Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Introducing...the BFF

Blog Bash
Continuing with the Blog Bash over at Not Your Average Teen, Brittany has asked us to write a post with the theme of "rekindle" to bring back some memories of our high school years. I thought for a while about what I would want to share. I have some really wonderful & some really horrible memories from high school. Don't we all? But I decided that the most important thing I could share about high school (aside from meeting my husband senior year) is to share with you about my best friend Diana.
(By the way - these pictures are not placed to match the specific events I'm talking about necessarily. I just picked out best pics! They are in chronological order, though.) 
Me on the far left & Diana on the far right - Junior Year of HS
It was Freshman year of high school & she had been a homeschooler up until this grade. She was new to this type of school environment to begin with. We went to a private Christian school that I had attended already for 3 years before this. Diana was growing out her bangs & decided to wear a headband every day. She was super cute, but for some reason this larger man-shaped girl decided she was going to break Diana's headband & proceeded to tell everyone in our English class that she was going to do it. Diana hadn't gotten to class yet, but I overheard all this gloating. So when Diana entered the room & sat down, I picked up my stuff & sat beside her & decided right there that we were going to be friends. Nobody was going to be breaking her headband on my watch!
Me in the middle & Diana on the right - Senior year of HS
Well, continue through the next couple of years & Diana was there through good & bad. I remember spending the night at her house countless times, chatting about boys & life & the future as we fell asleep. I remember shopping & laughing & talking & eating. We loved McDonald's fries. I went to cheer/dance competitions with Diana & her family. I rode my bike to her house when things at my house got crazy.
Me & Diana in Florida after graduation
Everything got really fun when she got her Purple Toyota Tacoma for her 16th birthday! It was ON then! We had a "Junior Year Mix" that included fabulous rap songs like "What's Your Fantasy" by Ludacris. Oh we were cool. We dyed my hair on a regular basis - I was very adventurous with hair color. We were pretty adventurous in general - for a couple of private school girls. I remember getting in her truck after school, taking off our solid color school uniform polos to reveal our super cute tees underneath & then rolling down the windows & jamming our mix.
Me & Diana in Nashville last year
We got closer as time went on. We were there for each other through a varying degree of rough situations. I fed her chocolate pudding when she had her wisdom teeth removed & she held my hand when my world fell apart. I've held her hand several times when her world did the same. I've always known I could count on her & I've always tried to be a friend she can depend on.

Me & Diana at her 25th birthday party
After high school, we took a trip to Florida to stay in my grandfather's condo & we bid farewell to our high school years. That December, we moved in together in my grandmother's old house. We were perfect roommates. We went different directions in a lot of ways
in college, but the bond between us never faltered. We lived together, but we didn't hang out in the same circles, but whenever we were together, things picked up right where they left off.
Me & Diana at one of my baby showers
The year we turned 20, we both got married & she had her first baby girl. She was 8 months pregnant in my wedding, but she still served as my matron of honor. We started weekly dinners at this point to make sure that we could maintain our friendship through the craziness of marriage, kids, jobs, etc. After she had her second baby girl when we were 22, our weekly dinners turned to Saturday lunches & shopping trips. Those continue even now.
Diana holding Isis right after birth
As time has gone on, our relationship has grown & changed & I feel closer to her now than I've ever felt to a friend in my life. To have someone you can count on - who sees your darkest secrets & is willing to stand next to you anyway - is a gift I don't even know I'll ever fully comprehend. No one besides Lewis has ever shown the degree of loyalty & companionship that she has shown me. I see her as family. Her girls are practically cousins to Isis & Diana is the same as an aunt. She was there when I delivered Isis & she will be there when I delivery any future children.

Me & Diana at Eclipse last week!
She is an important part of my life & that relationship started in high school. I know so many people lose touch with their high school friends or their high school boyfriends, and although I have definitely moved past the high school stage, my best friend has grown up with me & my boyfriend became my husband. I am now going on 6 years of marriage with Lewis & more than 12 years of friendship with Diana.

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Dawn said...

Awww I love stories like this!!! Congrats on 12 years of friendship!

I gotta work on my BB posts but I dont have time to SIT and type em all out! LOL

Colleen said...

Following you back through Tuesday Tap-Along. :) Thanks for stopping by!


SugarBooty said...

What a beautiful story! Following you back for the FMBT!

Sandra said...

See, I shouldn't read your blog 'cause then I just want to turn around and do the same thing. What a great idea featuring your BFF!
BTW congrats on your Sugar Doll award from Holly! Clearly you are a doll so I'm not surprised and it definitely went to the right person!

Belly Charms said...

I am a new follower and what a fantastic story of friendship. My best friend from high school lives 10 hours from me. We see each other once a year:) Thanks for stopping by:)

Crystal said...

What a wonderful story about your friendship! I have a friend like that too, only distance keeps us from actually getting together :( But we talk often and she is considered an 'Aunt' to my kids as I am to her 3 girls!

Now I just have to figure out when to sit down and write my blog bash post, I have a crazy week!!

XiicepinkiX said...

Hello! I am from FMBT :-) I am really looking forward to your blog in the future! When you get a chance could you swing by my blog and follow me back ? Thanks!


The Nerdy Katie said...

Thank you for following, I am following you back :)

One Cluttered Brain said...

Aww, that is a wonderful story about friendship! YAY for friends!

Tracy said...

Such a sweet story! So great to have a friend so special.

Donda said...

That was a fantastic story!!!

Gina said...

You are just too stinkin' cute!! You are blessed to have a friendship like that. I love seeing us girls be really good at the "girlfriend" thing. Way to go!!

sexylegsandbody said...

Great pics and an interesting post. Thanks for sharing all of that with us.
Hope the rest of your week goes well.

mamahood said...

that is soooo amazing that you two have kept your friendship for so many years!!! Loved the pics too....great post =)

Teresa said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! your blog is cute... i'm following back =)

JoJo said...

Now why would anyone break a perfectly good headband for?!

This just makes me mad!

Psh some people.

Lovely story on friendship by the way. I'm the same way with some of my BFF's minus the children part...for now ;-).

Holly said...

You are SO blessed to have a friend like that! LOVE this!

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