Rachel has been my best friend for the past 20 years. From Girl Scouts and Rawhide Ranch, to celebrating Halloween in Santa Barbara and Mardi Gras in San Luis Obispo, to now being each other's Maid of Honor, we have always been there for each other. No matter where in the world we are or how often we talk, when we do see each other it's as if no time has passed. Even now when we see each other, we're still the same girls who could spend an entire day watching movies in our PJ's eating sunflower seeds and drinking Dr. Pepper, who would walk a few miles for one of us to use a restroom, or drive a few hours to help the other sew a sorority pillow.

As I write this, Rachel is expecting her first child. I can't think of many people who will be a better mom. She and her incredible husband, John, will be fantastic parents. I am so grateful to have her by my side to remind me of those memories and to be there with me as we make new ones.