Today I am celebrating my dear, sweet Joyce.
Today is her birthday, and I made this little card for her that I hope she receives in time! (Yikes – just sent yesterday – so she may see it here before she gets it in the mail!)
Joyce is my second cousin by family, but she is also one of my dearest friends by choice. She and her adorable hubby, “Oh Rob,” are some of our besties for so many reasons.
Joyce and Rob are true inspirations in the way they live their lives. They truly CELEBRATE life!
They are creative and soulful and kind to others.
They are respectful of the environment.
They are generous with their time and money and gifts.
They are teachers, and they also love to learn.
They share their home (and their friends) in a way like no others.
They cook and preserve and eat with gusto!
They have open minds and open ears and open hearts.
They give REAL hugs – the kind where you really squeeze and hang on like you might not have another chance and like you really, genuinely mean it! And they give kisses too – right on the lips!
And they have helped me through a lot of “stuff.” (you know that kind of stuff we all have but don’t always talk about…) Joyce and her family really helped me get through a tough time and period in my life, and for that, I will be forever grateful.
It’s funny how a post about Joyce turned into one about Joyce and Oh Rob…. but they are such a perfect pair and complement each other so beautifully, it is hard to think of one without thinking of the other. And that is a compliment and tribute to their marriage and the kind of people they are.
So please join in in wishing one of the world’s best a best birthday!
Joyce is, among so many other things, an avid gardener, so her card is a little “doodlewash” of a sprinkling can that I was inspired to do from a painting I saw by an amazing artist that I want to learn more from, RoseAnn Hayes. Joyce is also an amazing watercolor artist, so I hesitate to even send my humble, feeble attempt to her, but she will love it anyway just because it was handmade for her from me. 🙂
On the inside, I wrote:
Thank you for sprinkling my soul with your kindness
and feeding my heart with your love.
You have helped me to blossom.
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays with lots of love, my Joyce!
Cheers & Hugs,