S: Happy 30th Birthday!! September 24th 2010
FC: Amy Elizabeth Kelling
1: Dear Amy Elizabeth, Happy 30th Birthday!! I know this is extremely late but I actually didn't come up with the idea until a week before your birthday and then I needed to borrow some pictures from your mom and couldn't do that until Thanksgiving and blah, blah! I also wanted it to be perfect so I kept second guessing pages and redoing a lot. I hope you enjoy the finished book! Amy, you mean so much to me. You have been there for me through everything good and bad. You stayed by my side even when you didn't agree with everything I was doing and loved me anyway. The wisdom you have given me is priceless. I am amazed how you know what I'm thinking or what I am feeling and can express it for me when I can't find the words. You are my kindred spirit and I thank God that he not only made us family but also friends. You really are my hero! Your ability to see the good in everyone no matter what their circumstances or their lifestyle has made me want to do the same. In the last few years you have made me see that I all too often judge people first and then once I think about it I change my mind. I have become so legalistic about my beliefs that I have sometimes forgotten to love people like God does. You do that Amy, you love people with the love of God. You live out 1 Corinthians 13! 'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.' I love that we can have so much fun together just doing nothing. I love all of our inside jokes that know one else thinks is funny. I love you Amy Elizabeth! | Love, Andrea Leigh
2: Kindred Spirits: | *are identified as having an almost otherworldly attachment to each other, with bonds that are very difficult to break. *Each can be "themselves" around one another and open up fully. *hard-to-find rare friendship.
3: I have a feeling that the day you were born . . . the Angels didn't want to give you up. They probably knew . . . I needed you here. | --Anonymous
4: Birds sing | about | YOU!
6: I go home to Iowa. I call it defrosting my heart. Everyone in Iowa is so simple and genuine. When I go, even if it's 20 below and snowing, I come back with a warm heart. | --Riley Smith
8: "Have you seen my kungfu lately? Cause it has gotten totally awesome!"
10: Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the...
11: past, present, and future. | --Gail Lumet Buckley
13: This is my wish for you: comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, smiles when sadness intrudes, faith so that you can believe, sunsets to warm your heart, laughter to kiss your lips, courage to know yourself, hugs when spirits sag, patience to accept the truth, beauty for your eyes to see, confidence for when you doubt, friendships to brighten your being, and love to complete your life. | --Anonymous
14: I may not be PERFECT | but parts of me | are pretty | AWESOME!!
16: Uncle Jack | When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. | --Unknown | BIG HEART | 10 penny | contagious | smile
17: Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply. | --Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
18: I like her because she smiles at me and means it. | --Anonymous
20: You are my super hero!
21: Do it big, do it right, and do it with style! | --Fred Astaire
22: Are we not two volumes of one book? | --Marceline Deslordes-Valmore
24: To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. | --Barbara Bush
25: Aunt Amy | There are angels walking on this earth disguised as aunts. | --Anonymous
26: When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us? | --Pam Brown
28: Everyone needs friends. When you're with them, you can be totally lost, yet feel right at home. You can be heartbroken, yet find yourself giggling uncontrollably. You can be doing something that should be completely boring and realize that you're having the time of your life. | --Sarah Mueller
30: That is the best--- to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny. | --Gloria Vanderbilt
31: If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart and I'll stay there FOREVER!!! | --Winnie the Pooh
32: Andrea Leigh Amy Elizabeth
33: When I needed encouragement, you gave me a pep talk. When I required help, you rolled up your sleeves. When I wanted to talk, you picked up the phone. When I needed a hug, you opened your arms. When I had to vent, you lent me your ears. When I needed a nudge, you gave me an elbow. When I required correction, you did it ever so gently. When all I could do was cry, you cried right along with me. And when I needed to pray, you opened up your heart. | --Melody Carlson