Friday, October 29, 2021

Happy TWENTIETH Birthday, Claire!

 Today my beautiful Claire turns TWENTY YEARS OLD!
I'm dead.
I can't believe it!
She will celebrate her big 2-0 in Brazil as a missionary,
and what a cool thing to do!
I wanted to do something special for her and so I 
contacted one of her companion's moms who is a native Brazillian, and
I asked her to help me get flowers sent to her apartment and dinner 
for her and her two other companions.
Jane and I secretly contacted her companions and together they helped
coordinate everything up so they'd be home when the flowers and 
dinner was delivered.
We also filmed our family singing happy birthday to her while we 
sat down for dinner and then 
we went around the table and each said why we loved (and miss!)
 our Claire bear.  This is a tradition we do for everyone on their birthdays.
We sent the video to her companions who played the video of us singing
 (it makes me cry typing this) while they woke her up on her birthday
with pancakes and a candle.  
(They filmed the whole thing and tahnkfully we got to see it on her P-Day).
I think she had a memorable day.
She is the most wonderful thing ever, and I am so proud of her.
She will look back on these days as some of the most
exhausting and gratifying days of her life.
She works hard, she studies and serves hard, and she loves the 
people of Brazil and the Lord with all her heart, might, mind and strength.
I love who is she and who is becoming every day.
Happy Birthday, Toad!

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