Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Holly to My Jamie

"God doesn't give you the people you want. 
He gives you the people you need. 
To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, 
and to make you the person you were meant to be."

THIS girl is my best friend. My tell-it-like-it-is, often times brutally honest, but fiercely loyal best friend. The one who has coached me through some of my worst nights, and laughed with me through some of my best. The impulsive Holly to my trouble-making Jamie (our crazy alter egos...long story)

Last night, she came over and we worked on our picture frames. We sifted through all of our "Jamie and Holly" pictures, popped open my $26 bottle of wine (YUM!), and we talked...and laughed...and remembered why summer 2013 wasn't ALL bad.

Sure, this summer has seen more than it's fair share of tears and heartaches. Sure, there have been moments in the last month when I have wished I could simply go back and erase all of it. But, as I looked at our pictures and remembered each moment, I realized that despite everything I wouldn't change a thing. Because last night as we sat in my cozy, little kitchen, drinking wine and decorating our frames, it hit me: all summer long while I was chasing what I wanted, God was giving me what I needed. You see, He knew that I never saw the end coming, and He knew I would need a friend to see me through. Isn't it awesome how more times than not, God doesn't give us the things we want at all, but still provides us with something better?!

I just don't know where I would be without this girl. From our one AND only white party experience to ending my NFT day asleep on the boat, she has been my partner in crime. From holding me on the floor in the middle of the night to talking me through some of my worst days, she's been the one holding my hand. I seriously could not have survived without her.

So, Jannea, here's to our summer. Summer 2013. The one where we laughed, cried, checked things off our "bucket list", made mistakes, and learned big lessons. Someday we will look back on this summer as the summer everything changed, but how it changed for the better. We will forget our tears, and only the good memories will take their place. Thank you for being the friend I never knew I wanted, but that I now cannot imagine my life without. 

You know, I think a part of us will always be a little Jamie and a little Holly, even when we're old and all we have are the pictures and the memories to remind us of this summer and all the ones to come. I love you, girl.

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