Laura threw us a going away party, because she’s awesome like that and we of course had tons of fun with the camera all the while. It was so nice to see some people that I hadn’t seen in years (and the people I see all the time, but can never get enough time with).
Laura, Jess, and little Tyler. I am going to miss them so much. I love having game nights with them and Laura has big such a huge support for me. When I moved up to Westminster, Laura was the first person in the interpreting program to introduce herself, save me seats in classes, and invite me over to study/hangout. Since then, she has been there for everything! She was there when I ended my first engagement, and just about every other life crisis I’ve dealt with since I’ve known her. She’s thrown me parties, made me Becky Baskets, and been my own personal therapist. We graduated together. I was there as soon as the doctors would let me visit to hold Tyler. As you can tell, I am going to miss her a ton. Friends like her are really hard to find. She’s the best.
This is Susie. She is the teacher in the first grade classroom that I interpret for. She keeps me sane. We have spent countless hours together this year and I am thankful for every one of them. We get along so well and it really made that classroom my safe place this year. Susie was the first one that saw me after my car accident and she’s been watching out for me and my shoulder every day since. She got the kids together to make me a “How to Make Miss Becky Feel Better” chart the day after the accident, which I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get rid of. She is an incredible Christian woman that God just blessed me beyond belief with. When I had a rough night/morning, I’d go in to school early and she’d pray with me and read Scripture with me. She let me vent my frustrations and always had the most gentle, wise advice. Susie took me out to lunch quite a few times this year and she just always has a way of knowing how I’m feeling and what I need. Sometimes it’s prayer, a hug, a joke, sympathy, or just a simple smile. She always just…knows. I don’t know what I’m going to do without that constant support in my next work environment!
Jordan was my roommate in the dorms at CSU for a semester and Candace lived next door. I have so many good memories with these two girls and I haven’t seen them since I left Fort Collins! Before I became Jordan’s roommate, there was one night that my other roommate wanted me out of the room. It also happened to be a night that I was really sick and had just taken a bunch of Nyquil. I don’t remember what happened exactly, but Jordan found me somewhere and offered to share her bed with me that night. She did and I remember becoming very close friends with the brick wall that her bed was pushed up against, but it was much better than the alternative and she was so sweet to take care of me (that continued after we became roommates, too). We used to try to plan our showers together so that we could go to the dorm bathroom and sing together. We decided we should make a CD of our songs and title it, “Shower Time With Becky and Jordan.” We rock the rounds of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” which is really funny because I had an alarm clock with nature sounds, including the sound of the ocean, and every morning Jordan would wake up scared to pieces that there was a tsunami in our room. 🙂
This is our model pose, by the way. I remember clicking with Candace immediately. Jordan, Candace, and I were all in the same Bible study in the dorm and we got to know each other really fast. Candace and I were accountability partners for a while and she just always seemed to understand. She was never judgmental and always had really sound advice. She was always so good at just listening and being able to relate to me. She was always the peacemaker in the dorms. Whatever conflict was going on, she’d try to go in and calm everybody down. She used to always tell us that the man she was going to marry would be able to tell her the exact color of her eyes (it’s quite a long, specific description). I’m still searching for someone to do that for her. 🙂
Not the best picture, but note the helium balloons. Laura makes a point to get me helium balloons at all of the parties she throws for me, because we never got helium balloons growing up. The balloons would be blown up and tied or taped to the ceiling and chairs. That’s nice too, but that makes the helium extra special.
This is my Liesl-head. We went to the same church in Fort Collins and we met at our small group. We were both in relationships at the time and tried clicking as couples, but really, it was Liesl and I’s friendship that bloomed. God’s good like that! Neither of us are in those relationships anymore and we’re still very good friends! Liesl has always been so true to her faith. She’s very real. She doesn’t have to hide parts of who she is, because she realizes she’s a work in progress and she’s helped me to realize the same. This girl has a heart for service and has been on tons on mission trips and gone all the way to Czech to serve others! We really haven’t seen each other much since I moved, but we have a very special friendship that just can’t be described. I don’t need to see her constantly to be close to her. We can be out of communication for months and as soon as we talk, it’s like we’ve been talking all along. I trust her and she’s just an awesome sister in Christ (that also makes me laugh like crazy, by the way).
This is Lindie. She’s another interpreter at the elementary school where I work and she also went through the interpreting program with me. She’s been awesome. Because we had the same training, it’s really easy to bounce ideas off of each other when it comes to interpreting issues, ethical dilemmas, boundaries, etc. We’ve gone out to dinner after work a few times this year and it seems like time just speeds up those nights. We’d sit down at 3:45 and next thing I know, it’d be 8pm! I’ve learned a lot from her and I’m really going to miss not working with her anymore.
It was an awesome day and I’m really glad these people were able to come. It was a crazy time to be having a going away party with all of the graduations (or people flying to Kazakhstan) going on. Moving is becoming more and more real now and it’s…scary.