This week has been absolutely CRAZY. And on top of everything else that happened, MCAT scores are posted tomorrow so I'm kinda sorta freaking out a little. But anyways, I happen to have 2 of the best friends in the world who have taken such good care of me this week. They've even coordinated a GNI (girls' night in) for tonight, just because I wasn't sure I was ready to go out and party it up this weekend. I'm so incredibly blessed when it comes to the people in my life, so I want to take a minute to thank a few of them this morning...
Clarkin: Girl, I don't even know what to say. Words could never express my gratitude for all you've done for me, especially recently. We've known each other since, what, 5-K? And then there was girls scouts and homeroom with Brother T. And then there was high school where you somehow got away with having eggplant colored hair. And now, as we approach college graduation, it's been amazing for me to be able to look back and see how we've grown together as sister's in Christ. I pray that you continue to allow the Lord to overcome your life as He pours forth His blessings and graces.
Kaela: Ya, know, I always envied you in high school. You were the cute, personable, pretty blonde in the homeroom next to me...and I sooooo wanted to be your friend. And then, I'm still not really sure what happened, but we were friends; kinda like it just happened. And I'm so sorry that we didn't keep in touch over the first few years of college. You are such an amazingly brilliant woman and you've taught me to continually seek the good in others and to keep looking on the bright side of life. Girl, you're on your way to doing great things and I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. =]
Ben: I don't even know where to start. I thought I knew what love was from reading all those cheesy romance novels and renting all those hopelessly romantic chick-flicks...and then I met you. And you turned my idea of love (and my world) completely upside down. Although you may not recognize it, you've taught me so much in the 4 short months that we've been together. You understand me in a way that not even my parents do. You know, I've always been told that the reason for dating is to find the one you're called to marry. And that the journey of marriage is one of lifting your spouse to their best so that they can achieve Heaven's paradise. Well, baby, we're not married, but I can say that, without a doubt, that I am a better person because of you. You're the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about before I close my eyes at night. I love you with all my heart, Ben.
Kemper: Can you believe that we've only known each other since January? That kinda blows my mind because I feel like I've known you my entire life! You are such a beautiful person and you're such an inspiration to me. You were there for me when things were hard and you let me cry on your shoulder in the bathroom in Miliken. And then, we were in that silly car wreck together, but I think that we grew closer from sharing that scary experience. I'm SO glad that we've become such close friends and I can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans this next year has in store for us!
Mark; My dad away from home. You've been so kind to open your home, your heart, and your family to me over the past 3 years. You've been a constant source of comfort and strength for me; you've taught me to fall but get right back up. I can't express my gratitude for all you (and your family) have done for me, so I'll simply leave you with a prayer that the Lord continue to bless y'all abundantly as Maura and Ari grow into beautiful young daughters of Christ.
Duck: You know, apparently everyone was expecting for something to happen between us during second semester freshman year? Hahahaha...that always makes me laugh =] You're so wonderful and I absolutely love that I can seek you out at any time of day for a bear hug when something has gone wrong. And I can't even begin to explain to you how excited I was when you asked me if we could start a prayer group on campus this year!!! I'm so glad that you've opened you're heart to God over the past few months and I'm looking forward to watching your faith grow over the next year. I love you, DUCKY!
Anyways, now that I've rambled for the past 45 minutes, I'm gunna head into lab, get my work done and enjoy my evening with the girls. I LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. and I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to me =]