My very first friendship started in the womb. "They" say twins have a special bond and I for sure think that is true with us. 32 years later, Cassie is still my very best girlfriend. She's my favorite. We talk on the phone at least once a day (but most of the time it's more!). Outside of Kyle, there is no other friend who has experienced as much life with me, who knows me as well as she does, has literally walked through the best of times and the worst of times with me. I have never been alone, she was always there for me. She will tell me the truth if something looks fat or bad on me, she will tell me the truth if I'm being selfish or ugly, and she will ALWAYS have my back for me. And me for her.
In junior high one night, our small group leaders challenged us to find someone we didn't know and ask them to sit with us. Ever the rule follower, I totally did this and to this day, Kara will tell you about this crazy, hyper 8th grader coming up to her wearing bright yellow pants and excitedly asking her and her friend to sit with her ON THE FRONT ROW! I mean who could deny such a request?? I would want to be that girl's friend. Thank God he takes care of us during the awkward middle school years, because it was bad yall. So bad. Little did I know then, by making that request, that cute curly haired girl would be one of my life-long friends.
Not long after that, Kara brought Corie to church. Our girls small group really bonded that year and Kara and Corie and Cassie and I began to hang out. We went to rival junior highs, and later rival high schools, but we all loved Jesus a whole lot and loved each other a whole lot. The four of us ended up living together in college and having some of the most fun and the most inside jokes you could possibly imagine. Enough to last us through adult-hood. That's for sure. (Sometime all I need to turn a bad day around is to remember our hula workout video we did together). (Get your own here). (You're welcome). We have walked through hard times and grieved losses. We have watched as each of us dated and married our spouses. We have laughed until we cried and cried until we laughed. We gave binge-watching its name with our Dawson's Creek marathons, run through sprinklers and played in fountains, traveled to other countries together, been camp counselors together... so much life lived together. And still today, they are the girls who I know I can count on. As frequently as possible, we still have google hangout calls. Even though we are scattered throughout the country, we stay up with each others lives and families.