The story behind another year
Eileen, we wanted to create this StorySpot to celebrate you turning 50 (oops 40 ;)! A place to gather all the amazing things about you - what could be better. You have the most special soul, sunshiny attitude, and beautiful energy. May your birthday be a joyful celebration filled with all the things you love. You're one of those uplifting people none of us would ever want to live without!
Images of the memorable moments
Our two greatest successes: Isla and Shay - 2019 (submitted by Jim)
A young Isla and Shay in London - 2008
Eileen was the most stunning bride - 1995
Favorite hangout as a child and teen - Redfish Lake, 1982
A young mama Eileen with her babies Isla and Shay - 2003
Eileen, Kristen, and Haven with dad - 1976
I love my baby girl, she is bright as sunshine!! Eileen and her mother - 2000
Eileen and Jim enjoying the beach
Eileen takes Isla on her first hike.
Eileen in her happy place!
Fun beach day to celebrate birthday last year, 2019
Voices and Audio
Celebrating another birthday
My angel wife, you know I am a man of few words. All I have to say is yesterday, today, forever...my love for you will always be.
My sweet Linda
It’s your birthday babe! I can’t believe we have celebrated so many birthdays together. When it comes this time of year it makes me think of when we first met around your birthday as well. You were super bummed out that your birthday plans got canceled. And and you had to spend your birthday at a boring coffee shop downtown which is actually where we met. Now to think that from that little coffee shop to three birthdays later, and engagement, and a wedding in the works. We are still by each other side on your birthday.
I want to wish you a happy birthday in the most special way possible. And I wanted you to know how lucky I am to be soon marrying you. And so all of your birthdays Will be just as special. When you blow out your candles I hope all your dreams come true.
Happy birthday, dear.
The photo is from 2000, after purchasing our first house - look at those young studs.
The core four.
Eileen, I will never forget meeting you freshman year! I couldn't have asked for a better freshman year roommate to study with, get into shenanigans with, party with, and eat endless amounts of pizza. My favorite memory is knocking on our neighbor's door after our parents had left us our freshman year. Who opened the door? Two girls with exactly the same heels on as us, I remember the four of us bursting into laughter as you and Reba were also wearing matching shirts. From then on we were inseparable and the core four was born. How lucky are we to still be friends all these years later? Happy birthday E, we love you!
To our baby sister: When Tiff, Reba, and Elenor asked us to contribute to your birthday StorySpot, my mind immediately raced to the infamous bird story. One summer day, Eileen, Haven, and I were on one of our classic outdoor adventures. We spotted an injured baby bird on our walk and Eileen cried until I agreed we could take it home and nurse it back to health. After this huge sister battle, I carried it home for her and brought it into our backyard. After setting up it's "hospital" and gathering milk, twigs, and other supplies the bird miraculously recovered and attacked Eileen. She has been scared of birds ever since.
Love your big sisters!
College, weddings, babies, and everything in between - I know we both got our hubbies, but literally 'til death do us part. You've always been the one who lights up a room and makes everyone turn in awe. The most beautiful person inside and out. This is one of my favorite stories of us...the night of my wedding and you forgot to pack your bridesmaid shoes. You ran out and bought a pair that was two sizes too small and didn't complain once...literally had that smile on your face all night. I can't help, but laugh whenever I see think about it. The BFF of all time.
Happiest of birthdays from your two favorite gals! We are so thankful for you and your kind heart. Thank you for not only being the most incredible mother but the best friend we both could ask for. Have the best day ever and hopefully this StorySpot can show a sliver of how genuinely loved and appreciated you are.
Isla and Shay
I already know your birthday party is going to be one for the books. And I definitely have a lot planned for your birthday weekend. I know our mothers wouldn’t agree to some of the previous birthday parties that I have thrown for you. But birthdays are precious to you so I want to make this one of your favorites.
Last week we had a long discussion about our lives growing up in Manhattan. And you finally told me the reason you love birthdays so much. He said do you love birthdays because they are almost like wishing on a star, And that wish actually coming true. And I think that is the sweetest thing about you. You love the little things in life. So for your birthday It’s going to be a magical night in Manhattan.
Some fragments of life
The little moments and the unforgettable experiences
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Date: Jun 9, 1995
Date: Feb 1, 2000 - Apr 15, 2003
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Date: Feb 4, 2020
This years soundtrack