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Just Write: Freaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m a freak.”

I was hardly listening so when I answered it was a gut reaction, “You’re not a freak silly” and I kept on making the bed, straightening the corners.

“They think I’m a freak.”

I still wasn’t listening, consumed with a bag to pack and the time on the clock slowly ticking away. However, I was still answering, “You are not. Hey, where did you learn that word?”

“They just said it on TV.” I twisted to see an episode of SVU on, which is normal in our house at any hour of the day.

“Well you’re not.” I concluded out loud, navigating the bedroom (stopping to plant a kiss on the crown of his head) carrying on with my Sunday morning duties and wondering if I should lay clothes out first or shower.

“Mommy?” he said. I looked over at him standing in front of the mirror wand in hand, shirt and argyle vest donned under his Hogwarts robe and small round black glasses circling his eyes.

It was 8am.

“Yeah buddy?”

“It’s okay if I’m a freak. I mean, I love Billy Joel and Willy Wonka of course. I know songs they don’t know and I like to make them do plays of Rocky at camp.”

I thought about what he was saying.

“I don’t think that makes you a freak, Jakey.”

But I worried.

I wondered.

Children are honest, raw and brutal. There are bullies who want nothing more than something (or someone) to make fun of and a child like Jacob is ripe prey.

Deep down I know how Jacob feels. He is a big thinker with a heart that is soft and all encompassing. He also doesn’t give a rat’s ass about how he’s perceived. He knows who and what he is, right now, in this moment.

Standing there in my bedroom I saw his life years from now as the creative and quirky kid in his class; the sensitive boy who remembered your favorite movies and colors, the outspoken twin who wore interesting outfits and took acting classes on Saturday mornings, the Piccini kid with the big personality.

All at once, I was glad that he wasn’t in public school. I knew first hand that a small Catholic class might not be enough to insulate him from teasing or ridicule but I also knew it could help to encourage his huge imagination.

“I’m a freak too.” I said to the air around us.

He nodded, “Because you love Harry Potter too? And your books? Oh and Mommy, you and me love Pride and Prejudice. “

“You and I.” I corrected.  “But yep.”  I answered sitting down on the bed and pulling him into my lap.

“You and I.” he repeated.

“…are freaks.”  I finished and hugged him close.

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Every Tuesday Heather invites us to “Just Write”.

 

My “Quote-Able” 44th Birthday Celebration

There are very few things that mean more to me than words.

I often wonder where I’d be without them.

Since I was little girl I’ve loved quotes. I think I’ve always dreamed of being famous enough to have something I said or wrote spoken and shared over and over again, used as a beacon or a motivation or maybe just a source of healing for a bad day.

So this year when I was thinking of how I wanted to celebrate my birthday online my heart yearned for words. Everyone at this party knows that the last few months have been indescribable and sad but it was the words of all of you that have picked me up, hugged me tight and reminded me that love comes in many forms.

Love can be LOUD and Boisterous, or it can be quiet and reflective and inspiring.

It can LAUGH or cry, hug or just sit next to you and hold your hand.

But it’s always welcome.

And when I asked for your words, you gave me the most wonderful birthday I could have dreamed of.

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Below you’re going to read wonderful beautiful words from people I love.

(My favorite quotes are sprinkled around them. Hey you didn’t think I wouldn’t add my own did you? )

Some are so funny, you’ll snort. Others are reflective and thoughtful.

ALL of them made me cry.

Words from icons and world changers, quotes from comediennes  and some others lifted right from the pages of the Bible. There are even one or two that are “homemade” and they are awesome.

But each quote was given with love and care.

I couldn’t ask for better presents, friends (Tribes) or proof about the MAGIC OF WORDS.

 

 

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Mom (BFF since birth , maker of memories and smiles, first and most important LOVE of my life)

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Lisa (BFF extraordinaire! I am  the Gayle to your Oprah…always Leese! Life just wouldn’t be the same without you! xo)

Dear Kir, The first time I wished you a Happy Birthday, you were turning 25!

