If you know her, you are addicted. Even if you don’t know her personally you are addicted to her. She is just that type. You know the kind you meet for ten minutes but find yourself strangely magnetized to? And when you find out you get to spend more time with her on another occasion you get all giddy inside because you know she is going to make you feel like you are the only person in the whole world, even if you only get to talk to her for 30 seconds. That’s her. The one you never get enough of. The one you wish you always had more time with. The one who makes all the hard feel softer. The one who makes all the sad way happier. The one. Kara has been my friend for over a decade now (hard to believe, right Kar?).

She was first a student in my English class, then a yearbook staffer, and her senior year, the year I left teaching she was the yearbook editor. I knew, even though I didn’t see her every day that we would still be friends. There are certain people that come in to your life at a certain time for a certain purpose. Kara, for all these years, has continued to be in my life, and has continued to be as consistent as the tide and time.

I often think of how many of my former students, post graduation, have stayed in touch, and how our relationship shape-shifts from teacher/student, to true friends. One of my former students, Ashley West, is one of my very best friends. Kara, is another. The age gap doesn’t exist anymore.  Now we are just two people who share a mutual respect and love for each other and each other’s lives! Kara has become a friend who knows my heart and keeps it safe. I love her very much for that. She has helped me pursue dreams, has reminded me I have a place to fall, has kept my head on straight, and each time we are together, each time, she makes me feel like I am the most important and the most loved. I am am grateful for that. She is treasured in my life. I hope, I make her feel as loved as she does me.

Her wedding was just as we all expected it to be: gorgeous, breathtaking, and of course FUN!! What I kept thinking while I was there, however, was that nothing, not the dress, the shoes, the diamonds, the flowers, the details, cake, entertainment, nothing, was more beautiful than her and Kyle, and their relationship.

Kara IS the dress, she IS the shoes, she IS the cake, she IS and always will be the diamond!! This post is just for her!

I will share the rest (don’t worry, Kyle, your post is coming too!! I can’t promise it won’t be riddled with the funny things you say!! ;)) of the wedding soon!! I don’t know if she will ever know the depths and breadths of how important and special and loved she is by me, but I hope this touches the surface, just a bit!! Love you so much, Kar! Thank you for being so dear to me!! Thank you for sharing this time in your life with me!!

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Kar, You will always be a stunner, a charmer, an enchantress, and a warm soul and safe place!! Love you friend!!! xx Me

The rest, the two of the together, and all their pretty little details,are coming  up!!!

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