S: Alicia's 40th Birthday ~ August 14, 2011
BC: May you cherish your memories of today and yesteryear. Thank you for being the very best daughter ~ sister ~ wife ~ mother ~ friend We love you, Jared, Chris & Mom Produced with love by Jen Fleisher
FC: In Celebration of Alicia's 40th Birthday August 14, 2011 daughter ~ sister ~ wife ~ mother ~ friend
1: It's not the years in your life it's the life in your years
2: Born August 14, 1971 to George and Carol Simpson
3: And baby makes two... | Alicia came into this world early on a hot and humid summer morning in Richmond and what a wonderful surprise to have another little girl to welcome into the family.
4: And so the story begins...
9: The love of a family is life's greatest blessing
10: Alicia, We want you to know we think you are a wonderful person. You are genuinely curious about and fully engaged in life! Your energy for what is possible inspires all of us and we are so proud of the person you are and what you have accomplished. We look forward to being part of your next 40 (and more) years! Happy Birthday, Ken and Debi
11: Dear Alicia, As you turn 40 years old today I know you find it hard to believe that the years have passed by so quickly. So do I. I can clearly remember meeting you when your Mom and I started dating back in 1983. You were a cute little twelve year old, full of energy, happy, somewhat shy and, unsure about a new man coming into your world. I watched you grow from that cute little girl to a beautiful woman who has become a wonderful mother, wife, sister, daughter and good friend to many . I admire you for both your accomplishments and for the person of character and principle you are today. You are a great source of pride for both your mother and me. I wish you a very happy birthday today and hope you have many years of happiness ahead. Love, Steve
13: Dear Alicia, Happy 40! We wish you a grand birthday celebration, and have sent along some photos that show you and your family's beauty. We are so proud of you; you've always done amazing things; you've always been so creative - and it shows in the sparkle in your eyes! May you experience great joy and happiness - you are blessed in so many ways with a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. You've had challenges, but always met them, embraced them, and done the right thing for you and your family - and are living a life of happiness. Love, sweet wishes and hugs/kisses, Mike, Sandy & family
14: Alicia, I've always admired your creativity. From amazing birthday cakes like a barn (complete with farm animals!) and ladybugs ... to adorable hand-made t-shirts for every family member ... to a wonderful family tree of photographs ... to the annual calendar... to Justin Bieber door hangers. You have a personal touch that makes people feel special. You taught me to add fruit and cheese to salads, and that homemade is always better than store bought. I loved spending time together as a family in Key West, Orlando and Boone, and hope we get to enjoy more fun times in the years to come. Welcome to your 40s - it only gets better! Much love, Melissa
17: Alicia, Happy Birthday to my little niece who is still little but grown up! I must say you have done very well for yourself and have accomplished a lot and have traveled to many places around the world and I am very proud of you and all the energy that you have and how you carry it ... Your Loving Uncle. Stephen
18: Dear Alicia, When I sat down to write something for your memory book, I went to the internet to get some ideas for funny wishes about turning 40. First I saw something about how turning forty meant "creaky joints and wrinkles". I thought that was for sure NOT you. Then I saw something about "how your get-up and go has got-up and went"... and I thought, nope, that DOESN'T FIT you at all. And then another site mentioned being over 40 means you're always cranky and impatient ... and for sure that's NOT you. So, I have abandoned any ideas of cute quips about turning 40. You are always so sweet and kind, incredibly pretty, and full of energy; you have faced life's challenges with so much grace and patience. You are a wonderful addition to our family, and we are very grateful for the happiness you have brought to us all. We love you a lot and hope the coming years bring you the fulfillment of all you desire. With Lots of Love, Bryan and Emily
23: Alicia I am so lucky to have you for my sister. You make this journey so much better. There are so many things I love about you, for starters. I am amazed by you ... inspired by your beautiful goodness, you have such a huge heart and a incredibly generous spirit. You have such unwavering loyalty, dedication and focus. You are such a good mother, its awesome to watch as well as an amazing sister,wife,daughter and friend. You wear so many hats and yet still make time for everybody. You make everyone feel feel so safe ,comfortable and heard in your presence, most of all you do it with such ease and grace. You are so loved and respected by everyone you touch. You've been the one I've turned to in my highest highs and my lowest lows (lucky you) and you never fail to give me the comfort,understanding and love all while telling me like it is. Around you I feel accepted for being exactly who I am and I always learn and grow so much from you. You are such a good sister and always have been, you try to ignore my faults, take good care of my secrets, ease my worries and raise my spirits. There have been so many times in my life when I don't know how I would of made it through without you. When I think of everything we've been through from childhood to now I feel so thankful and blessed that its always been you by my side, as my sister and best friend. You are truly the love of my life. I am so proud of the woman you are. -Chris
