Today is my special friend Michelle's birthday! I'm proud to say she's one of my very most best friends. If you know her, you know how lucky you are. She's just one of the sweetest, most caring people I know. She has the gentle spirit I strive for and just shines Jesus to all those who meet her. In fact, I remember one time when a girl we both knew came to her and commented that there was just something different and joyful about her. Duh! It's Jesus!
Michelle, I'm thankful for you and for our friendship. I feel like I've known you forever, even though it's only been what... six years? seven? I can't keep track! You're a great example to me of what a wife, mom, daughter, sister and FRIEND should be. I love the ways you love Jason, the way you honor your parents and brother, the fun, loving, and patient way you are with your kids, and what a faithful and caring friend you are. You really are special. And you're so good at so many things! It's hardly fair!
So, in honor of today, here are a few poems about my friend, Michelle. (How can I get a copyright on these things? Because these are GOOD!) I didn't get something in the mail to you like I'd hoped, Michelle, so hopefully these will do until that happens. Oh, and Michelle is great at being prompt and following through with things she intends to do... I'm not.
On to the poems. These are sure to become classics.
There once was a girl named Michelle.
She loved her family, you could tell.
She made dinners from scratch,
Picked out clothes that did match,
She really knew how to love well.
Born thirty-one years ago
Time to celebrate
Michelle is the bomb
She just cut her hair; it's cute
That girl is awesome
Yet another haiku:
Come back to Boulder
California will miss you
But I miss you more
Another limerick (illustrated with a photo!):
There once were two Mary Kay girls
Who went to Dallas for some thrills
They wore fancy dresses
And curled their long tresses
But were really just girls from the hills
(That one will make no sense to others...! You see, we met through Mary Kay years ago, and attended a big convention in Dallas, and one night we had to wear FANCY formal dresses. We felt like we were playing dress up. Michelle looked BEAUTIFUL that night. But the truth is, I think we're both more comfortable in our jeans, t-shirts and flip flops.)
And a few more pictures...
Here's one of us with our first babies, born a month apart! (Yes, I have my finger in Emma's mouth... it's the ONLY way she ever stopped crying those first few months!)
I love this one. Carson was only 7 months old, and it's still on my fridge.
This is from when Emma and I came out to visit in June '05. We were both pregnant with #2!
From February '06... Livi and Addie were so tiny!
From your last trip out here in March... no picture of us together, but look how big our kids have gotten!
Happy Birthday, sweet Michelle. You are a treasure to me!
Click here to give Michelle some birthday love on her blog!