A Birthday Wish

I’ve known you for 20 years, almost as long as I’ve known my husband. We’ve raised our babies together, parented our littles through scraped knees, hurt feelings and joyful discoveries. We’ve talked countless hours on the phone and worked side by side while on skype. We’ve moved states apart with the resolve it was just the beginning of a new chapter and not the end of an old. We’ve argued and struggled and wrestled when our first born-ness wanted to be heard…and we listened. We listened to the intent of each other’s hearts. We leaned in, even when it was difficult, pulling out the beauty in the pain. We laughed together through the tears, we rejoiced when our kids walked across the stage and realized they had made it! We’ve shared more meals, then I can even begin to count, in different countries and at each other’s tables.

My dear friend, my wish for you this year is that you continue to ENJOY and savor each and every moment that the day brings. That you do what you want and you continue to blossom into the fullness of who you were created to be. I pray that wherever this journey leads you, you will be blessed, it will be good and those around you will recognize you as the person I know you to be…kind, pure of heart, creative, strong, brave, wise, fun, full of JOY and my friend.

Happy Birthday Chris Ann!

I love you (too).


chris ann laughing

I can’t imagine doing my life without you!