Every single time I think about you, I am overwhelmed with a smile. One of those goofy smiles that nearly extends from ear to ear.
From time to time I think back on our middle school/high school years and LAWD... we were absolutely inseparable. From church to choir to musicals to phone calls EVERY night to shared journals (shoutout to Caitlin), we spent each moment possible together. And one thing I cherish about our friendship is that, seeing you after years apart didn't change a thing.
Kristina, you are still a bundle of fun, joy, and sincerity. You make everyone around you feel so loved. You work hard and inspire me with your ambition. You've loved me as whole person, even before I let you in on the parts of myself that I wanted to hide from the world. Laughing with you is still one of my favorite things to do.
Thank you for years of friendship and love.
Thank you for helping shape me into the man that I am today. I would not be nearly as kind and thoughtful if it wasn't for you.
Thank you for challenging my faith. You showed me that not everything is as black and white as the evangelical church would like us to believe.
Thank you for letting me be a part of your story. It's an honor to be your friend.
Kristina Hope, I love you so much!