24: Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
28: When I think of Alicia: I first think of the summer of 88 in Ocean city, where I met and fell in love with you. We laughed, we played, we danced...if you can call it that, as I recall we moved our arms but not our feet, other than an occasional kick;) Then came my moving to Towson and looking forward to the weekends you could come visit. You were my muse before I knew what a muse was. I photographed you more than any one else. For my final in photo class I did a series on you, it was inspired by death ( so cliche and unimaginative, but because of my model I ended up getting an A). You were always up for whatever, just a cool girl with an easy going personality that everyone wanted to be around! Seeing you last year after nearly 20 years of not seeing you was a magical day for me. It was as if we never separated. So glad to have you back in my life!! Love you, Dennis | Dear Alicia, I still remember the sunny day Chrissy introduced us and watching you guys skip down the sidewalk of 17th St in the bottom thinking to myself Richmond will never be the same. You guys ended up being two of my all time favorite people in town. The 90's were such great times and I feel so blessed to have you and your sister as such good friends. I will never forget the trip to Woodstock we all shared. Moving to Florida 10 years ago has been one of the best things I could have done but certainly miss seeing you guys. Well anyway, I wanted to wish you a very Happy 40th Birthday. I hope you and your beautiful family are doing well and you enjoy this special day. Love, Mark
29: The year Haley was born; I mailed you a cassette tape of this song all the way from Los Angeles to Key West (memories!). While these lyrics will always embody my wishes for her, today they are my wishes for you dear friend. Through all of the years I’ve known and loved you, you continue to grow in grace and beauty. Keep it up for the next 40, because we’ve still got a lot of livin’ to do! Forever Young by The Pretenders MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS MAY YOUR WISHES ALL COME TRUE MAY YOU ALWAYS DO FOR OTHERS AND LET OTHERS DO FOR YOU MAY YOU BUILD A LADDER TO THE STARS AND CLIMB ON EVERY RUNG AND MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG MAY YOU GROW UP TO BE RIGHTEOUS MAY YOU GROW UP TO BE TRUE MAY YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE TRUTH AND SEE THE LIGHTS SURROUNDING YOU MAY YOU ALWAYS BE COURAGEOUS STAND UP RIGHT AND BE STRONG AND MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG MAY YOUR HANDS ALWAYS BE BUSY MAY YOUR FEET ALWAYS BE SWIFT MAY YOU HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION WHEN THE WINDS OF CHANGES SHIFT MAY YOUR HEART ALWAYS BE JOYFUL MAY YOUR SONG ALWAYS BE SUNG MAY YOU STAY FOREVER YOUNG ~Happy Birthday..love you Xo Kiirsten
30: I can't believe you're turning 40! You and Kiirsten were always the babies of the bunch. I guess this means this rest of us are really old now. I just want to, not only wish you a happy birthday, but tell you how proud I am of you and your path. You're such an amazing person and I'm proud to know. Happy birthday Alicia. Much love, Ted
31: I knew about Alicia long before we became friends. To me she was part of that Golden family that offered my sister Maryanne a place to relax, have fun, be silly, sometimes cry, and feel at home. Over the years as our dad's health declined and his needs increased and Maryanne was there for him day after day, she always sounded even stronger and lots calmer after she had spent time with Alicia. Here in Chicago I thanked the powers-that-be for Alicia and when I was in Richmond, I silently wondered if I was ever going to get to meet Mare's dear friend from back in her days at The Tavern. I finally did meet Alicia and her family and I'd never felt so welcome and immediately accepted as a friend and not solely as Mare's brother (a status I treasure, by the way). Quickly I saw that she's a woman I can trust, laugh with, and she really listens. Because of the years of support and love she's given Maryanne, I knew it would be impossible for me not to like Alicia. Over the last four years, in Richmond and Chicago, on Monument Avenue or the late, great 801 B, North Hamilton, and now that Mary Kennelly is the much more lengthy and happy Mary Kennelly Tysinger, I've learned I can call her my friend, too. It's been so worth that wait. Love, Chris
