It’s hard to believe that I’m at the age where it’s completely normal to say “oh we’ve been friends for 10 years” like it’s nothing. Samantha is one of the very first people I ever met at college before I even went to college. You see, she was one of my two freshmen year roommates. I remember the time I nervously dialed the phone to discuss our dorm room just like it was yesterday. Adjusting to living with people in your room is certainly filled with it’s ups and downs but I’m more than happy that we’ve put the effort into remaining close friends no matter the distance. I think I truly realized the value of having a friend like Samantha when I was studying abroad in Malaga, Spain. She knew how much it meant to me to receive mail and so she made the effort to be a real life pen pal. So instead of the instant gratification that email provided in 2004/05, we would hand-write letters back and forth. What is even more amazing about this is that the letter writing continued even when she studied abroad in Africa. YES, you heard me. Sam still took time to keep in touch while having the amazing experience of studying abroad in Cameroon, Africa. After that, I knew that on top of all of the fun we always had together, Samantha is the type of person who would go out of her way to do anything for her real friends and I never wanted to lose touch with her.
I was so excited to finally meet the infamous Scott Bacon, the love of her life, during my trip to Boston in 2008. However, I was probably even more excited when I headed there two years later to celebrate their nuptials with close friends and family. Scott and Samantha are the kind of couple that just balance each other out so well. I love how they push each other to follow their dreams and that by being together they’re both better versions of themselves. I think that kind of love is rare these days.
Anyone who knows me can probably guess my reaction when Samantha called to share the news that they were expecting…. I shrieked with joy and teared up because I was so very excited and happy for them. In April I got to spend a whole weekend with Samantha and her beautiful baby bump as she was in town for a conference in DC. I was very happy that a few other friends from college and I were able to successfully pull off a surprise baby shower to do something thoughtful for the one who would do anything for her friends. After the shower we snagged a couple photos of Samantha and the soon-to-be baby boy who she lovingly refers to as Bacon Bit (a fun play on her last name). I’ve held on to them so that she could surprise Scott for fathers day, which was a huge success.
I’m so excited to share these images of my beautiful friend Samantha who is going to be an even more amazing mother. Additionally, I’m beyond excited to add yet another bundle of joy to the list of those who call me “Aunt Mo”.