Monday, November 29, 2010

Ich bin ser dankbar vor EFY... & the Men I Met There!

Thirteen is suppose to be the unlucky number, so I hear, but today it's a number to celebrate! Okay, that was dripping with cheese, but it is what it is. Today's thankfulness note has to go to a group of people that have really helped form a piece of who I am today. I am grouping some of these boys together because we all came together in the same place...

Alright! Alright! Alright, Alright, Alright - HEY! *clap, clap, clap clap clap* *clap, clap, clap clap clap* *clap clap clap* *clap clap clap* EFY!!!!!!!!!

Haha! Yep - this entry it dedicated to some of the greatest guys that I know from the EFY teams and sessions I have worked at over three summers. I apologize if anyone feels as though they are being "lumped together" with others. That is not my intention. I just thought it would make the entry more fun, and let everyone know that I am not only thankful for you men, but for the program of EFY itself.

First, Donny McClellan. This guy is one of the FUNNIEST guys that I know. He has a good heart and really lets people know how much he cares. He is a fabulous individual and has always is willing to lend a hand to help out. He also makes the BEST funny faces I have ever seen - including "Blue Steel," which is quite classic. I LOVE this kid! He is an amazing person, and I am bless to know him.

Second, Ben Bailey. He was my EFY muse in many ways - someone who has helped me grow in my comfort in public singing and being willing to be myself. He is a free spirit who teaches others to be comfortable in their own skin, and builds all those around him... He brings a spirit with him wherever he goes, and is such an example of Christ-like love and selflessness. He is incredible, and I love this guy. I am thankful to know him.

Third, Jon Halladay. He is a true leader, and has taught me a lot about how to disciple with love. He is SUCH an example of how to look ahead and see a situation before it becomes a problem. He has a joy about him, and brings that to others... He is our giant teddy-bear! I love Jon, and feel blessed to have learned so much from him... I feel more prepared for life and all it has to challenge me with, because of him.

Fourth, Dru Brown. Dru is AWESOME! He makes me smile because his happiness is infectious. He has a pure heart, and is SO focused on the right things in life... He's an example to all those around him. He makes me want to be a better person. When I am stressed out, I think of how he would handle a situation and it brings a smile to my face... because I know that is what HE would wear on his face. He is an amazing man, and I am blessed to know him.

Fifth, Chuck Donaldson. Chuck is HILARIOUS! He always makes me laugh and always wears a smile. He knows how to ease tension in the room, and has SUCH a great heart and spirit. He brings comfort to those around him... and he is a great example of a positive attitude in all things. I am SO thankful to know him, and to have sung "Love Today" with him in the car... many times! Haha...

Sixth, Tyler Goodspeed. WOW - this guy is one of my closest confidants over the years. Even though we have not seen each other in quite some time, I know that I could always turn to him in ANYTHING. He is a fabulous conversationalist, and always knows how to help someone out - is always willing. He cares about others, and puts others before himself always. He is one of the most thoughtful people that I know. I am SO thankful to have him as a friend - he's one to keep. (Note: NOT an attractive picture of me... HAHA!)

Seventh, Mike Lundberg. This boy does not realize how amazing he really is... He is one of my favorite people on the planet, and I do not see him enough. I have learned SO much from him about being a great teacher and leader. My testimony is stronger from hearing his testimony. I know that others feel the same... He's fun and one of the greatest dancers! I am so thankful to know him, and to be able to call him a friend.

Eighth, and last (yet, not last), is Turell Woodbury. Turell is on amazing person who has become one of my best friends over these past few years. He is one of the most fun individuals that I know, always willing to dance around and find me the best new jam. He has his heart focused on the right things, and is never afraid to share his testimony. He has taught me how to be a better missionary, and a better person. He is a smart, talented guy who has helped me grow and improve in SO many ways. I am blessed and thankful to have him as a friend.

To all of these men, and the many others who have been a part of my life through the EFY stages of my life, thank you. I am a better person and have a more full life because of you all. I am eternally indebted. Thanks so much for all you have taught me, and I love you each dearly like brothers. Today, I am thankful for YOU!

Song of the Day: If anyone does NOT know what song I am about to write down, you are SO out of the loop. Today's song is the Vengaboys' classic EFY jam, We Like To Party. Enjoy!!!


Donny said...

LOVE YOU TOO, LINZE!!! You've been a great friend as well. Thanks for saying such nice things, i can't wait to see you!

I Am Great, I Contain Multitudes said...

You are way too kind. It is funny because I think most people would have guessed you would have this influence on me. And you did!

Bob said...

I love all of these men, too!

And, whenever I hear that song, I start to do the dance. Sometimes, I'm at work and just have to do it in my head, but it's SOOOOO tempting.....