you are not immune to pain from life but you carry within you a compassionate, brave, and others-focused heart and it refreshes my soul to be known by you. you get it. you care. you live deeply. ...and you laugh at mom humor with me and quote a cinderella story with me.. so there's that, too. (:
you are so kind and you want to know me and i often think how cool it is that i could go to you at any time with anything simply because we have that basis of loving Christ and serving Him together in the dorms.. that is precious to me and i value you. you really live with so much grace!
you're my favorite person to be sassy with! i love being myself with you and making you do things out of your comfort zone (like dancing in a shake it off music video :)) i love knowing that you'll always care about me and i just love the way you are.
i don't even know where to start, but you're one of the people i love most in the world, holl. you have a place in my heart and have touched it many times with the way you care for me and notice me. that's just who you are, though. you'd do anything for anyone and your heart is easily moved by the LORD.
oh syd, the way you love puts tears in my eyes. literally. hearing you talk about how abandoned-ly you love alex and how much of your heart you give to people inspires me and challenges me to love people. you also get it. you make me laugh and you're so good at being yourself and being human!
i love how absolutely authentic you are. you're the same becca all the time and you are always allowing yourself to be stretched, to face hard things, and to love the LORD deeper. you teach me how to value your own feelings and thoughts and how it's okay not to be okay sometimes. you're not afraid of feelings and i love creating meaningful things with you.
you'd do anything for absolutely anyone at any time and i love how willing you are to care for people and listen and walk alongside a person. i've learned so much about how to live in community and relationship from living with you, and i've also learned how to be content with what you have and not in want and i'm so grateful!
you are my sister. you tease me, spend time with me (even if that ever means just sitting), and you know me and want to know me. you show me how to care for people... how not to think of yourself first and how to live in contentment as well. you're the best community-builder i've ever seen and you make everywhere you are a home. i feel at home with you.
you love me like no one else loves me! you are the biggest fan of people and are easily excitable and joy-ful and so content and easily pleased at all times! i love that you love unreservedly too and i love how much you desire for everyone to feel like they are important. and they do with you, ariel!
my sweetest afton! you are so graceful in all things. in my learning how to love and care for people, sometimes, i am awkward or say the wrong things but you never. cease. to show me grace. you are quick to recognize the LORD and have a one-ness with Him that i desire for myself, too. you are so easy to love!
you're my buddy! my fellow adventurer who is always up for the unexpected and spontaneous and always wanting to share experiences and share heart things and to invite everyone into your life. i love that you care about what i have to say and i love how much you want to grow and know God.
dear molly d,
you are the kindest, most beautiful-hearted woman! the way you live and the way you are is evidence to me of what God looks like in a life. i often thank God for your kindness with me, and i have seen your eagerness to notice Him and thank Him and love like Him and i know that my life is more joyful because i know you exist.
oh rae! having you as my buddy in class is the most precious thing to me! i'm so refreshed by everything about the way you are and feel so loved by you and how peaceful your heart is. you are quick to give thanks too, for the little and big things, and i'm so inspired!
you have walked with me no matter where i am, no matter my immaturity or shyness or selfishness. no matter what i say or what i think, i have every confidence that you will always love and care for me, and a love like yours points so clearly to Jesus. you are always willing to be wrong and to not know the answer, but your wisdom and love is beyond this world. the only explanation is the LORD.
dear anna m,
you do community so. well. seeing how much you give of yourself for others is so exemplary to me of Christ and my favorite thing is to watch the way you interact with your roomie.. you love and serve her like i want to love and serve people.
my most treasured buddy from home! our relationship has always been long distance but that has never once made me wonder if it will be as strong. you just want to be with me! you want to push the bounds of creativity, you are a fierce leader with a God-centered and glorifying heart that changes things in the world.
i love your vulnerability. i love how much you value authenticity and the evidence your life displays of that. your laughter is my favorite thing and your willingness to be weak in the midst of the challenge that that is, is beautiful. you always encourage me when i admit my weakness and that means more to me than anything!
you make time for me. even though you're married and thirty minutes away, you still are so intentional about knowing me and spending time with me! that's just the way you are! walking through life with your angela-ness is my favorite thing.. what a gift!
dear rachel t,
one of my favorite parts of my college experience was getting to have such a close view into how you care for people and how you serve. you notice how people feel. you notice people better than anyone else. you think beyond yourself and give of yourself so freely for the sake of Christ being known. you are so in tune with Jesus. (<<ha, this could be a soundbooth joke! :)) i love and miss you, rachel.
you are a big representation in my mind of the LORD taking care of me. you are quick to affirm me, quick to share deep and hard things with me, and quick to show people their value. thank you for how much you want people to know the love you know in Jesus. thank you for walking towards Him when it's hard.
you are one of my favorite people to just be myself with.. you encourage my sassiness and i love the freedom i feel when i'm with you in that and in sharing. you are so kind and giving and you love knowing the LORD. your wisdom and knowledge is so valued by me and our community and i just love who you are.