BC: Love you lots! | To my Wonderful Daughter, Marsena on her 22nd Birthday. With special thanks to all the friends for sending pictures and notes to make this book.
1: November 24,1989 | Marsena Dawn Henderson | Happy Birthday
3: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. Cathy Allen
4: Fatty your the man we have had some good times thats for sure it was pretty difficult to find a picture of me with my sister where I'm not smiling, I'm thinking its pretty hard to be in a bad mood when your around . Mar ever since you have stopped beating me you have been the best sister I have ever had. love ya Fatty Lou who! | SNFH
5: Sol/Kas | Thank you for always being there & for being so inspiring! Love you.
6: Happy birthday Inkies, I love and miss you so much more than you know. Relaxing late at night in the living room, choking down my coffee, I miss moments like that. Have a great birthday, and know that I will be thinking of you. See you soon, love your baby brother Jord.
7: Happy Birthday Mars! I wish we could have met sooner so that I could use all of the "it seems like just yesterday" and the "I remember when" lines, but I also wish that we had met sooner because you are such a great person and an incredible role model... Nicest person I've ever met (remember?) I'd say you also have some VERY good listener/chatting skills during sleepovers that end at ridiculous hours! From now on I will make a true effort to finish all of my coffee before its ice cold and to just once, remember what you say when you are sleep talking. I hope you have an amazing day today, and an amazing 364 days to follow! With love, Kendra
8: Dear Mars, Thanks for being such a wonderful friend to me! I treasure you and our friendship! Love ya! ~Marney
10: Happy 22nd Birthday Mars!! I can't believe we were just 17 and 18 when we started this journey of University together. Now all of a sudden we are 22 and finishing up our last year at Nip. I wanted to wish you a happy birthday but I would also like to thank you for everything. You have been there for me so much these past 5 years and there are so many memories that I am going to remember forever. While looking for a little saying I came across this quote and it made me think of you. "A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with Love and encourages you with hope" You my friend are that for me. I love you and there are so many great travels in this life we have yet to do and share with one another. Excited to see where this year brings us and the stories we will share. Love Hill
12: Happy 22nd Birthday Mars! Wow, can you believe that we are 22 and in teachers college!? It feels like just yesterday we were playing house with buckets on our heads and making Barbie cities together. Time sure flies by fast but I cherish our friendship so much and every moment we can spend together. Even though we are so busy now, I love the phone chats, texts, and awesome summers and holidays we have with each other. We sure do have a lot in common such as food(chocolate), career, God, living on an Island, the love of friends and family, camp, sports, and the list sure goes on. We definitely have had many awesome adventures together and I am excited for all the new and exciting adventures to come. You are an incredible girl with so many amazing qualities. You are always someone I can rely on and know is always there for guidance and I thank you for that. I Love you so much and can't wait to see what God has in store for you! Thank you for being my best friend and I hope you have the most incredible Birthday ever! Love ya lots, Mergatrude
14: Marsena Happy 22nd Birthday. You have blossomed into a beautiful young woman ~ I am so blessed to have you in my life, and not only in my life, but as one of my dearest friends. We have 22 years of an incredible friendship to look back on. So many emotions come to me with each memory (happiness, laughter, tears, little smirks, big laughs, embarrassment, deep secrets, milestone landmarks, etc). We truly have shared it all together! You are a strong pillar in my life and I have looked to you for so much encouragement and advise. I trust you and love you as my best friend. Looking ahead, I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for our friendship. The best years are still to come - I can't imagine how they could be any better! No matter the distance or time spent between heart~to~hearts, I will always call you my best friend! Enjoy your 22nd year and all the years to come. Love always, | Jessica
16: "But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine." Thomas Jefferson | Kaitie
17: I wish I could be there to share this with you, but you know that you are always in my heart, laughter, and certainly prayers. I hope you can enjoy a few of the memories these pictures bring to mind and know that you are beautiful and loved. I LOVE and MISS you and am so proud of the depth the Lord is giving you in your walk with him and I'm so blessed to have you in my life. With overwhelming love and a call to Proverbs 3:5-6, Your sister, | Happy 22nd Birthday Little One! | Heather
18: - Joe | Happy birthday Mars! We have so many good memories together... New Orleans, North Bay visits and Island times! I'm really glad we've gotten so close as cousins! | "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
19: - Pam | I appreciate all the ways you've been there! | Mars, I am so glad I can call you my friend and cousin! Our friendship has flourished through all of our heart-to-hearts, loving honesty, and laughter. I am looking forward to what else God has in store for our friendship in the years to come. I love you! | "Friends are the best ingredient in the recipe of life."
