I am so grateful for the all the people that the Lord has placed in my life during this new season of growth, change, challenges, and learning. I’m pretty blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people. I’m so thankful to have met so many great friends here at OSU and for my sweet family. People rock. Especially people the Lord put in my life to help me grow.
You always hear people say, “You make some of your best friends in college.” I did not believe that until I got here. Every single person who said that to me was completely right. I have met some of the best people in college. People who have changed my life, and people who continue to help me grow and walk in the Lord. These are the kind of people who will listen to you rant about something dumb for 2+ hours. The kind of people who run with me to print something off at the library at 2:00 in the morning just because they don’t want me to walk by myself. The people who will consistently pray for me and lift me up. The friends who stay at the library until it closes to make sure I am prepared for a test and then text me the next day with a long pep-talk of encouragement. The people who buy you ice cream and listen to worship music for hours at a time. The friends who understand the weird things about me. The friends who make me me laugh when all I want to do is cry. The friends that throw pillows at me when they think I’m wrong. The kind of friends that will tell me the truth even when it hurts. Friends who get lost with me driving in Stillwater. Friends who voluntarily offer to break into fields with me. Friends who understand just how great coffee is and enjoy drinking it with me. The friends who make fun of me, because they love me. The friends who wake up super early to go to parades with me because parades rock. The friends who can tell how I’m feeling just by how I talk on the phone. The people who I can share anything with. The people who listen to Christmas music with me 3 months early. The friends who know what I order from Dough Pokes. The people who keep me grounded in my walk with the Lord. Friends who love and serve Jesus. I’ve met so many new friends, I’ve reconnected with friends I’ve known for years, and I’ve stayed in touch with so many. Friends rock.
My parents are also people who I am incredibly thankful for. I also miss my parents so so much. I miss my Dad’s random jokes and my Mom’s cooking. Without the inspiration, drive, and support my parents have given me; I would not be the person I am today. I am thankful that they encourage me, support me, lift me up, trust me, and lead me to Jesus. I am so thankful for all the times I spent perfecting the icing to cinnamon roll ratio with my Dad on the weekends growing up. I am thankful for all the times I went on rounds with him at the hospital learning about what he did and how he helped so many people. I am also so thankful for his advice about everything under the sun, whether it is about school, work, boys, or friends he always knows exactly what to say. I am thankful for all the sweet memories in Disney World running around and having a blast. I am so thankful for a Dad like him. I am also so thankful for my Mom too. I’m thankful for all the cooking lessons and our trip to Italy. I am thankful for the hours spent at the park talking about life. I am thankful for long conversations and how just talking to her makes me feel 20x better. Also, I am thankful for all the countless movies and trips to get take-out. I am so thankful for them. In college, there has been so many times that I have called my Mom and asked her to come and hangout with me or the times I’ve called my Dad and asked him to come up and have dinner or just come and visit. It was so easy to take it all for granted. I am so blessed to be their daughter and I miss them more than they know. I am beyond thankful for the sacrifices they have made to get me here. And for all the things that they do to on a daily basis to help my sisters and I succeed. I could say, “Thank you” for the rest of my life and it wouldn’t be enough. They rock. I can’t wait to hangout with them longer than 12 hours at a time.
I can’t help but feel so grateful for the people who I have met in college, the people who I’ve known for years, and the people who are in my life forever. If college has showed me anything, it’s showed me just how blessed I am by the people in my life.