Melinda, thank you so much for taking the time to post that. It truly touched my heart and means so much to me. We love you!! Here is a post that I made in off topic discussions, I copied and pasted it so that I would not sound repetative in my reply to your beautiful post!!
Every year, I sit down and write a year in review...I like to read it the year after and reflect. Well this year, I have so much to say about 2007, and most of it includes American Idol/Melinda/YOU guys, I had to let you know.
2007 was an amazing year overall. Even though there were some hard times, I got through them. I got through them by watching Melinda every week on American Idol and seeing her dedication, compassion, and faith shine through her every week. I got through them by growing closer with Sam because of our love for American Idol. I got through them by having the opportunity to see AI live in Detroit, then again in Huntington. After the Huntington show, I joined this site, and my life has been forever changed because of doing so. I have never in my life seen such amazing support and love by strangers. You guys are my rock, my inspiration, and my motivation. You have each shown me how much you genuinly care about each other and that in itself has made me want to be a better person. I love the myspace messages, the PM's. I cannot believe that one amazing woman has brought all of us together. She may never know how much I appreciate it, but I will devote my life to trying to pay back everything that she has done for me and everything that each of you have done for me. The way you have each shown your concern for Amanda has blown me away. You don't know me, you don't know Amanda, yet you are constantly praying for her and asking about her.
Melinda, thank you for starting off my year right. I was the most pessimistic, emotional, negative person at the end of last year, but you turned that around. Thank you for helping me do things I never thought possible, and for giving me the desire and motivation to dream big. Thank you for bringing the backups together. Thanks for being such a huge part of my 2007, from watching you on Idol to meeting you at the AI shows (and in Huntington, thanks for waving to us from the bus, and for telling LaKisha we were from Michigan )to Franklin, which was a weekend I will never ever forget.
Backups, thank you for being my support system for the majority of 2007. I love you guys dearly and I hope one day I can repay each of you for everything you have done for me. Vamps, I don't know what I'd do without you guys every night! Thanks for caring about me and looking out for me..and don't worry, I know Gem is only kidding . Krista, I love you and I am so glad that you have put your trust in me these past few weeks, I'm always here for you.