Kendra helped to make me the person I am today, and I relish the fond memories I have of us trick-or-treating together, attending summer camp and spending time at each others' houses. In high school, we were both members of the Lincoln East High marching band, and active with our school's student publications.
She went on to pursue an art degree at a small college in southern Nebraska, while I ventured north to Wayne State to try my hand at journalism. There were times when we grew apart, but we never lost touch for long.
That's why, when Kendra asked about holiday photos of her family, I couldn't say no. It was wonderful getting to spend the day with my friend and her family.
Kendra's son was born in April. It's hard to believe that Kendra is now a wife and a mother, but I couldn't be happier for her. Watching her baby grow makes me excited for his future, and leaves me wondering, with great anticipation, about the fun adventures he'll have with his own friends.