I give you The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
There exists a strange relationship between an older brother and his little brother, especially when the little brother all of a sudden becomes not so little. I remember coming home from college and seeing him grow a beard, surpass me in height, and ultimately become a man. An excellent one at that. I remember when our mother used to dress us exactly alike when we were boys and how much we hated it…Here’s to one more round of that come September!
Hailing from the country of Brazil, Alex has always been a man of culture and academia who enjoys the finer things in life. Though we were convinced he was a thug upon first meeting him, we soon realized that Alex is a man who values things well. Whether it be friendship, conversation, integrity, or the gospel, Alex is a humble leader and a loyal friend.
To know Rob is to laugh often. Our honest conversations, adventures across America, and musical endeavors have often led to fits of unstoppable laughter. Rob’s creativity and delivery would shame some of SNL’s most accomplished personalities. Our friendship has withstood many seasons of change and growth. I am truly honored to have such a close brother stand with me on this day.
Aaron had a huge part to play in how I met Kelly. He was the one who suggested we visit this girl I had not met yet who would eventually turn my life completely upside down. The quotable songwriter with a kickback personality reminds me to slow down and take it easy because you never know who you might end up meeting when you do.
One of my oldest friends, Jacob Kindberg is also one of the most loyal people I know. We often joke that we are not men after our own hearts but the length of our friendship would prove otherwise. Jake always has a story to tell and a perspective to be be challenged by. His unwavering pursuit of what’s true, good and noble is something I strive to mirror.
Ralph has gotten me out of a jam multiple times since knowing him. He’s constantly been there to counter my irrationality with the wisdom of an Old Testament prophet…except probably hairier (He once shaved his beard so I could impress Kelly when we first started dating, but that’s a different story.). Ralph has always been there to remind me of the bigger picture and the way God sees his children. Plain and simple - Ralph lives out the gospel. Through him I repeatedly remember the hope of it’s reality.
And introducing the Bride’s Maids:
In friendship, one of Sophy’s finest contribution is her willingness to wander through a day with people. Her flexibility, spontenaity and zest for life has taken us through many moments of relaxing through a day as roommates, travel companions, co-creators of a household project, long breakfasts on the porch and so many other moments of delight i cannot list them all.
Growing up, Claudette was my role model. I looked up to her in every way. At some point, we coined the term sister-cousins, because we just didn’t feel like calling ourselves ‘cousins’ captured the kind of friendship we had. Although we don’t get to spend as much time together because of living in different cities, Claudette has been a very important part of my life for many many years. Together, we came up with more homespun performances at family birthday parties, church offeratories and sing-alongs at Emporium than i can even recall. And now, she brings those experiences to her three precious children. Long live the sister cousins for many generations to come!
Whenever I take a trip somewhere, I look for the most outrageous piece of jewelry I can find and I bring it back to heather as a souvenir. There is no bolder accessorizer than this friend of mine. There is also no craftier, resourceful, do-it-yourself spirited homemaker than Mrs. Schwartz. But beyond that, I adore Heather for the laughs, the honest conversations and truth speaking she has offered over the years. We met back in college as RA’s together where I would run down a couple flights of stairs to visit her. Now, years later, I drop by her house just a few blocks away. I hope we’ll always be neighbors!
This is the friend you can hear laughing from across the room.. maybe even the next room over. I have always loved the way Jazz brings humor and joy to any occasion. I guess we really forged our friendship when we had to share this little shoebox of a room at Mediterranean Village in Costa Mesa. There is such a beauty and honesty to how Jazz lives her days. My dear, vivacious friend!
Apart from family, she’s my longest friendship. We met just before high school and are going on 20 years as friends. We survived high school, long distance, living on opposite sides of the world, opposite [and same] sides of the country, temporary roommates… not to mention some incredible travel adventures, birthday parties and more. I will forever credit Beth for teaching me loyalty in relationships. Beth is one of those women who I regularly find myself telling stories about because the courage she lives her life with almost always results in some sort of story I can pass along to encourage someone else. My sister, my friend.
Sweet, dynamite Belinda. My friend with tiny fingers. My friend who, when we’re in another country, will walk an extra 20 minutes so we can find a place off the beaten path with the best ambiance. There are so many unique parts to belinda, she’s hard for me to classify. We started out as friends and fellow RA’s at vanguard, were roommates, co-workers, travel partners on many a voyage and really, now, she just feels like a sister.