BC: The End
FC: For Rachel
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
2: I was not particularly looking forward to the Morris Fellow dinner - a forced outing with a group of 1Ls the night before our law school orientation began. I assumed the dinner would be a few hours of awkward forced conversation that I would suffer through until I could go home and decorate my new apartment (of course, you know that certain decorations - like framed paintings - never actually made it up on the wall). I arrived at the dinner and took a seat. A few minutes later, Rachel walked in and, as luck would have it, sat down next to me. Somehow, we managed to corral all of the wine bottles to our end of the table. Realizing this, our Morris Fellow, a 2L named Oleg (who would go on to shamelessly hit on Rachel later that evening), said that law school is really just about finding people you like to drink with. Rachel and I looked at each other and shrugged. And the rest, they say, is history. Well, not quite yet - shouldn't leave out the fact that I took Rachel home that night after we went on a bar crawl and she left before I woke up. Rachel, I love you so much - I certainly wouldn't have made it through law school without you and I am so lucky to have you as part of my life. I am so thrilled for you and Brian and wish you nothing but joy and love and excitement as you move through move through your lives. Love, Sarah | I was not particularly looking forward to the Morris Fellow dinner - a forced outing with a group of 1Ls the night before our law school orientation began. I assumed the dinner would be a few hours of awkward forced conversation that I would suffer through until I could go home and decorate my new apartment (of course, you know that certain decorations - like framed paintings - never actually made it up on the wall). I arrived at the dinner and took a seat. A few minutes later, Rachel walked in and, as luck would have it, sat down next to me. Somehow, we managed to corral all of the wine bottles to our end of the table. Realizing this, our Morris Fellow, a 2L named Oleg (who would go on to shameleslly hit on Rachel later that evening), said that law school is really just about finding people you like to drink with. Rachel and I looked at each other and shrugged. And the rest, as they say, is history. Well, not quite yet - shouldn't leave out the fact that I took Rachel home that night after we went on a bar crawl and she left before I woke up. Rachel, I love you so much - I certainly wouldn't have made it through law school without you, and I'm so lucky to have you as part of my life. I am so thrilled for you and Brian, and wish you nothing but joy and love and excitement as you move through your lives together. Love, Sarah
3: Dear Rachel, I find it funny, looking back at the first few months of law school before we became good friends, and I wonder to myself how I ever got through the day without your wit, charm, and sound advice. From coffee dates in La Colombe, to our daily walks across the Walnut Street Bridge, to spring break shenanigans in Mexico and Costa Rica, I don't think that anyone could ever be blessed with a better friend or better memories. You have an extraordinary ability to make compassion seem both effortless and important and I often think that one day you're going to run the world, somehow make that look easy, and still have time to meet me for a glass of wine, just because. I am so happy for you and Brian, and can't wait for the many celebrations ahead. Love, Aileen
5: Equipo Martes formed shortly after my best friend’s dad died while we were in Spain. It was one of the few things that made being so far away bearable and I’m so grateful to have stayed and become such wonderful friends with my two other teammates. Visits to Philly, DC, State College, and Geneva have been filled with fun and silliness, as I’m sure future trips between DC and San Francisco will be! Although I’m bummed that it’s no longer easy to grab a 6 pack from my Food & Friends crush and try to figure out our lives on the front step or broken futon of your apartment, I am so delighted for you and Brian as you begin a married life together. Over the last 5 years, I’ve learned a lot from our friendship and think some of that may help you as you embark on this new adventure. Important lessons: 1.If it’s gonna be a long day, pack a snack. 2.Pie baked by the Amish is certainly breakfast food. 3.If getting IKEA furniture, have Brian do all the assembly, but allow extra time for him to test each chair in the store. 4.It’s more ladylike to do arabesques in pants than in skirts, but they can be executed virtually anywhere. 5.Be wary of squirrels- even the gimpy ones. Love, Emma
7: Rachel, you know I had a huge girl crush on you the minute I met you. I feel very fortunate that I was able to reel you in as a friend at all and now I can comfortably call you one of my best friends! I am so happy that we get to live so close to one another and experience the big events in one another's lives. Words of wisdom for marriage... don't listen to other people's advice as much as possible. Everyone makes their own rules, just figure out what works best for you even if it doesn't make sense to the outside world. You guys are such an amazing, inspiring couple - I know you're going to be incredibly happy! If I did have to say one thing though, it would be... have a baby early. That way our little one will have a little friend. :) Love, Nedda
8: Dear Rachel, I am so happy for you and Brian. Wishing you many years of love and happiness ahead. Love, Alison
9: I love Rachel because she makes my nephew Brian happy. Their delight in each other was clear the first time I met Rachel. That was their freshman year and the beginning of a four-year pal-ship. Brian had called one day and asked if he could bring his friend Rachel along with us to a classical guitar concert, which was part of a series that our cousin, Tim Healy, founded and runs. “Of course,” Tim said. Although these concerts present the top classical guitarists in the world and draw audiences of 500 people, they are a family event. Rachel pitched right in and helped Brian sell CDs, a lot of CDs, Tim noted to me afterwards. We commented on how comfortable the two were together, and it was clear that they set one another aglow. We Healys wish Rachel and Brian many blessings in their years ahead and hope that when the tough times come, their caring enables them to be tender with one another. Cathy Healy (Brian’s aunt) Washington, D.C.
