Alamo, Tennessee- With 2018 coming to an end next week, I wanted to take the time to look back and relive some amazing and precious memories from throughout the year. These memories include a family vacation, three concerts of artists that I saw for the very first time and a second Southern League Championship in three years. So, where do I begin? How about from the beginning!
Every year, my family and I go to the beach for vacation and this year was no exception. This year’s trip landed us in Orange Beach Alabama. What made it more special was that my sister and nephews got to come along with us.
We would get up every morning and go downstairs to eat a DELICIOUS breakfast then head out to the beach.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go down on the beach with the family but that didn’t stop me from enjoying myself. I would hang out by the pool or on the balcony and look at the ocean for hours and hours.
There’s nothing more relaxing than staring at the ocean with music in my ears and the breeze hitting my face.
Every night around dinner time, we would go get cleaned up and go out to eat together. My all time favorite place to eat around that area is The Crab Trap. The Best mahi-mahi I have EVER had. After dinner, we would find something to do in the area or go back to the hotel and hang out.
Nelly In Jackson
If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I would ever see Nelly in concert, I would have said you were crazy. Well, on April 27th, that’s exactly what I did. My cousin and I went to see Nelly, Bone Thugz and Harmony and Juvenile at The Ballpark at Jackson where the Generals play.
Three acts meant hit after hit after hit!
Over 8,000 fans showed up and it was so packed that you couldn’t get around ANYWHERE!
The stage was set up on second base and fans swarmed the field as well as the bleachers. The concert started around 7:30 and ended around 10:00 or after.
By the time it was over, it was definitely hot in herre!
Life’s Whatcha Make It
June 15th was another precious memory for me. The Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour rolled into The Ballpark At Jackson and it featured country superstars Jake Owen, Chris Janson and newcomer Jordan Davis.
I got there around 5:30 and there was already a line. Fortunately, I got there early enough to get a spot toward the front of the line. As we were waiting for the gates to open, we heard someone honking their horn, and when we turned around, it was Jake Owen’s bus arriving at the ballpark!
Finally around 6:00, it was time to open the gates!
The concert started around 7:00 with Jordan Davis taking the stage. After him, Chris Janson and then Jake Owen.
Hit after hit after hit!
After the concert, I learned a pretty important lesson. Life really is what you make it. You can choose to be sad and depressed or you can choose to be happy and positive.
For my 32nd birthday, my mother surprised me with tickets to see one of my all time favorite contemporary Christian bands, MercyMe! It was my first time seeing them as well my first contemporary Christian concert. To say I had a great time would be a huge understatement.
They didn’t sing ALL of their hits unfortunately but the ones they did sing were amazing. My favorite one that they did was “I Can Only Imagine.” I had already seen the movie about how the song was written so getting to hear MercyMe do it live was pretty special.
We Are The Champions
What can I say about the 2018 Jackson Generals season?! Pretty special! I had just finished up my 13th season with the team in late August-early September but the memories just kept coming.
First of all, I got to hang out with some of the best friends in the world for 5-6 months. Other than God and my family, there is nobody that I love more than my work family. They are the BEST!
Second of all, I got to meet Shelby Miller unexpectedly (Major League pitcher for the Cardinals, Braves and now Diamondbacks) so that was pretty cool. He was making a rehab assignment in Jackson and pitched for us in game two of a doubleheader.
Third of all, the Generals won their second Southern League Championship in three years! I wasn’t able to go to that final game to see them win because it was on the road but I was at every home playoff game cheering them on. Not only am I an employee but I’m also a huge fan and supporter so getting to see them go all the way for the second time in three years was extremely special.
I’m already excited for next season!
To say I had a HUGE 2018 would be a huge understatement. Yes there was some drama. Yes there were some personal things that happened. Yes there were tears. Yes there were mistakes made. But all of that doesn’t take away from the precious memories that I made throughout the year.
2019 is going to be a HUGE year for me and I can’t wait to get going! I’ve already got some huge plans! More precious memories will be made!
That’s my view from the chair.