S: Sam and Erin's Girls 2011
BC: "You just call out my name and you know where ever I am I'll come running, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there You've got a friend."
1: Sam- We made this book for you because we know you'll miss our faces! Ha-ha.. and we love you and want you to never forget us! Love, Maddy Towns, Lauren Forrest, Libby Stauffer, Anna Thompson, Maddy Cole, Callie Hines and Erin Heatherman
2: "Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
5: “Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than remember me and cry.”
6: Dear Sam, I absolutely love you and am inspired that you are taking this leap to go to all those small countries in need of some faith. Im obviously going to miss you and want you home as soon as possible, I know that someone over there needs you more than I do. Sam, you’ve always been their for me in my times of need. I remember the day you started coming to our small group, at Libbys house. I want to say thank you. For never judging me, or any of us, when we told you very personal things in our life. I love having you there listening to me even when I just need to rant. Thank you for being their when I was going through my drama with Damien, that happens almost everyday. Thank you for being there when I was lonely and didn’t have anyone to comfort me. Thank you for being there when I just needed to vent! I want to share some of my favorite bible versus that wil you get through those times you think why in the world did I do this! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”- Phil. 4:13 “I am being changed into His image.”- Phil. 1:6 “I am strong in the Lord.”-Ephesians 6:10 “I am victorious”- Revelations 21:7 “I am called of God.”- 1 Timothy 1:9 “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better then yourself.”- Phil. 2:3 “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.”-Ephesians 5:21 “Live by the spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what he flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit and what the Spirit desires is opposed the flesh”-Galations 5:16-17 I don’t think I will ever have the same amount of courage that you have. I hope in all your travels that you get to experience some of the most amazing things. Don’t ever forget about us! “Everytime we think of you we thank God for you.”-1 thessalonians 1:2 Much love, Madison McDonnell
7: Dear Sam, Let me start out by saying I LOVE YOU! You are such an amazing bible study leader and an amazing role model, you have always been there for me and for all of the bible study girlies. I couldn’t imagine my life without you, your bubbly personality and your huge heart. I hope you have an incredible time on your trip. My Monday nights wont be the same since you wont be there anymore. I truly inspire to be like you someday. You are always there for anyone and you put others before your self. It takes a lot of love, courage and strength to listen to god’s words and go on your mission trip. I believe god truly but you on this earth to be one of his angels, and to look over all of his wonderful creations. I will miss you so much, I love you and be safe on your trip. I can’t wait to see you when you return and hear all of your amazing stories. -Maddy Towns
8: Dear Sam, I wanna thank you for all the wonderful things and experiences I've had because of you. You were always there to talk and it seemed like you understood all of our situations the most. Oh and the chocolate you always had wasn't bad either.. haha. We could laugh and be silly with you and then we could be serious. You never judged us, just listened to what we had to say. It was easy to be open with you, we all felt that way. Thanks again Sam! You are well appreciated. Have fun! I will always love you and miss you so much. Sincerely, Anna. (:
9: Hey Sam! I'm so excited for you and I know your gonna have so much fun and change so many lives! I'm so proud of you and ecstatic that your helping out all of these people. Your an amazing leader and I'm so glad we have gotten to know each other these past few years! Your one of my favorite people to talk to and I'm gonna be so sad when you leave but I know that other people need your help more than I need it. | "4 | Your a great person and we always have so much fun! Im gonna miss being able to call you up when I need your help or when I just want to talk! I can't wait to see you when you come back and be a bridesmaid in your wedding to some hot foreign guy ;) your peacing out on the amazing race but when you finish we will all be here waiting to hear all about your amazing adventure! Lots of Love, Lauren Ps. Don't drink the water! :)
10: Sam, First off, I want to start by saying I'm going to miss you SO much! We all are. When you first starting coming to our smallgroup, I remember my first impression of you was, "she seems really cool..." And as we all got to know you, we found out how fun and crazy you are! I want you to know that you really helped me understand and embrace my relationship with God... And you always answered any questions any of us had without a second thought. Whether smallgroup was on Libbys's trampoline, Erin's house, or your house; we always had a good time! I'm sure whatever country your in and whatever you do, your gonna experience wonderful things and I think what your doing is amazing! Have fun traveling the world! We are going to miss you sosososos much!!!! Be safe! Love you Sam! -Callie
