Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to two incredible people!

M&M, happy 13th birthday! Teens...wow, I can't believe it! Time has flown and watching both of you grow and become young adults has been an absolute pleasure.

[MD (my son) and MK (a best friend's daughter) were born on the same day. Our families didn't know each other until 9 months later when we became lifelong friends. MD & MK grew up like siblings (they even look alike) and share many things in common, one of which is that they are both 1/4 Asian. The photos above were taken when they were 2 yrs old. The top photo was at their huge 2nd birthday bash - 50+ people...what were we thinking?! It's been hard to top ever since! Click image for larger view.]

Although we now live many miles apart, it is fun and fascinating to see you both on the same trajectory in life.

MD, I don't know what I did to deserve you as my son. I'll save you the mush and embarrassment (for later), but I'm so very proud of you. I tell you this all the time, but at 13 you are already more self assured, mature, level headed and kind than I ever was even in college (maybe even today). I love you with all my heart.

MK, You are like a daughter to me. What a beautiful young woman you've become (both inside and out). You are talented and kind hearted with a grace that many strive to acquire throughout their lifetime. I know you will accomplish anything and everything your heart desires.

The stars were aligned on December 5, 1996, and two extremely smart, kind, and genuinely good humans entered the world that day. I am forever grateful to be a part of their world.

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