Girl Scouts

Tonight as I was going through things, preparing to move, yet again, and start a new chapter in my life, I had the Girl Scouts theme song come to mind.

Make new friends, but keep the old,
Some are silver and the others gold.
The circle is round, it has no end,
That's how long I want to be your friend.

But the thing that struck me odd, was, to me, all my friends are gold. They hold some characteristic I want in my life, or they've taught me something new, or they've counted on me to be a listening ear. And hopefully not to sound too 'Outsiders'-ish, they really are all golden... and will always "stay golden" to me. No matter where I live... even if I haven't talked to some of them for a long time.

There are so many things I'm going to miss terribly when I move away from Colorado. My last year here has been something so good for me and my life, that I don't even think I can put it into words. My roommates have been there for tears and laughing... going out on the town and staying home to watch Friends. I made some good friendships with new people, and improved a friendship with a childhood friend.
"The Fam", as I usually refer to them, has been my backbone throughout my year. They've been there to support me, and lead me really. I've learned countless things from them about how to truly live a life glorifying to God. I will take the times I've spent celebrating birthday's and all the "just because" family dinners, with me for the rest of my life. And hopefully be able to be such a great example to the people I meet in my life. Thank you Rhoades', Powers', and Kelley's for letting me be a daughter, sister, cousin and friend to you :) and for taking me under your wing, Aunt Jeanie, and always thinking of me when there's leftovers!
I am also SO thankful for my part-time roommie. Remember that time you started none-date dating a guy from your work? Then you started for-real dating, and we would stay up a little later just so I could be filled in on how things were going?? And then, remember when you came home, and I got to be there for you to announce that you were engaged??? Thank you for letting me be a part of your life, yours and Jake's lives... it means so much to me.
And to all my church family- I love you and have been blessed over and over by your overwhelming kindness towards me! Thanks for looking out for me... my parents really appreciate it!
Phipps's... YOU GUYS have blessed me more than I deserve. Your servant hearts in everything you've done for me has been such a great example in my life. Thank you for Nella By, she's been a true blessing. And for letting me live with you in June... that hasn't happened yet... but I already know how much it will bless me.

All of your crowns will be beautiful... now in abundance, simply because you let me in. Cared. Loved. Thank you!


  1. Oooooh, Elise, my sweet, this is beautiful. WE have been so blessed to have you around. I still think Aberdeen is not sufficient to your gigantic heart and personality, but I know God will be good to you there, too. Colorado (and especially us) will always want you back...anytime! :)
    Love, Aunt Jeanie

  2. Sissy, you are golden!

  3. Sweet, Elise. I haven't been checking all my usual blogs much lately but was so flattered to see this one.

    YOU, my dear friend, have blessed me more than I have words for, I'm afraid.

    I will ALWAYS and FOREVER treasure my Oswald Chambers book - I really will. I will have it until the day I die. Your infectious smile, your warm personality, your JOY, gosh, I love your joy...I am soooooooooooooooooooo stinkin' excited about June and July...what a sweet treat for me, though saying goodbye is gonna be even harder. I love you, sweet girl.

  4. elise! you are exactly for me as you described others are for you. even though you live far away, and we don't always talk very often (we're WAYYYYY overdue, by the way), you hold a very dear and special place in my heart and i will always consider you one of my best friends. i know one day God will bless us with being able to be together again.... even if for a short visit or even better if for a long time! keep keeping us posted, okay? much love and many blessings!!!!