Cards Received, 2001-2002Special 2001
Shirley: "Leslie, thank you for the birthday card. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. And thanks for getting Jon and Stephanie to write. Love, Shirley." (March 3, 2001)
AWANA: "Dear Leslie, Thank you for serving in Awana. Your dedication and enthusiasm have brought much joy to all the clubbers. May God continue to work through you in spreading His word. On behalf of the Awana Committee in Christ, Anita." (she included a photo of all the kids!)Birthday 2001
Jocelyn: "Dearest Leslie, Hope your birthday is as bright and happy as you are! :) Luv you lots! :) Jocelyn."
Andrea: "Happy birthday, Leslie! You are such a blessing to me and others. Thank you for being a faithful friend! My prayers are with you! Love, Andrea."
Dawn: "Hey Leslie! Happy 25th Birthday to you! So, wishing you all the joy and happiness on your big B-Day! Love, Dawn." (she included some 10-year-old picture of a past birthday celebration, haha)
Chrystal: "Hi Leslie! It's so awesome knowing you as a friend and knowing someone to talk to during the week. I'm really glad that you phone me... it's so easy to talk about silly stuff with you. I really enjoy serving in AWANA with you. You're great with kids... especially David!! :) Turning 25 sounds so cool! You're so mature and independent already, a great example for me to follow. (but I don't think I'm ready to leave home yet...) Do you feel any different now that you're 25? I guess every birthday is special! Well, I want to wish you a super-duper BIRTHDAY! Love, Chrystal." (the card has Psalm 139:13-14
Calla: "Hey Leslie, Happy Birthday! Wow, 25? That's so cool... you must be so wise now. Any little bits of wisdom for me? I'm so glad I know you... you're such a cool person. It's really good. So do you feel any different? I hope you like your present. Anywayz, HAPPY B-DAY! Best wishes. Love, Calla."
Emily: "Leslie, Wow!! Can you believe another year has gone by?! That's just insane! :) Anywayz, I'm really glad that you're my friend! You're a good person to talk to about anything... anyhoot, HAPPY B-DAY! Love, Emily." (she drew a little sheep cloud!)
Nathan: "Hey Leslie! Surprise! I bet you didn't expect a birthday party this year, eh? You got a good little sis there! Well, hope your birthday's a blast! Hope your week, etc. is too! In fact, I'm certain it will be! Ya rule! Especially with those crazy long emails! Happy 21st Birthday! Ha ha! See? You're just like one of us! Young at heart! Yeah! So rock on, take care, and God Bless Ya, Leslie! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LESLIE! In Christ our Lord, Nathan." (he drew a snazzy camel this time!)
Nina: "Be free, enjoy and live your life to the fullest. It only comes once. Happy Birthday, Leslie. So did we surprise you, or what?"
Daniel: "Leslie, you are a wonderful caring person. May the Lord bless you on this, your birthday. Thanks for being such a great friend!"
Michelle: "I hope all your birthday wishes come true! Enjoy the party, eat lots of cake, play with all your presents! May the Lord bless all of your days."
card from Uncle Reuben and Auntie Christine
Vanessa: "Well, what to say other than Happy 25th Birthday!!!!! :) I'm so glad I get to share this very happy day with you! You have such a loving and wonderful (AND energetic! hee hee!) sister to be thankful for! I hope this day will be one of your favorite memories! :) HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY!!! Love always, Vanessa. :P"
Winnie: "Leslie... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, girl!!! I am very happy for you. You are a sweet, considerate, friendly person who treats everybody with respect and love - I really admire that in you. Thank you for setting such a shining example of what it means to live in Christian community! You're a wonderful sister in Christ. Love always in Him, Winnie. :) P.S. Jenny is on-call at the hospital, but she also wishes you the very best birthday! :)"
Connie: "Hey Leslie! Happy birthday!!! It's been neat getting to know you through the years in Fellowship, Bible Study, and church. Congrats on reaching the quarter century mark! Hope you enjoyed the surprise! Love, Connie."
Dianne: "HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY! Hello! Hee hee... aren't you surprised?! Anyways, I hope you enjoy your birthday and make the very best of it. Keep partying, you party animal! :P Happy 25th birthday!" (she drew squiggles, balloons, and two faces named Moe / Joe)
Cindy F.: "Hey Leslie! Happy 25th Birthday! My, this is an exciting time in your life! Have a great time, and I hope all your wishes come true! God Bless You! :) The stickers are so you can use them for AWANA. Love, Cindy."