32: Happy 40th Alicia Dear Alicia Golden The girl that we admire- The girl who acheives her every golden desire ... May you enjoy this birthday Thinking only of yourself- Today Alicia Golden is the one on the top shelf ... I've so enjoyed our friendship, that will never fade- When I met my friend Alicia I really had it made! Love, Sarah, Jack x 2, & Millie We LOVE you! | Happy 40th Birthday, Love, Julie
33: Alicia, Happy 40th I can’t believe you are so much younger and yet I feel like in so many ways you are older and wiser than all of us. When I think of you I feel like you encompass all that I hope to be. I admire you beyond words because you have made such an amazing life for yourself. I admire you for the woman you are, the Mom that you are and the business woman that I wish I was. I often brag that you are the “Golden Touch” because you constantly reinvent yourself and each time you reinvent yourself better and stronger than you were before. I admire you because with life’s challenges you grow and share your wisdom so others can grow. I love that you have conquered fear and that each new stage in your life brings you closer to the woman you strive to be. While you have had challenges in your life, with each one you have handled them with GRACE, and with that I have admired you that much more!! Your love with Yoga has brought you closer to GOD and peace in this world and because of that made our community is a happier place. I admire you Alicia because your mark in life has touched so many people. God bless you friend, I only hope is that others will live half the life you have. May your blessing and abundance follow you always. XOXO Patti | Alicia, What a joy to be welcoming in another decade to your life! Over the years we have floated in and out of each other's lives. Yet each time we have reconnected our friendship has been with a deeper sense of connectedness. From when I first met you as Chris' sister, to when you moved to Richmond as a student, to when we were both pregnant, to now, I have enjoyed watching you grow and develop into a beautiful woman. It is with a warm heart I wish you a wonderful and outstanding birthday. May you welcome what comes your way with open arms and glean what you need from each person and experience as to best guide you on this journey called life. Happy Birthday! With love, Betsy
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35: Happy 40th Birthday, Alicia! Thank you for always being a great friend. No matter how much time has ever passed since we last saw each other, it always feels like yesterday when we get together. You are such a beautiful, strong woman and looking back, you always have been those things - since the day we first met. I’m so proud to call you my BEST FRIEND. My mom found these pictures and looking at them has been a lot of fun. Here’s what I can remember about them: #1 – I think I wore that blouse to high school graduation so I’m guessing this one was taken around 1990 or 1991. #2 – This was definitely taken right before we left for Camp Friendship (circa 1986?). I had that gold trunk for a long time but don’t think I have it anymore (darn!) I love it that your mom is in this one with us, too. #3 – This was probably taken at your first townhouse in Baltimore, around 1990 or 1991? #4 – Lake Braddock Homecoming with Ephraim and Jeff, circa 1986. #5 – Hands Across America in downtown DC. From Wikipedia: “Hands Across America was a benefit event and publicity campaign staged on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Many participants donated ten dollars to reserve their place in line; the proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty.” Wow, that was 25 years ago now!!!! #6 – How eighties do we look here? God, I loved that hot pink and orange Forenza rugby shirt! I don’t know what year this was and I’m not really sure where we are (either in Old Town, or maybe near Annapolis?) #7 – I don’t feel like I’ve ever seen this picture before, but I love it. That was my ski jacket from the Annandale High ski trip we went on in 1986, so maybe this was taken in 1987. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your 40th and please know that: 1) I love you, and 2) I feel super-blessed to have you in my life after all these years. Cheers to you! Love, Amy | 6 | 7
36: The Friendship of Alicia and Mary Webster’s Dictionary defines friend as “one attached to another by affection or esteem”. At first I thought this really didn’t define “friend” very deeply, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided it’s simplicity nailed it right on the head. I have been thinking so much about our friendship for this memory book. I keep coming back to one particular relationship saying: “Opposites attract”. That, in turn, led to a list (naturally). At first glance, people might consider us “opposites”: Alicia Mary Christmas is here again? Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving 1 Christmas tree 2 Christmas Trees 1 day birthday celebrations 2 week birthday celebrations Spring Water Diet Coke Yoga Not available to me Skirts covering the knees Skirts above the knees Dexter Dancing With The Stars Neutrals Brights Liberal I did vote for Obama White Tan Calm Hyper Reasoner Worrier SPF 80 SPF 15
