Sunday, March 22, 2009
As one of my favorite songs from the musical Wicked says,
"I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them, and we help them in return..."
This post is dedicated to one of those people in my life:
This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to California to see my roommate, Katie, marry the man of her dreams. Roommate...that word doesn't even begin to describe what Katie means to me.
Katie and I grew up in the same home town, but we managed to avoid becoming friends with each other until we moved to BYU for college and ended up on the same floor of the dorms. Since then, we have often we have often joked that it took moving a thousand miles for us to become best friends.
I spent the majority of my college years goofing around with Katie, her twin (Kristy), and our other best friend/roommate (Holly). These girls are responsible for so much of the person that I am today. They helped me get out of my comfort zone, talked me through the hard times, celebrated the good times, made blanket forts and bread with me, and engaged in a host of other random activities. They were constant examples to me of the kind of person I wanted to be, and we encouraged each other to improve ourselves.
After Holly and Kristy got married in 2007, Katie and I developed a deeper bond as friends. For the last year and a half, I have shared my room and my life with this girl. I have learned from her and simply enjoyed having adventures with her. Katie is dedicated to her work, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and her family. She is level headed and logical. She doesn't worry about things that don't matter. She does what needs to be done and takes a matter-of-fact approach to life. She is passionate about making people feel loved and has no desire to build herself up in front of other people. She is happy to serve quietly in the background. For all of these things, and many more, I admire her.
Now, as she embarks on this new adventure of marriage, I have every confidence that she will employ these same characteristics to have a happy home for many years to come. I am grateful that she has found a man to complement her in every way. They are not perfect, but they are perfect for each other.
May every happiness be yours, Katie. I think you're off to a good start...