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Magic Marker Monday: Creative Birthday Gifts

 My birthday was last week and my dear friends helped me celebrate with a girls-only party at my house. I made it clear that the rule, "your gift is your presence" was in play.

But loopholes can be found. A long time friend made me a certificate attached to a water bottle, congratulating me on turning 40 and running 12 races this year. It was a warm and fuzzy surprise, heartfelt and very original.

Another friend, going back over 20 years, lives several states away, sent me 40 memories from over the years on strips of paper. I laughed reading the things I had forgotten and smiled at the good things she said about me.

And at my party, a friend suggested everyone go around and say how they knew me. Some people shared their very first time meeting me or something I had done for them. It turned into more great memories. I wish I had videotaped it to watch on days that need brightening.


  1. Aw, glad you had a great time at your birthday party. Late as it may be, happy birthday!

  2. Sounds like a very happy birthday, and you are blessed with some great friends. Many Happy Returns...

  3. What grand friends! Happy Birthday, Vanessa! :)
    ~Michelle @ 5MFSN


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