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what’s good about life

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walking hand in hand with your dad & realizing that, even at 22, you’re still his girl. tight hugs from little kids. running a half marathon behind a guy with a t shirt that says “don’t let the 53 year old open heart surgery survivor beat you.” kid’s bible stories that calm your soul right before bed. impossibly blue skies after all that grey rain. there are some moments where you stop & think… “this, this is what is good about life.” & yesterday, I had one of them.

sitting at northside starbucks with three of my best friends from college. even though we don’t have that much time for coffee-getting & table-sitting anymore, it still just kind of happens. I was borrowing a dress from emily & eating chips on her couch when helen asks if emily wants to go to starbucks. she does & she brings me with her & before long leslie is there too.

emily is a nurse that works nights & I’m a teacher who works days. leslie is in law school & helen is getting in med school. emily & helen grew up presbyterian, leslie & I were raised southern baptist. but none of this really makes anything any different. first & foremost we are daughters & sisters. we love one another deeply & our differences usually just make for good conversation. as someone who didn’t really have girlfriends in high school, their love has been healing & lifegiving to me.

we sit around that table in starbucks & ooooh & ahhhh over the ring (leslie & brett 4eva). we talk summer jobs & helen’s future as a trophy wife & premarital counseling & kitchen aid mixers & babysitting & a whole host of other things that are really just between us. we only have about half an hour between when leslie gets there & when I have to leave for tutoring. but it’s enough. & I walk back out to my car in the glow of being known, being loved. community is a huge part of what is good about life… & even 30 minute dose is beautiful enough to put a light inside you that lasts all day.

birthday at brent’s

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all of the college roommates met at brent’s last saturday to celebrate leslie’s birthday with breakfast & catching up. brent’s biscuits are good but time with these friends was even better. so thankful for the life that we’ve shared so far & the adventures that are to come. happy birthday, les! hope this year is full of life & joy & beautiful surprises. we love you big.

p.s. thanks to emily for the pictures. as usual.

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living room floor vegetable soup picnic with messy-mouthed ms. annabel & her parents. sonic shakes with david (half price after 8pm)! hot pink fingernails for the first time since 6th grade. emmy locked herself out a couple of times. lunch with wilson. after hours pizza. cinnamon roll star wars muffins for brett’s birthday. so much quality time with carter & dylan. meeting ashley & tim’s new baby, mr. tanner jude for the very first time! poppyseed chicken. sunglasses weather, finally. canoeing in the rain was actually super fun. pretty sky on the way to mary nelson res life reunion dinner. roof & sunshine with emmy. last finals week ever. graduation & 22 so soon.

twice the fun

great minds think alike. whoops. @the_emily_story

today, in a brief role reversal, Emily was sleeping when I got up, got dressed, & left for class. I came back to eat lunch & she walked in… wearing almost exactly the same thing I had put on that morning. great minds think alike, I suppose.

bienvenidos

just ask anyone I live with… I’ve been talking about starting a blog for a long time. in fact, when (in 10th grade) I found out that a certain popular mommyblogger stays home entirely off the revenue that she makes from running ads on her site, I promptly declared that I was going to be a blogger when I grew up.

after a couple of appointments with career services, I realized that some dreams have to die & decided on a slightly less unstable job (but only slightly). so now, five years after 10th grade, I am nowhere near grown up… but I do have a blog. and a career. starting this summer I’m going to be teaching for America… more specifically, teaching Spanish for the Delta. I’m excited.

speaking of those people who I live with who have so patiently listened to me blather about blogdom… there are three of them. and I can’t think of a better way to start this blog than introducing the world wide web to my roommates.

this is Emily. she is the best nurse ever… or will be in May, anyway. her dad and my mom dated in college. we’re very thankful they didn’t work out, or we wouldn’t have each other (plus we like our respective other parents very much). Emily spends lots of time in the library, but when she’s not there, we like to bake things together. and train for a half marathon (maybe).

this is Leslie. her latest hobby is Getting Accepted to Law Schools and she’s pretty awesome at it. once upon a time we decided to be friends once because all our friends went to study abroad in London. then they came back & we’re still friends, go figure. Leslie makes the prettiest miniature cupcakes I have ever seen and also generates the largest amount of weekly apartment traffic, thanks to the small group bible study she leads through the BSU.

this is Helen. my favorite thing about living with Helen is that her clothes make whatever I am wearing look more normal… and Internet, if you knew me, you would know that written out of admiration, not derision. I also like living next to Helen because you never know when she will show up in your living room exclaiming things like “HEY. Wyatt Waters is back from ITALY!!” or “Wanna come next door and try some of the sun dried tomato and feta cheese bread pudding I just made?”

life with these people is an adventure. really, life is an adventure, period.
& I’m excited about documenting it here. I hope you come along for the ride.