January 23, 2011

The One with the Beauty Inspiration

I have so many beautiful friends. For real--these girls are drop dead gorgeous and their inner lives shine the same light. I am blessed. 

One woman who inspires beauty in my life is Brooke.

photo by studio bree.

I met this gorgeous girl when we moved in across the hall from each other our freshmen year of college. As soon as I saw her, I thought, "Oh my gosh, she's so pretty. I'm sure she'll be nice, but I can't imagine ever being friends with someone that beautiful." No kidding.

photo by studio bree.

But from that day on, Brooke proved me wrong. She was the most genuine person I had ever met. She laughed without embarrassment. She loved with her whole heart. She listened with her whole being. She prayed with the depths of her spirit

I was supremely blessed to get to spend an entire summer with this girl. We were the only two females on a traveling worship team of eight. We clung to each other. We laughed and cried. We talked late into the night--sharing dreams and secrets. I never could have survived those months without a real friend like Brooke.

(yes we both fit into this sweatshirt.)

Nearly five years have passed since that summer, and I still feel Brooke is a sister of mine. I am honored to have her in my life. Being around her makes anyone want to experience the joy of the Lord that pours of our her smile. She is constantly doing too many things, but you'll never hear her complaining. She works hard to be everything God wants her to be--and I have to say, she's doing an awfully good job. 

Thank you, Brookie, for loving me and showing me what true beauty really is. 

She Breathes Deeply

linked with Day 3 of Project31.


  1. She sounds like an incredible woman!

    Melanie!!! This is so incredibly sweet! I am tear-filled and missing my sissy now! You are such a sweetheart!

    The fact that you take the time to acknowledge the goodness in others marks the beauty in yourself.

    You. Are. So. Beautiful.

    Be blessed, Melanie, sweet girl!
    (Brooke's proud big sis)


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