Amy’s Birthday

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Today is Amy’s birthday, so of course I gave her the day off from blogging.  That being said, since it’s May and we’re at the bitter end of the school year (and they’re building a new house!), I’m sure she’s keeping herself busy on her “day off.”

Her present is going to be late…I texted her yesterday and warned her about that, telling her that I pretty much suck at everything right now (so true!), but since she’s a wonderful friend, she won’t hold it against me.

Today I thought it would be fun to re-share this post I wrote for her birthday FIVE years ago; if for no other reason than so y’all can enjoy the pictures of us in our 20s, with 90s hair.  If you want to read more about us and how we got started blogging, then you can visit {this} post for more nitty gritty details–and pictures.

Here we go:  Happy Birthday, Amy!!

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1997–at the beach

May 8, 2013: Today is Amy’s birthday, and since I was raised right, I won’t tell you how old she is.  Also, I was born in the same year (although a few months LATER), so that would also be self-defeating.  However, I think it’s important to mark this occasion by telling you just exactly how awesome she is.

For those of you who are considering an online dating service, I highly recommend you give it a shot.  You see, when we were seniors in high school, the computer at James Madison University matched me and Amy up to be roommates for our freshman year there, based on the survey we took with our admission paperwork.  Given that we’re pretty much still besties a hundred years later, I’d say that was a total success, yes?  It was amazing that we fit anything else into our dorm room given how big our hair was back then, but we managed.

Bridesmaids in 1997

Bridesmaids in 1997

At one point, we dated guys who were roommates, but neither of them “stuck,”  because good things come to those who wait.  We pledged different sororities and lived with different roommates our sophomore year, but stayed close.  We lived together again our junior year with the greatest group of girls ever.

We regularly slept through the Sunday brunch on campus that ended at 2:30pm, yet we all managed to graduate (most of us with advanced degrees) and are successful, productive members of society–go figure!

Amy's beautiful wedding

Celebrating at Amy’s beautiful wedding

Over the years, we’ve weathered bridal showers, weddings, babies (only five between us but sometimes it feels like fifty!), vacations (including December 31, 1999!), funerals, baptisms, birthdays, family debacles, job changes, and enough moves to keep the real estate market smokin’ hot.  Our kids have no choice but to love each other like siblings–one of her sons once drew a “family” picture that included my oldest–and we’ve been known to trade them off for a week in the summer just to keep things interesting.  I thought nothing of Amy and her kids coming to visit right after we moved the last time; I just put her to work sanding kitchen cabinets and we stuck her kids in Vacation Bible School right along with mine.

Bridesmaids in 2000--a recurring theme!

Bridesmaids in 2000–a recurring theme!  I was SO pregnant and miserable–Amy was cool as a cucumber!

Amy and I have an uncanny ability to buy the same jewelry, dress similarly, and cut our hair the same way, all while living hours away from each other.  This has made for interesting photo ops over the years, but it makes buying presents for her a snap!  I think one of the reasons her house feels like “home” to me–and hopefully vice versa–is because she decorates hers exactly the way I want mine to look!  We regularly pass clothes and decor items back and forth because our taste is almost exactly the same.  The only drawback to this is that when we go shopping together, we tend to reach for the same things, and must depend upon our good manners to avoid a catfight!

My favorite house in the world to visit is Amy’s.  She has perfected the art of relaxed hospitality.  You don’t have to follow your kids around her house to make sure they’re not messing things up…they’re allowed to play and have fun.  Nothing in her house is more precious than people, yet it still looks like a magazine, because she’s got such great style.   Meanwhile, she’s always making me something yummy to eat–about 90% of my recipes come from her, which makes for a horrible challenge when SHE comes to MY house–and her husband makes the best drinks ever and is the funniest person in the world.

With the hubsters

With the hubsters in downtown Nashville

If you add all the time up over the years, I have lived in Amy’s house for months.  Many times I come without my husband (because he’s deployed and off protecting the world), but with two kids and sometimes even our pets(!).  While he might roll his eyes to himself, Amy’s sweet husband is so tolerant of me.  I humor myself by thinking that he actually likes us, but I know that mostly he wants to make his wife happy by letting her friend come to visit.  Regardless, I know that we’re always welcome, and we have taken advantage of that so many times over the years.

The firstborn sons--good buddies from the beginning!

Our firstborns–good buddies from the beginning (not that they had a choice)!

I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but my mom died pretty suddenly when I was 30.  It was May 2002, my son was eighteen months old, and my husband was deployed here and there due to the aftereffects of 9/11.  I was at my parents’ house in Maryland when Mom died–we had been in the initial stages of diagnosing and staging her cancer when she sustained a massive pulmonary embolism.  To say I was unprepared, on every level, to lose my mother would be an understatement.  Here’s what Amy did, without my thinking about it or asking for it:  she and her mother drove over to our house and brought me clothes from her own closet so I would have something to wear for my mother’s viewing and funeral.  She literally gave me the clothes off her back.  I can tell you for a fact that she thinks that was no big deal, but to me it was, and still is, something I can’t even think about without crying.  “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17

At some point, we all realize that true friends are found few and far between.  Can you count your real friends on one hand?  If you can, then you are fortunate.  If you can count them on two hands, then you are rich, indeed.  Well, when I count up my friends, Amy’s either my thumb or my pointer finger, if you know what I mean.  I’m hoping I can be just like her when I grow up, because there’s no one out there who is quite as fabulous.

So, my dear friend, have a wonderful birthday, and thank you for sharpening me as iron sharpens iron for these many years!

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Comments

  1. Marty Oravetz says:

    Such a beautiful and loving tribute to a very special friend. Happy Birthday and Many, Many More.

  2. What a wonderful way to honor Amy on her special day. Amy, wishing you a very Happy Birthday. May God bless you richly this year!

  3. CAROL MOORE says:

    Happy birthday, Amy! You sound like a true blessing, indeed!

    • Oh thank you Carol, I promise you that I’ve been as blessed by our friendship in return! Have a lovely day!
      XO, Amy

  4. The writing flows effortlessly, and so from the heart! What a beautiful tribute to your ‘bestie.’! Happy Birthday Amy and many blessings to you in your birthday year!

    • Thank you so much Julie–I am so grateful to have had a friend like Christy for MANY years 🙂 She is a treasure! XO, Amy

  5. Happy birthday, Amy! Good friends are treasures!

  6. What a sweet, sweet tribute to a wonderful friend and it was truly heartfelt. You both are blessed indeed. Happy Birthday Amy and lots of blessings to you as you journey forward with your new house!

    • Thank you so much Anita! I am fortunate to have a friend like Christy indeed, and I appreciate your good wishes on our new home journey. I hope you enjoy your day! XO, Amy

  7. Happy birthday Amy…and Christy, what a beautiful story about someone you can truly call a forever friend. you two are blessed to have each other to go through the many sweet journeys of life!

    • Thank you so much Shirley, and that is so true! It has been such a blessing to have this friendship. I appreciate your birthday wishes 🙂 XO, Amy

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