I was so

abundantly blessed

by the love

and generosity

of others

on my 43rd birthday

that I have

nearly no words

to express

how it made me feel.

I was truly overwhelmed

by showers of kindness.

shower of gifts

My bounty of thoughtful gifts. Note the sweet potato Deirdre threw in for my new "Cool Daddy" deep fat fryer. Sweet potato fries, here we come!

My bouquets book

I received this "bouquets" book, filled with messages from friends and family, all hand lettered by Gina Sekelsky of Lettergirl

Here are two sample pages from my bouquets book…

please don’t interpret them as favorites…

all of the pages are my favorites!




An evening of delicious food and beautiful friends at Anna's home

Thanks to




for making

this birthday girl




Rachel sig


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7 Responses to 43

  1. tami July 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    it just shows how much you give to others!
    you are amazing!!! and I love you more than words can say!!!
    I thank God for YOU!!!

  2. The International Laundress July 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    How lovely…. so nice to see women connecting..! Happy Birthday!

    The International Laundress

  3. Noemi Hedrick July 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    So sorry i missed it! I love you Rachel!

  4. Trish Barr July 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Blessed! Happy birthday dear friend. XO

  5. melissa from two little tots July 23, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Oh, what a fun, fun birthday for you! You are the BEST and I am so happy you had a wonderful day!

  6. Jennifer Richardson July 23, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    So glad you were awash in Love:)
    (you are you know…….loved)

  7. brandyglows July 24, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    So sweet! Happy late birthday!

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