I have some pretty amazing friends

It’s late, and I should have gone straight to bed since I have to be up in 5 very short hours…but I have to give a really big thank you, and I want to do it right away.

I have some pretty amazing friends. They (very successfully) pulled off a ‘surprise party’ for me tonight, and I am blown away that I have friends who care that much about me. Allison, Yankey, Eric, Aeron, Combs, Mike, Lindsay, and Kristy all put together a little birthday bash for me, and I’ll admit it, I had no clue any of it was going on. Mad props on keeping it secret. But they had decorations, food and drinks, and even a cake with my favorite cake saying on it. I’ve never been a fan of big parties, and especially not surprise ones because I hate to feel like I’m the center of attention, but it was a really great time, and although I may be bad at showing my positive emotions (the negative ones tend to show much easier) I can’t tell you how good tonight made me feel. Especially once Eric stopped blowing the little noisemaker in my ear.

So to my very dear friends, I just want to say thanks. You guys rock my world, and I am so incredibly blessed to have friends like you. Here I go getting sentimental again–but I really can’t say just how much you all mean to me. If it weren’t for you guys, there is no way I would have made it through this far. I hate to think about how we are all starting to graduate and ‘move on’ with our lives and how we are nearing the end of such a great community, but thankfully the end of college is not the end of friendship; and through Christ, even the end of life isn’t the end of friendship (now is the appropriate time to start humming Friends are Friends Forever). Somehow I doubt that this brief writing has really done justice the way I feel about you guys, but hopefully I at least got the message across.

Wow. I’ve had a pretty amazing birthday.