mer is one of those people.
i met mer, like i met my best friend, at eagle lake camp. i still remember the night we met. mer is bruce's (beth's husband's) cousin, and he and beth had driven down the mountain to pick mer up at the airport to bring her back up to camp. she was one of the last campers to arrive that night. i remember thinking she was taller than i had imagined she'd be, i really hoped she'd be placed in my bible study, and i immediately wanted to be best friends.
wouldn't you know, mer WAS placed in the bible study i led that summer. we became friends very quickly (camp tends to do that to people.) mer was one of those friends i felt i had known my entire life. i was sad that she would have to head back to texas as the first five weeks of camp slipped away. after a lot of prayer and talking to her family, mer decided to stay at camp for the entire summer. beth and bruce and i were ecstatic! mer? at camp for the whole summer? it was like christmas in july! ;)
Jesus gave me the sweetest friend and sister that summer. we grew in our friendship and in our relationships with Jesus. when camp ended, we headed our separate ways. i went home to tennessee and mer went home to texas to start college. she ended up getting to come with a group of us to the Passion Conference in atlanta in 2012 and then headed back to work at camp as a counselor that next summer! little did she know what path that summer would lead her down. she and dave were on staff together and started dating towards the end of the summer, they dated long distance over the school year, worked at camp again the next summer, mer moved to minnesota to be closer to dave, and they just got engaged in may! whew. what a whirlwind!