19 years later, I am more thankful for your friendship than ever. You’re the best at a lot of things…especially keeping secrets! And so, in honor of you:

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And of course I’m adding a birthday booze quote! Cheers to 44!

“Trust me, You can dance.” -Vodka

Noelle (BFF extraordinaire!You will always be my favorite dance partner love! Life wouldn’t be the same without you!) 

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Angela of AngelaAmman.com

My dear Kir, (Because all writers believe in magic and dreaming and making something beautiful out of the way life ought to be.)

xoxo

 “I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”

― Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire

My Guardian Angel and friend Tiina

“God is in the details” Mies van der Rohe  1936

Shari of Dusty Earth Mother

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”–Jesus in Matthew 6:34

:-)  Love you, Keeersten.

 Marian (My friend and #heartsister) of runaway sentence

Hey, lady. Happy birthday! This is a popular quote, but it has always been like a beacon for me. I have had it pasted in various places throughout my adult life, where I would see it, and it would remind me:

I have come to believe over and over again, that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.– Audre Lorde

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Julie of Julie C Gardner.com 

Dear, sweet Kir,

My favorite quotation comes from one of my favorite writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who says,

” What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” 

There is so much strength within you, Kir. More than you can imagine. So imagine me smiling now, wishing you a birthday full of love. May the coming year bring peace to your heart. And joy. Always joy.

Alison of Writing, Wishing

My beautiful friend,

Happy 44th Birthday! As you go into this amazing time of your life, I wish you more love, more joy, more laughter, more heart. For as long as I’ve known you, this one quote has you all over it:

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott

You have gone through more life challenges than anyone I know, yet, you carry it all with grace and dignity. Your strength and courage is a daily inspiration to me, and I’m so proud to be your friend. Happy Birthday, my sweet Kir.

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Tom of Cobbie’s World

This quote first came to my attention when it was attributed to Nelson Mandela. I was all over Mandela when he was released from prison; in my role as a teacher and from being a human.  I have since come to learn that he did not actually say this quote, that Marianne Williamson did but, no matter.  I love every aspect of this quote.  The line that resonates most for me is, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”  Too often, I am guilty of doing just that.  Being a Dad and being involved in writing groups like Trifecta, is forcing me out of my preferred role in the background.  Whenever I feel myself folding back, I think of this quote and allow myself to let go of my fears and anxieties, and shine “like a new dime” as the old song goes.   This quote hangs in my classroom and has been shared with countless groups of students over the past decade or so.

I have a second, much shorter quote.  It is from the song, “Street Spirit” by Radiohead.  I use this as a scrolling message on my school web page so that whenever students or parents click on my name, the first thing they see is these four words:

“Immerse Yourself in Love”.

Happy birthday, Kir!  I hope that your birthday is filled with a happiness that swells your heart.    You are a beautiful person and a good friend.  Thanks for allowing me to play a part of your special day.

 AnnMarie of Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos

I am so honored to be included in this! My favorite quote ever (and I have a few) is:
“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true.” ~Richard Bach

Tara of Thin Spiral Notebook 

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”  ~ Anaïs Nin

You do all these things with your amazing words. 

Jennie of A Lady in France

The Lord your God is with you, he is might to save. 

He will take great delight in you, 

he will quiet you with his love, 

he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Love you!!!!

Happy birthday!!!!!

Nicole of Sisters from Another Mister

“For you my dear .. .with all my heart.You are a true blessing to all who know you, and when  I count  mine – I count you twice.

Happy Birthday sweet and lovely friend … may it be filled with happiness and joy.And cupcakes. Always – Nicole xxx

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 Melissa (my north star of writing) of Stirrup Queens

 My quote is from the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster:

“But if we’d told you then, you might not have gone—and, as you’ve discovered, so many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

Kristen of Taming Insanity

My favorite quote is “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” – Gretchen Rubin

Carrie of Heck Awesome!

