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For my dearest friend, Nicole Reynolds

Monday, August 16th, 2010

For my dearest friend, Nicole Reynolds

I posted this on Facebook the other day, and tagged everyone who knew her and whoever was impacted by her death. I didn't know what to say, and I feel that this is so crappy compared to what I'm feeling, to what I'm thinking. I love her like a sister, as I always will, and now she's my guardian angel.

-Nikki, it's so hard to believe you're gone. Like, actually gone. Just two days ago, you were busy liking ALL my photos and commenting on them, and today....it's quiet. As it will be from now on. But never will I forget the times we've spent together, the memories we made, how stupid we always were.

We met when you were over at your grandparent's house and I happened to be outside. You came outside with Jessica tagging along and asked if you guys could play. Of course you guys could, I didn't mind. So there we were, sun setting and all, laughing and having a good time. We all became good friends, and ended up taking down the home phone numbers (since cell phones were nonexistent). Little girls, playing every summer, spring break, and winter break. Celebrated birthdays and Christmases, Valentine's day and all. You and Jessica and Tommy grew on me and we were extremely tight. Your grandparents are now my Mawmaw and Pawpaw and your family is a part of mine. Late nights out on the trampoline in my backyard, watching television in Mawmaw's basement, and don't forget the classical "Hit me baby one more time" move we made up. We had serious talks, we had comical talks. You and Jessica fought like none other but it was amusing either way. Sometimes you annoyed me and I annoyed you, but never made it heard. We had always planned to grow up together, which we almost had.

8 years later, here I am, ready to bury one of my truly best friends. Nicole Marie Reynolds, you were CRAZY. You were obnoxiously loud, sometimes frusturating, and extremely hilarious. You taught me not to take life seriously, to spend all the money you can, but most importantly live for God. We had our inside jokes that nobody could understand. We were shopping buddies at Gordman's and Plato's closet. Sangamon County run in buddies, butt bomber's on the trampoline, best friends. To think you're gone...it's not possible to imagine. You were so full of life, so bubbly. You always made my night by texting 'whatcha doin' at 1 am. Of course I'd be sleeping, silly. I regret the times I never came to visit, the times we got mad at each other, whatever time we didn't spend together. But I will never forget all the times we had together. I love you so much Nikki and I wish God didn't take you so early. But you fulfilled a deed of His so He took you. You're in a better place, you won't have any more pain to deal with, and I hope you see me smiling through these tears. I love you Nikki, we will NEVER forget you. Keep watching over us.

So sorry, Brenna. This is a lovely tribute to your friend.
dannie   Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm so sorry, Brenna.
Merritt   Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thank you, guys. It's going to be a tough thing to get through but I've got God, family, and friends.
brenna   Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'll pray for strength for you to get through this week, Brenna. I'm so sorry you have to experience such sorrow in your young life. Hearing you tell stories about her will comfort her family....and I"m sure you know lots of stories that her family doesn't know about!
!   Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Many prayers being sent your way. I unfortunately know the pain you are going through. I lost my best friend Sophomore year of high school. I still keep in touch with her family regularly and my daughters middle name is that of my friends. I sometimes sit back and think of how differently my life would be now, or if it even would, if she was still here.

I am glad to hear you have a wonderful support system to help you through this time of sorrow.
Ericka P & Co. ♥   Tuesday, August 17, 2010
A beautiful tribute, Brenna. Sounds like you two were meant to be friends and made the most of your time together. I'm sorry her life was so short and you have to lose a friend so early. My thoughts are with you and with her family too.
LGrant   Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thank you all sooo much. It means everything to me that people are praying. It's still painful, and it hurts knowing she was supposed to start senior year yesterday...they had a moment of silence for her apparently, which I was pleased with. But I've been talking with her sister and her boyfriend and we're all making it.
brenna   Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'm so sorry.
girlcarew   Thursday, August 19, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear about this young lady passing away. Hope you ask have found a way to cope with this untimely loss. My prayers are with the family. How did she pass away.
jesse   Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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