37: Opposites? Maybe. But when it comes to the important things in life, not so much: Similarities of Alicia and Mary: 9:00p.m. is late! red wine white wine cheese is a wonderful dinner love Jared warm weather sunshine Team Edward Public school love Haley and Izzy our sister Chris humor laughing family hugs and kisses like a good book Traveling Chai tea Thankful open hearts and minds I am so honored, fortunate, and blessed to be able to call you MY friend. You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends. But somehow in picking each other as friends, we made a family. There just seem to be too many memories to pick just one, and that in itself defines our friendship. You have seen me through the worst of times and the best of times, and I could not imagine my world without you. You are a true sister, a listener, a rock of reason, a therapist, a girlfriend, and a person who I do hold in the highest esteem, and feel very attached to. I hope your 40th year is one filled with peace, happiness, and meaningful travels. I love you with all of my heart and look forward to sharing our lives for the next 40 years! oxox Mary
38: Life is a game, play it; Life is a challenge, meet it; Life is an opportunity, capture it!
40: The mind and senses are but servants of the true self Who is pure consciousness The light of the Eternal spirit is invisible and hidden in everyone Yoga is a means of liberation | I am blessed that Alicia and my paths crossed. I have watched her grow and evolve into both an amazing person and teacher. She has inspired me both on and off the mat. I know that this will be an amazing year for her and I am honored to wish her a very Happy Birthday. Love, Ben
41: We realized that we don't have any photos of the three of us, so this one is the first one, taken I believe around 5.30 AM this morning, before heading off to teaching ... maybe it shows ? With this we wish Alicia a happy 40th birthday and hope to see you all soon. (the squash on the photo is from our garden!) Much love Lino, Désirée and Emilia
42: Alicia, You inspire me with your practice, your perspective and your humility. But I fully recognize that you also have doubts, fears and worries. In this vein I share one of favorite quotes with you: “And, remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” -E. K. Brough So my wish for you on your 40th birthday is that you always feel that you have someone with whom to go hand in hand. -Shannon | From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: June 27, 2011 4:11:01 PM EDT To: email@example.com ....oh and i forgot to tell you, I AM COMING UP FROM KARANDAVASANA.... 4 years later and on my face and not to mention my upper back is killing me..... but i am coming up!
43: Many blessings to you Alicia during your journey through your 40's and beyond. We certainly have done a lot of evolving together over the last nine years! You are a glowing example of dedication, determination, creativity and love and I look forward to sharing the next 40 years with you:) kurmasana at 80 hmmmmm -Mary Prousalis | I remember practicing Ashtanga next to Alicia at Yoga Source in the old days. Who would have thought that all these years later we would still be in each others lives. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Alicia. My favorite memories of her are when we would sit after practice and dish. About life, work, love and everything. I hope that your Birthday is filled with love and joy. You are truly an inspiration for my practice. Thanks for all your wisdom. Love, Drew | Happy 40th Alicia Devi! It is all down hill from here...but we love you MUCHO!! Michael & Dalia
44: Alicia, I am so grateful for your presence in my life in so many ways. It's rare to have a friend who fills so many roles. You are a friend to me and also to my children, and I am thankful for the time and care that you have offered them by invitation and when bailing me out last minute when I am without childcare. You have been such a gift to my yoga practice which may not exist if not for your studio which has really become a home to me. I have always felt welcome as a practitioner and teacher and I appreciate the emphasis on Ashtanga yoga without the bells and whistles. Thank you for the time and energy that you have invested in my personal practice and in my evolution as a teacher. I hope you know how many lives you change and how blessed your friends, family, Richmond, and the world in general is to have you. Happy Birthday, Alicia! With Love, Nadine
45: I remember the first day I met you. I came to the studio early in the morning – before you guys had officially started classes or opened. You had short red hair with bangs. I was thinking you were really stylish for a yoga person and all. I put my mat in the front left. You and Rob were walking around adjusting people. I was so depressed back then but on that morning I remember this feeling that resembled hope. We sat together after class on the little bench in the old shoe room and talked about me teaching there. I really liked you and felt so good about the studio space but who would have guessed where things would have gone from there. You are like a long lost sister or soul mate to me – someone so familiar, who knows all my ins and outs and who I can trust with my deepest darkest secrets – I feel like I’ve known you forever and I’m sure I have in