Wednesday, January 31, 2007


(Shhh -- I'm hacking my sister's blog! It's her birthday!)

Happy 25th Birthday Rachel!

Rachel, what a joy you are to our home! I am so blessed to have a big sister like you, and praise the Lord that not only did He make us best of friends, but sisters to boot! Your selfless serving is beautiful to see -- you have truly made the joy of the Lord your strength! Whether it's traveling, almost (or past!) midnight chats, wracking our brains for ideas for our various 'predicaments', eating strawberry slushies on the River Walk, mulling over new blog post ideas, watching you excel in children ministries and homemaking arts, laughing over your latest 'blonde' moment, or seeing your beautiful character radiate in all you do, I truly treasure the times and joy we've shared!

This year I'm praying that the Lord will fill you with "the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father."
(Colossians 1:9-12)

I love you!

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And for all of you that don't know Rachel as well as I do (you poor souls, you!), I thought I'd throw in a few little known facts about Rachel:

  • she is 'missing' a knuckle on her right hand
  • she wrote her first song at the age of 11; we performed it later that year for a home school event in Seward
  • cuts all of our girls' hair, including her own (layers and everything!)
  • doesn't like peanut butter (except in Reese's pieces)
  • took ballet lessons at the age of 5
  • when babysitting her (at the time) 8 younger siblings, she held us spellbound for literally hours while she told stories (and I'm telling you, they were the best stories, ever!)
  • she wears contact lenses
  • Arm & Hammer toothpaste is the only way to go!
  • she initiated asking Jesus into her heart when she was 4, and recommitted herself to Him at 16

Bet you didn't know all that about her! [grin]

To celebrate her big 25 years, how about seeing if we can't get 25 birthday comments on here?! Don't worry -- if your the 26 person, please feel free to still comment! By no means do you all have to stop at 25! [smile]


Andrea said...

Do I actually get to be the first one! Happy birthday, Rachel! I can't tell you the countless times I've been blessed by the music you've written, and the inspiration it's given me! Thanks for being a villing vessel that God can use!

Blessings on your 25th year!!

The Ansons said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!!!! A big hug from Lydia here and a blessing on your day. Thank you for your example of servanthood and leadership in your family. May the Lord bless you with your own family in His due time! Enjoy the south while you can.... it is COLD up here!!! :)
The Ansons

Kori said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!!!!!!!!! You are a such a blessing and I'm glad the Lord brought you and your family into my life! :) I hope you have a wonderful 25th birthday today! I'll see you soon! Love ya!

David Kent said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

You don't like peanut butter!!!???

Megan said...

Happy birthday, Rachel!! (Only 18 weeks and three days until camp!! :) That is Sooo amazing about your song-writing abilities!!

Phillip & Laura Nelson said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day in the Lord and wherever you minister. It's been a great blessing to have met you and the whole Wissmann crew.

Love, The Nelsons

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!
Thank you for being a wonderful example to me. (particularly in being the oldest sister) May God Bless you for the rest of your life. Happy Birthday!

Peanut Butter!?!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!! I thought of you today, as it is a beautiful snowy day : ). Hope you have a wonderful and special day!!
Anna for the Nelsons

The Ulmer Family said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!! You are such a inspiration to me!!
I hope your day was special!
May You Have a wonderful 25th Year!
The Lord Bless You!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!!
Hope you had a wonderful day!!
thank-you for being such a wonderful example to me of a godly young woman who is totally commited to Jesus and following Him with her whole heart!! I've learned soo much from you just by watching you interact w/ your family, and also from being with you so much!
You poor thing~you're really missing out if you don't like peanut butter!!! :)
See you soon!! (in the sunny IS sunny, right??!!it is 2 degrees here and i am itching to get down SC for the warm weather i am hoping they have..grin) ya lots!!
an "iowan" friend :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it's a good one!


Kris said...

Happy Birthday! You are such a joy to be around and your smile is always bright and warm! when I was reading the list of things about you I had to laugh about your missing knuckle, it reminded me of the late night "chats" we had at camp!:)I hope you have a great day and may god bless you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel. Keep smiling. God bless!

BrittLeigh said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Rachel! I am so thrilled with all the sweet times I got to spend with you and your family over the last Summer. How fun! Those are some of the best memories ever ;). You're perpetual smile and the sweet gracious way about you is so inspiring. I can't help but just love you to pieces!!! :)

Those "little known facts" were so fun... Even if I did know quite a few of them :D...

