So Saturday the last of my three Senior girls moved into college. Danielle is going to Meredith which is right up the street from the church but it still feels so far away. Danielle and I have been close over these last 6 years and it has been amazing to watch her grow up to be the beautiful young lady that she has become. She has grown not only literally but also spiritually. She delivered the message on Senior Sunday.
Danielle has a way about her that just draws people in. They want to be around her and with her because she is someone that is in the moment with you when you need her to be.
I have so many wonderful memories of Danielle. I can't even begin to tell you how many adventures we have had together. One of my favorite memories is our first ASP together. I didn't know her very well at the time but we bonded over that week. I remember sitting in the back seat of the van with the seat laid back and her leaning over the seat and taking selfies of us looking up at the camera. The smile that she had in those pictures is the same smile she brings with her anytime that you see her. It is an amazing smile that can light up a room.
I have always loved to watch her perform in theater and see that smile as well as the emotion on her face as she acted out her different roles and parts. She takes everything she does so seriously and that showed on the stage even when she had the smallest of parts.
I am going to miss her a lot not just because of everything she did for the youth group but because of everything she did for me too. She was so active in everything we did and she always wanted to take a leadership role. She was the first one to step up and always had a way of knowing the right thing to say. It is going to be hard to do youth group without her.
All three of our seniors made huge impacts on what we have accomplished as a Youth Group. They were all amazing and will go forth to do amazing things in life. They have made huge impacts on St. Mark's, on the youth group, and on me. I can't wait to see where life takes them.
This was just a small part of their giant journey of life. I am just thankful that God put them here when he did so that we could witness their love, their growth, and they amazing abilities.
I am proud of all of you! Thank you for all that you have done...
And now we must exist stage right and move on to the next act!