Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Year I Turned 32 -or - I Heart My Friends

Let the birthday celebrations begin!

I will start off by saying that there was a time, years ago, where I began praying very specifically for friends. Real friends - I would die for you friends - filled with God's truth friends - laugh until you pee a little friends. Over the past decade, God has showered me with that particular blessing...overflowed actually. For my birthday, they treated me to dinner, a movie and some really outrageous cards - it was such a blast to just sit around and laugh. So, back to you, ladies...


Katie - First to laugh, to recognize somebody, to remember and ask about my life and it's details. You're a kick in the pants and I love that you think I'm funny. Who knew way back in Cam-Pack that we'd be such good friends - you never bought ME a bra...

Jen - Oh, Jen. I thought (actually I still think) that you were too cool for the likes of me. Turns out, we are alike in so many ways, like a shared love of the gross things in life and the fears of what our crazy daughters will be like at 13.

Robyn - I happy to say that I've seen your wild side, your sensitive side, your Game Robyn side and your ballerina side. You are probably way beyond your 24 years. Thanks for being my late night coffee buddy.

Fun Kristi - I fell completely in love with you right away. I'm hoping for a long car ride soon so that I can hear more of your stories. I also can't wait to name your son someday. Weird.

Holly Jam-On-It - I love that we both think that living with our moms seems like a dream come true. You show me what "driven" looks like - from nursing degrees to potty training. It's fun knowing that you're up for fun at any given moment. Go!

Kelly - I surprised that I haven't scared you off yet. You are always the one who is most concerned for others and I love that your heart looks like that. May awkward situations follow you all the days of your life.

Heather - We've been friends since the night on the swings. You speak truth, throw awesome parties, are great at figuring out the check, have a generous spirit and own great shoes. You are a testament to long lasting friendships.

Carrie - Oh, the coversations we've ripped through. I love that you are one of the first to pray for me and I can truly see just how God has used our friendship. I idolize your fashion sense and your eye for interior design. I just wish it rubbed off on me.

Katie brought her home phone to dinner, just in case.

The movie got over after the mall closed, so Kelly found us a way out of the building.

I really missed the three of you who couldn't make it - good thing I have another birthday coming up next year...

Astraea - You keep moving, but somehow, I've kept up. You are such a calming force for me and I really admire your ability to roll with whatever or whoever shows up in your life. You are a sweet friend.

Kristin - What day did we meet? My maid of honor and roomate - you are such a strong and caring person. I love laughing with you. I can't wait to party at your new pad.

Gaynor - Your home is always open and you are the perfect hostess. You never have a bad word to say about anyone and you shine with Jesus. I'm thankful for your recipe sharing and for lunches at your place. If you ever need a night out...

It was such a special night. Thanks, Friends!

13 comments:

Our Family said...

You're so wonderful. Thank you for being a friend that I can trust with my secrets. I love you dearly. No nursing next year, SO I WILL BE THERE!!!

Happy Birthday. You're the best, just the way you are. Always know that. :)

Forever 24 said...

I have a wild side??? Thank you!
Love you! Happy Birthday, friend! I think you are one of the wittiest people I know and I love spending time with you.
I still have my other card for you...

Rachel said...

You are so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

Mrs. Spice said...

Hey, what's wrong? You didn't want to wait until next birthday when I get my act together and posted your party pictures?

Your post mirrors my heart exactly. You my friend are an answer a specific prayer! I love you.

Jen said...

I think you forgot to mention Robyn's wisdom ;o)

I am so grateful for your friendship and look forward to growig old with you...hmmm...that doesn't really sound right...you know what I mean...

Kristi said...

Ok, so, "Aunt Flo" isn't visiting, I'm not pregnant and still I cry as though I'm watching a Campbell's soup commercial. I, too, am so very grateful for you new, wonderful and divinely appointed friends!

(Nice rack, Jen)

Kristi said...

And I hope you get the opportunity to name my son. :)

mini and brother said...

I think may be the nicest blog post ever. Thank you my friend. You are precious to me!!

Carrie said...

Wow ... that was fun to read :) You should see my fashion right now ... sweatpants and an untucked tee :) Are you sure you want that rubbing off on you? I think you're doing much better than me :) Thanks for having a birthday - it was fun - a bit uncomfortable but fun!!

feather said...

Okay as I read this, I hear "Friends are friends forever" in the background and tears are coming to my eyes... maybe pregnancy hormores. Either way, you are a great friend and I am glad our chat on the swings was the beginning of a great lasting friendship.

This post was worth the wait. Thanks for being such a special friend.

Klhark said...

Well worth the wait! You are blessed! Happy belated 32!

Kelly said...

It is so easy to see why you are surrounded by so many friends. God has blessed you with such a warm inviting personality you are so kind to everyone. I am so glad we meet and that I was able to celebrate your birthday with you. I can't say that I am looking forward to awkward situations everyday, :) but I will defiantly be looking forward to one again next year. Having a friend like you around helps me to embrace those situations and enjoy the memories that will be made.
Happy Birthday!

Shauna said...

Hi! happy Birthday! YOur family is so cute - thanks so much for entering my contest!! Good luck to you!!!