Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Inspiration and Friendship

Sweet friends are not to be taken for granted. I met my first best friend in a private school classroom in 2nd grade. We clicked instantly, spent almost every moment together and her family became my second family. We played at school and at her house, had all-night sleepovers, explored the outdoors and pulled all-nighters watching "Nick at Night." I remember our first fight. We were mad at each other and I think my 10 year old self hung up the phone on her. I know... it was immature. :-) I also remember one night - well, it was 5AM - we were watching TV and were about to fall asleep because we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer. I suddenly remembered we'd wanted to paint our nails. She told me, "oh don't worry, my mom will paint them while we're sleeping." I woke up the next day and to my dismay, our nails were not painted, but the story is hilarious to me, still.

Eryn and I lost touch after 5th grade, but reconnected 9 years later and I was able to watch her marry the man of her dreams on her wedding day and she stood next to me on mine.

Our friendship has been a huge blessing in my life. She's been there for me in really good times and really bad times, too. What I love most about Eryn - besides her creativity - is her big heart, the way she listens and her passion for making music. She has a voice that will shake you to your core, and I'm not just saying that. :-)

She's also the founder of So Worth Loving, a really cool organization that's based on a simple idea: You are worthy of being loved. This concept hits really close to my heart, as I've struggled with heartache and feelings of not being worthy of love. Needless to say, I'm incredibly proud of her and I'm so happy I get to be a part of her journey.

E: From using paint brushes to remove splinters (no really, it works!) and dancing on your pool table to Mary Kate & Ashley movies, to gluing "heels" on cat boots and traveling to New York City, I'll always be here and appreciate you. I hope you know how much you mean to me. Lots of love :-)

gracefully yours,