Thursday, January 31, 2008


Happy 26th Birthday Rachel!!

There is no way I could name everything I love about you, Rachel -- living life as your little sister has been simply the best and there is just no way to sum it all up! But one of the things I most appreciate is your encouragement in so many ways. Not only in developing skills or trying new experiences, but also in living life on a daily basis with a joy that I always learn from and delight in. I love you, sis!

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works...exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24

And just for the fun of it -- here are a few of Rachel's favorite things:
  • store - small town tourist shops
  • candy bar - java twix
  • sports - volleyball and biking
  • snack - sugar/cinnamon popcorn
  • Bath & Body Works scent - blackberry amber
  • place to stay - "wherever my family happens to be!"
  • drink - french vanilla cappachino
  • vacation spot - Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
  • shampoo - Pantene Pro-V
  • restaurant - Amigos (budget conscience!) or Olive Garden
  • vegetable -- tomato
  • Bible character - Joseph, and the blind man in John 9


Sofia from tarragona said...

Happy birthday Rachel.Take care now. By the way, don't you have a favourite colour?

Andrea said...

Happy birthday, Rachel! May God bless you richly in the coming year and always!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Rachel! May God bless you in your years to come.

Gods little girl said...

A very Happy Birthday to you! And May God Bless You With Many More Years To Come!

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday 'tousin!!!!!

Hope you have a fantastic day!!!!!

abi said...

Happy birthday to YOU! Happy birthday to YOU! Happy birthday dear Rachel! Happy birthday to YOU!

I'd have to echo what was shared about you! :) I too have learned so much from watching you life, your walk with the Lord, and your JOY to serve Him in whatever lies before! What a blessing His fragrance is coming from within you!

May you sense HIS presence in a new, and fresh way this year, as you draw only closer to our loving Savior!

Happy, happy, birthday! I love you!

Birthday HUGS your way! :)

Dianna said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Rachel! May God richly bless you in every way as you start this next year. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to me...your wonderful writing skill coupled with your love for your family really shines forth as an example! :-)

The Ansons said...

A very happy birthday Rachel! Your smile is a blessing to everyone you meet. We pray that the Lord would continue to draw you to himself this coming year. We also pray that he would establish you in all good works and grant you the desires of your heart.
Much love,
Lydia for the Ansons

shuttersbuddy said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Goldfish said...

Hope you have a fabulous birthday, Rachel! I'd say that my favorite vacation spot would have to be Seward, NE! :) I think I should go there again soon. ;)

And I bet your favorite color is blue! :)


~Tori~ said...

Happy birthday, Rachel!! Hope you have a great day! :)

Anonymous said...

Rachel...the Ulmers have you in our thoughts and prayers today. Your life reflects the Lord to us and we are so grateful for your friendship. We just can't express our joy in praying God's blessings upon you in this coming year. Hope you have a great day and see the Lord's work in your life in a special way! Happy Birthday.... Love Mrs. U for all

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, Rachel, but I enjoy reading your family's blog, and just wanted to say "Happy Birthday!" May you honor the Lord with all of your years.

Anonymous said...

Have a super great day. See you soon.

Nicole said...

Hey there 'tousin!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you had a good one!! :o)

Margaret Neufeld said...

Still looking just as beautiful at 26 and smiling as always. Happy Birthday and greetings from Lighthouse Gospel.

The Marshall Artists said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

You are such a wonderful example of a Godly "older sister" to me :)
May God bless you richly this year!


P.S. Hope to see you this year!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday,Rachel!!!

Lydia said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!!
May God Bless you much this year.....
~Lydia H.

DUSTYNNE said...

Happy 26th, Rachel! My sister is going to be 26 in May....... :)

I pray you have a blessed year. (And what do you are now double my age!!)

Marissa Whitney said...

So, which sibling wrote this? :)

Happy birthday again, Rachel! That's a beautiful picture of you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel!!!
May God continue to lead and bless you!

Two From The Pew said...

This is a special Happy Birthday sent out to you. We hope that you have had a special day. We are still celebrating here mainly because there is food still available. We hear that tennis might give volleyball and biking a run for their money? We think that you should look into basketball because there isn't such a racket with it. Anyway, Happy Birthday.

BrittLeigh said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Rachel!!!! I pray it was really special for you, and I really hope and pray this year brings bountiful blessings into your life. You're such a sweet friend ;)

((((HUGS)))) from chilly Wisconsin!

The Bontrager Family Singers said...

Happy Happy Birthday Rachel!!
I was thinking of you today and lurking the blog hoping for a post...:)(thanks Bethany!) Love you much and see you next week!!!

a sis said...

A very happy belated birthday to you, sister! (smile) Hope your day was terrific. Just like you!

Kris said...

Happy Birthday!! hope you had a Blessed Day, and a Greay year to come! Have a safe trip!


Daniel said...

Happy Birthday Bethany! May God continue to bless you.

the Jerry Ficke family said...

Hope you had a good day Rachel.
I could listen to you on thea keyboard all day. Keep praising the Lord.

Kimberly Atnip said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!
I hope you had a good day away from home while on the road.
After being in prisons all week, It it such a blessing when you are 26 years old and can say you don't have a life full of regrets! Praise the Lord! Keep encouraged!
See you in a couple days!
Love you,

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day Rachel!! I feel very blessed to have you as my sister! May God bless you in great ways in the next year! Love you lots. Your big brother, Josiah

Chris said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday Rachel!

Anonymous said...

Hope your birthday was filled with joy and happiness. We wish you many, many more! Love, Uncle J and Aunt D

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!!!!!
May God bless your day!!!
Anna B.

Nicole said...

ohhhh...happy birthday hun!! i really appreciate your love for the Lord.
love love love the picture!! it's so beautiful -- i mean you are!!
okay, blessing and one big blackberry-amber-scented hug to you! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Rachel.
You all have been such an encouragement to us.
Nathaniel Miller Family from Ohio

Doogie J. said...

Rachel, Happy Birthday! Rachel means "lamb" or "sheep", one in the care of the Shephard. May you continue to be blessed this upcoming year in His care.

Sauve Family Blog said...

Happy belated birthday Rachel!
May the Lord bless you with many more years to come as you serve Him with all your many gifts!
Thank you for being such a blessing to me and many others!


The Marshall Artists said...

I'll take the 'liberty' or should I say initiative :) to say "Happy Birthday, Miss Rachel!" from Nehemiah Jaster ;)