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

Tonya of Letters For Lucas

The quote I’d like to share is actually lyrics from a song called “Drunken Soldier” by the Dave Matthews Band:

“Keep your head up

Try and listen to your heart

Be kind always, no matter

We all grow up

And someday we’ll say goodbye

So shine your light while you got one

Make the most of what you’ve got/Don’t waste time being trying to be something you’re not/ Fill up your head and fill up you heart and take your shot Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not”

Great advice for how to live your life and wonderful words to contemplate on your birthday or all days. I especially like the line, “So shine your light while you got one”.

My dear friend, your light shines brighter each and every day, no matter how much sadness you feel on the inside. You are one of the kindest and most generous people I know and I am so lucky to have you in my life.

Wishing you all the very best, Kir. I love you. Happy Birthday, my sweet friend.

Jess of My Time as Mom

The quote I’m going to share with you is my favorite one.

It’s from Steve Jobs and it motivates me to stay true to what I want with my life…

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life – Steve Jobs

Much love to you and your family. 

 Lou of LouCeel

My Dear, Lovely Kirsten
My favorite quote is by Anais Nin:xoxoxox

“I am the keeper of fragile things, and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.

Debi (Dr. G ) of AskDoctorG

You know that parenting is my love language, and this is the quote that inspires me most often when I’m searching for direction. Love u.

“The rules of parenting are these three: love, limit, and let them be.” Erma Bombeck

Suni (my giggle pal) of The Suniverse

             I can. I will. I am.

Nothing super fancy. Not a statement by someone brilliant. Just what I tell myself when I’m faced with a task that seems insurmountable. That can be walking across a freezing cold parking lot after a tough workout, or driving in terrible weather [my inability to deal with bad weather is kind of exhausting], or dealing with bad news. Instead of my default “I can’t”, I remind myself that I can. I will. I am.

I think this about you, Kir, with the rough year you’ve had. You embody the ability to move forward. I cherish that about you.

Happiest of birthdays, sweetie.

XO

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Ann of Ann’s Rants and Founder of Listen To Your Mother

Happy Birthday, Kirsten!!  Here’s one I love

“The path is the goal” — Mahatma Ghandi

Sending you much love.

Jennifer of JenniferP.Williams

So glad that you are doing this again this year.

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” Jennifer J. Freeman

 SAM of My Write Side

“Blessed are the gypsies, the makers of music, the artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers, and vagabonds, children and misfits. For they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes.”

Thank you for being one of those wonderful people in my quote and making MY world more beautiful. XOXO

Cameron D Garriepy:

The universe is big, its vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”    Steven Moffat, Doctor Who

“A life without love is like a tree without fruit.”   Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

It’s these little things, they can pull you under. Live your life filled with joy and thunder. Yeah, we were altogether lost in our little lives, oh, but sweetness follows.”   R.E.M., Sweetness Follows

Mandy of  Mandyland:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Ghandi

“The question. O me! So sad recurring- What good amid these , O me, O Life?  Answer. That you are here-the life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” -Walt Whitman

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird

Rox of Unintentionally Brilliant

I love being able to share your special day! I hope it’s filled with cupcakes and smiles and maybe a new pair of heels. ;-)

I love quotes. There are probably dozens I could choose. But I think for this moment, I will choose one that talks about something I think a lot of people forget. And I want YOU to remember. We are all important. And you are important to me, dear Kir.  So much love to you! XO

“Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” –  The Doctor- Doctor Who

 Lori of Lavendar Luz

Leap and the net will appear.

I always want it to happen in the opposite order!

Mel of According to Mags

Here’s my quote that I love. It has got me through some extremely tough times and some unimaginable loss. I know that you’ve experienced a loss that will be with you for all time. But, I believe those moments are meant to make your heart not weaker, but stronger. That hole, that emptiness is filled over time with the love of those around us. It brings people closer, it makes the time we spend together a little sweeter, it bridges rifts,and it enables you to carry on. I truly hope this year is fabulous, filled with love, laughter and many, many memories forged. Happy Birthday, Kir! xoxo

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Unknown

 

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Stephanie of People Do Things With Their Lives

Dear Kir,

I chose a quote from the great actress/activist Audrey Hepburn. It spoke to me of you. It spoke to me of your indomitable spirit, your kindness, compassion and positiveness. You are an inspiration to me. I am very, very  happy to have ‘met’ you online. I wish for you the most lovely, contented birthday, and coming year. The best is yet to come!

