Stars are born…

I don’t care how old you are- a birthday should be a special day for you, a day to be spoiled and appreciated and loved. And I’ve got a lot of birthday shoutouts today.

First, happy birthday Nadia, a beautiful girl I went to school with from elementary through till high school and today is a mom of two gorgeous children. Happy birthday Diodora, one of the strongest women I’ve ever met, someone who is an amazing journalist, a brave wife and now also a mom (and a great one at that, I’m sure). Happy birthday Mr. Backes, one of the best teachers I ever had, who toughened me up and was willing to give me a chance (which paid off in spades! Thanks Mr. B)

Which brings me to two of my besties- Amanda and Andrew, who are both getting old today (haha…). Amanda gives the absolute best pep talks and is always willing to listen to me to go on and on about how some editor ripped apart one of my articles. She’s one tough cookie and a terrific mom. She’s resilient and caring and fun and taller than me, which is great (lol). I feel lucky to have a woman like Amanda in my life, and I truly appreciate the countless fun times we’ve shared on vacations and pub crawls and birthdays.

Andrew I’ve known since I met my husband (they’re cousins), and other than my dad, no one makes me laugh harder than he does (I’ve saved his phone messages for weeks). Despite the fact he’s “one of the boys,” I’ve always felt a bond with Andrew. He’s always supported my schooling and career, he’s been the perfect sidekick to secretly hide out with at the bar taking shots while avoiding “certain groups” of people at the pub, and anytime I felt like talking about goats, I knew I could go to him.

Friends like Amanda and Andrew are what make ordinary dinners fun, random afternoons memorable, and birthday celebrations special. And that’s why they deserve only happiness, laughter and fun today and all year long…

On March 30th quite a few stars were born!



  1. Andrew Said:

    THANKS JENN! That was sweet! I am touched to be one of your stars of the day! beware of Drezzit and his enchanted horsemen of Baylon as tonight the moon shall pass over Bats Breath Mountain!

    • you’ve always been a star to me! 🙂 happy birthday friend… miss you xxoo

  2. Nadia Said:

    How sweet of you to mention me in your blog Jenn! I’ve been reading…keep the posts coming 🙂

    • awwww you have?? thanks nadia! and we really did go through all 3 schools eh- whispering pines, omni and olympic heights?

      i love the pics of your beautiful fam so keep THOSE coming too!! 🙂 and thanks sooo much for reading- it means the world to know people are actually interested in what i have to say!! 🙂

  3. Diodora Said:

    Hi Jenn, thanks a lot for counting me among your picks. You are so sweet, I’ve always admired you for being positive and cheerful.

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