Friends Forever

Has it really been almost 2 months since my last post?! It Has.

People use the excuse “I’m Busy” all the time, but I can honestly say that has been my excuse. 2015 has taken off full speed ahead. Although I am excited about my break and “vacation” next week, I couldn’t be more grateful for the work and the opportunities that have been placed in front of me.

My new year started with party horns and a dance party at our annual NYE “party” with our lifelong friends. For years we’ve been celebrating and ringing in the New Year at The Kelley’s House and couldn’t think of any other way to spend it.

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Thus far, 2015 has brought EXCITING news and also some unexpected news. News that I can’t wait to share with you all and some news that I never dreamed I’d be sharing. No matter Good or Bad there are a hand full of folks in my life that I couldn’t imagine sharing in those moments with. I’ve been blessed with many friends. Too many to mention, but there are a few that stand out above the crowd.

Like Lindsey.

I remembering meeting Lindsey several years ago when she first started attending our church. Back row, Troy T-shirt and khaki skirt. When I first met her, I never in a million years thought we would be the friends we are today. It took a work day, a few trips out of the country and skiing 4356 green runs to really get to know her.  She’s sarcastic and opinionated. End of Story. That’s Linds, and I’m almost positive that’s why we get along so well. At the end of the day, she’s more than that friend that keeps me in check. She’s the friend that always a phone call away and willing to lend a hand, and help propel my dreams forward in anyway she can. She’s still my friend even when I ask the waiter what type of peanut butter they serve or walk in to a public building with sunglasses and a hoodie on trying to dodge the paparazzi. That’s a true friend.

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JW Godwin: Husband. Father of 4. Lawyer. Farmer. and Best Friend. We met several years back… in Home Depot (I’ll save that story for another time). He tried dodging me and pretending he didn’t know who I was but it didn’t work. I said hello even though he had on corduroy pants and I was in the biggest hurry of my life. JW is more than a friend, he’s also my alarm clock. Many mornings I wake up to a phone call or a text message from him. They typically start with “WAKE UP” or “Are you still in bed?”.  Aside from the party planning, movie nights and goat wrangling he’s the older brother I never had. I remember calling him just a few weeks ago bawling my eyes out after leaving a meeting I never expected I would have to have. He listened, calmly gave me some advice and then invited me over for pizza. That’s a true friend. The Godwin’s are some of the kindest folks you’ll meet and I couldn’t more more thankful to have them in my life.

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Oh Andrew. I’m surprised we’re friends. Why? Because we HATED each other for the first few years. It took a pair of Gap jeans and a hair cut, but we finally made it. He is one of my dearest friends and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do for him. Andrew is always willing to step in and help with “handy” projects around the office, go on secret spy missions with me, paint this or that  or simply just answer the phone when I need to vent. Staying up until ungodly hours of the night laughing and eating taco bell might be what we’re best at. I remember him telling me not to long ago “You’re the one from our group that’s gonna do big things. I’m glad to know you.”. That’s a true friend.

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It’s not his birth name, but Jonny Marsh has been my side kick for years. .I wouldn’t trade our friendship for anything. He’s been there for every big moment in my life and every small moment. Even some failures. I think what sets Jonny apart from everyone else, is that he has the most giving spirit. Whether it’s helping out with an event or sending something over just because, he does it with a smile and a heart full of thankfulness. Jonny and his family are precious and his Momma should be proud of raising him right.

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Yes, you guessed it! Hillary and Hannah are twins! We’ve known each other since birth. Not many people can say that about their friends. It certainly is special to be able to do so. We’ve had a fair share of fights and arguments but at the end of the day the laughs and memories outweigh the bad. I know there is nothing these girls wouldn’t do for me and the feeling is mutual. We’ve shared some pretty special times with each other and some not so special times. Times when you just needed that shoulder to lean on, and times when you just need to call and spill your good news.  They’ve been there every step of the way and I couldn’t be more thankful to call them friends. #Itsjustbecauseyoureolder

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I’ve known Jacob my entire life. We grew up running around in diapers together. He is my best friend. We’ve been through some pretty rough patches together but we’ve always come out on top. He and his family have been my second family in many ways. They’ve always treated me like one of their own. I remember when he was  confined to a wheel chair at the age of 12… but that never changed our relationship.  Jacob inspires me to keep going, even when the going gets tough. He is strong in so many ways and encourages me to do the same with the way he lives his life.

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Those folks that I just wrote really mushy things about are my BEST FRIENDS. But there are 3 ladies in my life that mean more to me than anyone of those other folks up there. My Mom. My Sister. My Granny. They’re my BESTEST FREINDS.

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These women have taught me what it means to be a giver. They’ve loved me when I didn’t think they could. They’re an inspiration to many.  They’ve watched me succeed and they’ve watched me fail. I could write really sweet things about each of them but if you know them, you know it to be true. They love like no other and are beautiful inside and out. I’m thankful to not only call them friends, but family. God knew exactly what he was doing when he placed these ladies in my life.

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Mom, I’ll always be your Little Boy.

oh and remember, there’s not better than a friend unless it’s a friend with Pizza.

 

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