|The girls, from left to right: me, Brandi, Tara, Michelle (2001)|
As the college nights grew longer, our bonds grew stronger. We lived together in dorm rooms and apartments, sharing everything from bathrooms to clothes. Our time at UNC-G didn't exactly provide us with prestigious degrees, but I'd do it all over again just to find friends like these girls.
|Snow day outside our apartment (2003)|
|Teaching Fellows semi-formal at UNC-G (2002)|
Over the past thirteen years, we've sat together through classes, doctors appointments, and graduations. We've held each other during break-ups and stood by one another through weddings. We've laughed and cried, fought and made-up. We've celebrated babies and new jobs, and now laugh at the fact that not one of us is teaching today.
|My wedding day (2006)|
|Meeting Lily and Kaleb (2007)|
|Ethan's 1st birthday party (2010)|
Our adventures have taken us to small towns and big cities, beaches and mountains, frat parties and wine cellars. Some years, a full 365 days will pass before we see each other again and we spend an entire weekend making up for lost time.
|Top of the Rock, NYC (2012)|
|Blue Ride Parkway (2012)|
|Myrtle Beach, SC (2012)|
|Pigeon Forge, TN (2006)|
We all just returned home from one of those weekends, and my appreciation for these girls and their friendship is off the charts. We're spread all across the state - from Angier to Asheville - but never more than a phone call away.
|Duplin Winery (2013)|
Thirteen years ago, I had no idea that our friendship would grow into such a foundational part of my life - or that we'd still make time for each other after the husbands and jobs and babies came. But it is, and we have, and I honestly don't think I could be more thankful.
|Emerald Isle, NC (2010)|
|Emerald Isle, NC (2011)|
|Emerald Isle, NC (2013)|
"Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."