Monday, January 26, 2009

Blessed with Friends!

Liberty wrote a post recently about 'Y' she likes living in Provo. I would have to say that my top reason is all the friends and family that I am surrounded by. It is so nice to have so many people around that I love and care about.

On Saturday, my friends Lexy, Crystal, and Emily threw me a baby shower. They all love to throw parties and it could not have turned out more perfect. The food was to die for! (pork salad, a poppy seed salad, taco soup, yogurt parfaits, and cute coconut cupcakes, with delicious lemonade). The games were way fun (although everyone was a little competitive). And I am so thankful for so many wonderful friends who bless my life everyday. During the shower Lexy had everyone go around and say a little something to me about how I was going to be a good mom, advice, or what not. I have been thinking a lot about that moment and I want to return all the compliments. So, I am going to tell you something I appreciate about each one of my friends.

Lexy: Wow! Lexy is the party planner and fun starter. She knows how to be a hostess and remembers everyone's names and lives. She truly cares about people and their needs. She love to socialize and I appreciate her sacrificing her time, home, money, and everything else to throw me a baby shower. I also promise Lexy the baby will always remember her even if she is the only person who creepily talks to my belly.

Emily Johnson: Emily is the quiet, steady friend. She is always there when you need her (and is a delicious cook). She is supportive and easy to talk to. Emily is a listener and easy going. I appreciate Emily's patience and love, as well as her salad and games! Emily introduced me to poker lol and makes the most amazing brownies.

Crystal: Crystal is my "go-to-girl"... she is my only friend that is close with a baby and so she has had to endure ALL of my questions, but even more so ALL and I mean ALL of Ty's questions ( I married a curious man who asks probably about a billion questions a day). Crystal is an amazing mother and I can only hope I will be as wonderful as she is. I love spending time with her no matter what we are doing and I love her little baby Trey. I am thankful for Crystal's laugh, conversations, advice, values, taco soup, games, and helping me with nursing questions.

Stephanie: Steph and I have been friends for a long time and don't spend a lot of time together lately, but it was so nice to see her on Saturday. Steph has always been a good friend and a good listener. I hardly have any memories that don't include Stephanie and so it was fun to share this with her too. Stephanie is just plain good at life and talented and sucessful. I appreciate her coming (even with a kidney stone), I appreciate her support and love and hope to spend more time with her even though I know she is extremely busy.

Randi: What would a party be like with out Randi's laugh? Randi just makes me smile. She won two of the games and I think was someone who needed to be watched for cheating! (just teasing you Randi). Randi is light-hearted, accepting, and easy going. She loves people regaurdless of their faults and I don't think I can remember a time when she said something mean about any one. I appreciate Randi's laugh, fun spirit, and conversatiosns!

Katy: Katy is my neighbor and I was so happy that she took the time to come on Saturday, even though she had to race from a soccer game. Katy is going to learn patience if my little girl is a crier because our room shares a wall with their room. Katy and Nate couldn't be better neighbors and have always been willing to help us out, play games with us, and mostly put up with us.

Liberty: My long lost sister... Liberty is the ultimate. She is always willing to do stuff for me and I am so glad she came back to Provo this fall and winter. Everytime Liberty comes over she brings me a treat lol (not that my chubby little pregnant body needs it), we have gone to lots of movies, ripped down wallpaper, painted together, and mostly enjoyed talking. Liberty has always loved me unconditionally and we can be totally open with eachother (although I am not sure I ever censor myself). I appreciate Liberty's selflessness, support, and friendship.

Kristy: If Kristy is anything-she is hilarious. I can't help, but laugh at every story Kristy has to tell. I have grown up doing pretty much everything with the Earl girls because our moms are best friends and Kristy always brings life to any party. I appreciate her fun attitude, free-spirit, and ability to keep any conversation going and everyone involved laughing.

Courtney: Another sister... Courtney has been my saving grace this year... she is my sub for dance and keeps having to take my classes. But more than that Courtney is such a blast and so easy going. She stayed with Ty and I over the weekend when she came down to Provo to sign up for classes and we couldn't have had more fun (or atleast I think we had fun). I am thankful for Courtney's friendship over the years and her quiet loyalty. She is a hard worker, loyal friend and beautiful girl.

Alise: My old roomate and long lost friend. Alise has been in LA because of her husband's internship and it was so nice to have her back in my life lol. I love Alise for so many different reasons, but mostly I am glad she was able to put up with me when I lived with her and Aarika my first year of school. Alise cares about people, is way more athletic than I, and can be friends with anyone. I was so glad to see her again.

Aarika: Another roomie...Aarika is also a long lost friend, but not because she was gone, I just haven't seen her forever. Aarika always listened to me babble on when I got engaged to Ty and we had so many wonderful gospel discussions. I am greatful for Aarika's testimony and love for others.

Emily McBride: One of my dear Africa friends. Emily went to Africa with Tyler and I and she is such a sweetheart. She often stops by and brings us cookies or comes over ever once and a while just to talk. Emily is one of those people who is full of kindness. She doesn't know what it means to be mean or rude. I watched her love every person she came in contact with in Africa and since. I appreciate her Christ-like love for all those around her.

Thank You All! I am so extrememely blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. Saturday was definitely a fun party, but more than that I felt the love of so many friends. Ty and I often ask ourselves why we are blessed with so many people that love us. I don't know the andwer, I just know - I have been blessed with friends.


Ashley said...

I'm happy your baby shower was so much fun! It's hard to be away from family, but when friends are there to share the moments that are most important to you it pretty much makes up for it!! I wish I could've been at your baby shower here...but just wasn't in town!!

Emily said...

I'm so glad I was able to come to your shower! Thanks for being such a good friend, and I'm so excited for the baby to come :)

Lori said...

In order to have a friend, you have to be a good friend. I have always admired what a good, kind, loyal and caring friend you have been growing up. I'm glad your MY best friend.