Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stephy Bunny

I have so much to catch up on in Jerusalem, but there are some things that are just more important than that. MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED!! Stephanie Marie Gauger has been my best friend since we were 2. I literally cannot remember a time when we have not been friends. As everyone knows, I have a horrible memory so it's always her who I turn to when I want to reminisce about the good ol days. But one of my fondest memories is if we got in a fight we would block the front door so the other person couldn't leave the house. We spent all of our time together (we lived down the street from each other) and she knew me better than any other person. I moved to Arizona when I was 15, but that didn't stop us from lots of visits and whenever we were able to get together things went back to the way they always were.
I came home today from a great day in the city and had an email from Steph telling me she was engaged. I was down in the lobby around about 20 other people checking email and I literally screamed and yelled MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED!!! I sat there in silence for a couple minutes and then ran up to the computer lab to tell Kaitlin. As I was telling her I literally started bawling! There were a lot of people in the room, so I was slightly embarrassed but as people asked about her and I read her proposal story and looked at the pictures, I couldn't help but be so incredibly happy. Steph and I have been through so much together. I have seen her become the beautiful woman she is today. Her testimony, confidence, courage, love for life, friendliness, beauty, and talent with kids is something that I have never seen in any other person before. I am a constant stalker of her blog, I love staying up to date with her life and pretending like it hasn't been 5 years since I lived near her for more than a month. I love her so much. Austin Hodnett is one lucky guy. Congratulations Steph and Austin! I can't wait to come home and help with wedding plans. I am so unbelievable happy for you. I LOVE YOU!!!

Picture taken a phone from our Spanish 3 class we took together- great memories.
Taylor did a little photo shoot for us out in the front of the church when we were waiting for our parents to get done with endless meetings.
Cultural Celebration!
I think Ruth took this on a trip I took to California after not seeing my best friend for months!
Another trip I took to California- on the left- Sam is another one of my best friends from growing up who is getting married in June- love her so much! Kayla, on the right is so amazing at keeping in touch with people and has been there for me through so much. Love my girls more than anything!
On my trip to visit Steph came with me to my Grandma's house to babysit- my cousins love her so much.
She came to visit me freshman year at BYU and even brought conference tickets so we could go together!!
BYU football game, when she came to visit
She brings out the crazier side in me, one of the million reasons why I love her.

I love you Stephanie soon to be Hodnett! You are absolutely incredible in every way, I can't wait to come home and see you, celebrate, and plan a wedding!


Steph said...


I flipping love you. You are the best! This made me happy and your emails made me want to cry for joy! I'll respond to those as soon as I can, promise!!

Angie said...

So very exciting.

Mark said...

Is she that girl that lived up the street?

rad6 said...

awww.... love this post. Your friendship with steph over the years.... great memories for us all!
Congrats to steph! So exciting!