FBF: Happy Birthday Mae

FBF: Happy Birthday Mae

25 years ago my soul sister, Mae Cunningham entered the world. 

I don't know what I did in this life to deserve this kind of loyalty in a sidekick, but I can tell you one thing for certain, we were meant to be. She is my opposite in every way but is never afraid to hold on to my hand when adventure calls. 

To the keeper of my deepest darkest secrets, motivator behind my biggest dreams, favorite person to make laugh, best listener, spirit-embracer, hottest human to ever wear glasses, only person to willingly let me cut their hair (more than once... with no training), and the one person I want to watch La La Land on repeat with... I wish you the happiest of birthdays. 

But I must admit, I can't help but think that today you are my present. Love you always. 

Now let's take a look back at some of my favorite memories with you, best friend! 

2010 - There wasn't a sorority grab-a-date we didn't spend hours costume-prepping for. Candy Cane and Christmas Present at your service! (Notice the nose piercing? Ha!)

2010 - There wasn't a sorority grab-a-date we didn't spend hours costume-prepping for. Candy Cane and Christmas Present at your service! (Notice the nose piercing? Ha!)

2011 - SFA Library nights with my favorite study buddy... back when I was a nursing major. Yes, a nursing major. And the headband and goofy smiles are because we just came back from a really fun themed Bid Day event. 

2011 - SFA Library nights with my favorite study buddy... back when I was a nursing major. Yes, a nursing major. And the headband and goofy smiles are because we just came back from a really fun themed Bid Day event. 

2012 - Blurry picture, priceless memory. Summer nights strolling through downtown Nacogdoches. This night, in particular, we were on our way to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. 

2012 - Blurry picture, priceless memory. Summer nights strolling through downtown Nacogdoches. This night, in particular, we were on our way to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. 

2013 - Is it really a party if you don't jump in the pool at the bar? Being carried into 22 by my two soulmates (including Amber on the left) on my birthday. That decision pretty much marked the end of the evening for us, seeing as we ruined our outfits for the night. Still totally worth it.  

2013 - Is it really a party if you don't jump in the pool at the bar? Being carried into 22 by my two soulmates (including Amber on the left) on my birthday. That decision pretty much marked the end of the evening for us, seeing as we ruined our outfits for the night. Still totally worth it.  

2014 - The only two best friends you'll ever know that had breakfast together every single morning.. and never sat at the same table. What can I say? Mae is not a morning person! Haha! We went back for one final breakfast together at the SFA cafeteria before we graduated.

2014 - The only two best friends you'll ever know that had breakfast together every single morning.. and never sat at the same table. What can I say? Mae is not a morning person! Haha! We went back for one final breakfast together at the SFA cafeteria before we graduated.

2015 - Despite having thousands of pictures of Mae, I am still convinced I will never have enough documented memories for our future. That being said, I insist on photoshoots anytime I can pull her in front of my camera. This is one of my favorite snapshots of my bestie on her 23rd birthday. 

2015 - Despite having thousands of pictures of Mae, I am still convinced I will never have enough documented memories for our future. That being said, I insist on photoshoots anytime I can pull her in front of my camera. This is one of my favorite snapshots of my bestie on her 23rd birthday. 

2016 - What's life without someone who enjoys listening to everything you have to say? Pools, restaurants, our apartments... the hours of girl talk we have in these locations is immeasurable and I adore every minute of it. 

2016 - What's life without someone who enjoys listening to everything you have to say? Pools, restaurants, our apartments... the hours of girl talk we have in these locations is immeasurable and I adore every minute of it. 

2017 - The last picture we sent to Grandmama (Mae's) before she became our guardian angel. 

2017 - The last picture we sent to Grandmama (Mae's) before she became our guardian angel. 

Happy birthday, Mae Bear... Let's not forget to recreate this picture when we are old and gray. 

Happy birthday, Mae Bear... Let's not forget to recreate this picture when we are old and gray.