Valerie and I were best friends in high school. We met in seventh grade and stayed friends through the years. It’s so funny, because when we had sleepovers, we would dance, laugh, and be silly girls. When we were teenagers, the boy band New Kids on the Block was popular. (Yes, I am that old!) She and I would fanaticize about which guy we would marry. She had a crush on Donny, the bad boy. My crush was on Jonathan, because he was the cutest. Since she has moved to Virginia, we don’t get to see each other as often, but she will always be a dear friend.
My friend Stephanie, oh Stephanie! I just do not think I could have made it through the past twenty years without this girl. We have been there for each other through so many life challenges. We became friends when we were young and made some not so smart teenage decisions. We have gotten married, me twice. She was there through my divorce. We have seen each other begin the journey of motherhood, and even our children are friends. We held each other and cried when we each had miscarriages. She was there for me when Jason and I were trying to have a baby. She was there for me during the hormone injections, steroids, and the emotional roller coaster. I was there for her during her scare with cancer. I am so blessed to have her in my life. To have a best friend you trust and love is so special.