Hello my dearest family and friends! A heartfelt birthday THANK YOU to every one of you who made my day soooo special from so many miles away! (Especially MOM!!) The Friday before my birthday I was able to find the 39 minute slot our post office was open (and had duty tax receipts!) and excited to see a huge birthday box from my mom! Now, in order to pay duty tax, we are required to open the boxes at the post office and in this way they determine the value and tax paid. Since I knew I wanted to keep it a surprise until Sunday, I asked the postmaster if he would be offended if I turned and faced the corner, and if he could hide the contents and value from me. He obliged, and chuckled at the nature of my request! When I went in my wallet to pay the tax, I realized I had zero dollars, and could only scrape up $2.05 in the bottom of my change purse! I thought for sure I was foiled, and would have to wait until after my big day to get the package - but Mr. Postmaster was feeling generous and said
it was my lucky day - duty tax would be $2.05.
Now, Mom had told me not to take my present to my birthday party that day - that it would be something to enjoy in private, then maybe share with friends later! HMMPH. I had NO IDEA what that could be! Well, imagine my delight to find a well-loved and thick scrapbook. FUN! And imagine my surprise, shock, awe, and humility when I saw that it was filled with letters and pictures from ALL OF YOU!!! I cannot express the blanket of love and appreciation I felt! It has been hard to be away from all of you for so long - and difficult to realize that fulfilling my goals has torn me away from you all geographically. But thanks to hand-written letters, old photos, and the time and love put forth by you and my family, I have a tangible reminder that you all live here in my heart and will always be with me everywhere I go!
I hope you enjoy the pictures of the heartfelt work of my family turning your letters into scrapbook pages, and can appreciate the amazing treasure I am so lucky
to have forever! My mom was so poignant in her request to all of you - each of you has been a part of all of my amazing life adventures and is a part of my extended family! Thank you so much for always being there and of course I look forward to many, many, many MORE! (More what? Adventures, years, goals, good times, successes, visits from family and friends, cocktails …..on and on and on and on….) Huge hugs and kisses from Belize!!! MWAH!
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