::a summer, a friend, & a giveaway!:: (Brooke)

Today’s post is kinda sappy. friend sappy.  

And today you get to tag a friend for a chance to win 2 prints:
one for you and one for her!
 

But first, let me share a friendship story with you:

I met my best friend 10 summers ago on a summer project with Cru in Ocean City, NJ. On the first day of the project I knew no one. The project director said, “For the first week two girls will need to share a king bed, who is willing?” Without much thought I raised my hand and at the same time she raised her hand. And from the first night of sharing a bed we haven’t stopped laughing and praying for one another through all life’s joys and sorrows. BTW: she claims I put a pillow between us to keep it s e p e r a t e d for that week. I don’t remember such things. 

But what I do remember from that summer is how much I laughed-like-deep, slightly always crying laughing. How from the first day of project she called me “joey” never Brooke unless she was getting stern– now the joey has evolved to “josie”. I don’t get it either. but I like it. I remember how on our free day each week we would drive to the next town for Target & Starbucks(pictured left) listening to Jars of Clay, windows down. I remember how on our one a week “date night with Jesus” we would always have a picnic on her bedroom floor before going separate ways for our extended time with the Lord.  I remember how early she woke up to go be with Jesus(& I think to go get coffee) and how that encouraged and challenged me.  I remember how we both had to be a part of a mandatory softball game and how we both were nervous wrecks and whiffed at every at bat.  I remember walking to Wawa daily so we could get fruit cups and soda.  I remember how we would harass the mailman every day when he would come to the project house, “BILL, ANYTHING FOR US!?!”.

There’s nothing like a summer with a new, dear friend.
There’s nothing like a lifetime with that same friend.  

I am so thankful to God for friends. They point us to Christ and remind us that everything is going to be okay.  They help us to dream and sit with us when we mourn. They remind us of the Hope and Future that is indeed ahead. 
  
“Because there really is nothing like good friends, like the sound of their laughter and the tones of their voices and the things they teach us in the quietest, smallest moments.”  -from Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

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To celebrate the friends in our lives my Bestie has donated two prints from her cute, cute shop! The print is 8×10(inspired by a Hillsong United song) and will look fantastic in your dorm room or around your house.  To enter to win: tag one friend on facebook or twitter or instagram with this post—AND comment below with your name and email address & the name of the friend you tagged. You have til Saturday(3/22) evening at 5pm to enter. We will announce the winner later that evening!
*You don’t need to be a Tidewater Cru student to enter*   

A friend loves at all times.  Proverbs 17:17

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