Birthday Bliss

Bordj Bou Arreridj birthday_postHonest to goodness, I love birthdays. I love the fun birthday cards and random surprises. I love the whole concept of celebrating life and validating others. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party, catch up with friends, and eat lots and lots of sweets. Man, it’s just the best day ever!

This year was a little different. Nick and I were in the middle of back-to-back boat shows and I was working overtime to get work off so I could fly to Miami to meet Nick at the boat show. BUT after a long weekend and crazy day,  I came home to this beautiful, perfect sight. How I treasure my friends and family for making me feel so special. I about collapsed of excitement and surprise. Thank you for spoiling me rotten.

AND, because I failed to spend time with Rach + the crappy facial we ended up getting a few weeks later, I must pay a little tribute to one of the most no prescription cytotec treasured relationships in my life.

A little background to my compliment:

With the emotionally draining nature of my job — helping addicts fight for their lives, custody of their children, and their future goals– I often bring my work home with me. It is a rewarding job, but it is very difficult to give and give and give with nothing in return. Nick and I decided to brain storm ways to remain positive despite hard days at work…exercise, eating healthy, going on hikes, film, etc.

Then Nick states, “The only thing that I can think of is to invite Rachel over, DAILY.”

I laughed, but he corrected me in saying, “NO, really!” He told me I’m the happiest, silliest, most down-to-earth when I am with Rach. It can be a hard day, but when Rach comes over, everything seems to melt away and I am present.  It’s true. AND I know I’m not alone in that thought. She brings joy to everyone. I treasure her friendship and our bond of sisterhood.













>>>I can thank her good heart; eagerness to listen and ask questions; her fun sense of humor and quirks; and happy, positive attitude. I wonder how I got so blessed to be sent to this earth with the most wonderful soul imaginable. She truly is the greatest gift, and I am so beyond lucky to celebrate life with her.

Happy happy birthday, Rach!



  1. Jessica Bowden March 3, 2015

    What a sweet tribute to Rachel! You are both two of the most fun and positive people I know. I’m so blessed to have you in my life!

  2. jchels09 March 4, 2015

    Thank you Jess! You are such a dear friend to both of us!! Hope to see you soon.

  3. Rachel Garrett March 5, 2015

    I am teary just reading this! I was completely surprised to find this little tribute! What a beautiful thing to say. It truly means the world to me! Thank you! I love you more than life itself, Chels!

  4. Krista Hiatt March 9, 2015

    Happy birthday to you both, I think of you often! I couldn’t agree more with you Chels!

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