Hillary + Austin: a (virtual) toast

Hillary + Austin (you will always be second, Austin, and for that I apologize, but Hillary has been my friend for more than half my life and so will get prime billing for the remainder of our years):

I am so happy for you two on this incredible day and so honored I get to be a part of it. I’m writing this because I want to toast you because you guys are just so great and special to me.

Not long after Hillary started dating Austin, her and I were having a lengthy text conversation with two other friends from our “growing up” days, Steph and Kim (the matron of honor). Hillary told us a little about Austin and then she said, “I told him I’m going to marry him” It gave me butterflies to think about that because Hillary has never been one to needlessly toy with her friends’ emotions when it comes to dating and promises of marriage. It didn’t seem too longer after that text conversation where we had another one in which I jokingly said, “Do I get to meet Austin before the wedding?” Hillary replied, “I don’t know. We’re getting married some time in July.” I was sitting on the floor in the kitchen at work with two of my coworkers. It was September and we were prepping for a color run in a few weeks; my hands were covered with powdered paint and food color. Reading her text, I felt every emotion I possibly could at full throttle and I started texting and calling Hillary and generally freaking out with my coworkers and asking for details and it took more than an hour for Hillary to finally respond: “Watching a movie.” Classic Hillary: she drops a wedding bomb on me and then refuses to answer my questions. (She did eventually respond with details, but it wasn’t he-put-a-ring-on-it official yet, so I had to keep the secret tucked inside of me for a while longer.)

Finally it was official, and I met Austin over Christmas last year while he was in California visiting Hillary’s family up north. When we met for lunch, I may have decided that I liked him more than Hillary. (Uh. Just kidding. Of course I like Hillary the best of all!) But what I could immediately see is that Austin made Hillary feel special, and loved, and she never would have told us when they were just dating that he was the one she would marry if she didn’t know it from the bottom of her heart that he was the one. I am just so glad he is the one who God chose for my old pal.

Today I am changing my dear friend’s last name in my phone to Jacobs. Hillary’s family has now doubled, but so has Austin’s. And that means I am lucky to have a new friend in my circle of friends. Austin, I have called Hillary and Steph and Kim my Ya-Yas for years after seeing The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Today, I say welcome in; I’m glad to have ya.

All my love across the miles and the years,

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