Group,” thinking she was the only one who could see it. We initially giggled at her originality, but it has stayed ever since and is an active text thread every day. Cool Group contains seven wives who have given birth to 19 children collectively, ranging in age from 42 to due in April.

TXK 411

photo by Molly Kendrick
Seven Attributes for SuccessSuccess consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill … “Fail faster to succeed sooner” similarly describes the effort required to succeed and reinforces that failure is an integral part of success. I always found that to be accurate and realistic, yet also motivating. It’s a reminder to dig in and keep trying. We often think success happens overnight, like some kind of luck.

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Dressing in (Pantone®) Color for Spring … The Pantone® Color Palette for spring contains bright and bold colors that will look dazzling as the weather warms up. This year’s colors include shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue. There are so many great outfit pieces and accessories available in these colors currently that can be added to your wardrobe. I am sharing some of my favorites that you can make a colorful statement wearing this spring. … This adorable jumpsuit is giving me all the spring vibes! I love the flowy design of the pants and ties at the neck.

Publisher's Letter

For all fifteen years of our marriage, my husband Fred has wanted a camper for traveling. I grew up camping, and I loved it, but because of my experience, I know how much work goes into owning one. It is not like a hotel where you arrive and immediately start resting. After pulling into your destination, a camper then requires you to hook up all the pieces, set up all the things, make everything level, and do a good amount of organizing before you can relax and enjoy yourself. Then you get to do it all over again when you are ready to head home.

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