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that others discovered the same quote, and thought of you! Much love!

 I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”  – Audrey Hepburn

 Christine of Trudging Through Fog

Hello, Kir!

I have a couple of favorite quotes I’d love to share with you for your birthday. Something tells me you’ll like them too.

“I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.” — Booker T. Washington

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” — Frances Wright

And the last one isn’t a quote, really, just something I heard from a student the other day. We were talking about attitudes and life philosophies, and he shared his:

“Laugh hard, love a lot, lend a hand.”

I loved this and immediately identified with it. It seems like something you’d identify with too.

I hope your birthday is a wonderful one, and that the next year is full of love and joy and laughter.

 *hugs*

Nicole of The Rumour Mill

THE DAYS SEEM LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT.

This speaks to me because in the season of raising children some days really are so very long but I wake up on December 31 of each and every year and I think, Man!  Where did that time go.  Sometimes as Moms (parents) we are so busy trying to make it through the day that we get caught up in the “hard” part of being a parent and trying to raise our children “right” that we forget to sit back and not sweat the small stuff.  Before we know it, our babies aren’t babies and our oldest is turning 8!  8 Kir!  Piper will be 8 in March and sometimes I feel like there is so much I am missing because I am so busy trying to just get through the busyness of raising children and working full time.

 I love you, miss you and wish I could see you. XO

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 JC Little of The Animated Woman

This amazing woman and I share a BIRTHDAY, how lucky am I?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my amazing friend!

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Colette

“Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want.” – Devo

Laura of Mommy Miracles

Happy Birthday. May this coming year be a year of running in the direction of your best and happiest dreams.

 “Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”

- Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

 Kristin of Two Cannolli

Kir, this is my very favorite quote, and it reminds me to move on.  xo

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Katie of Sluiter Nation

One of my favorite quotes as a writer is this one by Stephen King:

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life”

And one of my favorites of all time is this one by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” 

Never be afraid to be misunderstood. Never be afraid to put your words and your voice out there. You are you, and you are wonderful. I hope your birthday is absolutely wonderful and glorious because you deserve it!

Love you!

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Arnebya of WhatNowandWhy

Here’s my quote, my own (does that count?) (Umm? Of course it does!)

Generic creme filled chocolate cookies masquerading as Oreos are why I find trust difficult.

(seriously I laughed for a full minute and then said, “I F*&^% love Arenbya!)

Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Whitman

I want to come alive, don’t you? :)  I hope I can in more ways this year.  I think you and I can both “come alive”!!

I hope you have a wonderful Birthday, Kir.  You are such a sweet and loving friend and I am so happy I get to call you one of mine!!  Happy Birthday x 1000!!

Kim of Co-Pilot Mom

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” by Henry David Thoreau.

I used in a post a while back to describe a wonderful afternoon with my boys and it has stayed with me.

hope you have a very wonderful day!

Jessica of Four Plus an Angel

Just saw this and thought of you, your birthday and the year ahead. xo

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Kim of  All Work & No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”  
―     A.A. Milne

love you my friend!

 Andrea of About 100%

When my grandfather passed away in October, some friends of mine gave me a wall hanging that reads

“Live for moments you can’t put into words.”  

At first I didn’t know what to think of it.  Are they saying that I’m wasting my time writing?  Do they think I’m no good?

I hung it up over my desk anyway.

Now when I read it, it’s a reminder to look outside myself and see the love that comes from the life that I’ve built, the life that swirls around me, and the things that while I might try my hardest, don’t always have to be written down.

That some things are just better in memory.  Like a feeling, or a scent, or an experience that I won’t ever forget.

