What would I do without this girl? I find myself thinking that question over and over again throughout the week. She is one of my go-to friends, an absolute delight, so funny, so friendly, so loving, and she teaches me so much!
Ashley and I had a rocky start, back in 2001 (oh gosh, Ash, has it really been over a decade?!). At that time, she was a spunky, sassy high school student, and I was the camp counselor who could not say anything right. We were pretty wary of one another for about six months, but when January 2002 rolled around, the new year brought with it a new friendship that I would come to treasure as one of my favorites.
After six months of non-friendly aquaintanceship, Ashley and I were forced to spend some time together at a church retreat. Although neither of us wanted to do so on the front end, by the end of the weekend, we were okay enough to exchange email addresses.
Remember, this is 2002. Exchanged email addresses can only mean one thing: MSN Messenger!
We ended up chatting quite a bit– especially about boys– and forging this strange online friendship that we kind of marveled at, considering our rough beginnings. By that next summer, we were fast friends, but our friendship was entirelyonline … until we met up again at camp.
I remember I was nervous about how it would go. Would we clash in person again? Would it turn out that we would just butt heads when we found ourselves in a real room together?
But we got along great this time around … and ever since! Over the years, I have been blessed to watch Ashley graduate from high school, go to Bible college, fall in love with my friend Tim, graduate from college, marry Tim, buy a house, and move to the Twin Cities. Now we see each other almost weekly, just the way I like it.
Eleven years is such a long span of time … Ashley went from being this sassy-mouthed punk teenager I was afraid of to being one of my very best friends, one of my favorite people! She is everything I want in a friend: kind, unselfish, honest, brave, COMMITTED, hilarious, loving, a good listener, and godly.
I love you, Ashley … see you in an hour for taquitos at Eir’s!