30 People, Day 31: My Support System

Shout-Out to my online girls, my support community, my sisterhood. In all the one in four or one in ten statistics, we are the “ones.” As we walk the road of miscarriage, a hormonal disorder, and fertility struggles, I’m so grateful to have friends to walk beside who truly understand. Y’all have been a lifesaver on this journey,…

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30 People, Day 29: Camp Friends, Round 2

Shout-Out to the girls who welcomed me in, became my not-just-camp-friends-but-also-lifelong-friends, and made my first year at Echo Ranch wonderful and memorable…. and the subsequent ones pretty great, too! To Courtney, who texted me nonstop for months before I came to Alaska, making me feel like I already had a friend when I arrived, and…

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30 People, Day 26: Lisa the Encourager

Shout-Out to Lisa — coworker, friend, professional compliment-er! You taught me just as much as Alan did about camp ministry and management, as you and I worked side by side in the camp office. You, like he did, believed in me and gave me jobs that were opportunities for stretching and growth. On top of…

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30 People, Day 24: ‘Charleston Friends’

Shout-Out to to Amanda, Kelsey, and Alisha — if I’d just said ‘Charleston Friends,’ you would’ve known I meant you, right? Because we still can’t get together without someone saying, “Remember that time we went to Charleston?”  We are such an unlikely group of friends, I don’t know how it even happened except that God threw…

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30 People, Day 23: Bible Study Girls

Shout-Out to Sherri and the rest of the Bible study girls! { y’all know who you are } Wow — you ladies, our friendships, and our season of studying the Word together were so impactful. I marveled, looking back, because just a couple months before our group came into being, I had written a prayer…

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30 People, Day 22: Jenny

Shout-Out to Jenny: While you lived, you made everyone’s world a little brighter, and when you died, you made us realize the value of a life lived well, no matter how long. Though we had fallen out of touch in the last couple of years before your accident, you were still a friend who was…

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30 People, Day 21: Sweet Ruth

Shout-Out to Sweet Ruth — When we first met on a missions trip, I didn’t think we’d be friends, but boy was I wrong! A few years later, you moved to the States, and we had one of those awkward “hey-we-should-probably-be-friends-so-let’s-go-to-lunch-and-try-to-get-to-know-each-other-better” lunch dates. The rest is history, as they say. You quickly became one of…

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30 People, Day 16: Camp Friends

Shout-Out to Leslie and Rachel, the two who helped me survive my first-ever week of camp counseling. It started at Counselor Orientation; we were in a cabin together, and our whole cabin group was such an encouragement to me. Up to that point in life, I had never sat and had a deep, spiritual conversation…

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30 People, Day 15: Youth Group Welcomers

Shout-Out to Bethany and Candace: two girls who welcomed a misfit teen homeschooler into youth group with open arms. I’m ever so grateful! After growing up in a small home church where most of the kids were younger than me and at least half were homeschooled, I was quite nervous about attending a youth group…

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30 People, Day 13: Penny

Shout-Out to Penny, the first adult friend who treated me like an adult. I was a young teenager in a very small church, the only girl my own age and uncomfortably stuck between the kids and the grown-ups. Feeling too old and mature to be with the children, and seen by the adults as a…

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