some other life. Here is what I love about you: - You are so honest and put yourself all the way out there – like I can see all the way to your soul - You are so giving and generous with everything that you have that it helps me to be more that way too - You are so easy going – whenever I’m with you, you don’t hold onto any preferences but always go with the flow – that makes it so easy to be with you. - You make the people around you feel good – for me personally you make me feel valued by talking to me about stuff with the studio and asking my opinion on things. - You make me laugh – I can’t tell you how much I look forward to practicing with you just to have time to be together and talk and laugh and cry or whatever. - You are a good friend – encouraging me when I’m down, listening to my problems, making me laugh when I feel sorry for myself, just being there when I need you - I can talk to you about my biggest hidden insecurities and you never judge me but always instead seem to understand me making me somehow feel more at peace. - You are like a momma bird – strong and dependable, taking care of whoever needs you. Everyone likes to be around momma birds. - You have helped me so much with my practice – although I always want to catch up it’s helped me tremendously that you are always 2-3-4-5 steps ahead of me and sharing everything you learn along the way. - You are on a spiritual journey – which makes you so conscious of everything that you do, the choices you make, the way you interact with yourself and the people around you. Sometimes I try to imagine what my life would be like here in Richmond if I hadn’t met you, and honestly I cannot even imagine it because you play such a huge role in my life – in every aspect really. I cannot express in words what you mean to me but this is my little attempt to do so. I just want you to know that you are so, so special to me and that I love you to death. Hugs and kisses, kyra
46: Dear Alicia, 40 years in the yoga world has no more meaning than eternity, where you cannot really count, because when you reach that state of yoga you go beyond time and place. I tell my students that we are all in different lifetimes journeys, so some of them may have been more times around than myself and be more spiritually evolved. It is really humbling to be in the presence of someone who may have already traveled the path back and forth, even if they are not aware of it. How do we know? As a yoga teacher and long time yoga practitioner, I can experience a glimpse of it, sometimes. I have a feeling, when i am in your presence, that you belong to the ageless, the wise, the ones who have remembered why they were born and what their purpose is during this lifetime. I am blessed to have met you and received your energy, your love, your smile, your passion. You are a truly inspiring teacher who helps people discover the peace and joy already within themselves. You help to open the door of their hearts to look within with true compassion and acceptance. In that way you are also a healer. Here are other qualities that come to mind when thinking of you: Courage,Acceptance,Compassion, Joy, Dedication, Focus, Consistency, Humility, Service, Community, Responsibility, Purpose, Desire to continue learning. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience of your presence. With love and respect, many blessings, om shanti, nora vimala pozzi | The first time I met Alicia, I remember our first conversation was about her fire engine red hair. I thought it was fabulous and told her so. The more I talked to Alicia, the more I liked her. Good sense of humor, kind heart, compassionate, and most important to my Type A personality, Alicia means business! If she tells you she's going to do something, she's going to do it, and she's going to do it right. Case in point, our Ashtanga studio. When our little band of Ashtangis moved into our digs by the Byrd, there was an immediate sense of belonging, community, and wholehearted happiness. We had landed, and we had landed somewhere good. Every time I walk up those steps, I know I have Alicia to thank for my love of Ashtanga. She has helped foster a life-long romance. And like any good romance, there are good times (bada konasana), bad times (kapotasana), exciting times (urdhva dhanurasana), calm times (savasana), and flat out boring times (surya namaskar b, #3). Alicia has played relationship counselor to me and Mr. Ashtanga for quite some time now. Bless her heart for loving this crazy practice so much that she continues to open her heart and the door of the studio to our band of crazy yogis. Much love, Heidi
