by Ellen in

I am a superlative girl. I use the suffix -est more than your average human. Let's pretend that I never do that. In this hypothetical situation, it would be these people that are the greatest, wonderful-est, nicest, funniest, silliest, encouraging-est, BEST people that are in the world:

Until I looked through all these pictures, I never realized how many people God has brought into my life through the Episcopal church. Church friends, camp friends, priest friends, life friends, neighbors, volunteers, colleagues.... these are the people who are making a difference in the world, and who I feel so blessed to know. I mean, I have a lot of other friends, and they mean a lot to me, too. But for some reason, these are the people that I've had the privilege of experiencing their views on God, ministry, relationships, and servanthood. We've been up and down together, and I feel like I've gotten to share something special and different with each of these people. While I was going through these photos, I was overwhelmed with love for each of friend, and no matter how far I am away from them, they will always be in my prayers and on my mind. These photos are only a small representation of the wealth of love and friendship that I get to be a part of on a daily basis, and I can't thank them enough for giving me the encouragement and support to follow my real life dreams. And to think, there's so much of that to go around! God's love is truly amazing.

And then there are these people:
These 2 are the most important to me. 2 and half years ago, they were friends that I always enjoyed separately, somehow weaseling my way into both of their families and just staying there. Now, they are friends that I enjoy both separately AND together, because THEY are my family. Thank GOD Elise didn't start dating some stranger while we were living together, or things would have been VERY different. It was all a part of my master plan to take over the world. Tomorrow: world peace.

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