Abbie, a.k.a Poopie, The Secret Admirer

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Abbie and I were in church Sunday school together when we were kids. Neither of us was the type of little girl who had matching outfits with bows or American Girl Dolls. We were both a little strange, but boy did we have fun together! At church we would spy on the boys and play Lilo and Stitch. Sometimes I’d even get invited to her house! Abbie has always been a wonderful host, she would show me all her forts and I’d help make her dogs their favorite treat, dog stewy! Eventually I went to the same school as Abbie where I got to hang out with her and her family even more often. We have stayed besties throughout all these years, and I have loved every moment spent with her!

Abbie is a beautiful, expressive, independent, and hilarious person. She can explain the smallest details with passion and intensity! I always enjoy listening to her rants on the dog she house sat for that puked and she had to clean it up, or about how she tripped on her shoelace and spilled her cup’o ramen everywhere. She is IMPOSSIBLE to wake up in the morning!  She is a great friend. I know she’s always there for me, praying for me, and caring about me. Abbie stands for what she believes in, listens to other people, and is humble enough to admit when she’s wrong. She is a wonderful singer, and a beautiful artist. I love it when abbie draws “sharpoos” (sharpie tattoos) on me or braids my hair. Abbie loves and lives for Jesus, and she loves her fellow human beings too!

I don’t always get as much time with Abbie as I’d like to, but that’s okay. The times we do have together are great, and we don’t hold grudges on one another for not making enough time. We can sing,  joke, write letters, dance around to the Beach Boys, whatever! I have good memories of washing cars, hanging out at the pool, and some serious smoothie making! We can talk for hours and hours about life and Jesus and our feelings. I can be completely honest with Abs and not worry about whether what I’m saying is appropriate or right. She tells me when I’m thinking or acting unBiblically and I do the same for her. She has got my back! She is beautiful and wonderful and I love her so so much. Sometimes I worry about her, wonder whats going on her life, and I’m constantly praying for her. I know that she is the Lords and I trust that he is shaping her and completing the good work He started in her! I will always love her, be there for her, pray for her, and look forward to the next time I get to be with her!

 

*Editor’s note: It’s been 5 years, and all these things are still true EXCEPT Abbie is a big girl now who has a marketing director’s position in Charlotte, NC. She somehow gets her ‘used to be impossible to wake up’ self up and to the office around 6 am.

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Autumn, a.k.a Spencie, The Bosom Friend

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Autumn and I have lived a few hundred yards away from each other our whole lives. I didn’t become aware of this fact until the fifth grade though. Autumn’s mom was doing some engineering work at my house with my dad and she made Autumn tag along to play with me. It took a few days of this for Autumn and I to actually talk to each other, but I just remember Autumn telling me about all of her cats of the past and the various ways they died. After that a lifelong friendship followed.

I’ll admit, sometimes when you get the two of us together we are a little goofy. When we were younger we used to get on the phone and play Club Penguin together. I thought she’d never forgive me for all the times I stole her penguin boyfriends. Autumn and I do dress up competitions, play sock hockey with cat food cans, smash coconuts, make hilarious videos, and time each other to see who can crawl under my bed the fastest. Back before my parents bought nice new couches, we would use a trampoline and do flips over the back of the couch. We’ve tried to camp in our yards a few times, but we’ve only made it the whole night through once. Autumn always gets too scared. Gosh I just have so many memories with her! Building forts in her room, playing in the sprinklers in my yard, all of our terrible baking experiences… And not only are there so many fun, crazy, weird memories, but there are also the sweet and the everyday memories. Autumn and I love to go for walks, stay up late talking, and play board games. I really miss having her two seconds away. Sometimes we would just meet each other halfway in between our houses, plop our butts down by the road, talk for a while, then go our separate ways. Some school nights after ballet, I would just go to Autumn’s house, watch some TV, get fed some awesome food, and head on home. We’re comfortable around each other that’s for sure!

Autumn’s like a sister, and her family is like my family. Autumn and I can say whatever’s on our minds in front of each other. I never hesitate to tell her the truth, and she’ll tell me the truth right back. Sometimes the truth hurts to hear, but it’s refreshing and rare and I’m glad she tells it like it is.Sometimes we fight. She has been mad at me so many times! I don’t want to list all the times because I don’t want to refresh her memory, so let’s just say I’ve gotten the silent treatment plenty times. Sometimes I think Autumn is crazy! It takes her forever to decide what to wear, what shirt to buy, which meal to order, or what snacks to buy, and she feels awkward about the most rediculous things, like asking a waiter for a clean fork. I’m sure there are lots of things that she thinks are rediculous about me too though, and her funny little quirks are part of the reason I love her so much! I love that she’s indecisive, lactose intolerant, and stubborn.

Autumn is strong, beautiful, funny, and generous. She is always trying to be a better person, and help other people out! I really admire that about her. She is a hard worker, and a loving, caring friend. When I say she’s generous I mean really, really generous. She is not clingy with her money. I remember one night, we blew all of her $100 Walmart giftcard Christmas present on random junk foods to try!

I’m excited to see what adventures I’ll have with Spencie over the rest of our lives. I know we’ll be friends forever. Our relationship will probably have it’s different stages, and ups and downs, but we’ll never give up on each other. You see, that’s what it means to be bosom friends!