20: Trey & The Indiana Boys
21: I am so happy that we are friends! I cannot even begin to express how much I look forward to Thursday night Bible study because I absolutely love getting to know you! I always look forward to seeing your smiling face and your big hugs! You are always so encouraging Mars and you always just brighten my day...you really do! You are such an inspiration to me and to so many other girls! Your relationship with God just shines through you every time I see you, and your love for people is amazing. You are going to make the best teacher! I really hope that one day I can become a teacher like I know you will be. The kids are going to just love you! I really hope you have a wonderful birthday. Eat lots of cake, and do a special dance...that is...if you still have moves left after Danceorama! haha Love ya Mars! xoxoxoxo Love Paige | MARSENA!
22: Juliann | wow
23: Mars, I hope that you have the most wonderful birthday and I, like so many other people just want to take the time to let you know how much your friendship means to me. I have a lot of respect for you Mars and always enjoy when we are able to hang out. You are a strong sister in Christ and I am thankful for the incredible influence that you have on so many lives! Have a great day and thanks for being my friend! Seth | SETH
25: SMILE | SCHOOL
26: Oh Marsena... Remember when we were in Grade 8, and we huddled together for safety at Spring Folly from all of the bigger high school kids! We didn't think we were going to make it through high school ourselves....but look at this picture!!! Look how cool we turned out to be!! haha...Happy Birthday Marsena. As you can see through all these pictures, you are very loved! From your "cousin-in-law" Jami xoxo
28: Mars, We have had so many wonderful, eventful, imaginative and unforgettable times together; The few bus trips for basketball in high school, the CARS conversation, our old imaginary games that made Kaitie so upset, and lets not forget our annual picnics and walks to the point that always make for a great story. Need I remind you of the Boot? Tire? Squished Mouse? and always a great one BUG POO? You are a blessing to so many and I always look forward to spending time with you, and our cameras of coarse. Love You Mars (Marsera) Happy Birthday | Lindsay
29: Tori | TORI | Dearest Aunty Mars, I love you to pieces and am so thankful for everything you've done for me. I'm glad we became closer during the summer of 2011 <3 Keep Shining! Happy 22nd Birthday FlapJack.
30: "Mars, my friend I am so glad that I will always be able to call you that, no matter how much we are able to chat or be together! So many memories, it's hard to know where to begin! I loved playing with you when we were kids. I loved growing up with you when we were teens, and now I love those chances when we can catch up as (gasp, dare I say it?)adults! You're just great. You are someone I have always (and still do) looked up to. I wish the best for you as you finish up with school and move on to what is next! | I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with friends, fun and photographs! haha Love you dear one. Your Friend always, Camikins
31: From our younger years on the island and ABK, to teenage dreams at the Rock, to new beginnings and adventures at Nipissing and with NCCF, I am so blessed and thankful that God has continued to place you and I on the same path. You Love, and laugh, and give so freely. Girl-YOU SHINE! Thank you for being part of my life and for inviting me to join you in relationship with Jesus | and his people. I wish you the most joyful day, year and life, and know your wishes will come true because your hope is in the Lord! Love always, Leah
32: My dearest Marsena, I want you to know just how much I treasure our friendship. You are a beautiful woman of God, inside and out, and you encourage me and challenge me in so many ways. I am so happy that we have been able to keep in touch as much as we have, even if it is not as often as either one of us would like. I think of you as a sister and couldn't have been more blessed to have you as part of my wedding party. You are so selfless and giving! Plus, who could forget our conversations in the bathroom that day- we really had a system down!! You are such a sweet and caring person which makes you so easy to talk to and confide in- it won't hurt in the teaching field either! I love you so much, lady and thank God for our friendship. He blessed me greatly with amazing friends while at University, and you are a huge part of that blessing! I am totally looking forward to where God leads both of us in the future, and that we will forever be close, even if we are hours apart! I LOVE YOU SISTER! Ashley Rhora “Side by side or miles apart, friends are forever close to your heart”
