Back in my public school teaching days, I had a student accuse me of "having favorites." My response: Darn right I do! There are just some people I like better than others. You might want to get on my good side.
Today is Ashley’s birthday. You know she is one of my favorites. She is not just one of my art students, she is my good friend. In the years since she has been in OK, I have watched her grow and mature into this amazing woman. I have seen the light bulb go off over her head and the light go on in her heart. She makes me laugh and she laughs at me. She lets me be me, and I let her be her. She is sunshine and joy and fun. She loves animals and she loves mine. She is an observer of human nature and a partaker in life. She is strong and courageous, as a Christian woman should be, yet she has a gentle and meek spirit. She is practical and organized. She is wise and wonderful. I pray blessings on her life. May she continue to grow to the fullness of understanding and knowledge in the Lord. And I pray that the Lord prepares her a husband who loves her enough to lay down his life, that he will love her animals, and that he will love her art.