S: FOR OUR RACHEL
1: We all love you so much and are so excited for you to start the next chapter of your life with AJ. Congratulations! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. | Rachel, | Love, All of us
2: THERE SHE GROWS...
4: COLLEGE DAYS
6: SEEING THE WORLD
8: THE GREAT OUTDOORS
10: Rachel's Kitchen | What's cookin' good lookin'?
11: GOOD EATS
12: School time! | Ms. Mac Manus' Class
14: Rachel's Bridal Shower May 18th, 2013
16: FUN WITH THE GIRLS
18: Rachel & Jillian
21: Rachel, I am so lucky and grateful to have such an incredible friend like you in my life. Between endless amounts of arm photos, late night frozen yogurt runs, random food excursions, hikes/runs/walks, sorority madness, delicious martinis, massive gossiping and venting sessions, sharing our daily caloric intakes, and more, I think it's safe to say that we've become quite close over the years. In fact, most of the best memories I have from the past several years have involved you! I could not be more happy for you as you embark on this next chapter in your life with AJ. I wish the two of you nothing but the best. Congratulations!!! xo Jillian
22: RACHEL AND KAT | Not all sisters are born to us and I am so blessed to have you in my life.
23: Not all sisters are born to each other and I am so blessed we found one another. | Rachel, Where do I begin. Even though you had the world's largest "space bubble" in college, I knew that we were kindred spirits. Suffering through the Johnson Street house only to find that great friends can live together at Luneta. I always think of you while putting pepper on anything! And all your trips to exotic locations are enviable. I am so glad we independently decided to go on quarter at sea; you absolutely made that trip. I am so happy that even through 4 years of veterinary school we stayed in touch and now live so close that our friendship can continue to grow as we do. I love you so much and I am so very happy for you and A.J. and the new chapter in your lives together. Love always, Kat
24: RACHEL & PAULA
25: Dear Rachel, I'll always be thankful to Jill for telling me so many years ago... Paula, we'll move in with you... but we come in a pack of 3. So I kicked out the roommates I didn't like and met you and Kat. Best decision ever, even though it pissed people off. Haha. I'm proud to say that I can still meet up with you years later and it's like a day has never passed. You are still the down to earth, beautiful, smart, funny, trusting, and loyal girl - now woman - I met so many years ago. AJ is a very lucky guy. Well I know you're lucky too. We'll give AJ some credit for being a pretty wonderful guy as well. I'm so happy for both of you. Anyways, I wanted to let you know that you guys made my college experience such a good one. I am so thankful I met you, Kat, and Lisa through Jill. I can't believe all these years later we still keep in touch, we still support each other, and we have watched each other go through such big milestones in life. I know this is one of those forever kind of friendships. Being 2 years married, and so experienced (sarcasm font would do so well here), here's my advice for you. Marriage will always be a commitment. Always communicate. Don't listen to anybody else, do what is best for you and AJ. You guys are now a family and get to put your family first. Always work hard at it. But here's what I know about you and AJ. You are the forever kind of couple. You know how to do this. Do what's natural for you and that's all that matters. And always be in love. Continue to date. Enjoy the moment, as you know time flies by the older we get. Take pictures, take video, remember how you are today and look back in many years to see what you guys are like. It'll be a trip I'm sure. :) Just look at this scrapbook!! I am so happy for you and AJ, Rachel. I can't wait to see you get married, and see your life together as husband and wife. Congratulations to the soon to be amazingly beautiful, smart, and funny bride. Love, Paula
26: Rachel + Lisa
27: Rachel, I will always be thankful for that first calculus workshop where we met! You were so kind and helped me find my place....Not just in class, but around Cal Poly, within the sorority, everywhere. You are such a great friend and I am so glad we have stayed in each other's lives over the years. Who would have thought we'd come this far! Ya know, not many people can say they've slept in your bed.... but I can! :) hahaha. You are one of the most kind, generous and caring people I have ever known! You have the biggest heart and are always looking out for others. Your friendship has been so meaningful to me over the years. I am so happy for you ad AJ, finally embarking on this new stage of your lives! You two are truly meant to be together and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you both! Love ya girl! Lisa
28: Wise words from an “old married lady”: “The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.” Here’s to wishing you and AJ a lifetime of romance and adventure! Love, Andrea | Rachel & Andrea
29: How do I describe Rachel: “A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” - William Penn | What I love about Rachel: She’s always game for the next adventure! | “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
30: Rachel + Tammy
31: Dear Rachel, You are just so very precious to me. You are an amazing friend, absolutely delightful traveling companion, a fantastic workout buddy & wow recipes!~~ you keep me sourced for excellence in culinary creations! I appreciate so much about you from your generous loving heart to your enjoyment of culture & beauty. Your adventurous spirit, from climbing up on a camel in Turkey to daring to dive deep in the sea, your magnificent abilities in the kitchen, restaurant suggestions, gelato locals "Chocolat", your stellar smile, cookies & cupcakes, all things chocolate, carmel & salty n' sweet, the cruise ship treadmill, calorie counts, bread pudding, "gummy bear" joke winner, walking all over hot Italy, Gelato & Tortuffo, Book Club Brunches & so so many good reads, Diving Divas, Cozumel & Cayman, gorgeous scenes, profiteroles for New Years Eve, living room workouts, backyard swims, pilates & even "baseball" with ping pong balls ;) and did I mention bread pudding & gelato? So many wonderful memories & I look forward to many years more of shared laughs, fun, food & friendship! As you move forward in life as a married woman I offer you love, blessings, support, friendship, encouragement and deep respect for the brilliant person you are. Best wishes always to you and AJ as you continue to build your life together! Lots of Love & brightest blessings, Tammy
