Bella Tombini. There really aren't words to describe how much she means to me and how she has marked my heart. We stood beside each other during some of the most difficult seasons and transitions of our lives and the unwavering strength and perseverance she walked in was such a source of hope to me. When I first met Bella I was nothing short of a hot mess, entering into a world of drugs and finding my identity in the emptiest of places. She was young, but she was fierce, and God used her young and fiesty self to speak such life and encouragement to me in seasons of great difficulty and hopelessness.
When I first met Bella we did not hit it off, but as time passed she quickly became one of my favorite people. Even though I would come over to spend time with her older brother, I would always make my way to her room where we spent hours together. She became a sister to me that would stand beside me through some crazy seasons, and cheer me on as I walked out of addictions into God's love for me. Years and distance have come between us, but my love for Bella has only grown reflecting on the crucial years we shared together.
Bella, thank you for loving me in my mess and seeing the gold in me when I didn't see it. You sowed a seed of faith and hope in my heart long before I knew my value. The fierceness and strength you walk in inspires me to this day and I just know your story and you strength is going to reach and impact far more people than we can imagine. The call on your life is insane, and I am just so honored to know you. I love you like my own sister and hope to hug you again soon.