Tomorrow is a day I am not entirely looking forward to. Tomorrow I have to say goodbye to a friend that entered my life very quickly and changed my life very quickly. If any of you have known Shauna, you would know what a warm, kind, hilarious, loving, forgiving, respectful, and beautiful person she is. I'm not ready to say goodbye, even if it is just see ya later. I don't want to do it. Naturally I am the type of person that if i don't want to do something, I won't do it. I always had problems with authority growing up because of that. (It's an issue I'm dealing with, really trying to work on it, sorry mom) But in this case saying goodbye to Shauna is not something i can run from, hide from, or neglect to do. I have to face it. Just sitting here reflecting on my friendship with her is making tears stream down my face, and makes me feel a little emptier inside knowing she won't be here.
Shauna, please understand how incredibly excited I am for you and your journey ahead. Know that I am praying for you and am so proud of you for following the Lord, and living out his will for your life. You are incredibly gifted, and the people of Slovenia will be so immensely blessed by your work and hand in their lives.
Thank you my friend for being there for me when I needed you. Thank you for your advice, wisdom, laughter and sisterhood you blessed me with in the last year and a half that I've known you. I asked Jesus if I could have a friend like you in Corvallis and he answered my prayer within a matter of weeks. I didn't know it was possible to feel this close to someone so quickly in life, but you proved that to me. I will miss our movie nights, Mcmenamins nights, our movie quoting, our boy talks, our pillow talks, and everything else about our relationship that made it so real and fun. Thank you for being such a biblical sister to me, I love you more than you know. Wow, this was harder to write than i thought. Shauna... Im really crying right now. and Im not even with you. Oh man when I have to hug you goodbye tomorrow it might not be pretty.
I promise no marriage before you return. I can't have a wedding without one of my bridesmaids. I love you with all my heart, and I thank God for the friend I have made that will be with me for a lifetime. You are so special to me, and no one will be able to replace my Shauna Pants. So this one's for you my best friend, I miss you already so much, but I can't wait to hear how you are winning over lives for the sake of Christ. You are a blessing. I love you my Shauna Pants.
Love and Lots of Tissues