Tim and Maxine: "Dear Leslie, May your year be filled with peace and joy as you turn to God for strength and to guide your steps. Congratulations on your 25th Birthday. In Him, Maxine and Tim." (the card has Philippians 4:8
Billy, Stella, Helen C., Sophia, and Winnie: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LESLIE! Hope you have a great birthday! Thanks for being such a good and caring friend. You have not only been a great friend, but a sister in Christ. May God bless you in the years to come. We as brothers and sisters in Christ will always keep you in our prayers. Your present is what's in the box AND a subscription to Time
magazine! Hope you like it! :) In Christ, Billy and Stella / Helen / Sophia / Winnie." (the card has Philippians 4:19
Frances: "Dear Leslie, Enjoy your special day! Your sister in Christ, Frances."
Uncle Y.C., Auntie Catherine, Chung Yan, and Chung Ming: "Happy 25th Birthday! May God bless you always!" (the card has Psalm 36:7, 9
Lesley: "Hey, Happy Birthday!! :) You deserve the best. Thank you for always remembering my birthday and sending me Christmas and birthday wishes every year. I'm so sorry for not reciprocating your awesome gesture of sweetness. You know, you have a very special gift - a gift of encouragement. I'm always extremely encouraged by your love for people. I'm encouraged by your gestures of kindness - how you make the effort to talk to me on Sundays and Fridays, and the occasional phone call. Keep it up! You're a special gift from God, and a very precious gift!! :) And he has a plan for you because he loves you. (Jer. 29:11
) I know you like writing because you're always doing such every time I see you, so I hope you find the journal a good tool for you to keep your deepest thoughts. Love in Christ, Lesley."
Yazmine: "SURPRISE! Wow!! Isn't it GREAT! I hope you're having a wonderful time. Happy 25th birthday, and may you have many more to come. God bless and guard you always. Thanks for being such a good friend. Always, Yazmine Loquia." (she drew a weird creature with its tongue sticking out)
Eddie: "Happy Birthday! 25, eh? Wow, that must be soooooo sweet. I wish I knew what it was like. I guess I'll have to wait. Anyways, I hope this year will be awesome. God Bless You. In Christ, Eddie."
Eunice: "Dear Leslie, I could never say Happy Birthday without saying that Richmond is the best place on earth first... okay, enough. Thanks for the parties at your place... I hope you have an awesome time at your very own birthday party. You're an awesome sister in Christ. Love always, Eunice."
card from Eunice's parents
Connie Lucas: "May you enjoy your day, and every day to come. One day, I'll learn to spell your name correctly. Every time I write, it comes out a different way. With love, Auntie Connie."
Elizabeth and James: "Have a great birthday, Leslie!"
Mark: "Hey Leslie! So this one's for you, the Queen of Birthdays! Sorry I had to miss your party. I would have dropped by, but Ontario's pretty far away! Hope you had a ton of fun, and were maybe at least a little surprised? Maybe not! Happy Birthday and God Bless! Your friend, Mark."
Cindy Y.: "Leslie: You are always with me during those hard times, and you helped me a lot (also, thanks for calling me to get up.... just kidding, never do that again, okay?) And I'm so sorry to send you this late birthday card... hope that you don't mind too much, haha. Anyway, Happy Birthday. Yours, Cindy."
Karen Chan and Jason Y.: "We would like to wish you a very happy birthday. Enjoy your special day, and all of the best!"Christmas 2001
card from Shannon N.
Yazmine: "Hope your Christmas is merry, and your New Year is full of happiness. Thanks for being a good friend. Take care of yourself, and God Bless! Forever, remember... Yazmine Loquia." ("forever" is apparently only three and a half years more!)
Cindy Y.: "Leslie: Thank you for helping me not only my English, but also my daily life! So, may you have every day full of surprises and fun! Yours, Cindy."
Tim and Maxine: "Dear Leslie, May God continue to bless you over this Christmas season and guide you in the New Year. Love in Him, Maxine and Tim."
Natalie: "Dear Leslie, Another year has gone by and another year of friendship has evolved. I want you to know I'm thankful for your friendship. Each time we meet, it's nice to get a smile from you and a hello. Thank you for always asking how I am doing, and inquiring about Brad. It's nice. Merry Christmas... may you feel God's love this season. Love, Natalie."
Elizabeth and James: "Leslie! Have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year that's full of blessed things!" (the card has Matthew 2:2
Vania: "Leslie, thanks for always getting me birthday and Christmas cards. :) Luv always, Vania."
