I think I got some of the middle names wrong but middle names aren't really my thing-- I could name everyone's birthdays without a problem.
Lauren Elyse John:
I love how she sees the beauty in everything from clothes to people's noses. It really helps change my perspective and appreciate God's handiwork. I enjoy talking, laughing, and crying with her. I miss seeing her sitting on my bed and chatting with Marie and I. I love her creative and free spirit to be who she is. Me encanta hablar Español con ella o simplemente se escucho.
When I knew we would be friends: She asked what my name was again when we were in the bookstore after we had already met. I thought that was boldly awesome.
One of my closest confidentes. She sees things in a different perspective and really makes me laugh. She is a good writer and listener. She makes her own path and is a leader without trying. I love our late night talks, laughs, and crazy antics. She'll go with me on any errand whether it's a haircut or a smoothie run just for some quality time. She always has the coolest music and doesn't mind playing that song just one more time. I'm inspired by her love for Jesus and learn so much from her even though she isn't trying to teach me.
When I knew we would be friends: When she asked how things were with my roommate and I told her my "sob" story that I hadn't told anyone else.
Katelyn Denise Nichols:
This girl loves life and people. She'll rub your back and ask about your day even before she says anything about hers. She isn't deterred by your bad mood but keeps on in her positivity. She is so intelligent and has the cutest giggle. I love her excitement and vibrant and caring spirit. I'm glad that we've gone deeper in our friendship this year and miss her coming into my room each day and playing banjo- tooie.
When I knew we would be friends: I can't think of a specific moment because she got under my defenses without me knowing and before I knew it I missed her if I didn't see her for a couple of hours
Anna Elizabeth Mozley:
Sweet Anna Mozley love Jesus, you, and the random person she met that day. She's always a listening ear and gives you sympathy and a shoulder to cry on. She also is a lovely person to talk to in the morning and an awesome suitmate. I always feel good after talking with her and love hearing her stories about her day or her life in Ghana. She has a cute laugh, a effective rain dance, and good outlook on life. She is very encouraging and somehow knows everytime something is bothering you even if you think you're doing a good job at hiding it.
When I knew we'd be friends: Working at the Luce Saturday mornings pretty much solidified our friendship
Kate Penn Brannen:
She always looks to make you feel better. She knows so much and doesn't mind helping you with anything even if she is in the middle of something. She'll also surprise you with a classic witty comment when you least expect it. She's beautiful even if she doesn't think so. And she'll always give you a hug when you need one. She has a very nurturing spirit and loves her friends.
When I knew we would be friends: We were the only girls on a random Applebees run and we both got milkshakes. It was the start of something great.
Taylor Renee Brantner:
It doesn't matter if you haven't seen her in a few hours or a few days, she is interested in what is going on in your life. I love her creativity and loving spirit. I love her laugh and love of movies and books. She is super witty and well-cultured. I miss her giggle and caring questions. I think this "mysterious" chica is one of the most overlooked brilliant, creative beauties of our friends and that makes me sad.
When I knew we would be friends: When she never got sick of me coming into her room every night in the second half of second semester of freshman year. And her favorite part of me was my "haha"s.
Jenelle McClean (I actually forget Jenelle's middle name....I feel like a horrible person but knowing Jenelle I don't think she would care)
She is excited about everything. It doesn't matter what it is. Her excitement is contagious and a challenge to enjoy your circumstances. She loves no matter what and is willing to help you out in any way she can. She's always looking for an adventure and is not afraid to look stupid. I'm excited to see her again in the fall.
When I knew we would be friends: She and I shared turns playing catch phrase at good ole Open Dorm.
James Bruce Torell:
No matter what he always comes back. You can be mean to him but it doesn't matter. He will still a) care about you and b) keep trying to make you laugh and get over what is making you upset. He loves having fun and making people laugh but he can still be vulnerable and have a deep conversation. I love his unashamed love for Jesus and people. It convicts me and blesses me at the same time. Good times in the stoody, fig, loft, lib, or any other place nicknamed by him.
When I knew we would be friends: When he was the first person I opened up to about my dad.
Holland Garnett Hames:
His abundance of positivity makes me laugh. It's impossible for my pessimism to leak through and ruin his cloud of joy. I like how he's willing to do anything no matter what it makes him look like. His servant-like attitude and caring spirit is really challenging and convicting to me. He makes the best of the situation and just tries to enjoy life.
When I knew we would be friends: When he unashamedly admitted he liked High School Musical.
I love my friends. Enough to stay up late despite the fact no one will read this tonight and I have to babysit all day tomorrow. I just wanted fun pictures of the year.End of story.