Thankful for special people--Happy Birthday Y'all!

Thursday, October 18, 2007
For some reason, I am surrounded by people with October birthdays. The last week in October is especially chock full of special birthdays. This week I am thankful for the following people who have birthdays this week:

This is my friend, Michael.....

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Here he is again our senior year in high school (with another friend). I probably met Michael when I was about 3 or 4. We lived in the same neighborhood growing up and went to the same school. We were close friends all through grade school, high school, college and now. He is so funny and so kind. Even though we don't talk as often as I wish, he has been like a brother to me and I know he would always be there for me. Michael turns 40 this week!!! Happy Birthday Michael! And he will kill me for putting these on here if he sees them!

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This is my best friend from college, Marianne. Here we are with some of our children (the ones we had at the time). Marianne has 4 children now. She is an incredible mother, wife, friend and Christian woman. Marianne is the kind of person who ALWAYS puts others first. She is amazing. She also turns 40 this week and I am blessed to have her in my life. Happy Birthday Mar!!! I love you!

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These two pictures are of "Uncle Moon." Uncle Moon is my sister's husband. I have known him since I was about 17 years old (more than half of my life). In this picture, Harry is kissing him. Uncle Moon got his nickname from the book Goodnight Moon. When Dave used to read it to Will, he used to say, "and a picture of Uncle Joey (his real name) jumping over the moon." Will began calling him Uncle Moon and it stuck. We all call him Moon now!

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Uncle Moon is also a very funny person. I think the boys are trying to have "Unc Moon" hair in this photo. He is an ambitious and hard working husband and father. He has been the GREATEST uncle to all the peanuts and he is Will's Godfather. We are grateful for him. Happy Birthday Uncle Moon!

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Next week is also my darling husband's birthday. I have bragged about him so much on here! He is seriously the most giving and kind Dad and husband. I love him very much. Happy Birthday Dave!!


Finally, I want to wish my step-father, Al, a Happy Birthday in heaven (I know you are there). Bubba (as the boys called him) passed away last December from Parkinson's Disease. Bubba was the kindest, gentlest, most loving man you could ever meet. He married my Mom in 1986 and was like a father to me for well over 20 years. He was the only grandfather Will and Harry have known. Bubba got his nickname from Will. He wanted to be called Pop-Pop but when Will tried to say that it came out sounding like "Bubba." Since we lived in Texas (land of Bubbas) at the time, we thought it was cute. From then on, he became known as Bubba!

He used to wrestle with the boys, give them rides in the wheel-barrow and read to them. He would get on the floor and play whatever they asked him to--even when it was hard for him. Unfortunately, he never got to meet his only granddaughter (after 7 grandsons!). But I know he is looking down from heaven and sending her lots of love too. His birthday is on Halloween and he is dearly missed. We miss you and love you, Bubba! Below are a few photos of him in a slide show.





22 comments:

  1. SUCH WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND TERRIFIC 'FRIENDS'.
    Your friends are equally blessed to have you thinking of them.

    Thanks for sharing what's in your heart.

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  2. October birthdays are big in my family too. :) It's a good month!

    Snick :)
    dd Sunshine 6
    dd Brilliance 16 months

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  3. I love those pictures...hee hee...such great memories, huh? And happy birthday to all your friends and family members!! :)

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  4. I am a little partial to October bdays too (since Annslee's is sunday) although our "heavy bday month" is Sept. Great post with tributes to all these special people. I know Bubba is looking down at Miss Kate and smiling : )

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  5. wow, those sure are a lot of birthdays. Great memories and great friends.

    Happy Birthday to all those mentioned in this post!!

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  6. Ok, the tribute to Bubba made me cry. How sweet. Jim's dad passed when Taylor was 6 months old and he never got to meet Katiebug but we know he was watching over her because she was given his birthday of March 20th.

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  7. What a sweet post. Happy Birthday to all the sweet people in your life.

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  8. What a kind and loving tribute to some very special people in your life.

    Thank you for sharing and your sweet spirit.

    Lisa

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  9. Kim,

    That made me cry! How blessed you are! Happy Otober :)!

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  10. Oh, what wonderful people you have in your life, and what a beautiful post to celebrate their special days!
    Happy Birthday to your friends and husband!! :)

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  11. That was so sweet! You are such a kind and thoughtful person :D

    Ladybug hugs,
    Debbie

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  12. What a fun post - lots to celebrate! Enjoy...

    Heather

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  13. Happy Birthday to such wonderful people...
    Great post..
    Kim

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  14. thanks for sharing such a heartfelt tribute.
    xo

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  15. Such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing such special people with us.

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  16. Kim
    What a wonderful tribute to my sweet bubba...i miss him so and yes i had the tissues ready...it made me feel so good when i saw him healthy and playing with the boys...love this blog and seeing all new photos of my 3 darling peanuts...kate is so beautiful!!can't wait til xams so i can enjoy all of you...

    love to all
    mimi

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  17. Happy Birthday to all your friends!

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  18. Isin't amazing to have friends that you have known since you were a little girl! Priceless!!! I have a Michael in my life too, and he is always the first one to call me on my birthday! You know Parkinson's touches a part of my heart too Kim. Thanks for sharing your sweet pictures of Grandpa Bubba!
    If you are going to DC tomorrow, have a wonderful time!
    Hugs,
    Diana

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  19. What a great post! I loved seeing pictures of the boys when they were little! So cute! Happy Birthday to all of your friends and family members! :)

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  20. Happy Birthday to everyone near and dear to your heart who is celebrating this month. Beautiful memories.

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  21. What a sweet tribute to some of the special people in your lives!

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