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose… unless you’re Ruth and Autumn”

*Editor’s Note: Ruth and Autumn actually ended up living together for a year back in college. It went a lot better than expected! Probably never again though… ❤

 

Chaela, a.k.a My Muffin

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chaelaChaela and I have known each other our whole lives, but we didn’t really become best friends until our eighth grade trip to Virginia. Chaela and I shared a hotel room with the chaperone (let’s call her Miss Suzy). Miss Suzy snored so loudly that neither of us could sleep! And it wasn’t just normal snoring; it was the kind of snoring that sounds like a train’s honking, or a pig being tickled to death. We spent all night stuffing our faces in the pillows to stifle our laughter so we wouldn’t wake poor Miss Suzy. Ever since that fateful night of bonding, Chaela and I have been best friends, and have spent so many more nights staying up, talking, and laughing. I know there will be many more to come too!

It was hard for me to find a picture of Chaela for this post, because she is usually the person who takes the pictures. Chaela probably has the most common sense of everyone I know. I’d have probably accidently killed myself by now if it wasn’t for her. Chaela’s favorite movie is Die Hard. When you’re thinking how much fun a crowded party is, she is thinking how easy it’d be for a mass murderer to take everyone out. I’ve always thought Chaela would make a great police officer! Chaela loves coloring in her My Little Pony coloring book, baking cookie cakes, and listening to the Jonas Brothers, One Direction, and All Time Low. If you try to play Avett Brothers around her, she will scream and plug her ears until you turn it off. Chaela loves style and being girly sometimes, but she is also outdoorsy and tough. She has worked the snack bar at a boyscout camp for the past two summers. Chaela is an extremely passionate person. I wish I could care about things in life the way she does. Chaela loves doing special things for other people. I will never forget the Christmas a few years back when she bought me raspberries! Chaela is a leader, planner, observer, and Australia lover.

I love to do pretty much anything with Chaela: bake, play dress up, tan, go for long drives, whatever! She is always there for me, and I know she will stick up for me no matter what! In some ways, as far as protectiveness goes, Chaela is like my second father. I talk to her about everything, and she talks to me about everything too! Last year I spent almost everyday with Chaela. Now she is twenty minutes away at Anderson, and even though I see her a good ammount, I wish I could spend all the time with her! No matter how far away from each other life takes us, she will always be my best friend. But here’s hoping we end up living in the same neighborhood, raising our children together, and then going to the same nursing home!

*Editor’s note: Chaela has seen the light and now not only tolerates the Avett Brothers, but actually enjoys some of their music! Also Ruth and Chaela do currently live in the same “neighborhood”, and I think that needs to never ever change because it’s great. Maybe they’ll switch neighborhoods though..

Katelyn, a.k.a Marb, The Roommate

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1094810_10201534948040708_1176436609_nKatelyn and I have been going to church together our whole lives. When I was a kid, I wanted to be just like her! About 5 years ago I gave up on that dream… Her spunk and sarcasm are absolutely impossible to copy! The words most people use to describe Katelyn are quiet, shy, and sweet. Most people don’t know Katelyn very well…

One of Katelyn’s favorite activities is to make me mad. She takes pride in doing it, as she is one of the only people who can. One time we argued for an hour about whether to color a My Little Pony’s hair red or purple in a coloring book. Katelyn is stubborn, smart, and sticks up for what she believes in. She never does anything wrong… I just don’t get it! The thought what would Katelyn think” always goes running through my head when I’m about to do something stupid. Katelyn is super dee duper funny! The person who laughs the most at her jokes is herself! She loves to read, walk, and sing The Phantom of The Opera. Give her a wedding magazine and she will be entertained for hours. One of her best friends is her cat KJ (Kathy Junior). Going camping would be her worst nightmare. She has to have her morning coffee and her daily diet coke! If she could eat spagetti everyday for the rest of her life she would. One of the things I’m most excited for in life is to watch Katelyn get a boyfriend, fall in love, get married, all that stuff. Because the guy that marries Katelyn is going to have to work his behind off to win her over and break down her wall!

Katelyn and I like to chill together. When I’m with her I don’t have to worry about coming up with something interesting to say. Our quality time together is spent playing rummy, going for walks, and listening to country music. Our jokes are corny and cheesy. When I tell other people “funny” Ruthie, Katelyn stories, no one laughs. Katelyn is one of the only people I’m completely crazy and uninhibited around. I’m talking roll on the floor, dance in my underwear, do handstands on the walls crazy. We can go from debating who’s cat is cuter to giggling over yo’ momma jokes to discussing God’s soveriegnty and love. Some of the wisest things I have ever heard have come from Katelyn’s mouth, even though I probably didn’t heed the advice she was giving. She helps me out with life, and I help her out in Biology. It’s a give-give relationship.

Marb is a great roommate, and I love her to death! Everyday our friendship grows and I learn more about her… She reminds me of sinking sand. At first glance you think there’s not much to her. But when you stumble into a relationship with her, you realize she is extremely deep, and you drown in love for her.

Editor’s note: Ruth and Katelyn don’t live together currently; it’s sad. But no worries, hopefully we’ll live together real soon, and if not… well, Heaven will come soon!