Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Darlin'~

Come~ have a glass of champagne, sit. Let's celebrate because today is special.

Today is Joyce's special day! Today is her birthday!

Any of you visiting me, know of Joyce over at A Perfect Beginning.
When I started my blog, over a year ago Joyce was one of those steadies that visited and left a thoughtful comment each day. She has the most positive outlook on things and always ends her visits with a warm hug.

I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Joyce in person, but I've spoken with her on the phone.
She is as warm via the phone as she is in the beautiful writing of her blog.
Last summer I was in need of some prayer and this kind lady not only prayed but her kind and encouraging words helped me through a tough time.

Joyce sent cards, notes, and emails.
{Carmie, that little stroopwafel is for YOU.}
Recently, Joyce and her husband have experienced some loss.
Still~ her words are positive, full of sunshine and always complimentary.
She is one of those rare individuals that gently pushes her own pesky bits aside to raise-up those around her.
No~ I have never met Joyce in person, I certainly hope to.
But I do think of her as a very dear friend.
Joyce darlin', these few words don't begin to cover it all. You are a gem, a treasure, you are one of those special women that just has the gift of making those around you feel so cared-for.
I hope that this day is all that it should be for someone so precious.
Thank you for your thoughtful comments and encouraging words.

~Happy Birthday My Friend~

~For Joyce~

"The loneliest woman in the world~
Is a woman without close women friends".




  1. I looooove this PARTY Honey!! Happy happy Birthday to you Joyce, XXX. You are so so soooo right about her. You my dear are a true angel for showing her the love in this way. Oooh, thank you very much for the "Stroopwafel". Uhm...If you don't mind, I would love to hang around a bit longer here ;-)
    XXX, Carmie.

  2. What a(nother) lovely post! I will certainly visit and wish Joyce a happy day since it will be easy for me to remember - my son's 26th birthday is today too! And Debra, I have to say that I have come to think of you as one of those people for me that always has a kind, uplifting word - birds of a feather... XO

  3. Debra - your words are perfect in describing Joyce and her generosity and kindness. The pics. are lovely too, especially the butterflies, of which Joyce really loves. I envision many of us toasting Joyce on her beautiful day.
    Happy Birthday Joyce, you are a wonderful person!

  4. Oh I love your blog, such pretty pictures! You have a kind soul, and I'm glad I stopped by just in time for your party!
    I'm off to wish Joyce a Happy Birthday!

  5. oh debra ~
    what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman ...
    every word you have written ...
    every image you have chosen ...
    perfect for this lovely, caring, sharing soul!
    blessings abound ...
    i raise a glass to our golden girl ... joyce <3

  6. Happy Birthday Joyce!!!!! What a lovely tribute to such a special woman!!!!!!

  7. The party is divine as is the guest of honor ! What a beautiful tribute to a very special friend. Joyce has also been there for me, even though we have also never met in person, during a particularly rough patch I was dealing with. Your final quote sums it up well. You are a dear to host this gorgeous party. Much love and hugs to you, too, Deb! Now I will head over to Joyce's and wish her a wonderful birthday!! xoxo

  8. Deb, I am speechless and deeply touched. You make my heart dance and count my blessings to have such a friend as you. You can bet if the miles were shorter we would be celebratiing in person. Much love and friendship! xo

  9. Here I was coming back today thinking I was wishing YOU a Happy Birthday...forgive me, still kinda new here. Will find this Joyce of whom you speak so kindly, b/c clearly she must rock! Oh, and Strupwaffels!? Don't even get me cupcakes and now those. Yum!

  10. What a lovely post from one dear person to another! Happy, Happy Birthday to Joyce! xo

  11. All my favourite things.

    Lucky girl! Happy B-day Joyce!

  12. Happy 39th Birthday dear Joyce!
    Love Millie ^_^

  13. What a lovely post for Joyce.
    I am off to wish her Happy Birthday!

  14. Debra, thank you for letting us know. Happy birthday to Joyce. I feel the same way about several of you, that have been so loyal, helpful, inspiring. It is really the most heartwarming thing to experience!!

  15. Oh and today is my Isabella's 10th birthday, how could I not mention that! The most wonderful and talented girl in the world!


  16. I have had the pleasure of meeting Joyce and may I say she is just as sunny in person as she is on - line! Wishes to Joyce for a year of perfect beginings. You are so thoughtful Deb.

  17. Debra,

    Just visiting your blog for the first time and love it. Such a true testament to the friendships blogs can build. Can't wait to come back for more.


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