Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Life Long Friend {LLF} Ties The Knot

This weekend I had the privilege of celebrating with two AMAZING people as they begin their lives together.  My friendship with Megan began 20 YEARS ago, when I moved to Medford and we went to school together & were on the same swim team.  During the school year my mom would drop me off at Megan's house in the morning and we would ride the bus together, then in the summers we would watch the Price Is Right every morning {really hoping that they would play PLINKO} at our own homes and then meet half way to spend the rest of the day together swimming, rollerblading, and just hanging out. Following high school, we lost touch for a while {Megan was in Portland & I was in Colorado}, but once I was back in Oregon, we picked up right where we left off.  Then,  one of the best things happened...Megan moved back to Medford!!! Megan and I became workout buddies and major accountability partners...Training for the Pear Blossom, starting the Paleo diet, and doing the Pacific Crest Triathlon.  Megan and I had {and still do, despite the distance} a great connection and understanding of one another when it came to training...when I was having a bad day she was always their to pick me up & encourage me, when Megan felt like she had nothing left at the end of the race, I pushed her to dig deep and finish strong!  Our friendship goes beyond fitness...Megan is the kind of friend I know will always be there for me in time of need {she was the biggest blessing when I was in my accident, as she just "happened" to be home that week} and will always love, support and encourage me.  I know these 20 years are just the beginning of an amazing friendship.

Ok, enough about the friendship {I was just moved when my parents asked me how long we had been friends, and I realized it had been 20 years}, and back to the two AMAZING people starting their lives together!

My parents {who have set the perfect example of what marriage should look like}

WOW! It seems like only yesterday Michael was the "little" brother

The boys ready to go


First Kiss

A simple symbol of love


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Watkins

First Dance


The newlyweds

Looking forward to another 20 years!

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