Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friendship: Two minds, One body

I mentioned in my last post about how much I miss my friends. After yesterday, this statement couldn't be more true. I didn't have a bad day yesterday, in fact it was great! I talked to 4 of my friends on the phone. All good conversations. All made my day that much better. With work, I'm on the phone for several hours a day, so sometimes I'm bad about calling people. I'm working to get better at that. Today, I wanted to take a few minutes of my time to dedicate to my best friends, the girls that I couldn't get through each day without. In no particular order...

Alison Stern (Crowson-to-be)
Alison is one of the people I spoke to yesterday and she is the one who truly inspired me to write this post. In Alison's blog (Confessions of the Engaged), she writes about how for Lent, she isn't giving up something silly like cookies and cake, but instead making an effort to become a better friend. In this busy world, it's so easy to come home exhausted and sit on the couch, eat dinner and keep to yourself. This is a quick way to losing loved ones, and what are we without our friends. I now have the same goal as Alison and it's already making me happier (and hopefully my friends too!) Alison and I met when I was 19, a sophomore in college through our boys. Alison was BFF with JP and I had the biggest crush on him. I like to think that Alison is one of the reasons we really got together. Alison has such a fun soul and I know with her I can ALWAYS be myself. Whenever we're together, we are constantly laughing. I love the fact that we are more than happy to order pizza in on a Saturday night and sit on the couch while drinking wine and watching The Pregnancy Pact. In the end, it's those nights when it's just you and your friend that matter the most right?

This is Alison and I in South Padre for Spring Break '07!

Emily (Emma Roo) Timmer
My baby sister and my best friend. "Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of.  You know whatever you do, they'll still be there." This quote is by Amy Li and it couldn't be more true. Emily and I are very different people, but similar at the same time. We both have different opinions and we're both vocal about it. We don't always get along and when something bothers us, we tell each other. We may fight and yell for a few minutes, but come back 10 minutes later and we're perfectly fine. That's how we are and that's how our relationship works. We love each other unconditionally and we always will. I'm not sure Emily understands the impact she has on my life which means I should tell her more often. She is a strong leader with incredible faith and high morals and standards. While she also has her flaws, she truly lives the way that God intends for each of us to live. She is a role model to so many and is in the position to help change lives. I couldn't be more proud of the woman that she has become. I am so lucky to call her my sister and my best friend.

Emmy and I while re-painting her room December 2006.

Andrea Soule
This girl is my soule-mate. Haha get Soule...but really she is. Andrea and I met in our Civil 302 class February of our sophomore year of college. While walking after class, we decided that we were going to be best friends and I invited her to come have lunch with me and my boyfriend (it was JP, surprise, surprise) and she did! The best part of the story is that we really have been inseparable since then! I moved in with Anne and her roommates junior year and we lived together until we graduated in December 2009. Oh and did I mention that I convinced her to change her major with me and that first semester of junior year we had the same classes, we lived together and we worked together at Outback?! You would think that we would drive each other nuts, but no. We just click. We are polar opposites and attract like magnets. Andrea always knows how to cheer me up and I know that she would go to the ends of the earth to do anything more me. Now that's a friend. Andrea is coming to visit me in Pittsburgh for Easter! This will be our second Easter spent together and our first without the whole Timmer gang. I'm so excited that she will be here to support me while celebrating my first holiday away from home. Andrea has helped me get through my deepest valleys and highest hurdles. She knows everything about me...literally. I can't say that about many people. I love this girl so much and consider it one of the biggest blessings that God placed her in my life.

March 2009 before the Ol' Ags crush party and yes that is a poster board Christmas tree in the background.

Nicole Larimore (soon-to-be Valdez)

Nikki and I have been friends since we were freshman in high school. We knew of each other in middle school, but we were only acquaintances then. Our freshman year we were inseparable. Neither of the could obviously drive, so we rollerbladedCallaway House together our freshman year. We did EVERYTHING together except for class of course. Over the years we have taught each other so much and experienced many firsts together. I can't believe that we've been friends for nearly 10 years. That's a long time. I couldn't imagine any of those years without her. Nicole has taught me so much and has helped me grow into the woman I am today. We've had our ups and downs, but when you've known someone for that long, sometimes it's the downs that makes your friendship stronger. We've been through high school, graduation, good boyfriends, BAD boyfriends, college, trouble/bad decisions, happiness, everything. There are few people I can say that about, and by few I mean that Nicole is the only one. She is another person that knows everything about me, maybe even too much :), but that's what makes our relationship as special as it is. Nicole is so smart and has such a loving and caring soul. She has been a tremendous influence on my life and I know that God brought her to me for a reason.

Freshman year at the Tap!

Julie Ponder (formerly Ness)
As I once told Julie during my speech at her rehearsal dinner, "our friendship is like an arranged marriage." And just that it was, since we were chosen as partners in our office for MSC LEAD in May 2007 of our sophomore year. At first we were both displeased at this arrangement because I thought Julie was bossy and kind of reserved and Julie thought that I was loud and obnoxious. The best part is that both of these assumptions that we had about each other are true! I am one of the most obnoxious people I know and well Julie can be bossy, that's what makes her a good teacher :) Once we got past our initial distaste, we became insta-friends. The best part is that we HAD to hang out with each other a lot and we loved it. It made the work that we had to do for LEAD that much more fun. Julie is a very strong individual. She may come across as reserved at first, but she is a ball of energy and is very smart. I think the best part about mine and Julie's relationship is that we are in the same points in our lives. While we were partners, we both had serious boyfriends and our boyfriends liked each other! Chris, JP and I were actually all Fish Camp counselors together in Camp Powell. Julie and Christ got married just 2 months after JP and I, so while I was wedding planning, so was she! She was in my wedding and I was in hers! Julie lives in San Antonio and I lived in College Station/Houston (depending on what year we are talking about 2009 or 2010). We have always made the effort to take trips to see each other. Living in different cities is hard and sometimes you have to make that drive to keep your friendship strong. Not only do you need to make the drive, but you need to keep the trip focused on that friend instead of jumping around everywhere. Julie and I have been incredibly good at this. I mean, Julie even came to see me in Pittsburgh! Now that's special. I am so thankful that I have a friend that loves me and cares about me enough to do that. This is the best arranged marriage that I could ever ask for and I don't think life would be nearly the same without Julie.

MSC LEAD formal spring 2008!

So, now that my hands are cramping, eyes are watering and feet are hurting(I'm standing at my island in my kitchen) I will stop. This does not mean I'm done writing about my friends. I still have a few more that need to be in the spotlight. Come back tomorrow to hear about Kristin, Charlotte, Leah and Kathy :) I promise your not second best! I hope that everyone is having a great Saturday. Now I'm off to get some new running shoes! 

Food for thought: How have your best friends impacted your life? Have you told them lately how amazing they are?

Until next time...

With love and God bless,

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