best best BEST!

One year ago today, I met my bestest friend.


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Both new in town, we found each other on We were instant friends and barely talked to any of the other people in the group. We booked our second date right away—dinner the following week. It was the first of many weekly dinners—a standing date for “Monday Night Dinner” with my BFF.

We bonded fast.

Over things like running . . .

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and wine . . .

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Mid-Western roots . . .


Dancing . . .


And more wine. Open-mouthed smile

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She’s always up for anything

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and makes ordinary days feel special.


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We’ve celebrated birthdays

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And holidays

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She is silly


and sweet


and thoughtful.


She buys me sunhats so people will stop “ma’am-ing” me


She makes me laugh


and try new things.


She poses for cheesy photos for the blog

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and cheers me on no matter what.

She does goofy things with me that no one else will do . . . like playing board games . . .

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and climbing things. Winking smile

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She knows when I need a cocktail

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{um, always}

and when I need someone to listen.


She does ridiculous things with me


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She welcomed me into her little family

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and made me smile when I couldn’t find anything to smile about.



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and for that, I am eternally grateful. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I couldn’t have asked for a better friend.

She’s going through a tough time right now, and I hate it that I can’t be there with her. But Danielle, I hope you know that wherever we are . . .



or far


You’re in my heart.


I love you, friend!



17 thoughts on “best best BEST!

  1. Danielle Byard says:

    oh my goodness…more tears! But happy tears! But kinda sad tears because I miss you! Happy Anniversary! I love you so so so much! I am blessed to have met you and have you as a friend with a huge part in my heart. LOVE YOU!!!! xoxoxo.

  2. survivingcandyland says:

    This is such a sweet post. It makes me really sad because I miss my best friend. We live miles and miles apart, so I only get to see her every couple of months.

  3. awww melissa~this was the sweetest post. it was adorable and it showed me what a great person and friend you are!! i love that the two of you bonded instantly and have so many happy memories!!! blessings to danielle during her rough patch….i hope it all works out for her very soon! xoxo
    p.s. you TWO are just so darn cute!

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