Valentine's Day 2007
card from Janina - total surprise, with cute puppies and such!
Britney Spears card from sister - cheesy, yet CHEAP in a good way!Birthday 2007
Karen Choo: "Dear Leslie: What we have is unique. We've known each other and been sisters in Christ at the same church even since we were both taller than Eric, Jon, and Steph! We're original members from Daniel Fellowship. I know you're a person of few words, but I know you care. I really do know. Thank you so so much. It means a lot to me. I too enjoy our casual meetings at Pho. I am so happy that you have such a wonderful blessing in your life - the Christian love and friendship of a sincere, kind-hearted, fun, creative, original Christian guy. I think Korey is terrific. He is worthy because he sees you for what you are: a rare, precious treasure whose heart burns quietly yet passionately for Christ, his Church, and his people. Leslie, you're a straight-shooter with a sense of humor, and a loyal friend. I treasure our friendship. In Christ, Karen. BIRTHDAY WISHES FROM IVAN, TOO! He said he loved your B-Day cards. Me too. You never forget. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LESLIE!" (Eric and Jeremy were most amused by the cupcakes and shiny stickers!)
card from parents
Uncle Y.C., Auntie Catherine, Chung Yan, and Karen: "Happy Birthday, and God bless always!"card from David Fellowship
Citrus: "Happy 31st, Leslie! Hope you have a great B-Day and continue to trust in God for everything that you do! Best of wishes in this new age! Hope you like your gift coz it's something you'll like! Happy Birthday! Citrus." (he drew a tiny orange, hahaha)
Danielle: "... or you can invite the zoo to your party! Hehehe. :) HAPPY 31st BIRTHDAY, LESLIE!! Hope you have a fantabulous year! Now that you have a boyfriend, we should get together and complain about them together! Hehe. :) I mean... *cough* praise them together!" (Citrus didn't much like that last line, heh)
Vivian S.: "Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I wish you all the best in the coming year. Cheers! Aren't the ice cream face stickers cute?! :D"
Randal: "Dear Leslie, I have been having a rather chaotic time lately, so I have not been able to buy you a birthday gift yet. I'm not sure what to get you, but it will be a surprise - especially because I will be giving it to you on a day other than your birthday. Maybe every day should be your birthday. Happy 31st Birthday! Randal."
Randal, belated: "Dear Leslie, Sorry for the belated birthday gift, but I told you I would surprise you... SURPRISE!!! Well, here is something that is not a surprise: You will always have a friend in me. You are young at heart, and there are so many ways to stay young at heart... Maybe you can take some notes and teach the rest of us a thing or two. God bless you, my friend! Randal."
Eric and Fay: "Hi, Leslie. I am so GLAD you invited both Fay and me to your birthday celebration tonight. (too bad Fay has to work tonight and is unable to attend, but she sends her greetings) It has been such a PLEASURE and FUN to know you over these past few years, and now that both of us are hooked up, we can DO that couple dating thing we always talked about! WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND FUN B-DAY!"
Cindy: "GOD HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME... Ecclesiastes 3:11. (Like your birthday!) Dear Leslie, Happy Birthday!! It's awesome you're continuing your service in AWANA! I really miss working with you, but at least we're in the same Small Group. :) Have a great celebration, and talk to you soon! Blessings, Cindy."
Dianne: "Happy Birthday, Leslie! Thank you for your continued friendship, and smile every week, Leslie! Enjoy the upcoming year! In Christ, Dianne."
Eric M.: "Actually, that [elephants farting near fire] is the last thing I or anyone in the world wants. That would be the end of us all! I do hope you have an enjoyable birthday, though. Happy Birthday, Leslie! My gift to you will be RAM. RAM is short for random-access memory. Given your explanation of your cackling fits, you should have an abundance. But I guess it's not compatible. When I figure out exactly what is, you will get the actual silicon. Eric."
Nathan: "Hey, Leslie! Leslie! Leslie! Happy, Happy Birthday! May your craziest, most insane, psycho, messed-up, pathological, and kind dreams come true... may these gifts help you keep sane during the moments of insanity... Always, Nathan." (he drew a dancing dude stick figure!)
