i was wrong. by the second week into my life in africa we were best friends.
maybe it was the cray cray dance parties.
or the time when i guarded the hut bathroom and found leaves for Aubs to use as toilet paper.
or the countless times we spoke without speaking at the nightly meetings that seemed like they lasted for hours.
or volunteering at Mbale Regional. laughing over our ridiculous outifts. holding her hand so she would be ok when we watched surgery. and crying together when we witnessed a dying baby struggle for life.
or maybe it was the "team crepes" from Chat n Chino.
or talking for hours in a crowded taxi. about everything. literally.
or the notes we wrote to each other. her encouragement and love kept me going even when i felt like i was all alone.
or sharing boda bodas- going everywhere.
or maybe it was laughing together at the antics of the kids at Impact Primary School. and wondering together how we could ever leave this place.
or the crazy late night parties.
or the times when we were both so grumpy, but we pretended to be happy.
or the time we rafted down the nile as "team moses."
or maybe it's
her optimistic attitude
her love for everyone around her
her ability to see people through Christ's eyes
her desire to do good in the world
her loyal friendship
her enthusiasm for life
her testimony of the Gospel
her party loving personality
her talent of making people laugh no matter the situation
i am so grateful aubrey and i are friends! there were times in africa when i had no idea why i was there, but i did know that i had been sent there to meet people- and one of them was aubrey. she has changed my life for the better. she is one of the few people who really knows me. she encourages me to follow my dreams. she i always there to listen to my sad/crazy/funny stories.
kids, this girl is amazing. (boys you would be lucky to date this girl because she is one of the best i know. did i mention she is gorgeous?)
well, today is her birthday and this is kind of a long birthday tribute i know (hopefully no one gets jealous). but aubs has been on my mind as of late and i am just thrilled to be called her friend!
Happy Birthday Cubs!!
*the nickname "cubs" originates from texting because when you text "Aubs" your phone will autocorrect it to "Cubs."