My 7 year-old niece and I were talking today about BFF's - you know "Best Friends Forever." We were discussing if family members can be your BFF, or if that's just for "friends." I don't remember the outcome of the conversation, but I think I'm pretty sure I know who my BFF is. You're looking at her.
The words that I would use to describe Bridgette would be the following: fun, faithful, friendly, humble, content, gracious, beautiful.
Fun: I met Bridgette at a summer camp. Many of our memories together are based on the times we had together on those hot, humid afternoons.
Faithful: When my Mom called to tell me that she had brain cancer, I picked up the phone and told Bridgette she had to come be with me. 15 minutes later, I was weeping in her arms... smelling the Panera she brought me, of course. :)
Friendly: Everyone likes Bridgette. Enough said.
Humble: Bridgette has worked so hard for everything in her life and is so deserving of it all. She ALWAYS puts other people in front of her own self/desires.
Content: Bridgette takes NOTHING for granted. NOTHING. She appreciates life for what it is - life that she is able to live. She is seriously as happy with little as she would be with much.
Graciously Beautiful: I combined the last two adjectives because I don't know that I need to explain her further. Especially if you know her, you know what I mean!
She'll always hold a special place in my heart because she was so close to my sweet Momma. They share the same name, and I know why. One certain people have that name. Momma loved Bridgette because she, 15 years ago, saw the character in her that I see now that I am older. One day I hope to have a daughter named "Bridgett," which is the spelling between my Momma "Bridget" and my sweet friend "Bridgette."
In exactly 3 weeks, I'll be watching Bridgette drive away with her new husband, and I'll be crying. Tears of PURE JOY - I'm so grateful for this man - who cares so deeply for my friend. I'm so grateful for the union that I'll get to experience. It's truly something that we have desired for a long, long time.
I know that he'll make her smile forever...
...And, if he doesn't, I'll come after him. And, I'll bring Rodney Beasley. :)
I love you, Bridgette.
Chad, I'm so happy that you're marrying my best friend. I'm excited to share this journey called life with my new "brother-in-law."