You’re reading part six of my 30 day blog challenge. Here’s what you’ve missed so far:

Day 1 — Your best friend – Rachel
Day 2 — Your vices – Just Read It
Day 3 — Your parents – Barry & Carla
Day 4 — Your siblings – Barry & Daryl
Day 5 — Your dreams – I’ve got lots

If there is one thing that I have learned about people: it’s that they are prone to disappoint you. Friendships, as with anything else in life, are seasonal at best. There are exceptions to the rule, however and my brave best friend is one of them.

Back in the summer of 2006, a group of friends went to one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville – Sunset – for a going away party to celebrate our friend Aaron. I knew most of the people there, but there were some that I did not. I had heard of one of the girls at the table but, with a name like Rowdy, how could I not? She stood up and said “HEY! I’ve got 10 free tickets to the Hootie and the Blowfish show next week…who wants to go?” Crickets. It was so out of the blue! My thoughts? I like concerts. I like Hootie. I love free! I slowly raised my hand and said “I’ll go!” The next week, we had a pre-show barbecue. This is the first of MANY adventures we’ve had:

There was the time we went spelunking:

The time we built a snowman…

and the time we went to the fire station:

These are all just the tip of the iceberg. We had FUNNNN.

But there’s a reason I call her my brave best friend. She’s fearless. In everything. But in the past two years, the Lord really put his hands all over her. She quit her Master’s program, moved home to Florida, then off to Colorado where she really found the way He was calling her. She’s in month 3 of an 11 month race around the world called, oddly enough, The World Race. In each place, she and her team are doing missions and diving in to the depths of depravity to show the love of Christ. And coming from a non-believing family and a lot of her own demons, this is a miracle and so humbling to watch. Please, keep up with her blog and join me in praying for her. Or, if you feel led, donate to her trip! I guarantee God will stir your heart through her words.

Back in February, she came to visit me. We discussed our favorite birthdays, as it was her birthday weekend. Mine was my 13th. My parents took me and a couple of friends to Houston for the weekend. We went to Astroworld one day, stayed in a really great hotel, and went to F.A.O. Schwartz and the Galleria the next day. It was amazing and I felt so special. On her 13th birthday, she plowed the back field at her parents house. That was so foreign to me because a.) birthdays are big deals in our house and b.) I can’t even operate a normal lawnmower properly. But the very next day, my parents surprised us and had us go stay overnight in Houston at a really nice hotel, went to dinner, and shopping at the Galleria. My parents gave her money for her trip and everyone was crying. She got my birthday! I’ve always considered her a sister, but that weekend solidified it. My parents took her in, showed her love and treated her just like one of their own because she mattered to me. Again, I have the BEST parents.

Rowdy is the most brave person I know. And she encourages me to be brave just by knowing her. I hope you find yourself as moved by her as I am. This world would certainly be a less exciting place without her.

Day 7 — Your job
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend that you’ve never met
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — Your dream vacation
Day 13 — Something you’re looking forward to
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — The place you wish you were from
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Something that makes you different
Day 20 — Your favorite television shows
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Your pet peeves
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — A life changing moment
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The thing you most enjoy doing
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — Your talent
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror