Bestie Birthday Wishes.

Today is a special day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. My garden is kickin' ass and takin' names. The dogs let me sleep in a little bit without breathing super close to my face to let them outside.

And it's my best friend's birthday.

Kara turned 29 today, and I'm super excited to share a little bit about her with all of you.

Kara and I went to school together, and she's one of my oldest friends. We started Kindergarten together, and remained classmates until we graduated high school. (This isn't alltogether uncommon for a small, rural Iowa high school. My graduating class had 23 students - only nine girls, including myself.)

After graduating high school, we both attended a community college about an hour from our hometown. Although our majors were different (I was Communications Media/Public Relations, Kara was Physical Therapy Assistant), we lived in the same apartment complex. We were careful not to be roommates, because we didn't want to ruin our friendship. We were wild in college. Wild.

After college, I transferred to a different college in a different city for my bachelor's degree in teaching and journalism, and Kara began her career in a physical therapy office in a different city as well.

She had her son. I began my teaching career. We never lost touch.

Then, a few years later, we both came back to the city where we attended college. This only strengthened our friendship.

John and I got married and purchased a home, Kara welcomed her daughter to the world.

Our friendship grew even more. We've both had a pretty fair set of challenges in our lives, and it's such a comforting feeling to have a friend in your corner. All the time. No matter what.

She's my kick ass best friend. She's a brown-eyed, long-legged, beautiful, tan, blonde bombshell. She acts like a fool with me, and I love it. She teaches her kids how to ride bikes, and swim, and how to do math. She manages to keep a home, be a medical professional, mother her children, and be a stellar daughter and sister to her family. Sometimes her days are long, her free time limited, and her patience wanes. She rarely complains, knowing this is the life she's worked hard to make for herself. She's a great friend.

And today is her birthday.

Happy Birthday, Kara!

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