Ann: When Words Don’t Suffice

There’s this super special best friend for life/basically-sister/mind-reader I have, and I want everyone else to know about this priceless person who is called Ann Duevel by many and Duev by a select few.

First of all, Duev treats me well when it would be difficult to do so…through the ‘stickier’ parts of who I am, she sticks with me (aw, how punny…!).

I met Duev sophomore year. We got to know each other via our swim team connection, though this wasn’t ever the glue that held our friendship together (especially when she decided that practice was no longer worth dealing with because of the presence of our coach…heheheh, oh Kevin!!)

She always buys me stuff for no reason, and it’s always the most thoughtful thing- and SO meaningful. She will listen to a story one *million* times, and try to understand my point of view *two* million times. She will take the time in my pitiful moments and encourage me when I feel like I am not enough. She gives new perspectives and thoughtful insight, and I listen carefully to Duev because I know how much she holds in her heart; I know how much she cares.

She will help me out of a bad situation, but she pushes me to test my limits to improve myself through experience, and inevitably, mistakes along the way. She let me borrow a fabulous bright red Nebraska sweatshirt for months and when it was finally time to give it back, she was happy to just let me have it because it would be a great reminder of an even greater person in my life who I won’t be seeing in person for 8 months.

Sometimes she’s the backbone of our friendship, and sometimes I’ll take up the role. She’s the one who deals with my need for friendship breaks, and taking back unecessarily-made friendship breaks. She’ll listen when I feel like there’s something to say, and it doesn’t always have to be pleasant. I guess this is how lifelong friendship goes- giving a lot and receiving a lot, never 50/50 all the time, but somehow, it evens out (As of this post I still owe you a lot of gas money though hahaha…there’s no even part about that….so that will be coming soon to a car near her!)

Ann, I think I’ve laughed the hardest in my life in your presence, I think I’ve made my biggest mistakes knowing you’d catch my fall, and ultimately, I’ve made some huge life changes (even without you necessarily understanding every bit about them) knowing you’ll stay by my side. This takes a miracle, but luckily, miracles do exist: you as my best friend!!

We’ve made some extreme trips happen together and it’s really true that travel is going to make or break a connection with someone (thank goodness we made it!!). Ann, I don’t say any of this stuff enough to you, or even worse, I’m not sure that I’ve ever expressed all this to you before. Well…I’m always giving you belated birthday gifts so let’s call this post an early birthday gift (don’t worry I’ll mail you something on your birthday too!!)

*Finally*, this girl is always making the most out of life and experiences offered (modeling was in the works somewhere in between bartending and the next new big thing I will not yet announce, and this will surprise no one!).

Here’s a little bit of what she’s been up to:


Always the piano player! Even when pencils get dropped into baby grand pianos…no worries! We’ll fish ’em out! No fingers broken!


Is it legal to be this amazing on your birthday? (THAT SMILE)


This group may look usual, but we are SILLY together. So much fun at hotels under construction!!! Hahaha. Future cruise buddies, it better happen!

Sometimes Ann feels calm and expresses this for a photo…


…but usually not…hehehee….

The best drink for Duev? Look no further…


Pisco Sour for second place and all its glory when mixed with Duev..!

The best meal she’s ever not paid for? You know it’s right here…(of course there’s a story behind this!)


She may have asked for extra grease on that, we’re not sure…

The best expression she’s ever given to a camera she didn’t know was on? Oh, it’s been documented:


The best friend she’ll ever have?

Not sure, but here’s a great photo of her in a poncho with some ridiculous kid who probably had to pay to get a photo with such an amazing person:


Duev, I’ll put one normal photo in. Enjoy:



A Little Bit About Ebitt!

Guess who just turned older than me!!? A pretty inspirational young woman, Elizabeth, that’s who! Why is she an inspiration? Here’s only one account (of many):

1. Thoughtful


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Marvelous Ms. Marie

Marie has always inspired me by her strength, courage, determination, hard work, compassion, and heart of GOLD. I am blessed to have had Marie as my first high school friend. I am blessed that we are still friends now, because as anyone moving on from high school knows, that’s when a high school friendship is a choice, and we always choose to be friends…besties, actually.

Marie, you mean the world to me. I cannot WAIT to walk right next to you on May 3rd. You are strong and I am so lucky for every moment we get together, and for the amazing future that God chooses for us- I think we’ll stay close through it all. We might not be quite so ridiculous as our high school years (oh wait, that was me always doing really silly things and you being the wise one), but I’m glad we’ve been growing up together, because I see how great God is through the strong example of your life. Marie, thank you (and your amazing family) for everything you’ve done for me and all the ways you’ve been there for me. You look out for what’s best for me, and I can only hope to attempt the same for you. (She has a blog from her time as a missionary in Nepal! Check it out here).

As we always do, we visited Minnehaha Falls for nature photos. This trip was a success, as were the many that came before this! The only season we have missed has been Spring, so I’m hoping we can get that planned out soon? Spring 2015 is on its way!

(As a side note, we’re overdue for a trip, and our families are much overdue for a dinner together!)

If anyone has a story/comment to add on about Marie, please do so. Much love, readers!



You are amazing in so many ways.

You send me kind letters that still even have a few pieces of Seattle grass in them!

You tell a story how it is…I like this, because it gives the world a few more people to pray for.

You love with all your heart- this makes the family you’re caring for SO lucky to have you.

You care about friends. Once a friend, always a friend.

You’re artistic like CRAZY. I hope you never lose that; you inspire me to pick up a pencil and draw a bit!
You know the value of friendship and remind me of this- hence the best thing you’ll get to a letter until I figure out

how to better utilize the mailing system here…(as it stands now….the mail takes far too long and costs FAR too much…I’m working on it…)

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