In high school I never belonged to a “click” of friends. You could say I was a loner and did my own thing (and happy about it). I didn’t go to parties or stay out late, I follower the rules and did (for the most part) what I was told. I was very involved in the church growing up, Sunday service was never an option to miss… sick or not. So staying the night somewhere on Saturdays was never really an option. I grew up that way, and honestly it didn’t bother me. When it came to pick out a college to go to, I was ready to leave my hometown and start somewhere fresh, make my own rules and start a “new life.” I never liked the idea of growing up and dying in the same town.
When I met Dennis, I came into a strong group of friends. They met in elementary school, grew up together and have been inseparable ever since. This was something I was foreign too, a group of friends that were stuck in a town and never leaving, because they didn’t want to. When I met these people over the last 5 years, never did I imagine they would mean so much to me today. What was happening? I never had this growing up and it’s weird, but comforting all at the same time. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you (some not pictured) and couldn’t imagine my adult life without you all.
Yesterday we celebrate 2 loved ones we lost to cancer. David’s father and Josh and Alex’s mother. David planned this as a surprise for Alex and Josh, who’s mother has only been gown for a little over a year. It was a day full of emotions and celebration of life and wonderful friendship. They will forever be remembered and never forgotten. You guys are stronger than I ever thought possible and they are looking down on you today and smiling with great joy.