I pray your day was very special, and may this next year of your life be filled to the brim with the sweet essence of Jesus. Lots of love to you!!! (((hugs)))

Anonymous said...

I hope you have a wonderful happy birthday!
God bless! - Kourtney

Anonymous said...

happy birthday rachel!
you and your sisters inspire me every time i'm with you! and it's because Jesus shines through you! thanks! may God bless you on your twenty-fifth birthday!
love tiffany chmelar

Anonymous said...

happy birthday rachel! hope you had a wonderful day! love grace c.

Loren Wissmann (DAD) said...

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel...

When you were first born I have to confess that I was a little dissapointed that you weren't a boy. As the years have pasted though, I have again and again found myself praising God that his ways are higher than my ways and that he sent you as the first born in this household. Your encouraging cheerfulness, your love for Jesus, and your enthusiasum (sp?) has had a huge impact in the personality of our family. My prayer for you is that the Lord will multiply back to you some day in your own household the many blessings you have been in this household. Keep pressing into knowing Jesus and you will have life!

With Much Love,

"He who loses his life for my sake will FIND IT!!! -Jesus

Carly said...

Happy birthday, Rachel!!!
I don't like peanut butter, either. ;)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthay,Rachel!!
You are truly a blessing to more than just your family! May the Lord continue to lead you and bless you. The Conners

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday,Rachel!!
Thanks for your Christ-like example! JConner Num. 6:24-26
Try using Aquafresh,you might even like peanut butter then!:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel! I'll have to amen the post...though I didn't know quite all the facts about YOU that were shared. What a fun, creative idea! Beautiful picture--it just radiates the joy of the Lord thats lying within!!

Thank you, Rachel for your Godly example of serving...going the extra mile...cheerfulness...and allowing Christ to be your source of JOY! You're an inspiration to me(and I mean that!).

May God give back to you a hundredfold what you have given to me!

I love you,
Your Comewith

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Prov.31:30

Anonymous said...

Happy 25th Birthday Rachel!!

Now that you are a quarter of a century old, you must feel old - (25 is sooo old!) Hah, not really!

Have a great B-day and keep smiling! CC Rita

Sara Campbell said...

Aww, Happy 25th Birthday, Rachel! It's not quite midnight, so technically, it's still your special day! I hope you had a wonderful, God-filled day full of many special blessings. Thank you for the example of Christ that you exude on this blog. It's so neat to see how God has and will continue to use you for His glory. Many blessings to you, my dear. :)

Sara Campbell said...

I wanted to make sure that you "made it to 25," so I thought I'd say another Happy Birthday, Rachel! :)

Dan Blankenship said...

Happy Birthda Rachel, May God continue to bless you for many more years to come.


~AliisaJoy~ said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!! You probably don't remember me - I "met" you at the Ulmers back in October. I just wanted to say that what stood out to me was your radiant smile!! Each time I saw you, you were smiling, and your smile is so beautiful!!


P.S. I CAN'T believe you don't like peanut butter!! I couldn't live without it (no exaggeration, whatsoever!)

two from the pew said...

A Happy, Happy Birthday Rachel, late. Again we missed your day, but not to worry now we have more things to say in our podcast. Woohoo! I'll not tarry long here since we will be sending you birthday wishes another way. God bless you as you have bless so many others. Everything others have said about you is true except for the competitive desert getting thing but then again that's such a minor thing. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel!
Sorry we missed your Birthday... The one day I don't check your blog and you go and have a birthday on us... (Ron's been accusing me of "blog lurking" too often).
So, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! We wish God's BEST for you this coming year!
We look forward to seeing you again in September, maybe, hopefully, sooner...? Either way, we'll be wanting to see that knuckle! ;)
the (Ron) Jasters

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel! Hope your day was blessed and you are such a great person and i can't wait to see you!

Amanda Rothschiller

Esther said...

Happy belated birthday! Did you get the email I sent you a couple days ago? I was gone all weekend helping out in the kitchen at a Bible Camp in southern MI where my brother lives, so I didn't get a chance to check the blog- now I'm back and there's a great b-day blog for me to read! It's a nice blog, great picture, and I love the "fun facts" about you!
Your sister in Christ-
Esther Derby