11: "New house fun" - when the upstairs of her new house was our desert and we traveled far and wide on that third floor to find the oasis! "Volvo convos" - our ride to school in my Volvo. Mostly we were half asleep and just tried to avoid accidents in C lot, except for the mornings when we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and muffins! Other fun memories: Think Class Giggling our way through Mr. Kelley's chemistry class and Mr. Betts's A&P Class Solving Mr. Welsh's "real-life" calculus problems New Year's Eve parties at the Flipse household Words of wisdom for Rachel: Never forget the way you felt when you fell in love with Brian. Love, Monica
14: You sure know how to strike a pose! And lend a listening ear, and make everyone crack a grin, and provoke a reluctant giggle. Thanks Rachel for being you, for being a great friend, and for so many happy memories! Cheers to study sessions, plenty of beer, and missed flights! Love, Amanda | Can I just say: Congratulations Rachel! A wonderful cousin that I'm so glad to have as part of my life. Enjoy making all those wonderful memories that are such a fantastic part of married life! I look forward to sharing your special day with you. Love - Jenn
15: Dearest Rachel, I hope that you are having a wonderful bridal shower and being showered this weekend as you should be. :) Congratulations to you and Brian!!! And, to all of us in San Francisco that get to enjoy many movie nights, home-baked pie nights, poker nights, pinata regata nights, and many more [insert name of fun event] nights with you two! Thank you for always bringing team fun together, for BBMs of thoughtfulness, and for impromptu pirate jokes (arrrrh you remembering what a pirate's favorite form of dispute resolution is?). Here's to you Flipse!!! Cheers and best wishes! Maricel
16: Birthday parties, the “Cool Kids Club,” and many Saturday afternoons at the Craigheads are just a few of my childhood memories with Rachel. I am lucky enough to have know Rachel since we were in preschool. We have shared so many memories over the years and I am so thankful for our friendship. Rachel and I have the kind of friendship where we can not talk for awhile but as soon as we see each other pick up right where we left off. I’ve always known Rachel “gets” me. She and I are the only people I know who can get in many close calls on the road (often in our awesome vans) and as a response laugh hysterically about it. She also managed to laugh when I took us on about a 3 hour detour home from Delaware. Rachel is a true friend. I cannot tell you how excited I am for one of my greatest friends during this exciting time in her life. Rach, you deserve all the best. I am so happy for you and am honored to be a part of your special day.
17: Love, Kacie
18: "I'm so sorry that I can't make it to the shower...But I'd love to share a few pictures of memories we have together. From "conquering" every city we visited in Spain, to having the most insane night of the trip on your birthday...though no one knows for SURE what went on. You were my savior over there and will always be my favorite Indian in the cupboard!! I'm so excited for you and cannot wait to see you and celebrate!! Muchos Besos!!! Love, Meg"
19: Rachel, I am SO excited and happy that you will be joining the Healy family - I needed another female! And the fact that you're a fun, smart, interesting, and considerate one is just fabulous. We had so much fun with you guys in Puerto Rico, and Beckett has loved his adorable winter bear suit to keep him snuggly in the Rochester winter. We look forward to many more fun times over the years all around the country as we do Christmases in Jackson, visit you in San Fran and enjoy some Napa time, and hopefully see you in Milwaukee too. Congratulations on everything, and we can't wait to celebrate with you in September! Love, Jennifer
20: Dear Daughter, Since, this is the happiest time of your life, below are few tricks I have learned & continue to learn in my life. first of all, life is beautiful, but as Scott Peck wrote in his book Road less Travelled, life is not easy... Every second of life is a decision making process, so I hope you will continue to make fruitful decisions & keep on going... Wish you all the best And I love you. Lots of love & hugs. MOM
21: I believe the first time I met Rachel was at the Worland Healthcare facility, where she and Brian were visiting his mother Jean and his Grandma Healy. Of course, my first impression was, that she was gorgeous and polite. I instantly knew why Brian was smitten, but what also became apparent that day was what a kind and generous young woman Rachel was. Beauty and compassion are not often coupled, but Rachel is as lovely inside as she is outside. What a wonderful person to bring to our family! Love, Debbie Hammons
22: Rachel, You mean so much to me. You are my friend that I know I can always count on, and you never fail to make me laugh. You are the silliest person I know; and also the most brilliant. I know I can talk through any problem with you and come out feeling better. I am so lucky to have you as one of my closest friends and to be among yours. And I am so excited and honored to stand up and support you at your wedding as your maid of honor. I'm thrilled that you and Brian are such a great couple; he has such a special place in my heart as both the love of your life and my friend. I love you! xoxo, Claire