Cupcakes and Sunshine: Middleschool-isms

Monday, February 23, 2015


Good Monday morning, friends! 

I really wanted to start off the morning giving y'all a recap of one of my favorite weekends I've ever had. First off, I would like to give a big shoutout to Athens Church. I LOVE my church. Love. Love. Love it. 

Coming into college, I ministry/church hopped a bit to see where I would fit and what church I really wanted to be a part of. I knew that I wanted a church that would lead me into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and a church that I looked forward to going to each week. I LOVE being a part of the Athens Church family. If you are in the Athens area, or simply want to come and see what it is all about, please message me...comment below. I'd love to tell you all about it! 

With that being said, this past weekend was INCREDIBLE. 

A few years ago, I would have never imagined that my favorite part of college would be spending my weekends with middle schoolers. This past weekend, Athens Church and other churches throughout the city hosted The Mix- a local retreat for middle and high schoolers in the area. 

As an 8th grade middle school small group leader, I was able to worship, sing, dance, laugh, pray, and speak with my group about Jesus' LOVE for us! In middle school, there are cliques y'all. Lots and lots of cliques and gossip and hooplah. But by the end of the weekend, it was incredible to see the walls fall down as girls shared their stories and became closer to one another. My heart is so full and I am still on a retreat-high of love and happiness. God is SO good. 

Now, I promised my girls I would share a picture of me from middle school when I was their age. You know that awkward middle school stage? I'm pretty sure this is the definition of it: 

I don't know what is two-toned blue and green glasses, my orange braces, my monkey hoodie that says "best friends" or the fact that I have MAGNETS STUCK TO THE SIDES OF MY FACE. #awkwardmiddleschoolstage

And now a few of my favorite middleschool-isms from this past weekend: 

-As we were driving in downtown Athens the first night, one of my girls in the backseat said, "If I was a frat college boy, I'd want my house to be right next door to Gigi's Cupcakes. So I could have all the cupcakes in the world...." YES. Just YES. Middle schoolers and I have a lot more in common than I thought. 

-The second night, we were on our way to our host home and All Star by Smash Mouth came on the radio. This song was practically my childhood, but this is what the girls had to say about it...
   "I've never heard this song in my life." 
   "Wasn't this song on Shrek?"
   "Eh... this song is okay." 
Friends, I've never felt so old in my life. Where has the time gone? 

-And finally, one of my favorite memories I'll never forget... A GIANT armadillo crossed our path as we were driving home one night. I promise you it was the size of a small cow. It was HUGE. And we all screamed bloody murder. It was just so random. and I'm still cracking up about it. 

It was a weekend of Starbucks, and laughter, and not much sleep, but most importantly it was a weekend FULL OF JESUS and LIFE and JOY! 

I'm so incredibly thankful for Athens Church, the AWESOME people who made this weekend run so smoothly, and my wonderful 8th grade small group. This weekend was one I will never forget!


  1. You are the best leader! Those girls are LUCKY! Love you sweet Hales!

  2. Wow, you are such an inspiration!!! Now you've got me laughing about an armadillo.

  3. Love that you shared your middle school picture- so cute. I am coaching my first Girls On The Run team and they are 7th and 8th graders.

    I am so excited and terrified- Teach me all you know about that age group ;)

    Katie @



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