Ever meet someone you knew you’d be friends with for the rest of your life? I have.
In the Spring of 2003 I was a senior in high school. My parents and I made a trip to Olivet Nazarene University for my college visit and cheerleading tryouts. At cheerleading tryouts I met Jessica. I was instantly drawn to her personality and passion for Christ and remember thinking “I think this girl is going to be a great friend.” Although she was trying out for cheerleading too, she hadn’t made her final decision to attend Olivet. I remember leaving tryouts hoping she would decide to come to Olivet. These thoughts seemed sort of random to me, but I would soon learn that it was God that put her in my life to become one of my best college friends.
Jessica decided to come to Olivet and we cheered together for two years. During that time we also started doing a bible study together and it was one of the best things I ever decided to do in college. We met every Friday for breakfast and bible study for almost the entire four years at Olivet. Needless to say, we went through practically every low and every high, every boy drama, every success, etc. My friendship with Jessica is truely one of my most cherish relationships. She has really challenged me in my faith, and I know my life would be a lot different without her.
Since graduating in 2007 Jessica and I have continued to keep in touch and fortunately (since my brother is currently attending Olivet) we get to see each other a couple times a year. I was very excited when she called to tell me she was engaged.
Jessica and Jeremy are both teachers. Some of the other teachers at Jessica’s school (including Jeremy’s mom) had been scheming for some time to get the two together. “Just by chance” they ended up being the two chaperons for one of the school events. That is where their story began…:0)
Jessica and Jeremy both have a passion for the Lord. Jeremy coaches football and baseball (and I should mention Jessica says he is a big Cubs fan). As you can imagine, I only want the best for my friend, and I think she found him. Jeremy is a great compliment to her, and I can tell he cares for her very much.
Jessica and Jeremy, I’m so thrilled for you both! Thank you so much for asking me to capture such a special time. Can’t wait to be in the wedding! Love you lots, Dana