College Reunion

I will be forever grateful for the impact of Sigma Phi Lambda Sisters for the Lord on my life.  In college, I participated in this Christian sorority and it was incredible.  I was continually encouraged in my walk with Christ, made some amazing memories at social events, and found friends that will last a lifetime.  It’s been a year and a half since the Epsilon pledge class of Phi Lamb graduated in the Spring of 2010.  At times it seems like just yesterday we sat through another chapter meeting and dressed up in cocktail dresses to go out.  Then we remember that we are states apart and months away from our weekly sorority activities.  As cheesy as it sounds, we will forever be sisters and will always make it a point to meet together and share our lives.  

 <!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>My close group of five friends had our second what we call ‘reunion’ over Christmas break.  Amanda came back from Alaska where she is teaching kindergarten, Ellen was on a break from vet school and Allison from law school, Kristin was fortunate to get a few days off work from her job at an international non-profit, and I finished up my last semester of seminary before moving to a new country.  The timing for all of us was absolutely perfect, thus we all found our way back to our alma mater.  The two days we spent in Norman were used for reliving the college dream.  As horrible as it was, and as many people who warned us, I don’t think we ever believed (until now) that the college years were some of the very best of our lives. 

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>Included in the reunion were many traditions we’d founded over the years.  We fit five of us into a local hotel, went shopping at outlets and boutiques, and dressed up – once again – in our little black dresses to hit the town visiting Blu and BJ’s for pazookies.  Yet, we knew we were getting old when we retired to bed just after 10pm.  Of course, coffee was involved from Panera and we took a final stroll around our beautiful camps at the University of Oklahoma.  The campus was as gorgeous as ever, especially with the new Heisman Trophy statue of Sam Bradford.

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Our times together are priceless and always pass too quickly.  As I prepare to depart for Asia this spring, we’ve tentatively scheduled the next reunion for early summer 2013.  These girls have made played a tremendous part in my life helping to shape the person I am today.  I’m amazed and so thankful for the talent God has blessed each of them with and the ability I have to watch – if even from a distance – them pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.  I eagerly await the next time we will all gather and the stories we will share, the laughs to be had, and even more memories we will make.  Love you girls.
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