47: Hey Alicia, I can't believe that I have known you for 25 years. Especially when I look backwards in both of our lives and see how we have grown and changed and grown and changed and grown and changed. I just got back from vacationing in St. John. It is the first time that I have done any snorkeling. I am amazed at how unaware I was of all of that life just under the surface. t was really great to swim with the fishes and actually see that we were interacting. It has been and continues to be great schooling with you, Alicia. You have such a good heart. I am glad that we have the shared experience of yoga. Happy birthday! Namaste, Rob | Dear Alicia, Wishing you a very happy 40th birthday! I am so thankful that you had the guts and gumption to open AYR. You have created such a warm, open and welcoming haven for all to practice. Your steady, calm teaching style infused with humor is a gift to all those you teach. Also, I am grateful for being able to get to know you better over the past couple of years and for your support and listening ear during some difficult times. May the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine down on you, may your heart stay open (as well as your hips and shoulders, ha ha) and may you be surrounded by light and love always. Happy birthday, Lots of love, Gina | Alicia, You are an embodiment of strength, poise, and beauty and I feel ever so fortunate to call you my friend. I'm wishing you the happiest of birthdays as you embark on your 41st year of life on Earth. With love & light, Laura
48: This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. -Rumi
49: Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.
53: I still remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday. I couldn’t believe that Chris had a sister that I had never seen or even heard about for that matter. I thought to myself “absolutely beautiful”. And as cliché as it may sound, it was truly love at first sight. Little did I know how much this beautiful girl would change my life. I could go on and on about the first days, months and eventually years of our relationship and the overwhelming impact this connection has had on me. Alicia you are the so many things to so many people. A wonderful mother, the best sister anyone could ask for, a loving daughter, inspiring teacher, loving wife and great friend to so many. You have taught me, compassion, love, patients, dedication, discipline and most importantly how to live “in the moment”. I am inspired by your commitment to follow through on everything you put your mind to and I admire your strength and determination. Together we have created two of the most beautiful and caring children I could ever ask for and a family I am unbelievably proud of. There is no doubt in my mind that I am a much better person because of you and for that I thank you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you. I love you with all of my heart. - Jared
56: I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out; I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can't help dimly seeing there, and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find. I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple; Out of the works of my every day not a reproach but a song. I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me food, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy. You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all. -Roy Croft
62: Alicia, you are filled with light, and you fill those around you with light. All my love and gratitude for your light in my life on this very special occasion. -Cynthia
63: Wishes of Cheer Alicia on Your Birthday As a young woman myself I dated Alicia's "uncle Steve", her Mother's brother. That was how she and I met, as you can see in the photo, Alicia on her " uncle Steve's" shoulders, at what was once a most popular thing to do, to go into Washington, D.C and celebrate the Forth of July with thousands of others and of course the "Beach Boy's". Alicia was around 8 years old and we don't need to mention my age, "it's not about me", today. On this Forth, Steve and I were with her family, her Mother Carol, and uncle Andrew Simpson, and I am sure a few others but I haven't the photos to say.... "Little do you know at that moment that you will have a friend for life." That you would see each other go through life sharing the same space but in years apart,in age of course. Alicia is more than a friend, I became a part of her family,and I still remain a close friend of her uncles as do I with her family and her extended family.I have in the literal sense been dazzled by her dedication to her family, her ability to graduate college while sharing some of the most celebrated periods in Richmond, to brave a career of her own in the catering industry, to starting her own family, managing being a mother,wife,sister,daughter,friend and another business adventure, close to her heart and shines, sometimes sparkles at all of these things. She will be the first to tell you it isn't easy, but challenges till a solution prevails. As from the moment I met her as a young girl and know her now as a woman, I commend you, no I admire you, for being that cautious, serious, playful,smart, and dedicated to the one's you love, being. You are beautiful in all ways, I wish you many more years of celebration! Happy Birthday To You, Doreen (you can't see it but I just took a bow..hehe)
