Sweetest Sister Sandi

 

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Well, I missed your birthday my sister, I was away from my computer for a few days, and frankly, the date blindsided me until I saw it on Facebook.  How the heck did it get this late into the summer?

Sandi you are kind, smart, honest, beautiful, innovative, funny.  A great woman, a wonderful mother, and a fantastic Grandma.

You love with all of your heart, and for years I have watched you shower others with so much care, concern, and eagerness.  I have worried that you do not shower yourself with such bounty, but I have noticed in recent years you taking the time to think more of yourself, and I am so happy about that.

Your life has not been an easy one, you have lived through massive obstacles, pain, and you have always come out kicking, cept for that one time when your knee was smashed in a car accident,  you were not kicking so hard after that.  You did keep moving forward though, through everything.

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You have learned to enjoy your moments of joy, to savor them, to imclude them in your memory banks, to create them.  I love that.

And sigh, I must apologize for locking you out of the house when I was babysitting you back on the farm, well, you say I did that anyway, I am not sure I acknowledge it, but…#notthebestbigsisterever.

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I love you sista, I honor you, I respect you, I admire you.  Happiest New Life Year!

 

 

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The Dashing, Daring, Deliberate, Devon

handsomedevHappy Birthday to our Devon.  The Man who builds all, takes care of multitudes, Is an amazing father to Da Boys, and a wonderful husband and best friend to our Copy (3) of mags and devdaughter Maggie.

Devon, I met you when you were a boy, still baby face fresh in high school.  You drove about that whatever type of car it was with pride, worked hard, and proved to be a kind, and thoughtful man.  Your good cheer is always contagious, and your concern for all evident.

You have always helped me, spending countless hours fixing my cars, sheet rocking our Lakeville kitchen while you were still in high school, and oh what a wonderful gift that was to return home to.  You treat all of us like queens and kings.    You are a king yourself!

You still work hard, and with purpose, at your job, in your home, and at being a good man, husband, and father.  I admire you, I love you, I honor you.  Always be who you are Mr. Wonderful!  Happy Happy Day!  Happy Happy Life!!!devandkids

Happy New Birthday Ted

youngtedandrachaelJohn has a son, named Ted, who I would like to also lay claim to.  Saturday was his birthday, and I did not tell him Hey Happy Birthday, because, well, I kept thinking this would be written that day.  Well Ted! Happy belated Birthday.

Ted is…a fabulous chef, via his catering company, Chef Ted.  Caterer to the stars! A wonderful father, a fabulous husband, and a superb son.  (don’t think I don’t notice those daily phone calls, m’boy) I am told that he has the same moon at his home as everyone else,  and John tells me that as a boy he did well using the fireplace as a back drop for his singing.  I only know that I love him.

Happy Birthday Ted

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Happiest Birth Day to My Maggie

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Maggie is my first daughter. My foray into the dubious adult world.  She was a tiny little girl, who slept in a laundry basket in my room.
I loved  her before I met her,  knowing her beautiful spirit, knowing her strong heart, her brilliant mind.

Maggie watched me grow up, while I was watching her.  She was my love. 

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Now she is a mother, among other important life ventures.  And raising, with her incredible husband Devon, two perfect young men.  She raises them well, with that strong heart, beautiful spirit, and brilliant mind.

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Happy Birthday My Magpie!  I love you  greatly!

Happy Birthday Sarah Marie

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Happy Birthday to my bodacious daughter Sarah.
Your time in this world has been chock-full of adventure, growth, love, and excitement.  ( or was that just what I felt watching you?)

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You are strong minded, brilliant, beautiful, kind, and so much more. I am delighted you are here!  I love you!

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Tilly Evan Jones

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver

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