Vanessa: "Dear Leslie, I hope you have an awesome holiday! Thanks for your card! Love, Vanessa. :)"
Minli: "Dear Leslie, Thank you for always so nice to me. When I counted my blessings of the year, I felt that God blesses me so much by rewarding the sistership and friendship to me. When I move to Richmond, we may have more time together. You are always welcome to drop by my place. May Christmas bring more happiness to you. Yours, Minli."
Cindy F.: "Hi, Leslie. Merry Christmas! This time of the year is always exciting, isn't it? I miss the Awana kids already! They're so sweet and cute! :) Are you coming to Winter Conference? Hope so! :) Bonne Noël!
" (she drew a Christmas tree and a wreath)
Dianne: "Hi! Anyways, wish you the best this season and a fantastic New Year! Merry Christmas!"
Karen, Kelvin, and Kenneth: "Dear Leslie, We wish you much happiness and blessings this holiday season and for the New Year!"
Irene: "Dear Leslie, Thank you for your gift of care and concern! You are a model for us all - constantly remembering others! God bless you! Because of Him, Irene."Special 2002
Becky: "Hey Leslie, Jon, and Steph! Thanks for the birthday card! I wasn't expecting anything. Even though it's only a card, I appreciate it. :) Besides, it's the thought that counts. I know we haven't known each other for long, but I'd like to get to know you all even better... so I hope I'll get the opportunity. I've gotten to know you (Steph) a little better, and thanks for your friendship. I haven't had the chance to really get to know you, Leslie, and it could be that you're in David Fellowship - but that's no excuse, eh? Hopefully, I'll get to know you even better through Awana. :) And Jon... well, let's just say there's still time to get to know each other. It's never too late. :) So, once again... thanks for being so thoughtful and sweet. Thanks for remembering my birthday! I've heard, Leslie... you are good when it comes to knowing birthdays. Wow."
AWANA: "Dear Leslie, You're an awesome secretary! Thank you very much for your dedication to serving in the Awana ministry. Your love for the children can definitely be seen and felt. May God continue to bless you abundantly as you continue to grow in Him. I look forward to serving with you again. Love in Christ, Anita.(on behalf of the Awana Committee)" (the card has Romans 12:9-12
on it)Birthday 2002
Lesley: "Leslie, so sorry I can't make it to your birthday dinner. Hope it'll go well. It's amazing how the years have gone by. Already we're in our 20s. Hope this year will bring you much joy, especially the joy that is only found in Christ. Thanks for always being such a great sister in Christ to me. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :) Love, Lesley."
Dawn: "Well, just wanted to say Happy 26th Birthday! Wishing you all the joy and happiness on this very special day! I'm sorry that I can't make it to your birthday dinner, but I hope you enjoy the gift! Love, Dawn."
Elizabeth and James: "Happy Birthday! Love, Elizabeth and James."
card from Shannon
Erin: "Dear Leslie: I hope you have a wonderful year filled with lots of smiles, friends, and good times! Are you talking to Steph much? Miss her yet? :) Thanks for always being so thoughtful and caring. I'm always so encouraged by your love for others. May God continue to lead you and guide you as He blesses others through you! Love always, Erin." (she gave this to me TWO YEARS LATER, haha!)
Cheri and Bob: "Dear Leslie, sending you wishes for a beautiful birthday! May you have a wonderful 26th! Love, Cheri and Bob."
card from parents
Steph: "Sarney! It rhymes with Barney. Happy Birthday. And remember... Just Be REAL! True Bain."
Anita: "Dear Leslie, Happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best on your special day! Love, Anita. :)"
Phil, Melia, Chrystal, and Emily: "HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY!! :) Smile, no, smile even more! Cuz today is yours! Enjoy all the blessings in life. Each day is another testimony of His faithfulness to us. Thank you for being our faithful and loving friend." (the card has Psalm 81:4
Ivan and Karen Choo: "Dear Leslie, Happy 26th Birthday! It's a pleasure to celebrate this special day with you. We appreciate your friendship and enjoy seeing your cheerful smile every wee. Thank you for including us in your birthday celebrations. May God bless you greatly this year. Love in Christ, Karen Choo and Ivan Choo."
Nathan: "Hey Leslie! Now I get to write a nice birthday card! I can never top your powers though, Les! Instead, I shall just use my wannabe artistic prowess! Presenting... *drawing of camel* Of course! Yay!" (the card has Isaiah 43:1, 7
Rick: "Happy B-Day, Leslie!! Hope you have a good year, and all your wishes come true."
Nina: "Happy Birthday, Leslie. May all your dreams come true this year."
Connie Lucas: "Dear Leslie, Enjoy your day and have a super year!"
Yazmine: "Warm thoughts are being sent your way. Enjoy your birthday party. May you have many, many more. Best wishes!"
Mark: "Hey Leslie! Hope you have a great birthday! God Bless. Your friend, Mark." (the card has Psalm 16:11
Joe Y.: "Happy Birthday, Leslie!! May the Lord bless you in every way this coming year."Special 2002
Elizabeth: "Dearest Leslie, how are you? Great, I hope. James and I are at Whistler for a week - just the two of us. We haven't been out a whole lot because we're both battling colds. We've been watching lots of TV and playing various games. Not that we haven't had our exciting moments - our car was vandalized, so we had to call the police on our first morning here. Later that day as we were hanging around in the den, a black bear casually sauntered past our window alongside our patio. (yes, we are on the ground floor!) Next night while we are attempting to sleep, coyote yelping could be clearly heard! Anyways, on to more important things like thanking you for the gifts!! They were much ENJOYED and APPRECIATED! I'm sorry I haven't contacted you in such a long time. I've been fighting infections of all sorts, week after week. (lung, yeast, bladder, etc.) It really is getting ridiculous! On top of that is the stress of knowing we'll have to move out within a year!! Our neighbors sold their half, so naturally we must do so as well. It's sad and stressful just thinking about it. Well, let's get together soon! Take care and God Bless ya! Love, Elizabeth."
Kelvin and Evelyn: "Dear Leslie: Thank you for coming to our wedding and sharing in the beginning of our new life together. Your presence was an honor and blessing to our families and us. Thank you also for your kind gift. We love the beautiful picnic set! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Wishing you all the best and our love, Evelyn and Kelvin."
Ethan: "Dear Auntie Leslie, Uncle Jonathan, and Auntie Stephanie: Thank you for remembering my second birthday, and for the cute teddy bear. I'm really blessed to have friends like you! Love, Ethan."
Mike, Amanda, and Ethan: "Dear Leslie: Thank you very much for your gift - the photo frame for Seren is very thoughtful, and we really appreciate your kindness and generosity."
Danny and Helen: "Hey Leslie, We're so happy to have you as part of our wedding day. Thank you for listening to me every Bible Study, rambling about wedding stuff. Thanks for the photo frame album! Thank you! Luv, Helen and Danny."
Joe and Helen: "Dear Leslie, Jonathan, and Stephanie: Thank you for coming to our wedding, and sharing our joy! We appreciate the set of pots you got us... very practical! They are great! Love, Helen and Joe."
Tim and Maxine: "Dear Leslie, thank you for your lovely frame. We are trying to find the perfect photo for it. Thank you also for coming to spend the day with us. Yours in Christ, Maxine and Tim."Christmas 2002
Dianne and Cindy: "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Leslie! I hope it snows!"
Julie, Brian, and Denise: "Dear Leslie, Have a Merry Christmas."
Becky: "Hi Leslie. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you have lots of fun during this Christmas season. Thanks for your Christmas card. Take care."
Melia: "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You are the most thoughtful person ever. You inspired me to write cards this year! God bless. :) Love, Melia."
Yazmine: "May you have a very Merry Christmas. Happiness, joy, and good health throughout the New Year. God Bless."
Vania: "Hey, so... the dinners were fun, hey? Great job in AWANA, babe... see ya every week!"
Emily: "Leslie, how are you doing? Hope everything is going well for you! You know what? I find it amazing that you remember, like, everybody's birthdays and stuff! That's crazy! :) Must have a good memory! Anyways, it's been real fun serving with you in Awana! All those cute / crazy kids! Anyhoot, just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Chrystal: "Hi Leslie! I hope your Christmas is filled with lots of joy and happiness! Yay, you get to spend Christmas with your whole family now that Steph's back. Thanks for being such a caring friend. It's so nice to have someone to talk to on the phone during the week. The AWANA kids are so full of energy. It's so much fun just watching them sing and run around. I hope you have lots of time to relax over the holidays!"
Vivian: "Hey Leslie! Amusing joke I recently heard: What would a Japanese tourist wear in Alaska? An Eskimono! Hehe. Come on, it was funny! :) Merry Christmas and have a very happy New Year's! God Bless!"Total: 71
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