05/08/2008 at 2:15 am 1 comment

i have one final left, and i’m steadily progressing. since i feel like i might actually get some sleep tonight, i thought i’d take some time to post.

the other day, a friend of mine was talking about her grades and the amount of time she had put into studying this semester. she has awesome grades because of that. my grades have been pretty good this semester, they could probably be better, but i realized that i really care about relationships and the time i spend with people. to be quite honest, i would never trade my relationships for her grades. i am SO grateful for the people in my life here in arlington. it took a while to find some of them, but it was well worth it. i love walking through and living life with you.

there are also a few couples entering my life that i think i’m really gonna enjoy getting to know. people that haven’t really known me very long but have invested in and accepted me already. you know those people that you automatically connect with and instantly love?

the new ones have made me think about the ones who have been around and how much they have really made their mark on my life. for this post, i’m going to limit my “shout-outs” to a few couples, although couples aren’t the only ones who have made a difference in me. but i absolutely love the idea of two people who love each other and live their lives to love other people. this list of people mean so much to me. i don’t keep up with them near enough, but they’ve made HUGE impacts on my life, what i think, & who i am.

jesse & becky garate: by far the MOST GENEROUS people i’ve ever known. they have lived their lives to invest in people, more specifically students and have done it so well. their relationship is the definition of love, and you are guaranteed to laugh and have a good time when hanging out with them. impossible not to love.

david & meghan azam: my high school youth minister & his wife who are to this day great friends.  once again, a couple who has given their lives to genuinely care for others. they make a mean cup of coffee, host fun game nights, have comfortable couches, and aren’t afraid to open them up to share. i’ve had some of the greatest conversations. they are expecting their first child. they will make fantastic parents.

chris & liza kinsley: this is the couple that made the biggest impact on me when i moved to birmingham. they would have me over & we would  just hang out. in a place that was so far away from home, they opened theirs to me and made me feel so welcome. they are great cooks and two individuals that fit so well together. i admire who they are as people and they way that they give and give and give and give and love.

 coby & jennifer colley: coby was my college minister my freshman year in college & jennifer led a small group in the dorms. these people know how to have fun. their hearts are so pure and they are some of the most welcoming people i know. great friends. my only regret is the amount of time we got to spend together. wish there was more. they are also expecting their first baby. so excited for them.

andrew & katharine farley: talk about impact! drew is the pastor of lubbock bible church, which is a place where i would say i experienced the majority of my growth as a believer. people who really care about who you are and making sure you understand who that is as a follower of Christ. oh the impact that will make! katharine can cook unlike anybody else, and they also opened their home on sunday nights for college students to have dinner and partake in a bible study that i would put up against any other. (not that it’s about whose is better, but this was SO LEGIT) if you live in, around, or ever visit the lubbock area, check them out here:

jerod & april morales: jerod is my cousin and april fit in the moment we met her. i think that the first time we met her a few years ago we played popcorn games in my living room til 2am and fought against jerod- brazilian jiu jit su style (sp). yes, the girls won. every time i hang out with them i am encouraged by their relationship, love for the Lord, and for other people. like a few other couples, they will be having their first baby soon, and i think it’s just wonderful.

i know there are TONS more. you know who you are if you’ve affected me. just wanted to say thank you, it means so much. the list is currently growing…


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a blog break & some serious gamers… honored…

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  • 1. Jerod  |  05/14/2008 at 1:44 pm

    hey abby, we miss you cousin. next time you come down, we’ll make some popcorn and go another round! and as far as jiu jitsu – you’re technique is definitely not sufficient!


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