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Posted by Tim on Oct 6, 2010
Happy 33rd Birthday, Jessica!

Nearly eight years ago, I met the most remarkable person I’ve ever known. Today marks the occasion of her thirty-third birthday, and I wanted to celebrate by telling her a few of the things I love most about her.

Happy birthday, Jessica. I love you so much.

I love the way your golden hair changes color in the sun, and the way your green eyes change color when it rains. I love how quick you are to smile that stunning smile of yours. I love the warm, musical sound of your laughter, and how effortlessly you coax laughter out of others. I love the way you pick people up when they’re down, the way you take care of your loved ones, the way you fight for the people and ideas you care about.

I love how much of yourself you put out into the world: how much love, and generosity, and kindness.

I love how you’re able to make a complete stranger feel instantly like a friend. How you’re able to make people feel better just by listening to them. How you try to brighten the day of every single person you interact with, whether they’re the cashier at the grocery store or the person sitting across from you on the bus.

I love your unflagging belief that you can make a positive difference in this world, that all of us can. That you spend every hour of every day trying to take care of other people, and never remember to do anything for yourself. And I’m in awe of how many lives you’ve touched already. I know that there are people in this world whose lives are better because you were there for them.

Because you were their Special Olympics coach, and you helped them believe in themselves when it felt like the entire world was against them.

Because you were their team leader at City Year, and you helped expand their world, or you helped teach them that they could make a difference in someone else’s life, or you talked to their parole officer and kept them out of trouble.

Because they worked at the Red Cross and you pulled an all-nighter to save their job.

Because they called a crisis hotline and you were there on the other end.

Because you helped take care of them when no one else would. Because you listened to them when they felt completely alone and helpless.

Because you volunteered your time to help them learn English, to help them pass their driving test, or to help them sort out their immigration status.

Because you encouraged them to follow their dreams, or you helped them find their lost dog, or you dropped everything to drive or fly hundreds of miles to sit by their hospital bed.

Because you didn’t judge them, because you didn’t give up on them, because you cared for them so much even those times when it was someone you barely knew.

Because you never ever thought about yourself, and spent all of your time trying to help them.

Thirty-three years ago today, an angel came into our world.

Happy birthday, my love.

Andy and Bex
October 6, 2010 at 6:26am
Happy Birthday Jess!
October 6, 2010 at 6:27am
Tim emailed me and said that if I didn't come here and post he was going to mail me pictures of his Brazilian. Now I am willing to follow and enjoy your trips around the world but there are some journeys that I just don't want to be part of. Happy Birthday to one of the best people I know. Have an amazing day. Even if you have to spend it with Tim.
October 6, 2010 at 6:35am
Happy Birthday Jess!
Hadn't Jesus saved the world by his 33rd birthday?
Don't worry, you still got time.

And I like you more anyways …

Maggie (Tim's sister)
October 6, 2010 at 6:44am
Happy Birthday to a real angel! Tim's right Jessica, for you have made a difference in a lot of people's lives… mine is one of them. 8 o )
Philsie and Lauren
October 6, 2010 at 7:39am
Happy Bithday Jess!

Hopefully it will stop raining and we can go celebrate!

October 6, 2010 at 7:43am
Happy Birthday Jessica!
It is true, you have made a complete stranger (me) feel instantly like a friend! I'm happy to be a "virtual" part of your life and your journeys! Someday we will meet :)
October 6, 2010 at 7:46am
Happy Birthday Jessica. Looking forward to meeting you almost next week. Peter
October 6, 2010 at 7:46am
Happy birthday, Jessica! Miss you both and thinking of you today, sending happy thoughts!
Team Budge
October 6, 2010 at 7:59am
Happy Birthday Angel! Hope your day is filled with as much fun, laughter, and sunshine as you share with all of us when we're with you!
Margot and Maurice
October 6, 2010 at 8:08am
Dearest Jessica

We echo all Tim’s wonderful birthday wishes and add our own. As he says, whoever you meet, you make them feel better. That includes us. Maurice is en route to South Africa today – no e-mail contact. But from us both, the very happiest of birthdays and all our love,

Margot and Maurice.

October 6, 2010 at 8:12am
Happy Birthday Jess…xxxxx..xxxx
"Have a Banana"
October 6, 2010 at 8:13am
Aww! That was a lovely tribute, Tim, and Jessica definitely deserves it. A very happy birthday to you, my lovely young friend, and many, many more!

And lest this get too mushy, I'll remind you that in two years, you're officially middle-aged, Jess!


October 6, 2010 at 8:22am
Happy Bday.
eleanor and guillaume
October 6, 2010 at 8:46am
happy birthday "belle cousine"!
You certainly made us smile all day when we met up with you and I always have a special "Jessica thought" when I sip on a bendy straw!
Love, eleanor and guillaume
October 6, 2010 at 9:13am
OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO SWEET AND SO RIGHT ON TARGET! Jessica, I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you this year, and I wish you SUCH a happy birthday, with many many many more to come!

– Lillie

October 6, 2010 at 9:18am
Happy birthday Jess!
October 6, 2010 at 11:14am
Hope you're having a great day!Swimming? Paddling? Puddle jumping? Being cozy inside and eating cake? Hope it's fun! : )
Mommy and Daddy
October 6, 2010 at 11:28am
Happy Birthday, Jessica! We love you soooo much. Love mommy and daddy
October 6, 2010 at 12:26pm
Happy Birthday Jessica! Tim describes you perfectly. We love you very much and can't wait to see you. Swany
October 6, 2010 at 12:41pm
Happy Birthday Jessica! Enjoy your day… today you can do whatever you want :D
We can't wait to see you in a few weeks :)
Secret Agent X
October 6, 2010 at 12:48pm
Happy Birthday Jessica!

Millions of kisses and hugs for you!

I canÂ't wait to see you again.

:-x :-x :-x

October 6, 2010 at 1:00pm
October 6, 2010 at 2:28pm
Happy birthday dear friend! Wonderful post, Tim : )
October 6, 2010 at 3:39pm
Happy Birthday Jessica!
October 6, 2010 at 5:35pm
one of the very best things about this blog is how we all get to see how freaking much you love each other…it's annoying! <img src=' style='position:relative;' height='17px' width='17px' />
Happy Birthday my friend. I am very happy we were able to reconnect,of all places, at an airport(how appropriate is that?)
love you both and hope you are having a great time with your beloved,
October 6, 2010 at 8:43pm
Happy birthday!
You are obviously both very lucky people!
October 7, 2010 at 4:17am
Happy birthday sweetie!
October 7, 2010 at 8:27am
Dear Jess,
May all the love and kindness you show to so many others come back in double measure to you. It's said, "A friend is a present you give to yourself." What a gift I have in you! I think about you often and love you dearly. Happy, happy birthday, Jessica. Much love, Joan
Ali and Muff
October 7, 2010 at 4:39pm
Dear Jess
Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Wish we were meeting up with you next week too, you must come to Oxford/Croydon soon!

Love to you and Tim

Muff and Ali xx

October 7, 2010 at 6:05pm
Happy Birthday sweet thing! If you're ever in NM in October I could probably get you an invitation to "Libra Lunch". They'd love you!
October 8, 2010 at 8:14am
All 3 of us said cheers and made eyes. Got fish and chips tonight. Wish we had hedgehog. xxxxxx
October 8, 2010 at 2:34pm
Oh..so sweet! Have a great bday and wonderful time on your upcoming trip! Did you ever find some good South African wine to try?
October 9, 2010 at 5:42am
Happy Birthday, Jessica! Hope you had a good one.
Andy E
December 24, 2010 at 9:15am
Hey, look at that, I was First!

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