34: Dearest Prince Marsena, There are so many wonderful things to say about you but I know that if I were to say them all it would take too many pages. So, I'll try my best to say just a few words. You are such a great friend Mars, to so many people. You always say I left a legacy behind, but I truly believe that yours is far greater. You genuinely care about people, and you show it in such thoughtful and kind gestures. Honestly, you light up and bring energy to any situation. Your love for God and your growth in your walk with Him has been incredibly encouraging, I have enjoyed our many God Talks. I am so blessed and thankful to have you in my life. Our friendship is unique and beautiful! I have so many fond memories of you, one memory in particular I shall always cherish is having you as an integral part of my wedding party. You were a terrific bridesmaid, and I am thankful we have this photo to remind us of that special day. Thank you, Mars for being such a blessing in my life and in the lives of others. You're a wonderful daughter and that is exactly why your loving mother has put this together for you. She knows that photography is your passion, and I could not think of a more fitting present. I love you, beautiful. Happy birthday!-Love, Amy Pee Water/Schultz
35: :A friend loves at all times Proverbs 17:17
36: Marsena the beautiful! You are such a lovely lady who radiates the love of Christ! You are an incredible blessing in my life. God knew we'd be great friends, and I thank him for you so often! We have journeyed through many things together and I just love your honesty and compassion. So, Happy Birthday my love! I am so excited to celebrate this next year with you. May you remember that you are a beloved daughter of God, and I pray that he blesses your socks off this year! I love you so much! | Chanise
37: "Mars you have been such an amazing blessing and encouragement in my life over the past 5 years! Hard to believe it has been 5 years since we lived in Gov's together! The memories, pictures,prayers, long conversations in person or over the internet will forever be in my heart! God has brought us together for a reason, and I pray that over the years our friendship will only continue to deepen!!! I love you and wish you well on your special day! <3 Jessica"
38: "Just want you to know how much I have appreciated getting to know you over the years, as a cousin and dear friend. You are such an amazing example of a woman of God, and a complete riot to be around! You inspire me! Love you lots! xoxo" | HEATHER
39: "Marsena you're my favourite cousin in the whole world" | Baby Caro
41: Mars Planet! Isn't it crazy that we've only been "real friends" for 7 months? You've become a super special person in my life. Thank you so much for being such an encouragement to me and MANY others. God has done some amazing things in my life through you! Even over just the past few months I've seen you overcome so many obstacles- The healing in your life is so clear! God has such a beautiful plan for you MDH, and I'm so excited to watch it happen! I'm happy that we're still going to have Monday night sleepovers even if we get married... that's what bunk beds are for, right? I love you lots & I'm happy that you still love me even though my punctuation stinks, I steal your bike, and I'm not the celebrity that you are! SO HAPPY YOU WERE BORN! Love Love Love sawah/star-child :)
42: Where do I even begin? These past four years of friendship with you have meant the world to me. I can say with confidence that God orchestrated our friendship, right down to our initial contact over Facebook. It's such a blessing and a comfort to spend time with you because you know me so well, and I always look forward to our hangouts. Thanks for the coffee dates, the late night phone chats, the emails and messages, and the accountability. | Happy 22nd Birthday Mars!
43: You truly are a sister to me, Mars, Although it makes me sad to think of parting ways next year, | know I'm not going to lose you! You are a friend I want to have for life, regardless of where we are and how often we can keep in contact. | "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Colossians 2:6-7) I love you So much! Alyssa (Lyssish)
44: Marsena Beautiful Dawn Henderson.... Ah, so many things to say, where to begin. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are an amazing friend, and this book just proves how much of a blessing you are to those around you! Looking for pictures to put in here, I was reminded again of all our fun times! I still remember the first time we met, at Greenwood, and I remember thinking how gorgeous I thought you were, and how sweet! Then of course, we got to know each other a lot better at the retreat that year! You are such a beautiful woman, Mars! When I think of godly women, you are amongst the first that come to mind. Your humility, thoughtfulness, compassion, generosity and love for others are so humbling and encouraging to me. I love you very much and treasure all the talks and times that we've had! Miss you and hope to see you again soon!! Your sister in Christ, Abbie
45: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:16 ~ Keep shining Mars!! ~ | Meant SOO Much to have you at my wedding!! Thank you for coming all the way down here for us!! Triplets!!