Happy Birthday to Christy!

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Christy new headshot

So today I am supposed to be posting our latest and greatest martini recipe. But, since we are in the vicinity of Christy’s birthday (for privacy purposes on the world wide web I don’t want to disclose the actual day but let’s just say it’s coming up soon) so instead I decided to share a few things about her in honor of her special day.


haven conference 2013

If you have been following us for awhile you’ve heard the story of our friendship before. We met many, many years ago on our first day of college—the school’s computer randomly assigned us as roommates and I am so glad it did! Our freshman year together was a blur of late nights, silly talks, huge hair, dance parties in the dorm hall, shared wardrobes and all those sorts of ridiculous memories. She was the kind of girl that could do all that and still make straight A’s, I on the other hand paid the price for our fun with much lower grades—but I have to say, in hindsight, it was all worth it!

I am not going to recap our friendship with all the embarrassing “big-hair” pictures of the past.

OK, well maybe just one…


I know, we took hot rollers and hair spray to a whole new level back in the “day”! To say we had a great time would be an understatement—but those stories need to “stay in Vegas” if you know what I mean, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Moving forward a few decades our friendship has spanned the miles—we haven’t lived in the same area— much less the same state— pretty much since college. We don’t see each other often, and often now it’s for blog-related type events like Haven.


Christy, Amy, and Terry--11 Magnolia Lane


It’s great fun to catch up in person—my kids live for the opportunity to visit her house over the summer or holidays, it could very well be their favorite place to go. Of course, we’re so busy talking and drinking wine and making up for lost time in person they are left alone to overdose on video games—pretty much every kids’ dream.



All the silly memories aside, if you follow the blog you also know Christy is a military wife and the road that her family has been on since 9/11 has not been an easy one. I am sure that many of you can read between the lines on the pages here but Christy’s greatest gift—aside from everything I am sure you glean from reading her posts about her style, her DIY talent and even her wit, is that she makes the best of every situation no matter what comes. Being moved every few years absolutely has challenges, not to mention spending months separated from her husband is not at all easy. She shoulders a huge amount of responsibility in her military spouse community in addition to everything else she does.  Not only do you rarely hear her complain, she manages to roll in their next location, make her new home gorgeous and fill her day bringing beauty, joy and lightness to all those around her.

We’re blessed to have her and her husband in our lives. I will always remember when Terry first met Christy along with her husband, she said to me—“Goodness, they are like the Kennedy’s!” and it’s true. Together they are a perfect couple—elegant but funny, smart but still down to earth and always, always beyond hospitable.


I could write too long of a post with all the stories from all these years, we’ve weathered good and bad together and I am all the better for it. Sharing a blog is a fun endeavor, I know she always inspires me as much as I know she does all our readers.

So, Happy Birthday Friend! I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂 Thank you for all the laughs over the years and for all you do!



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  1. What a sweet sweet tribute! I loved this post! My birthday is in the same vicinity! I wonder if we are birthday buddies?! Fun! Fun! xox, Emily

  2. What a lovely post! Happy Birthday Christy!!

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