September 06, 2007



I want to be the first to wish you a happy birthday!

Happy birthday sweetheart!

I know this post is amateur... thanks for the memories!



Thank you Jonathan for the sweet tribute. (YOU were up TOO LATE working on this!)

Happy BEST day of the year to you too!

I feel a little funny opening up my blog and finding this little peek into my own life (a little exposed, even). The glance into the past has filled me with many emotions, I am not sure exactly HOW I should feel. Some of the past fashion and hair styles, I could definitely do without. Looking back at so many people whom I love brings a multitude of memories. Seeing our children from years ago, reminds me of how much I LOVED that stage in life, how much I still long for those sweet days. Yet at the same time, it causes me to think of how far we have come, how much we have learned, how different our lives are now and that I wouldn't trade any of that, even to go back to those days.
I am so grateful for all of the places we have been able to live; for the people who have come into our lives and truly enriched each of us because of that. We have been very blessed.
And, I LOVE my family! Each person is precious to me.
Thanks again Jonathan, for a glance into some of the beauties in my life. Love you.

Yep, it is THE BEST day of the year!


You are the expert blogger! Your comment captured the essence!

Love you,



Ok...I am about to cry. That is the sweetest thing I have ever seen! I love to open your blog and actually see YOU, Mar. What fun! Jonathon, you are amazing. What a precious gift to my best friend. I hope your day is great, especially after this little surprise.

Love ya!

Valerie Chandler

What an amazing post! Jonathon, you are husband of the year. And Marilyn, the world is so much a better because of your presence. I want to thank your mother for bringing you to us all. And thank you, for the amazing person you have become. Happy Birthday. I wish I was dining with you at La Hacienda Ranch this afternoon. Love--

Valarie Dinkel

Happy Birthday, Marilyn. I don't believe there is anyone in the world as loved by as many people as you are. I've been thinking why, and I think I know. It's because you are so giving and loving to everyone you meet. Everyone is your special friend--because you are a special person indeed.

By the way, can you send me a copy of the picture of my three kids in your tribute? That was precious.

Thanks for the tribute, Jon. That's special, too.
Love you,


Happy Birthday Sis,
I hope your birthday is great. I'm really lucky to have you for a sister, you've been the perfect example, and have always been there for me, and others. Thank you so much for being not just my sister, but also being one of my best friends. Just talking to you on the phones makes my day better! I really do love you, and I can see from all the comments, I'm not the only one! Happy 42nd, even though you still look and act 20.
Love your "baby" brother,


Love this post! It is SO much fun to see pictures of Aunt Mar when she was younger! I really like the picture of Aunt Mar conducting the duck choir. (I think that one is my favorite.) Thanks Uncle Jonathan!

And Aunt Mar, Happy birthday!!!


Great job Uncle Jonathan, that was an awesome post. I love all the pictures, and I agree with Karen, my favorite one is with the ducks. Although that awkward one with me and Aunt Mar at her homecoming is certainly a close second... Baby Emily looks exactly like Baby Marilyn!! I love it!!! Thanks Aunt Mar for always being there for me and Karen. I appreciate having someone to talk to. I especially love how I usually have so much fun with you I forget all my troubles. We are all blessed to have you in our lives, and I hope I can grow up to be just like you.
Happy Birthday and lots of love,

Melanie Eickbush

Happy Birthday Marilyn! I miss having you close by and really miss being able to share things as important as birthdays with you! I remember the first year I knew you - you threw me a surprise birthday luncheon at your house and it was the first (and last) surprise party that I've ever been given in my life. You are a FUN friend and definitely know how to party! I love you dearly and wish you a great one!


i like the two pictures of me with the teddy and me with cake!

happy birthday, mom.

I love you,

Nurse Stacy

Wonderful tribute Jonathan. Wonderful comment Marilyn. I'm one of those blessed people who will forever be a Marilyn fan. You have touched my life in so many ways. Thank you so much for being the sweet and loving woman you are. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!


I hope you had a great birthday! The girls and I had cupcakes last night in honor of the best aunt and sister in the world. Thanks for all you do for us. I don't know what I would without you. I'm glad we have the relationship we do. You are absolutely the best friend I have ever had. Thanks for always being there for me!


Pauline Manwaring

Happy Birthday! You are a very special person, and I hope that your birthday was very specail. You do have a great influnce on people. Your personality is one that everyone loves to be around. I am glad that I was able to get to know it better. Jon you did an awesome tribute. Mar thanks for everything.


You are a beautiful 42. And, this delightful string of photos shows that you have always been lovely. I believe that much of your beauty shines from the inside out. You are faithful and compassionate and it lights your already pretty face. Hope your day was wonderful.

Joan Lloyd

Happy Birthday, Marilyn. I loved the pictures. They brought back so many memories. Thanks, Jonathan, You are an amazing son. I think the love you have to Marilyn is an amazing example to all of us. Hope your birthday was a good one, Marilyn. We love you.


I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!
I love every picture!!(especially the queen, the ducks, emily in high heels and me in the mirror)


Louise Baca

Happy Birthday Mar! I think Jonathan is a closet blogger all this time and you never knew it! Great job! I love all the pics and Mar you look fabulous, you are a beautiful woman inside and out!

Happy birthday to you, we love you we do, we love you dear Mar, happy birthday to you! The Baca's


Happy Birthday Mar-Mar,
Hope you had a wonderful day! It was great to talk and laugh with you. It was so fun growing up with you next door--what fun we had! I can still hear "Funky Town" playing from your house all the way inside my house!!! I love you. P.S. Don't eat rolls during the prayer!! (What were we thinking? Oh yeah, mom's rolls are aweome!)


I am just a little late. Oops! I haven't been on your blog in a while and decided to get on today. So Happy Birthday a couple weeks late! Those pictures are adorable and I can just see your love for life and your family displayed throughout. I know you have touched my life for the best and made my beehive years so memorable, and I am sure so many can also say the same. Thanks for everything!


Happy Birthday MOM!!!!!
I love you tons and hope your birthday was fantastic!!!


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