Monday, June 14, 2010

Your love? It means the world.

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson? I think you were on to something. I've said it before and I'll say it again. This past year has been the toughest of my life. I know that this is the one main obstacle I was given in life and now, I am happy to report that I can see a light at the end of this tunnel.

There was one constant this year (and no, it wasn't my endless supply of tears)and it was the friendship I encountered throughout this. These amazing individuals who supported me mean the world to me. No matter how grumpy I was or how unhappy I was getting - this amazing group of people reached out to me and held my hand throughout the entire process. I have never realized how blessed I am to have these people in my life until this year. I'm sorry it took a traumatic situation for me to truly appreciate this kindred spirits, but I won't ever forget it.

To my 7R Girls - all I had to say was help and y'all came running. Through your constant emails and texts and words of encouragement, I knew I was going to be okay. Even though we were timezones apart, you held my hand through the tough stuff and relished in the moments of grace with me. And still, no matter what happens - you're always right there with me, encouraging me to continue. I wanted to give up and crawl into a big dark hole so many times this year, but you girls just wouldn't let me. You reminded me of the person I am and the things I want to accomplish. I am NOTHING without you girls, NOTHING. Wherever I am in this world, I know you'll always be right there with me. Teira, Megs, Maris - each and every one of you is incredibly special in my life. Thank you for being my friend when I needed it the most.

Rach & Julie - we started this journey together and as upset as I am that I won't be there to stand on that graduation stage with you, know that I'll be there in the stands cheering you on. You girls have been my rock this year. Any time I needed anything, you were always there. Rach, I couldn't ask for a better best friend. You wipe away my tears and force me to get back up. Your love and support mean the world to me. From trips to holding hands, I turn to you both and you're always there. Friendship like this comes once in a lifetime and I'm so honored to have you in my life. You also introduced me to queso and Dr. Pepper - don't think I can ever repay you for that as they are now practically daily staples in my life. Love you both more than you could possibly imagine.

Chris - you've been a great sounding board and a rock for me this past year. No matter what was being said, you laughed it off and told me to focus on the main journey. You had enough to deal with on your plate and yet you always took the time to comfort me. I'm SO proud of you for overcoming every thing you have this year and know that you're going to do great things in this world.

Amanda - my dear, I wish I could be road tripping back to VA with you. We honestly did start this adventure together and you will forever be known as my first RU friend. When times were tough, you opened your heart to a fellow Canuck and encouraged me to do better, to ignore what was being said and get back to the things that were most important in my life. While we won't get our two years of classes on the same campus, know that I'll visit lots and will come keep you company at sbucks!

Mallory & Noe - it goes without saying, we're soul mates. A world without the two of you would be a world without living. No matter how far apart we are, we always manage to unite. And when we're in the same city, I can't even explain the joy that brings me. I've known you both since I was a little tot, and I can't imagine two better true blue bestests to have in my life. I know that wherever we go, we go together and that makes everything okay.

And to all my other friends and family, I appreciate your support more than you'll ever know. I know I'm a little quiet sometimes, but trust me when I say that I wish I could scream out my thanks for each and every one of you on a daily basis. You mean that much to me. And now that I've chosen a city for next year, I can't wait to see what life has in store for me. I'm over the moon and can't wait to experience everything.

Always thankful for your undying support.

Much love,



Amanda Van Hierden said...

Rebecca- I'm not done praying for you. It still cracks me up that our face time is less than 3 hrs... but you've been an AMAZING encouragment to through MY crappiest year of my life <3 Just wish I coulda been there more for you. I still joke about my online relationship with you- the first thats really worked out =) hahahaha Luv you.

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