Beautiful. So full of joy its shocking. Talks really loudly (but in a good way). Jesus CHASER. Wildly imaginative. Excited constantly. Loves to laugh, even if its silently.
This year the Lord blessed me greatly with Jade. She was one of those people that I knew of from school and the internet and I always thought she was really cool but I didn’t know her. Now, a semester later, I can’t imagine not knowing her. She has been such an influential and important part of my last year and will be for a very long time.
Jade is someone that stands out. Whether it be the clothes she wears or the hair style she chooses for the day, she is someone that always sticks out in a crowd. But, then when you get close to her (in proximity) there’s something more. A striking glow that is hard to ignore. She is someone who intrigues everyone around her and the reason is as simple as this. This girl has allowed the Lord to truly infiltrate every part of her being and because of that she RADIATES Him in every single setting. It is inspiring to see her talk to people and introduce herself to strangers on the street. She is someone who never leaves a conversation without bringing up the Lord and it’s amazing. She does it in the most genuine way that it brings people IN and doesn’t repel them.
One of my favorite memories that I have with Jade is from a photoshoot. This was for sure one of the best days of my semester. I called her in the morning and asked her if she wanted to grab lunch and mentioned a photo idea. We ate and got onto another topic and then I remembered, pitched it to her and was like “okay sweet let’s see when this week we can do it!” and she laughed and said, “why don’t we do it now?” The simplicity and spontaneity of this day made it as great as it was. We ran to the store and bought props and then she changed and Sara met us at the studio and we created one of the best projects that I have ever been a part of. It was a good day.
Jade is someone who loves. She loves hard. She knows the importance of prayer and the importance of encouragement. She understands how to be a good friend and how to be a good steward of joy. She has a massive heart for others and wants nothing more than to share the Lord with people she meets. Jades parents work for airlines so, she travels a lot. But, I think one of the coolest things she ever said about traveling was that one of her favorite parts about it was talking to people on the flight. That is an excellent example of who she is and how she operates in this world. Something as simple as talking to someone who is next to you on an airplane, something that usually people try to avoid, she adores.
Jade, thank you for being my friend. Thank you for making me laugh and for pushing me forward towards the Lord. Thank you for loving my bunny. Thank you for stopping on the street and showing me how to love strangers. Thank you for motivating me and for amping me up as an artist. Thank you for being a fantastic encourager. Thank you for dreaming and for laughing without apology. Thank you for your humor and thank you for allowing me to at one point in my life be friends with A Jenna Marbles. Thank you for being joyful and for fighting to keep that alive. You are incredible and SO loved. I can't wait for vacations with our hunnies. Have fun in the clouds today.