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Connecting With My Southern Roots

By Jessicavenoy @lovelyjesscuh
I come from a very mixed family.
My Mom's side of the family is mostly from Ohio...Northerners.
My Dad's side of the family is mostly from West Virginia & Tennessee...Southerners.
I've lived in South Florida my whole life...technically in the South, but not really a Southern pride/Deep South part of the state if you ask me.
My parents are both rock & roll people...metal heads, if you will. Growing up, country music was a no-no in our household.
So where does that leave me? Confused...that's where ;)
Toy (my Grandma) & my Granddad are very proud of their Southern roots. Granddad has always been a hardcore hunter, Toy can cook with the best of them, they both have a little twang in their accent, and country & gospel are their music genres of choice.
Fast forward to 2006. I started dating Adam. Adam is also very in tune with the southern way of life. It's how he was raised. Fishing, hunting, big trucks, drinking sweet tea, wearing camo as if it were going out of know, the whole nine yards.
I always gave him a hard time about it, since my parents never really supported that way of living. I never really gave the "southern lifestyle" a chance. Well lately, I've been trying to branch out and expand my horizons. I'm taking the time to learn to appreciate my southern roots & my southern boyfriend.
And can I just say something out of honesty? I have been missing out!
I went to my first country concert (Brad Paisley) and guys, it was a BLAST! Seriously, one of the most fun concerts I've ever been to! The music is so relatable. All of the people there were SO sweet and actually had manners. And guess what? I even wore boots (I may or may not have asked my Texan blog BFF for help on picking them out)!
Connecting With My Southern Roots
Connecting With My Southern Roots
Connecting With My Southern Roots
I've always been a lover of sweet tea.  Y'all has always been a part of my vocabulary.
Adam even bought me a Guy Harvey shirt, and I agreed to go fishing with him.
I guess I'm finally embracing the Southern part of my blood line ;)
And you know what? I'm actually becoming proud of it.
Next up on the list: making a visit to Texas...Meg, get ready!
Oh, and this next picture is awful. But I had to show off my little southern belle bump ;)
Connecting With My Southern Roots
So to all of you Southern lovelies out there:
*Disclaimer: excuse me if any of the lingo I used makes me sound ignorant. I didn't intend to offend anyone with this post :)

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