I hope you have a lovely birthday, Kirsten.  What a great way to share it with friends!!

Marie (my kindred soul) of My Cyberhouse Rules and The Web Ninja

I’m happy and honored to be included in this year’s birthday celebration. You’ll be turning 44, double digit – that’s a lucky number, sign that it’ll be a great year (how can it not be? -year of the horse)

I picked this quote for you because…

  • Marilyn is one of the best female icons I know of
  • She’s plain hot and fabulous
  • She never apologized for being sexy
  • She disturbed people in their beliefs
  • She rocked the heels – like you, and so unlike me
  • Her strength was too hard even for her to handle.

People will always remember her. People will always be in awe of her.

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Leigh Ann of Genie in a Blog

“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci

It always reminds me to do what makes me happy, even if that means just doing what needs to be done. Because when you have a nasty to-do list, you’re not happy. Then go get some ice cream. :)

 My new favorite is actually from the song Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise by the Avett Brothers:

If you’re loved by someone

You’re never rejected

Decide what to be

And go be it

I love it because it tells me that I’m always someone in somebody’s eyes. And to go BE what I want to be!

Alex of Late Enough

This is the quote I want to give to you for all you’ve been through and especially the pain of losing your brother. These words have helped me acknowledge my strength in difficult times:

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus 

This is a quote that makes me laugh, love the world more, and accept myself better:

“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” -Lech Walesa

 Love ya!

Meg of Momosapien

Wishing you a birthday, and upcoming year, full of the light and joy you bring to those of us lucky enough to know you. You are a gift, Kir and I am so thankful to have you in my life (even if it is just in my computer!) oxox.

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Debbie of Day in and Day Out

Two quotes from two amazing Saints.

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off. ~ St. Francis de Sales

Barbara

oh, Happy birthday, my friend!!!

my favorite quote is from Margaret Mead, Anthropologist – 1901-1978:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Jessie Powell of Jester Queen: (GIGGLE!)

“The worst thing about winter is that it’s so dry, my nose bleeds whether I pick it or not.” A. Nonymous, age 10

Michele of Old Dogs New Tits

Gosh, I hope silliness is okay, Kir.  (of COURSE it is! It’s a PAR-TAY!)

 “I find that a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread.” – Mitch Hedberg

AND

“I’m against picketing but I don’t know how to show it.” – Mitch Hedberg

 Happy Birthday to one of the most supportive writers out there. Her energy and colorful spirit can always be felt right through the screen. 

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Victoria of 39 For the First Time

I came upon this quote last week and thought it was PERFECT for your birthday celebration.

It’s long, but worth it. Here goes:

“My general formula for my students is ‘Follow your bliss.’ Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it … If the work you are doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that’s it. But if you think, ‘Oh no, I couldn’t do that!’ that’s the dragon locking you in. ‘No, no, I couldn’t be a writer,’ or ‘No, no, I couldn’t possibly be doing what So-and-so is doing.’

“Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”  - Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Eli of Coach Daddy

Happy birthday! Here is one of my favorite quotes ever, by the coach I admire most above all, John Wooden:

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Leighann of Multitasking Mumma

I want to wish you the best birthday ever and tell you what an incredible support and friend you are. Thank you for always being there when anyone needs you and encouraging so many of us to continue and do our best.

You are one in a million, Kir. Happy Birthday!

 “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” –Oprah  

 Charlotte of My Pixie Blog

I once had this book and it was FILLED with beautiful quotes I had collected over the years from the days when my nose was deeply buried in all kinds of reading material—from inspirational to fem lit. I don’t remember where that book is now; it may be in my old purple bedroom of my parent’s house or it sits in a pile of unclaimed and never returned textbooks somewhere but…IT HAD NUGGETS, I tell you.

One of the most cherished of these quotes still sits in the corner of my brain and I dusted off the words because I wanted to impart them to you on this celebration of your very special day. I hope you can see why I have chosen this in particular.  XOXO, my sweet one.