11: Dear Sam, I want to thank you for how much you've been there for me and how much you believe in me in these past few years. I can talk to you about anything and you have fantastic advice. You have no idea how much you've influenced me. I can call you when I'm upset or angry, and you always know what to say. I am going to miss calling you whenever I need to talk, but I know that your needed someplace else. I look up to you and admire your character. You are so brave, whether your trying to convince us girls not to claw each other's eyes out or traveling to third world countries to help people. I love you and I think you are fabulous. You have really taught me what it means to be a daughter of Christ. I will never forget small group with you and Erin in middle school, and we never want you to forget us. So I guess I should say goodbye now, in this letter. But, I hate that word. I would rather say, see you later. I know I will. It might be a while, I might look different, and you may be off to go travel the world. But, it'll happen. And when your looking through this book overseas and thinking about us, just know that I love you and hope that you are solving problems that I know God is asking you to do. I love you, and hope that whenever you are reading this you are happy and safe. Love, Libby Stauffer
12: Dear Sam, I am going to miss you so much! I think this trip you are taking sounds so great and i hope you learn and have the best time ever! When I get older I think it would be fun to take a trip like this. Even though I have not be able to come to as many bible study days as i would like to I feel much closer with you and the lord. | One of the best things about Mondays is getting to come over to your house and catching up with you and Erin and the rest of the girls! Whenever I need someone to talk to about anything that is going on in my life I know I can count on you to be there for me. That is very special to me :) Once you leave bible study it is not going to be the same as it was before. But even though you will not be there you will be in my thoughts and prayers! I love you very much and hope you get back home safe! have a great time! love Maddy Cole :)
13: Dear Starfire, I remember the first time we metwell in all actuality it was most likely the second time we metThe first time I believe was at K-Life Club when technically we were introduced but that really doesn’t count cause, like I said, I don’t remember it. Anywho, the first time we met (the time I’m counting) was at our first Wednesday night small group. It was love at first accent. I believe we talked in a British accent the entire time. It. was. glorious. And then our co-ness began and we lived happily ever after! Awww Co. I have spent the last two years serving along side you and have gotten to know what a wonderful a person you are and how incredible your life is going to be with the gifts God has given you. God is going to put people in your life and he’s going to put you in theirs for the most twisted, strange, most elaborate plan ever not dreamt up by human heads. It’s gonna be baller. Call me every time a ‘Sneaky Jesus’ situation arises cause imma need to know, k? I have been BLESSED to have been your co. I loved forming our own click at K-life, I loved sitting in our cars talking about everything to do with everything, I loved Wednesday morning breakfasts, I loved hiding under a table with you while we played murder in the dark, I loved jumping on a trampoline with you, sledding in a blizzard on cardboard (fail), I loved eating Sonic cheeseburgers with you, I loved visiting Jubilee tree with you, I loved getting the cheapest, smallest It’s A Grind coffees with you, I loved wearing footie pajamas penguin style with you, and a THOUSAND other things that I probably shouldn’t put in this public a venueehemjuuust kidding anonymous readers who stole Sam’s book or bought a slightly smaller copy of the original. Stay on taskanyway, in summation, I loved being your co. As Dave Barnes would say: God gave me you for the ups and downs. And seriously Sam, we were meant to be in each others lives and meant to be co’s these past two years. You’ve changed my life in an incredible way and I can never thank you enough for it. So, Co—Seize every moment, every conversation and direct every eye back to the Big Man. Take away Sam and let them see God. Never forget to serve yourself some humble pie every once in awhile to keep yourself in check, and never cease to know how awesome he made you and how awesome we all think you are. Never care what other people think, always go against the grain if it means going with God, and always trust the Holy Spirit to guide your instincts. You were meant for great things, Co, and although God doesn’t need you, he certainly wants you. Never forget what fight is most important. When Sam’s shoot (avoidance of swearing) gets overwhelming, be still and remember what you are here for. Glorify God in everything you do. Philippians 1:21—for to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain. Live for Christ. Rejoice always, pray unceasingly and in everything give thanks. Especially that last one, give thanks. You are going to be stretched, broken, torn down again and again, but never let that stop you from seeing all the good things around you amidst even the most overwhelming bad. Like Michelle Tanner would say: you got it, dude! You got this dude. You got world race, you got life, keep fighting. I love ya, Co, don’t forget that. Alright, as a loyal and wonderful co always used to say: Peace out home skillet! Cheers mate, Twillight
14: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” | “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
15: “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves” | "A heart, full of joy and gladness, WIll always banish sadness and strife. So always look for the silver lining, And try to find the sunny side of life."
16: "We're gonna turn this world upside down we'll find the things they say cant be found"
17: "All I wanna do, is have some fun. And I've got a feeling, I'm not the only one." | "There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you We stick together and can see it through Cause you've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me"
18: “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”
19: “Distance never seperates two hearts that really care, For our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad because I miss you I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.”