happy hump day, y'all!
today's post is special because i want to introduce y'all to adina, one of the sweetest people inside and out that i've had the blessing of having in my life!
adina and i went to the same school and met at cheerleading tryouts when she was a freshman and i was a senior. she's a boss cheerleader so she obviously made it, and we had so much fun being cheer sisters. our school also had a program called big sis/lil sis between freshmen and seniors, and i thought adina was the sweetest little thang so i picked her to be my lil' sis! we were destined to be kindred hearts forever! i STILL have the sweetest notes adina wrote me from big sis/lil sis! we had such a fun year cheering together, and i never even considered the grade difference as a "thing."
fast forward four years, we'd both graduated from high school and were attending UTSA when i sent adina a facebook message asking if she wants to be my assistant cheerleading coach at the school we both cheered! she probably had no idea what she was signing up for when she said yes, but i've thanked the lord over and over again that she did!
we've been through some of the most fun, craziest, hardest years together. we just finished up our third and last (for now!) year coaching together and what a journey it has been! i could never have imagined the amazing impact this woman of god would have on my life. she may be four years younger than me, but i am CONSTANTLY learning from her. her relationship and walk with the Lord are INCREDIBLE. you could not find a more genuine lover of jesus. she has honestly become one of my role models over the years. no matter what we were going through in our lives the last three years, we were always ready to listen and pray for each other.
i remember sitting outside of our tumbling place after practice one day a year or two ago and just spilling our guts and fears about not knowing or understanding yet what God had in store for our futures. we sat there talking for AT LEAST an hour about our uncertainties, and even though we didn't solve anything that night, it was such a relief for me to have a friend who knew exactly what i was feeling and would be praying for me.
we've had some of the most fun times sitting in practices jabbering or wondering how we've made it through yet another year of cheer camp or at the top of the bleachers during a game laughing our faces off or on the multiple hour long drives back and forth from competition! i can't say enough how much fun i've had with this girl the past three years, and i cannot imagine the past three years without her.
over the past three years, i've probably talked to adina more than anyone. we'd text from around 9-9:30am to the time to went to cheerleading, then we'd be with each other during cheerleading, and then after cheerleading ended at 5:30, we'd start texting again (sometimes even on our drives home)! haha adina always jokes that she can predict when i'm going to text her because it would always be at certain times in the mornings on certain days- never failing! she just knows me too well!
we've had an unspoken vow never to call each other unless the sky is falling. if i looked down and saw adina's name on my caller ID, i knew right away it was about to get crazy! we both loathe talking on the phone, but if one of us called the other, you know you've got to call back because it is huge! we'd laugh about how short and to the point all of our phone conversations OR how we were both just going off taking turns ranting and raving to the other. we can always count on each other not to force the other to have a phone conversation that isn't necessary!
i could go on and on about this girl, but i will stop because i'm running out of time on my free wifi break.
to adina: thank you so so much for the blessing you've been to my life for the past three years. i never could have imagined how special you would become to me over our years together. sometimes i can't decide between you being like my little sister and you being my role model. i'm so proud to even know you and call you my friend. i'm proud of the woman of god i've watched you grow and mature into on a daily basis, and i'm so blessed to have been a part of your journey. i would not have made it through the cheer years without you! i know that god has some of the most amazing plans for your future, and i hope i can keep being a part of your life. i consider you to be more than just a friend- you've become like a sister! this isn't goodbye, sweet girl! this is an official invitation to my future wedding too! i love you so stinking much back and can't wait for our first coffee date! WE MADE IT!
y'all should all go check out adina's blog called Thoughts on Daisies to see our cute little faces from hs to now! she wrote the sweetest post about our journey together also, and she used all the good pics so you can see them here! i did steal a couple though. thank you very much!
so now that i'm sitting in dunkin' donuts bawling like a fool, i'm going to go "pull myself together" (as adina says) :)
have a blessed day, ya'll!