|"There are two great days in a person's
life - the day we are born and the day we discover why."
First, you may have noticed that I've been linking up
newsletters to the main site a lot more quickly than
usual. Generally, I let a month and a half or so go
before I do that. Well, with the (welcome!)
proliferation of Dyeland stories, I start to feel anxious and
overwhelmed if too much is hanging out on my to do list.
Thus, I'll be adding newsletters to the site as I have time,
whether or not 4-6 weeks or so has passed since I sent
them. This has led to some confusion about whether or
not I've announced additional stories so, until I get on top
of that, please just keep an eye on the Updates
page if you're interested.
With that settled... September 20th is when JABB marks
Andrew's (observed) birthday but next week is an off week for
the newsletter. Thus, I'm marking the occasion
today. Enjoy and a happy birthday to Andrew!
Photo ID III
Okay, okay... So I know this
newsletter is basically a copy of Andrew's birthday
newsletter from last year. But I've been wanting to do
this again ever since I got my new graphics program.
So see if you can figure out which TBAA episode these are
from! Answers are at the very bottom of this page.
Birthday Wishes for Andrew
I didn't come up with anything more creative this
year. I just really overbooked myself with
stories. The Andrew, JenniAnn, and family story
and Healing." The Adam, Kylie, and Clay one
became "Triad" which I still need to edit before I add it
to the site. And I haven't even touched the Emma and
Peter one. Then Christmas will be here before we
know it! I would have liked to have done a little
story about Andrew's birthday but that's not happening so
I thought I'd use these notes to cover some of the
material I would have put into the story. ~Jenni
I'm so pleased that we were able to reunite before
your birthday so I could send you greetings. I
cannot begin to express what your friendship has
meant to my family and me. Sometimes I find
myself wandering Vincent's house and marveling at
the fact that I'm living here. I see Isra
humming as she bakes and I smile. I peek in on
Aiyla and Omar playing in their cheerily decorated
room and I begin to weep with happiness. I
thank Vincent for these moments but also you.
Your immediate care and trust, along with that of
JenniAnn, allowed this to happen for us.
Your presence is felt in this house in other ways,
too. It's in the joy in Aiyla's chatter as she
plays with the Noah's Ark animals you made for her
and in Omar's laughter as he piles up and tears down
the rainbow of blocks from his Uncle Andrew.
You are in the glee in my star's eyes as we learn to
dance as you and JenniAnn do. You are in the
peace I feel as I ponder your words about a loving
I always wondered what it would have been like to
have an older brother. I know now and, today,
I wish you a very happy birthday, brother.
May peace be always with you,
Vincent gave me this beautiful stationery set and I knew
who the very first person I wanted to write was (after
him as a thank you, of course)! Happy
birthday! You are a very wonderful friend and
deserve to be completely spoiled today! I am
looking forward to the party and seeing you surrounded
by all of us who love and appreciate you. I admit
I am also excited to try this red velvet cake I've heard
so much about.
I also wanted to write to thank you and JenniAnn for
watching Aiyla and Omar overnight last weekend.
They adored being at Willowveil and it is testimony to
how comfortable they are with their Uncle Andrew and
Aunt JenniAnn and little Belle that they did not cry
even a bit. It was the first night we have been
apart from them. I greatly appreciated being alone
with my husband for more than a few minutes. Thank
May many blessings come your way!
We thought it made sense to send you a birthday card
together. While we've all felt loved and cared for
by you for a number of years, this past year we've felt
especially like a family and that's a lot in thanks to
you and Maja/Mama/JenniAnn. In spite of your own
pain and sadness, you helped us all through those
difficult days in June and as we dealt with the
memories. You've comforted, encouraged, and, best
of all, loved us. As we set out on our various
adventures (marriage, college, adolescence, and
pre-school); we know you'll be there cheering us on and
giving us those amazing bear hugs when we really need
We love you!
Happy birthday from your kids!
Earlier when I was watching you sleep (sorry/not
sorry), I got to remembering how worried I was about
you aging. I can't believe I actually barricaded
myself in my room... our room now... over it!
But I did. I just kept imagining everything that
could happen... arthritis, hearing loss,
forgetfulness... And those were just the less
serious things. I later thought my imagination
was too strong but I think, now, it was too
weak. Because it wasn't powerful enough to
imagine you dancing around the room with our baby girl
or squeezing my hand as we both watched Violeta leave
us and head onto campus with Ivy. I couldn't
imagine how cute you'd look when you shyly asked me
where I kept my "monthly items" in case, when Shelby
comes to need them, I would happen to be away. I
didn't foresee how proud you'd look as you taught Max
to tie a tie. I don't suppose you foresaw any of
it, either, but you knew that times would come when
looking the same forever would only complicate
things. So you made your choice. And,
despite my initial fear, I will forever love you for
I'll be here every year, my love, and I know that each
year will find you ever more compassionate and
wonderful and lovely. And every year on your
birthday, just as with this year, I will know that I
have been blessed, beyond all imagining, to share this
life with you.
Happy birthday, beloved Andrew!
One day, not long after you were born,
you asked me what I wanted you to be
like when you were as old as
Michael. I told you that I wanted
you to be kind and loyal and hopeful and
faithful and loving. I also said
that I wanted you to enjoy the work you
were doing and to be a friend to
everyone who worked with you. You
smiled and hugged me and tucked my words
Andrew, there were things I couldn't say
because I knew it would overwhelm you at
the time. I also wanted you to be
a good father and a loving and beloved
soul mate. You have lived up to
all of my and Dad's hopes, spoken and
unspoken. We love you so much and
are so proud!
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for bringing added
excitement to the autumn season for those of us lucky
enough to see first run TBAA. As the new fall TV
season nears, I miss the years of waiting for that first
new TBAA season promo and hunting down spoiler
magazines. While I've certainly enjoyed TV shows
since TBAA left the airwaves, it's never been quite so
(Photo Credits: The photographs
used on this page are from Touched by
an Angel and owned by CBS Productions,
Caroline Productions, and Moon Water
Productions. They are not being used to seek
Photo ID answers: "Bring on the
Rain," "The Penalty Box," "Only Connect,"
"Children of the Night," "The Blue Angel,"