32: RACHEL + TAYLOR
33: SIBLING LOVE | Rachel, Being almost 8 years older than me, you were always taller than me. It is only now that I realize that height had nothing to do with the reasons I look up to you. You have always been the one to selflessly want what's best for me even when I couldn't see it that way. From going with me to the Pokemon movies when I was in elementary school, when I'm sure you would have rather been doing literally anything else, to helping we with homework or allowing me to tag along to stuff with you. Reviewing my papers whenever I ask, even now in college, so that I can become a better student. From hitting tennis balls against the garage door to baking some lavish desserts together, you have always been there to teach me new skills and push me to do better. We may bicker from time to time, but what siblings don't. Plus I bet we are one of the few that say we do so while traveling the world! No matter how much I grow up, you will always be my big sister, my first friend and earliest teacher. Love you Rach. -Taylor
35: My dearest Rachel, You were our greatest gift the day you were born! A true blessing! You have continued on your own great path and have surpassed our wildest expectations! You are a wonderful daughter, great mentor to your students and sincere and thoughtful friend to all who know you. You are truly as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. As parents, we could not be more proud of our daughter! Tom and I believe you found your equal when you met AJ, a sincere, hardworking and wonderful young man who shares your passion for travel and zest for life! We wish you and AJ a lifetime of happiness and building wonderful memories! Love, Mom
36: Rachel, From the moment you were born until today, you have been a joy to our lives. Intelligent, proud and focused, your consistency and determination is unwavering. You inherited my humor, (I think) and that laughter and spirit keeps me going. We love you dearly and are happy and lucky to have you in our lives! Love always, Dad | D | D | A
38: Rachel + AJ
39: Rachel, I can't believe I've already had the privilege to spend 10 years with you. You are wonderful. It has been truly amazing to create so many of my favorite memories with you. From driving up the coast on a vinyl bench seat in 110 degree heat with no air conditioning to jetting to Jackson Hole, I could not imagine a better partner or friend to share those times with. Here's to another 10 years, and 50 more after that. Love, AJ
40: Rachel & AJ...
41: 9 years, 3 months, and 10 days in the making...
42: 50 Things We Love About Rachel | 1. Her heart is overflowing! 2. She is the most wonderful daughter ever! 3. She's my best girl (she'll say that's because she's my only girl....ha, ha)! 4. She is the best baker of all things delicious (cookies, cupcakes, puddings, chocolate covered fruits)! 5. She is an excellent cook and hostess! 6. She loves to celebrate everyone's birthday. 7. She is a voracious reader. 8. She is an excellent Europe navigator. 9. She loves to travel....and hopes to see the world! 10. She is sensitive, thoughtful and compassionate. | 11. She is determined and committed. 12. She loves pepper, on everything, so much that she had industrial sized pepper in the dorms, that is commitment. 13. She always speaks her mind, sometimes what comes out is hilarious, like Drew Grey being a sketchy, sketchy, sketch ball. 14. She has the prettiest, most luxurious hair. 15. She knows the name of every rock on the face of the earth. 16. She gives with all her heart. | 17. She is full of patience. Heck, she waited around for AJ for 10 years! 18. She is always ready to drive when someone says "Sprinkles." 19. She is always willing to listen to me rant and rave about my ever evolving life dramas. 20. I can always talk to her about food, particularly sweets. She's the only person who understands! I also love that we can both spend hours talking about food without either person getting bored. 21. I used to love it when we would go on hikes or walks and I'd be telling this really intense story and then all of a sudden, I'd notice that I was talking to myself because Rachel stopped to examine a rock or plant a few yards back
43: 22. We are almost the same person. It shocks me all the time how similar we are. 23. She is marrying someone named Alexander Judson and this whole time I thought his name was simply "AJ". 24. She is so easy to get along with. 25. She is always down for a funny, serious, weird, sassy arm photo. 26. She is in so many of my most awesome life memories. 27. She is without a doubt the only person I know who loves rocks, plants, and science. 28. She is a blast to hang out with. 29. She is the world's greatest sister. 30. She will always be the first friend I remember from calculus class. 31. She gives great advice. 32. She is the perfect travel agent. 33. She is a great listener. 34. She sold me her bed. 3.5. Her favorite times are having dinner with family and friends. | 36. She let me live in her room..... after she moved out. 37. Her first, tiny laugh after saying something mean, before completely losing it and laughing until she cries. 38. She would do anything for a friend. 39. She always admits when she's right. 40. She never gets overly excited when she proves you wrong. 41. She never, ever reminds you when you've been wrong about something in the past. 42. She's so generous she offers her home for people to stay in, even during her own wedding. 43. She is ALWAYS up for an adventure. 44. Dining in or eating out, food is a central part of our friendship. 45. No matter how long between our visits, we can pick up right where we left off. 46. Did we mention she loves CHOCOLATE?! 47. She is a forever friend! 48. Her ability to nap any place, any time. 49. She has a heart of gold. 50. She's one in a million!