Today, I've been feeling pretty nostalgic. There are probably several reasons for this, but I will get to that. First, I will show a lot of embarrassing pictures from high school. I wasn't close friends with a lot of the girls I went to school with. I mean, we were friends, but we didn't hang out on the weekends. Weekends were reserved for my girls, who all went to a neighboring school. This is the oldest picture I have of Kristi and Holly. We were on the retreat I talked about here. (And I won't bust her out, but the friend who made the sex comment is totally in the following picture!)
Kristi's High School Graduation
Of all the things that have happened, one we never would have imagined was losing one of our friends. Five years ago today, Joda passed away from skin cancer. She was pregnant when they found it, had a healthy baby girl, and then fought that cancer with everything she had. Her loss will forever be one of the reasons I hate this awful disease. I wasn't as close to her as the other girls because we didn't go to school together, but she was a part of us. She came to the birthday parties, the proms, made memories with us. She was funny and spirited, a great athlete, a wife and a mom and it's unfair that she isn't here with us. And I just didn't want to let today go by without saying so out loud.