Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthday Memories

I have so many really fond birthday memories over the years - sleepovers playing dream phone and calling song requests in to the radio station, heating the hot tub up and hanging out until the wee hours of the morning, fantastic surprise parties full of friends, homemade cards and breakfasts in beds.




When I was thinking about birthday memories this past week the one that kept rising to the top was last year.  After pizza with Dave and the kids and cake and presents back at home with my parents I got a text from Manda to go look out on my porch.  I opened the door and there was an Anthropologie bag with a volcano candle inside.  I texted her back how much I loved it, how surprised I was and how much I loved her.  It was the last conversation she and I had before our final conversation in the hospital before she passed away less than 2 weeks later and it's a birthday memory I'll treasure forever.

Manda's mom and I were talking about it earlier this week - what a bright spot that was in some really difficult times - and that sweet memory just keeps popping back into my thoughts.

Manda was kind and thoughtful and loving and Christ's love shone through her every chance it got ;)

The Manda Strong Foundation is continuing to shine that light onto other moms going through battles similar to Manda's and if you want to be a part of that you can make a donation (any amount!)  HERE.

I'm also hosting a Matilda Jane Show where 25% of your purchase will go straight to the Manda Strong Foundation (MJ is donating a portion and my AMAZING trunk keeper is donating her commission) and you can click HERE to shop.  Select Manda Strong at checkout and all the perks of the show will go to Miley ;)


If you don't have a little (or big!) girl, or don't want to shop for yourself there are several super cute pillowcases that would be a perfect thing to give to someone you know who's going through something or you could donate it to a local hospital or organization that provides care for kids and adults going through cancer treatment.  25% of your purchase would get donated to Manda Strong and the item itself could brighten someone's day. 

I'm planning on making some fun birthday memories with my crew today and am hoping that you can make a fond memory today as well by making a donation and a difference through the Manda Strong Foundation.

27 comments :

  1. What a special memory you’ll have forever!! Happy Happy Birthday Friend! Hope you celebrate big tonight! XO

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  2. Happy Birthday sweet friend. I hope you have the best day. xoxo

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  3. Happy Birthday!!! I am so glad you have such a wonderful memory about Manda. I hope you have an awesome day!!!

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  4. Happy Birthday, friend! I know you're people will spoil you rotten, and you deserve it! xoxo

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  5. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday! What a great way to honor your friend. I will check out the show.

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  7. Beautiful story! Happy Birthday!

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  8. Happy Birthday!! You are such a blessing to so many in this blog world! You don't know what joy your blog and instagram brings me every day. Praying that your wonderful memories of your sweet friend brings you peace and solace as you miss her so!

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  9. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful memory of your friend Manda and a great way to honor her.

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  10. What a wonderful memory of your sweet friend. Happy Birthday!

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  11. Happy Birthday! I hope you are able to take time to celebrate you today! This was a beautiful post.

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  12. Happy Birthday! How sweet of you to share your special memories of your dear friend.

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  13. Happy happy birthday, Andrea!! I hope your day is perfect!

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  14. Happy Birthday! You are so kind. Have a GREAT day!

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  15. How wonderful to honor your dear friend on your birthday! We have a granddaughter due the end of May and I think I need to purchase something for her to further the cause of Manda's Foundation. Happy Birthday, Andrea! You really are the sweetest:).



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  16. Happy birthday Andrea! I hope you experience some of the joy you bring to me and others through your blog and Instagram posts. Isn't it good to have beautiful memories of friends no longer here on earth with us. I hope you have just the day Griffin has planned for you! LOL ��

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  17. Happy Birthday! I love that sweet memory!

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  18. What a sweet memory. Happy birthday Andrea. Love February birthdays. Mine was last Wednesday. I have quite a few years on you though.

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  19. Have the best birthday and a wonderful year!!

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  20. I'm a day late, but happy happy birthday! I hope your day was great :) I enjoy reading your blog and staying up to date with your cute little family.

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