I Was Born In a Small Town, Grew Up In a Small Town

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It has been a tough week for my small, hometown of Louisville, Mississippi and the surrounding areas. This time last week, none of us dreamed of the devastation and destruction that would take place…This time last week, high school seniors were preparing for their final days of school, athletic banquets were being planned, a child was committing his life to the Lord, a daycare worker was resting up so she could tend to her beloved children, and doctors were taking care of their patients inside the county hospital. It was all the usual and the normal…this time last week.

  But…there is a silver lining…there is hope for a better future…a brighter future…because my hometown…my small town…those small, rural communities…came together…worked together…help flooded in from all around…near and far…to lend a hand…to prepare meals, to deliver supplies…to help make way for a better, brighter future. No tornado will rob us of our Southern hospitality…of our love for one another…NOPE. Stay Strong, Winston County.

Before I just start uncontrollably crying…again…Let us turn our attention to someone who explains growing up and loving a small town…and who does that better than John Mellencamp! *SIDE NOTE* The following pictures are from a photo shoot at my Gran’s house. She lives on the outskirts of Louisville…and on the outskirts of Noxapater…This blog is dedicated to all small towns and communities. God Bless Small Towns!

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Small Town

by: John Mellencamp

Well, I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Prob’ly die in a small town
Oh, those small communities

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All my friends are so small town
My parents live in the same small town
My job is so small town
Provides little opportunity

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Educated in a small town
Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town
Used to daydream in that small town
Another boring romantic that’s me

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But I’ve seen it all in a small town
Had myself a ball in a small town
Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
Now, she’s small town just like me

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No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

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Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me

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Well, I was born in a small town
And I can breathe in a small town
Gonna die in this small town
And that’s prob’ly where they’ll bury me

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Transformation Tuesday: Celebrating 2 Years of VIP

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Hello, fabulouses!

Can you believe it–VIP turned two years old today! Phew…it seems like just yesterday I was sitting at the kitchen table writing my first post…I guess time really does fly when you are having fun *wink*

When I look back at my first post, The Genesis of V.I.P., I am extremely thankful of how far VIP has come in just two short years.  It all started as an outlet to show the world who I truly am because I was tired of being Entangled by the Norm. Through the blog, I have learned that nothing is more fabulous than being who you truly are–no matter what the critics say. In the coming years, I hope that VIP will continue to inspire others to dare to be themselves. Remember, fabulouses, we are all unique, beautiful people inside and out. God made each of us different for a reason…so why not embrace it! Be Daring. Be Fabulous. Be YOU.

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Seven months after I started VIP, I really stepped out of the box with my very first artistic photo shoot blog Want to Buy 97 Farms?, which was inspired by John Mellencamp’s Rain on a Scarecrow. This step was a necessary one for the growth of not only VIP, but also of myself. Honestly, I was scared to death that people might think it was weird or worse…think I was weird. After hitting that “publish” button, I realized that it felt good to be me–so right then and there, I began planning and creating more artistic blogs like Dirt Road Prayer, Entangled By the Norm, Play Date in the Rain, Welcome the Ecstatic Experience, and Daring to Be Different. It is amazing how overcoming one little fear can elevate your confidence.

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These days, I feel like I am on top of the world–not because I run a successful blog, but because I am confident and happy with myself…I am confident and happy with who God made me to be. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14, NIV  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV

Now, let’s celebrate these two wonderful years of VIP (and more fabulous years to come) with a quick look back at 2012 and 2013. What will the remaining months of 2014 bring? Who knows! Perhaps, I will meet and interview more fabulous people like Ty Pennington  *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Modeling Shoot: The Modern Day Jack & Diane

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Jack & Diane

John Cougar Mellencamp

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Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin’ up in the heartland
Jackie gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jackie’s car

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Suckin’ on chili dogs outside the Tastee freeze
Diane’s sittin’ on Jackie’s lap
He’s got his hand between her knees
Jackie say, hey, Diane
Let’s run off behind a shady trees
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please
Say a

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Say a
Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
They walk on

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Jackie sits back
Reflects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head
And does his best James Dean
Well you know, Diane
We oughta run off to the city
Diane says, baby
You ain’t missin’ nuth-in
Jackie, say-a

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Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
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 Gonna let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come
And save my soul
Hold on to sixteen as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

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Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone

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 Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids doin’ the best they can

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Huge thanks to my fantastic model and photographer friend, Cameron Hinkle.  He truly fit the part of the modern day Jack–with a little bit of  James Dean flare.  Although we almost suffered a heatstroke in this Southern, sultry heat…we made it…it was so totally worth it…and so totally fabulous!

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Check out and “Like” Cameron Hinkle’s photography page on Facebook to see all of his magnificent skills. Cameron is a passionate photographer with the ability to capture the most perfect images! www.facebook.com/cameronhinklephotography

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To see more fabulous pictures from this photo shoot, please visit the VIP Facebook page and the Cameron Hinkle Photography page!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Want to Buy 97 Farms?

Scarecrow on a wooden cross. Blackbird in the barn

Fourhundred empty acres that used to be my farm.

I grew up like my daddy did my grandpa held my hand

Rain on the scarecrow Blood on the plow

This land fed a nation. This land made me proud.

And, Son, I’m just sorry there’s no legacy for you now

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

The crops we grew last summer weren’t enough to pay the loans

Couldn’t buy the seed to plant this spring and the Farmers Bank foreclosed

Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land

He said, John, it’s just my job and I hope you understand

Hey, calling it your job, ol’ hoss, sure don’t make it right

But if you want me to I’ll say a prayer for your soul tonight

And grandma’s on the front porch swing with a Bible in her hand

Sometimes I hear her singing “Take me to the Promised Land”

When you take away a man’s dignity he can’t work his fields and cows

There’ll be blood on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Blood on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Well there’s ninety-seven crosses planted in the courthouse yard

Ninety-seven families who lost ninety-seven farms

I think about my grandpa and my neighbors and my name

And some nights I feel like dyin’ Like that scarecrow in the rain

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

This land fed a nation. This land made me proud

And, Son, I’m just sorry there’re just memories for you now

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

This land fed a nation. This land made me proud

And, Son, I’m just sorry they’re just memories for you now

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

Rain on the scarecrow. Blood on the plow

“Rain on a Scarecrow” by John Mellencamp

Dress: Deep South Pout
Jacket: Twisted Moss on Etsy
Shoes: BCBG
Belt: Target
Necklace: BluKat Designs on Etsy
Earrings: Hearts of Stone Jewelry on Etsy
Bracelet: Second Nature Designs on Etsy
Special Shoutout to Allison Lundahl of Second Nature Designs! I love my new bracelet and it goes with so many different things! The detail and craftsmanship is superb! Keep up the good work, girl, and stay fabulous:) Check out Second Nature Designs on Etsy @ www.secondnaturejewelry.etsy.com

Etsy shops you will ADORE!:

BluKat Designs: www.etsy.com/shop/BluKatDesign

Twisted Moss: www.twistedmoss.etsy.com

Second Nature Designs: www.secondnaturedesign.etsy.com

Hearts of Stone Jewelry: www.hrtsofstone.etsy.com

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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