WOW. I can’t believe today is your 34th birthday!! It seems like it was just yesterday when we were playing at the playground or zooming our Matchbox cars down that huge ramp in the living room! Those were the best times, weren’t they?
Maybe I should have started this post off with a warning that I’m about to get super emotional and sentimental?
Well, I am going to get super emotional because your special day is most definitely something to celebrate!!! YOU are most definitely something to celebrate! You are the most loving, kind, gentle, compassionate, amazing person I know!!! You are fierce and brave and so, so smart. You are so funny and so fun to be around — there’s nothing better than just staying home and being with you all day. You are super and you are, of course, ACES.
Do you remember when you were voted Most Kindhearted in third grade? That award was the most accurate award in the history of awards! You are the most kindhearted person in the world. To everyone. You put people at ease with your calming presence and that ability is such a gift to people!
But what I really want for you on your birthday? I want you to be kindhearted to yourself. You’re often so hard on yourself and I hope you show yourself the gentle kindness and compassion that you readily show others — at least for one day, OK? You, of all people, deserve it because you make this world a better, happier, calmer place!!
All this to say that…YOU’RE AWESOME. Thank you for being you and for bringing so much joy to our world. Today is one of the BEST days of the year!! Happy birthday to my sister and best friend!!! You deserve all the love on your special day and every day!! Dear, Janelle, I loooooove you!! xoxo
P.S. More Janelle love: Her 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 32nd and 33rd birthdays.
Lynn Brallier says
I love this. Happy birthday to your friend.
Justin Hodges says
This is very kind and uplifting. Thank you for posting this delightful expression of love and gratitude.
Cathy Sevigny says
You just made my heart smike
Happy Birthday Janelle!!!
My three adult children have always been each other’s best friends! They love, support and respect each other. They are full of integrity, kindness and compassion for all. My boys are teachers and my daughter is an RN. My husband and I are blessed.
I enjoyed reading your tribute to your sister. Melissa, it appears you two have a special bond and Janelle is a loving and caring sister. God bless you both. Parents must be proud!
Cheers to Janelle for today and many more birthdays to come!!!!!
Melissa B says
Your sister’s names is Janelle? that’s wild because so is mine and I’m named Melissa. Happy birthday to her!
Happy birthday to your friend and I think she looks wonderful
Happy birthday to your friend 💋❤️
Lela Green says
Melissa! I did not know that you ALSO wrote for Hallmark!!!!! What a beautiful birthday tribute you wrote to you sister, (a very special lady), Janelle!!!! You are so on point, Janelle is such a kind, sweet spirit, and she does not even seem to realize how very special she is, and how much she gives to others. So yes, yes of course, celebrate your gift of a wonderful sister, Janelle!!!! P.S. YOU are not so bad yourself, you know. Love the Blake ladies!!!!!
Annette Beyersdorf says
Happy Birthday Janelle!
Sisters are forever friends!
Lorie Hincman says
Love how you use your blog to build up your friend. Feels good to read the positive.
I love this
It always does my heart good to see people like ja