Thursday, July 24, 2014

I Just Wanted to Say…

Tomorrow is Rachel’s birthday!

She decided to surprise me this way last year, and then and there I decided I’d get her back this year. :) So here it is. Neither she nor I like being made a big deal of, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have just a little mention of the fact along the way.



I pray you’ll make many fun memories this year and have a wonderful year serving the Lord…wherever He leads.

Would you like to help us celebrate with her? I thought it would be fun if we sent her some cards. If you’d like to give her an ecard, send it to jewelsofjesus(@)gmail(.)com, and I’ll forward it to her. I’m sure she’ll be blessed and encouraged if you do!

And, as a birthday present, I thought it would be fun if we could all share at least one way Rachel has blessed our lives. I know not all of you have met her, but even through her writings I know others have been blessed.
I’ll start.

Ways Rachel has blessed me:
• Being a loving friend when I needed one who understood.
• Being vulnerable and saying “Me too!” when discussing hard topics.
• Encouraging even when I’m not being the most encouraging person on the planet.
• Saying just the right things at the right time.
• Challenging me in my daily walk with the Lord.
• Sending me mail, even though I’ve never managed to send some back (ouch).
• Being loving and caring even though she hardly knew me.

Are there ways she’s blessed you? Share below, or through an ecard!

Rachel, may you continue to grow in the Lord this coming year, and I pray you’ll have a blessed birthday and a blessed year. Your friendship means more to me than I can say, and I am so thankful God brought us together four plus years ago! You’ve been a great blessing to me.

With lots of love,

Photo Credit: “Feliz Cumpleaños!” by Deb Stgo is licensed under CC BY 2.0


  1. Happy birthday Rachel:) may God richly bless you this year:)

  2. Happy birthday Rachel!!!! Many blessings to you for this coming year!! :) :) :) I hope it is a wonderfully memorable year for you and your family. Have an awesome birthday as well, won't you!

    Jeremiah 29:11
    Numbers 6:24-26
    Psalm 118:24

    With love and blessings from Bonnie :) <3

  3. Happy Birthday Rachel, I really don't know you that well; but so far, your thoughtfulness in seeking me out to encourage me in the Bible Bee touched me very much. I hope that you may feel that peace that passeth all comprehension standing guard over your heart and soul in an extra measure on this your special day! ~Christianna

  4. Happy, happy birthday, Rachel! You've encouraged me so much through your genuine friendliness and joyful spirit, and concern for others, even though I don't know you very well. I've been blessed by you. Have a blessed and incredible year!

  5. Happy Birthday Rachel! I'm sorry this is so late. :) When will you all be visiting NZ again? Miss you! I still remember all the pretty cards you used to send to us! Keep it up.


  6. Happy Birthday,Rachel! May you be richly blessed today an always....

  7. Aw, Esther!! You're so sweet to do this Thank you!! :) :)

    Thank you so much everyone! :) I feel so special to have all these awesome friends =)

    Sayna: I'm not sure when we'll visit again, but we'd love to sometime in the near future! :)


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