Saturday, August 10, 2013

{Birthday} Little Letters {of thanks}

Dear J,
     You're spoken birthday card was the best birthday gift ever. And that's saying a lot, since you (among other things) also took me to a romantic Italian dinner and got me an iPad mini. Which I'm typing this on! I love doing life with you day after day. I can't wait to build house projects and create pictures from my books with you :). I love love love you.

Dear Ali,
     Thank you for my birthday phone call and song. I wish we could have birthday cheesecake together. One day we will live in the same city again. You mean the world to me.

Dear Lindsey,
     Your friendship is seriously the best. I love our daily texts about anything and everything. Thanks for being my favorite NICU nurse and friend, for always getting food with me, for being my sick buddy, for making me laugh all the time, and for your sweet (and later amusing) birthday text. My life is better with you in it.

Dear Katie C,
     My day-before-birthday Starbucks hot chocolate and birthday cake pops was such a sweet treat! I love having you in the NICU! And the fact that you and Chris closed on your Santee condo on my birthday was another present!

Dear Carly,
     I will always be able to count on you to make me smile. Every time I wear one of my adorable hair flowers I will think of you. And my coral necklace. You have amazing taste and you're the best sister in the world. I can't wait to be the old ladies on the front of the card you gave me. :) Thanks for being my Coronado buddy and always being ready with the next line of "Sista Sista" :)

Dear Katie R,
     I love that your daughter and I share a birthday month. Maybe that's part of why I adore her so much. Thanks for the laugh from the photos of Elle's artwork with my nail polish in your bathroom. You are the best!

Dear Mom,
     Thanks for taking my birthday off year after year. You never fail to make each one the most special yet. I loved our manis and pedis, Coronado lunch and shopping for fun new outfits. Thanks for always smiling for a picture with me. It means so much. Thank you for the most amazing brunch ever, also.

Dear Jessi,
     Even if our schedules are opposite and we can barely figure out a time to have lunch, know that I adore you and can't wait to see you next week. Your encouragement and friendship is so sweet.

Dear John and Kris,
     You were my first birthday call! Thanks for thinking of me so early before work and for singing to me on the machine. I love my cute peach stethoscope - the babies will be so excited to see it! Love you guys!

Dear Adrian,
     Your little voice on the other end of the phone singing me happy birthday was my sweetest call of the day. Your life is such a gift to me and I don't know if you realize how much the Lord used you to lead me to the NICU. I love you, little sweetheart.

Dear family, friends, texts, and facebook messages,
    Each of you made me feel loved in one way or another this birthday. Thank you for being so special and thoughtful.

Dear Jesus,
     You are Awesome. You have blessed me so immensely. I forget sometimes how Good You Are. Thank you for being patient with me and for loving me the most of all. You knew me way before my first birthday 27 years ago, and for that I am so thankful.

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