I was always the odd one out growing up. I would start each year in my classroom sitting in a circle with all the other kids waiting to introduce ourselves. I would scan the faces opposite me and choose who was going to be my best friend. As you can imagine, this didn’t work as well as I had hoped. I would always pick the prettiest girls who turned out to be the most popular girls. I, on the other hand, had frizzy hair, huge glasses, and a speech impediment. Yeah, that went suuupppeerrr well….
At some point I gave up on needing a best friend. I stopped trying to fit in socially and settled into my marriage and my career instead. But somewhere along the way, God began blessing my socks off (because goodness knows this introverted girl didn’t make this happen). I look around an am amazed at the circle of friends I find myself in as I settle into my 30s. I have moms that drop off milk, diapers, and Tylenol when my husband is out of town. I have dozen people I can call and say, “What are you doing tomorrow, do you want to hang out?”. And I have a close circle of three woman that God has specifically placed in my life to challenge me (in all the right ways), uplift me, laugh with me, and cry with me. I am a better person because of these women. And two of them are the ones you see here.
One wears grace and the other wears gratitude, and they wear it well. This little stylized shoot (which I take no credit for – I just showed up to help document it!) rang in them turning 30 and “30+” and was filled with small mementos that represent who they are and the journeys they have been on both separately and together. It is a privilege to know and be known by these women and, yes, they are as fun as they look!