FC: Jennifer The first forty years...
1: My dearest Jennifer, Happy Birthday my darling daughter. Forty years! Wow, what a journey it has been. While putting this book together, I got to relive watching you evolve from the most beautiful baby ever, to a young girl with the sweetest little smile to a beautiful young independent woman to an even more beautiful, amazing mother to the most beautiful, authentic, accomplished woman that you are today. It has been an awesome experience and is a time that I treasure and am honored to have been part of. Your journey so far, while filled with some trials and tribulations, has also been filled with much joy and happiness. In the early years, there were the weekend get togethers with family and friends, sun filled days spent at the beach, camping trips (your favorite), our sunset camp fires at Huntington Beach in the summer. Then came the Mother’s Day celebrations in Dana Point, Dinners at Roy’s, all the wonderful Christmas celebrations. Rome, Africa and all of the special moments in between when we laughed so hard we cried, remember Taco Bell? The most beautiful gift that you have ever given me is Jake and Eli. What an amazing experience it was to watch them come into this world. Seeing what a wonderful mother you are and watching them grow into such remarkable young men has been one of the most treasured joys of my life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing that with me. Your growth over the last few years has been incredible. I am so proud of you. You now walk through life with such amazing grace, courage, love and dignity that I am sure the best is yet to come. I love you more than you will ever know, Happy Birthday baby girl. Mom
2: December 24, 1971 The day of your birth was one of the happiest days of my life. I remember just staring at you in wonder and awe. I felt such an all encompassing, unconditional love for you. It was something that I had never felt before. That love continues to this day and will continue until the end of time. You will always be my "baby girl".
3: How could you not LOVE this sweet face
7: Mustard - No matter how fast time passes us, no matter how much distance is between us, you will always be my one true friend. Through the years we have stood by each other in our ups and downs. Our greatest joys, the birth of our children, our loves and our losses. We have stood by each other through it all, held each others hands, taught each other through our life's experiences. I can't think of having anyone else by my side through this life's journey. No matter how great the distance may seem at times, you are and will forever be my girl. It is such a comfort to know that I'll have you to walk through the remaining chapters of our lives. You are and will always be my mustard. I LOVE YOU! - xoxo Ketchup | Cherina
12: First Day of School
13: Another first Day of School
18: Two of the most loving people I have ever known
19: Grandma loved you so much | Loved our Mother's Day celebrations
20: Just thinking of our friendship makes me smile. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with you and I know that we have a lifetime of future memories ahead. Even though our lives are so busy right now and we don't see each other nearly enough, please know that I cherish your friendship. We know each other so well that it doesn't matter how much time has passed, we always pick right back up where we left off. There are so many times that we can look at each other and laugh without even saying anything out loud because of our experiences and inside jokes. We use the 'Wifey' title lightheartedly but looking back at the years that I lived with you it really did fit. Remember when you were pregnant with Jake and I got your morning sickness? I didn't know why I kept feeling car sick even though I wasn't in a car! I have pictures of us when you were pregnant and we look like we were the same amount of months along. Being in the delivery room when both of your precious boys came into this world are among the best memories of my life. You have always been such an incredible friend and I knew that you would be the greatest Mom. It is no surprise to me that Jake and Eli are such loving, amazing people. I look forward to all we will do in the future especially when we wear mismatched clothes and crazy hats! I love you so much. Love Always, Alice (Wifey) | Alice
21: Jake | This space reserved for Jake to write something nice to his mother.
24: Dear mom, Your welcoming love everyday makes me feel happier than any other human being. I love you more than you know, and always will. I hope your birthday is extraordinary this year, and that you know we appreciate you. I hope this message reminds you that we always will love you, no matter what happens. Happy Birthday, Eli | Eli
25: The bestest and most beautiful mom ever.
26: Fun in Hawaii
28: Such a beautiful wedding
29: ROME | Favorite memories: Coffee in the morning Lots of "old stuff" Our train ride to the coast
33: LIZ | Thank you for being my friend. We bonded over a lost car and life has never been the same since! When I met you, I began a journey of self discovery and with your love and support I continue to grow and learn. I have such vivid memories of our time together. From photography shoots and late nights to Venice Beach and Thelma and Louise; we've had many adventures and lots of giggles and laughs. We have shared, loved, laughed and cried on each others shoulders. You have been a sister, a confidante, a role model and most importantly, a friend. You are truly my soul sister and my life is more beautiful because you are in it. I am honored to be your friend. Liz
34: Africa | What a wonder you are
35: I know where to find you.
37: :)Jen(: Happy happy birthday Jen! Somehow you manage to keep a giant house clean, kids to and from school, food for a family of 7 and 3 dogs, and you stay perfectly sane. It's your birthday so take this day to relax and have a whole day of SVU and family apples to apples in our nice cozy jammies(: I can't express or say it enough how grateful i am to have such an amazing role model like you in my life, and simply said: i love you. Hope this day, and more than just this one day is everything you could imagine. Love always, Lauren | Lauren and Chris | Jenny Craig you mean the world to me, through the ups and downs no matter what, you are there for me. It’s your 40th birthday - you think it's old but it's not you are the youngest mother of 8,1 adorable child named Chris the other three and 4 amazing puppies. I don't personally know how you manage to take care of all 8 because you, buy things, cook, feed, work for, drive around, clean, wipe Erik's butt, and a little time to yourself, including Erik, 9, sorry I forgot he is still a preteen. Anyway I hope all your wishes come true. You deserve a birthday every day. Have a fulfilling birthday. I love you.Chris
39: I have always found it hard to express my feelings and put them into words. My motto has always been “actions speak louder than words.” My friendship with you has allowed me to feel safe, loved, and no matter what, that someone cares about me. I have never met anyone that loves as much as you do. Without the bond we share and the sick sense of humor and the countless jokes, I know my life would be missing something special. You have helped me walk thru tough times knowing that I was never alone, your presence and love can be felt even if you are not in the room. I have been welcomed into your life and for that I am grateful. I love you BFFF, yes there is an extra “F” and you know what it means. SonYa | SonYa
40: We love you too
41: My Dearest Jen, Happy Birthday my sweet friend. You inspire me on a daily basis to search for God. You and the love you share with all who are lucky enough to be around you is contagious. I admire you as a mother, wife and friend. The laughs that we share are forever in my heart. I can't imagine my life without you in it. God has blessed us beyond anything we could have imagined. I love that you GET me!!! I want to wish you the happiest 40th birthday honey. This is going to be the best year yet and I will be here holding your hand until the end of time. I love you, I love us and I love our sisterhood!!! Lynee` | Lynee'
42: To be continued ...