Wednesday, May 4, 2011

If my friends were a hashtag...

This past weekend was such a great blessing of Friendship. One of those times when you just sit back and thank God for the people He has put in your life. One of those times when you wonder why your paths crossed, but once again thank God for orchestrating those paths. In some ways it has reminded me of why I do my job and why I have such a passion to make college a positive experience for students… it’s one of those weekends when I am humbled by His provision of certain people in certain places at certain times in my life. Since I am now addicted to Twitter, I started thinking about these friends, and how I would describe our relationship in a hashtag (#for all you non twitterers). Hope you enjoy:

Way back in 7th grade I met this girl (who was in the 6th grade) who went to District 5 Honor Band from Oak Grove, and she played the bells just like me. Her name was Kristin and that weekend at JCJC was my first memory of her. Many more have come in the 15 or so years since that day, including waking up at 4:30am on Friday morning to watch the Royal Wedding. We happen to love watching important historical moments together, we are especially fond of the Olympics. For the 2004 Olympics, I drove from Oxford to Starkville just to watch the Openeing Ceremonies with her. I'm sure I'll do it again next summer!! #MP4Eva

(Kristin with a horse, somewhere in Europe)

In the Spring of 2002 I was helping to plan a mission trip to Mobile AL, and this transfer student from Northwest Community College wanted to join us since she would be attending Ole Miss the following year. That transfer student is now my best friend, Liz. Though Liz and I only see each other once or twice a year (sadly)… she is an incredibly important person in my life. #Letsgetthispartystarted

(Me and Liz...)

I started my job as a Resident Assistant in the Fall of 2002. I never knew when I took on that job that God would bring 3 special girls into my life through that responsibility. Some of my fondest memories from colleges were with these ladies who at one time called themselves, the Wanches. I have enjoyed spending the weekend with Lindsey and Beth, and we have spent a lot of time thinking of and talking about Sarah who is at home in Ohio impatiently :) awaiting the arrival of her sweet baby Boy. I am so proud to see who these friends have grown into… they are amazing women who’s hilarious laughs, funny comebacks, and sweet smile personally encourages me to be a better professional. #WAAAANCH

(Beth, Me, and Lindsey in the Grove)

(Sarah and her Husband Kyle. Soon to be a family of 3!!!)

As a RA, I met a lot of great people, students from all over the world who chose to do a job to serve others. Some did it for the right reasons, and some didn’t… but along the way I made some excellent friends. I was a RA for two and a half years… and looking back, I can see that it was something God intended me to do (Obviously it led to my current profession). I believe that one of those reasons God’s path took me to the job of RA was to meet Erica. Erica had been a RA in my freshmen building, but we did not work together in the same Residence Hall until my senior year in the Fall of 2004. I honestly don’t recall how our connection started, but we clicked instantly. You know that saying, “brother from another mother”? Well… I guess Erica would be my “sister from another mister”. We don’t see each other very often at all, in fact before we got together on Friday night I had not seen her in probably two years. However, Erica is that friend that there are no awkward pauses with and certainly never a dull moment in conversation. You pick up where you left off years ago and move forward. We share our celebrations (she is Engaged and expecting a baby!!), our frustrations, and our sorrows in a very honest manner. There are so many stories from our days as RAs and so many funny memories. I am blessed to know this special lady. #Doyouwantacookie? #Oreo

(Erica and her funny self! Love her!!)

I love these friends, I am so thankful for these friends. I pray for you my friends.

{"Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up."

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 }

{"A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity."

Proverbs 17:17}

{"Faithful are the wounds of a friend;

but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

Proverbs 27:6}

{"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:

and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Proverbs 18:24}

Love Y'all, Kace

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