11.08.2008

Happy Birthday, Natalie!

I've often read that one of the sweetest things that happens in a family relationship is when your children grow up and become your friends. I'm here to tell you that this really is true.

I have three wonderful children and two equally wonderful in-laws now and I am so thankful for the friendships that we share. It's a great gift to have your children grow up to be the kind of people you have hoped they would be, and in the end, not only your family, but your friends.

My daughter Natalie is a wonderful daughter to Mark and I, a loving and supportive wife to Chris, a tender and wise mama to Maya, Mason and Simon, and now a dear friend to me as well. I love her dearly and will always be grateful for that friendship and love that we share.

Happy birthday to one of my nicest blessings!! Love you, sweetie!

15 comments:

hoLLy said...

natalie is awesome! and you are too. the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. you obviously did a great job raising her! i love how you guys are such great friends. i wish my mom lived closer and that we could hang out as much as you guys get too. "lucky!!" (say it like napoleon:)

happy birthday natalie!

Hayley said...

happy birthday natalie!!! and jan, i love and admire your close relationship with your daughter!

Nathan and Carrie Page said...

I absolutely love that picture. You all look so happy! Happy Birthday Natalie!

Andi said...

I wish I was there to throw a big party for her! Okay, she honestly wouldn't be up for it now, but I could've done it early! I hope she gets lots of sleep for her birthday!

Andrea said...

I think Natalie is great too! You are both so lucky to have each other. And I LOVE that picture!

MCMULLIN FAMILY said...

Lucky, lucky, lucky you!

Shelley said...

I'm a day late, but I hope you had a lovely Birthday Natalie! You are so loved! Hope you had a lovely day!

MiaKatia said...

Such sweet thoughts. Happy Birthday Natalie!!

100 Percent Cottam said...

thanks, mama! love you!

Natalie Scott said...

Oh my, I didn't even realize Nattie's birthday came and went...what kind of friend am I???

Jennifer said...

I love the picture! It is neat to remember seeing you as mom with all your kids at home and now see the pictures and hear that you are all so close.

Tiburon said...

Happy Birthday Natalie!

Mel said...

Happy Birthday Natalie!!

Darleen said...

What a darling picture of you three. What a treat to live so close to each other and enjoy each other every day.

Cammie said...

She is a beautiful birthday girl for sure!!