Part of me can be terrified of speaking in front of people. It takes over at the most inopportune times. I am pretty outgoing for the most part. For whatever reason that part of me resurfaced on one of the most important days for two of my closest friends, Christopher and Courtney. So here it goes, although not from my voice, from my heart nonetheless.
I am honored to be here on one of the most important days in Chris and Courtney's lives. I have known Chris for almost 10 years and in that time, I can't remember a time he hasn't dropped everything to help me when I've needed it. He will lend you the shirt off his back if you needed it. From his time with the fire department to his training as an EMT to the times he drived around in the snow looking for people to pull out of trouble just so he could help someone in need. He has coached numerous kids with wrestling and devotes what little time he has to helping his family and friends. He has fixed my car, helped me move many times, cooked me dinner, raced a UHaul just to name a few things.
I don't have any biological brothers. Even though Chris has three of his own, he has included me as a brother without a second thought or hesitation and I truly love him for that.
I've known Courtney for about four years now and I don't think I've met a sweeter, more genuine person in my life. Sometimes I wonder how such a great person ever became friends with me. Her laugh and smile are just as contagious as her personality. I've tried to coach and train her professionally and I am absolutely amazed to see just how far she has come in such a short time.
I am glad to have a friend that I can vent to, confide in, and best of all rely on to be there when I need.
I am so glad they found each other and I am forever grateful they thought to include me on this important day. May their future together be as bright as ever!
I love you both.