my dear, beautiful makaela. this is how i began the letter i typed & printed & sealed in an envelope yesterday afternoon. last night at church, makaela’s last evening at revolution youth, i delivered the letter & hugged her. many, many times. i also said, “I HATE GOODBYES!” in the same tone-of-voice that lloyd christmas used with mary swanson when he dropped her off at the airport & hugged her guts out. classic. makaela enjoyed the reference. i am sad, sad, sad to see this girl go.
i also have joy, joy, joy because i know that she is not supposed to be here for the next six months. she’s supposed to be at ywam chico. she’ll be in chico for three months & then doing the mission portion of her program in either fiji or guatemala: to be determined. this girl & i have become so close over this past half-year [fall & winter] — i have been so encouraged by our friendship & our days spent together. i am already pumped for a coffee date with her after her june 9 or 10th return date. ps. the photos at the end are with our friends kaitlyn & jenessa, who helped me out on the shoot.