My name is Madison Morris and I’m from the small town of Slaughter, Louisiana. Ever heard of it? Didn’t think so! So... just to give you perspective, we’re about 25 minutes north of Baton Rouge, LA.
Growing up, my parents taught me the importance a solid Christian faith, family loyalty, a strong work ethic, and a love of the outdoors. These things have made me the person I am today.
I have 3 siblings. We’re a very close family and enjoy doing a lot together...especially when it involves the outdoors! Enjoying God’s creation while hiking, fishing, hunting, or riding horses is a favorite way to spend my time. There is something special about being in nature. It keeps me grounded. Reminding me of who I am and also whose I am.
Because of my competitive nature and love of the outdoors, I have gotten into the sport of dog trials. I currently have a 3 year old chocolate lab named Beaux who is one test away from receiving his title of Hunting Retriever through the United Kennel Club. Through this, I have learned patience and problem solving both of which have made me a better overall person.
Another hobby which has been a huge part of my life for the past 10 years is tennis. I have been involved in sports since I was very young. Once I started playing tennis, I decided to wholeheartedly pursue it at a very competitive level. I have competed in countless tournaments throughout the South. Tennis is defiantly a sport that teaches mental toughness, especially in those pressure situations. My parents and coach always held me accountable to a high standard being certain humility and Godly character were cultivated and displayed throughout my entire junior career.
Three years ago, my great grandfather who has been my role model since I was young began a rapid deterioration in his health. He was played a big part in my love for the outdoors, especially in my love for horses. I live only a few hundred yards from my great grandparents. As I watched his health decline, I took an active role in his care. I wanted to give him the dignity and respect he deserved. During this time of caring for him, I realized God cultivated this sense of compassion within me that drew me to nursing.
Another activity in my life which has drawn me to the field of nursing is my involvement with Joni Erikson Tada’s ministry to individuals with disabilities called Joni and Friends. I have served as a short term missionary at a week long summer camp for the past eight years and I participate regularly in events held throughout the year such as dances, game days, and disability hikes. This ministry has taught me that we are all made in God’s image and because of that, we all have value and deserve respect.