Tonight we had our farewell banquet…many tears, much laughter…we had a time of affirmation for each person in the program, and it was remarkable…hearing people voice their feelings, how others have impacted their lives…it was SO moving! It has made me realize that I love these people quite possibly more than I have ever loved a group of people (besides my extensive “family” in Williamsport, PA). I am completely drained emotionally. The tears that have been building up inside for the past couple of days have not yet been cried…and I doubt they will for awhile. I have so many fond memories of this amazing city, these amazing people…
To my co-workers at the Gingrich Group: I love you all–and you have no idea how much of an impact you have had on my life. Each one of you have said something, or done something that has stuck with me. I was so close to tears when I left you today…you have given me such an amazing experience here, and I will NEVER forget you all. Thank you for your patience, your understanding, your kindness, your generosity; you are amazing!!!
Mike–Yes, I have thanked you so many times already, and I am yet again at a loss for words, but I will thank you again. You are such an amazing friend…absolutely unforgettable. Thank you for your wise words, your kind heart, your listening ear, your love for life and your ability to make me think in new ways about common subjects. I will never forget you, or the times we have shared in Washington. You mean more to me than you realize.
All of Apartment One–I love you guys. You have made me feel so valued, so respected, so loved throughout this semester. I have had such a great time hanging out in “my other apartment” with you all. You are such godly examples, such amazing young men. I cannot wait to see where God is going to take you! Thank you for investing in my life…and for teaching me so much (that is both a good thing and a bad thing!!)
To my roommates (Apartment 7)–
I was so concerned about who I was going to share these 4 months with before I came to DC…I was so amazed the first conversation we shared, on the roof, where we talked about our fears, our dreams about the semester…you are all incredible women who have all impacted my life, my thinking, my faith in one way or another. Thank you for putting up with my silliness! i know that I am unique (LOL) and I appreciate your love and kindness towards me. 🙂 You are so wonderful and I love you!!
My last night here at ASP with everyone…I must go enjoy it fully!
Countdown to California: 4 days (I think)