Once upon a time, Sarah moved to Boise, Idaho with her family, and we became fast friends. We spent our weekends playing with American Girl dolls and her extensive beanie baby collection. Saturdays we joyfully accepted a 20 dollar bill from our parents which promised an entire days worth of fun at the mall. We passed notes in class, and shared every detail of our lives together.
In 7th grade, she moved back to Tennessee, and the summer before 8th grade, I took a memorable trip to see her and stay with her family. We shopped some more, spent our days by the pool, and talked about our dreams for life. I had my first kiss that summer from a boy named Justin, and Sarah was there to giggle with after.
She moved again in high school to Puerto Rico, and again I went to stay with her family and our days were filled with much of the same, sun bathing, laughing, shopping, and day dreaming.
God has taken us both on the journey of our lives, and our friendship has weathered time and distance. No matter how long we go without talking, this girl has always been and will always be one of my best friends. She has been a steady, safe place of encouragement and friendship throughout all the years of my life. God has showered His grace upon us both, and on Wednesday, I am flying to Iowa to get to share in one of the biggest moments in Sarah's life, her wedding to the man of her dreams. I couldn't be more excited. My heart is just so full of joy to be apart of this special time, I can't believe how far we've come in our lives.
This woman is a beautiful, strong, determined, self-less woman of God and I'm so proud to call her a friend. Congratulations Sarah, I can't wait to see you in two days!!!