65: Dear Alicia ~ Happy, Happy Birthday to a very dear and fabulous friend! Throughout the years, because of distance, kids, jobs, family obligations, and one of us, starting a business (J), we have not been in touch, as often as before. Remember the simple life on Jenner Ct, when we had our summer days wide open to play and get into mischief! You were my very first best friend at the ripe old age of 4 years old! What awesome memories of fun days at the pool, playing at each other’s homes, games of make believe and dress up! When I look at my youngest daughter, who is now five, I often think of us, and the good ole days we had together! The beautiful thing about our friendship is how it continued throughout the years, and how our parents allowed us to visit each other so that we could keep in touch with more than letters that said hello! My parents and I still laugh when you came to visit me in Beavercreek, OH, and how you would not eat the broccoli my mom made without the special cheese sauce! You were also picky about what went on those McDonald’s Hamburgers. Absolutely there could be no pickles or onions. Our order used to take forever when we would take you with us to Mickey D’s! I have great memories of the time you braved it out and visited me one summer at our family cabin, in Minnesota! You probably were wondering why the heck your mom sent you to that place in the wilderness? I don’t think you were too thrilled to learn about the outhouse or that you had to help pump water! But we still had fun! Long, lazy days at the lake, picking blueberries, exploring the woods, just being friends, laughing, and having a good time! As the years passed, we stayed in touch and we remained best friends. We both had other “best friends” but our friendship was unique, one of kind. When we were together, we knew how to have fun and our personalities always meshed together. What I loved about hanging out with you was that we were always able to pick up where we left off. Our friendship was about acceptance and never about competition. We embraced our strengths and looked right past each other’s faults! As we got into high school, I remember our boy crazy years and sharing first love stories. We also managed to visit each other in some fun places! I have fabulous memories from our trip to Ocean City with your family! And then you came to visit me in Florida and we perfected our skill of scoping out the surfer boys on the beach! When my family moved back to Northern Virginia, I didn’t know anyone but you. I have many fond memories of the summer of 1988! You introduced me to all of your fantastic friends and I became a part of your group and I am so thankful for that! College came, and then we both fell in our love and married. I remember your baby shower for Haley and how happy I was for you! I couldn’t believe that my best friend, since 4 yrs old, now had her own baby! But I knew you would be a fabulous mom because you were always a fabulous friend! My beautiful friend, you are kind, patient, caring, empathetic, always with a smile, and willing to help others. I have lost count of all the fun times spent with you but you were also my friend, who was always there during the difficult times too. We have seen each other twice since our kids were born and we are fortunate to have those times together. I wished we lived closer so that our children could get to know each other better! As the years pass, I have come to realize, one must cherish the gifts that have been given to you. Your constant friendship is truly a gift to me. I am amazed by who you are and what you have accomplished. To know you, makes me a better person. You inspire me with the way you chase after your dreams and make them a reality! I love how you want to help people slow down, relax and take a moment to appreciate all that they have. This life we lead is insane enough and you help take away the chaos for others. On this special day, CELEBRATE being YOU! You are FABULOUS and FORTY years young, and have so much, yet to accomplish! I am proud of you, my amazing friend, and I am so blessed by your friendship. I love you! Forever Best Friends, Amy (Amy Pope Fitzgerald)
66: Alicia, my love. Happiest of birthdays to you my beloved. And on this special day I would like to share. I am continually grateful for you being in my life. And my life is so much better having you in it. Not only am I thankful, but the world is thankful as well to have such a remarkable woman in its presence. You are a glowing example of how people should live their lives, with passion, grace and focus. You continue to amaze me in your achievements both personal and professional. I know it is a lot of hard work but you make it look so effortless. So on this day (and on everyday) know that you are loved.very much!!!! Linda
69: Alicia, its your birthday, a special day as you turn forty and I’m thinking today how blessed I am that you were born. I received a special gift that day of a gentle, loving, beautiful daughter who is always a pleasure to be with. I am thinking today of all the wonderful things you are that bring so much joy to others and to me and to those that I can speak for today that dearly loved you. I am so proud of your kind spirit, your boundless generosity and the strength with which you meet every challenge. You are an amazing mother, wife, sister and friend. So today I wish for you the best of birthdays. I love you and I hope you will always be as happy as you have made me. I pray that God will always bless you and that you may continue to live a joyful life for all the years to come. Love, Mom