Drew Patton,

As I begin to write this, all I can think about is cake. I wish more than anything that I had a cake directly in front of me, ready to eat. I will forever associate you with cake and before you ask, yes, that is quite the compliment.

God's timing continually baffles me. From existing in similar spaces around Portland at the same time and somehow never meeting one another or nearly working the same job to FINALLY meeting one another months ago but not sharing a meaningful conversation until a few weeks back, I am beyond grateful to know you. It is such a joy to learn more about what makes up Drew Patton. Your demeanor is humble, your fashion impeccable, and your jokes brimming with wit.

I don't think I will ever tire of the warm feeling that accompanies a shared story. To see someone grow from a place of self deprecation into a community where they're fully loved is a gift from God. Drew, your story is beautiful and I can't wait to see how it unfolds and blossoms.

Thank you for meaningful conversations in sketchy places.

Thank you for Fish.

Thank you for the way you observe life with such a thoughtful eye, seeking out a lesson in every situation.

Thank you for the way you earnestly desire to know people. Seeing you interact with others inspires me.

Thank you for stepping into my life and becoming a part of my story.

Drew, you're the eel's ankle, the snake's hip, and the cat's pajamas. Simply put you're striking. I'm so thankful for you.