Today is my dear friend Carrie’s birthday. She and I go WAY back! My family met Carrie ages ago at Grace Community Church when my parents were in her mini-church. Shortly after that time, I started attending the youth group at Grace and Carrie became my small group leader. She was an awesome group leader! I remember going out for ice cream with her, trekking out to Ann Arbor to walk around the U of M campus and shop at the mall (I got this awesome white dress with pink roses all over it…I LOVED that dress and wore it a million times – remembering the fun we had each time I had it on) and I remember feeling very comfortable to talk with her and share my feelings.