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What I’ve Learned From Jessica

June 25, 2005

My friend Jessica is a California girl and I’ve known her for eight years. Most of this friendship has been long-distance but that hasn’t gotten in our way. Jessica was one of four housemates when I interned at Home School Legal Defense in Virginia when I was 18. The five of us only lived with each other for six months, but all five relationships have been lasting for me.

Jessica is exhuberant about life: loves good food, trying new restaurants, “juice bars,” galvanting all over the world, coffee and chocoate. Her laughter is contagious and she’s always, like, you know, always talking like a California girl, but, she’s totally NOT a valley girl, despite the way, she like, totally sounds.

Jessia’s life isn’t always California-sunny, though. She’s gone through some intensely tough times, but through it all she’s kept a sense of humor and while struggling to understanding what God’s showing her in all the mess of life. But what has impacted me the most has been her generosity of time and money. She’s taken her brother on vacation with her to Maui (not many big sisters would do that). She’s paid for a homeschooling mother, who would never have had the funds herself, to come out to stay at Jessica’s house so she could have a private retreat. She’s taken a four-member missionary family, home on furlow from Japan, to Disneyland (her gift). Jessica and her sister have financially supported their mother and siblings during tough times. She’s takes care of a little baby named Galaxy–while the single mother has to work long hours–and buys her little gifts and takes her to the pool. And now, she’s in Nicaragua for three months at a girl’s home called Arms of Love to help out in anyway she can (even if it means washing laundry by hand). She’s not boastful, she just lives life generously. That’s what I’ve learned from Jessica.

Check out her blog, Nicaragua Adventures.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2005 4:03 pm

    Wow. Amazing young woman. I get the sense that she is utterly convinced that “it’s all God’s” and that she is merely managing the portion of time and money He’s given her.

    BTW, you might want to fix the typo in Nicaragua Adventures at the end of your post. (You have a couple letters switched.0

  2. June 28, 2005 5:43 pm

    I look forward to reading her blog. She sounds like a remarkable woman. And you sound like such a sweet friend :).

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