Monday, January 5, 2009

Bonnie... the Baptist Bachelorette

I met Bonnie the first week of my sophomore year of college at the BCM. She had short blond hair and was the most Baptist girl I'd ever met. She was quiet and reserved. Our relationship went as far as saying hello at the BCM and when I came to visit Megan and Charvi in the dorms. I didn't find out until much later that she was in my music class that fall semester. I didn't notice her for a couple of reasons. I was madly in love for the first time in my life and I spent most of that class wishing I were with Matt or writing my name with his last name - &- I always sat front and center and Bonnie was more of a middle girl. Apparently she noticed me because I always came late in sweats with my hair in the highest, messiest ponytail she'd ever seen. We laugh a lot about this now because this pretty much describes Bonnie and I to a T.

After going through a severe depression that Fall I moved out of a sorority house and back into the dorms with a random roommate. My best friend Megan left school after that semester and I was terrified. She had been my rock and now I was going to have to make it on my own. However, I found out quickly that I was far from alone. Spring semester Bonnie (& Ashley) let me lounge around on their dorm room floor, eat their food, and allowed me to be me without asking questions. After that semester Bonnie and I only got closer and over the years we have both changed. As Bonnie's hair got darker, her views on life changed too. Although we both hit bumps on the road, we came out on the other side stronger, more determined, and most importantly... better friends. I respect Bonnie for her convictions, her strength, and her relationship with Christ. She isn't afraid to apologize for her mistakes and her love is genuine.

Last year, this independent Baptist girl met the man of her dreams in a red headed weatherman named Clint. Instantly she was smitten and I got to see a side of Bonnie I had never seen before. Next month she will become a wife and begin an adventure that she never expected. Bonnie is giving her future husband the gift of herself for the rest of her life and I think Clint would agree that he got a good one.

Congratulations Bonnie and Clint!

This weekend those who love her celebrated Bonnie by going ice skating in Forest Park and eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I think the photos will speak for themselves.
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