Andrea: "Dear Les, Happy Birthday! Thanks for always being such a caring, thoughtful, and sincere person - I really appreciate you and think you play such a special part in our church family. Thanks also for bearing with Chuck's and my goofiness - we like to share in our pals' happiness, but we can sometimes go overboard. Hope you enjoy your gift: a few of your favorite things - chocolate, book-buying, and a pic of you and Korey. Hee hee hee. With love, Andrea."
Chuck: "Happy Birthday, Leslie! Happy 31st! Hope you have an awesome day celebrating with family and friends! God bless you the next year as you serve Him. - Chuck."
Sheena: "Happy Birthday, Leslie! I'm so happy to be celebrating your 31st birthday with you! We've known each other for a couple of years now, and I'm very glad we're friends. You were one of the first people to me from the David Fellowship through your birthday cards. I hope you have a fantastic 31st birthday, Leslie! Love, Sheena. P.S. Couldn't fit 31 flavors, but I hope you like the ones I have here!" (she drew 11 cute mini ice cream cones, to go with my Evite title of "31 flavors for 31 years" - mint chocolate chip, pineapple, strawberry marble, peach cream, Rocky road, bubblegum, watermelon, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, apple)
Chalaine: "HEY LESLIE!!! So I've heard that someone is getting 'wiser' now. :) Anyways, I hope you enjoy your birthday, and that the year has turned out to be what you wanted. And even though there's an extra silly little '1' after the three, you'll always be young at heart. :) Love, Chalaine. You're not thirty-one, You're thir-TEEN-one!"Halloween 2007
Janina (mrshannibal): "Wishing that you have a super happy Halloween! Love, Janina."Christmas 2007
Sheryll (sheryll): "Although I may not comment often, it's great having you as an LJ friend! Merry Christmas! Sheryll." (with Pirates of the Caribbean
card from Jennifer H. (poeticgoddss)
Irene (sweetkitty): "Heya Leslie! I saw your post at Holiday Wishes on LJ, and I wanted to help brighten both your holiday, and your mailbox. I hope I've succeeded! (yea, I can't spell today) I wish you a most merry of holidays. Be merry and joyous! :)"
Ana (daphne426): "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
Julie (julie709): "Happy Holidays! :)"
Samara (mystic_notions): "Leslie, have a very merry Christmas, and may 2008 bring you only happiness and laughter. Best wishes, and take care."
Savina (bodha): "Dear Leslie, I've had to decide against sending you a postcard because all the bookmarks I wanted to send you asked for longish envelopes that are somehow too thin for postcards... what a cookie-cutter world. Instead, I got this wintery Hello Kitty stationery, which is hopefully just as nice.
The bookmarks are just a tiny part of our huge collection, which is currently rotting away in a box, indicating my sister's and my travels and countless visits to countless bookshops. And the little banana-filled chocolate guy is called Nikolo here. (Saint Nicholas, I think) On the 6th of December, he brings presents for the (good) children. As I recently found out, his companion is apparently only known in Austria (maybe Bavaria) - his name is Krampus and his day is the 5th of December. He has a sort of whip and is supposed to punish the bad children. These days, you mostly give Nikolo sweets to the good children and Krampus-themed sweets to the "bad" kids. (back in primary school, my class received just Krampus, collectively) By the end of winter, though, so-called "Perchton" (guys dressed up as frightening devils) go around in the villages and actually do sometimes hit people, and certainly scare little kids. They are meant to drive winter away, and so far, it has worked.
Anyways! You're obviously a good girl, and I hope your Nikolo isn't all smooshed. Have a very merry Christmas time! Yours, Savina. (bodha)" (December 1, 2007)
Janina (mrshannibal): "Hey - thought I'd enclose some fun things - I've really enjoyed our friendship. Much love and best wishes, Janina." (with Santa / ANIMAL from THE MUPPETS - ROCK! / Joy / reindeer / snow / candy canes / doggy in present / dinosaurs / flowers / Sanrio's Little Twin Stars - I have a shirt with them on it! - penguins / random colorful things / roses / insects / shells / animals / fish scratchy / happy faces / RUGRATS / Scooby Doo stickers!)
card from Kimberly (mo_love_99)
card from Marie (reebee) - it has her two dogs (Pockets and Zipper) on it with red-and-green Santa hats... SO CUTE!
Ginny (ginnyjf): "Hope your holidays are joyous! Zack loved his card - thank you!"
Gema: "Hope you have an excellent holiday season full of good cheer." (with random / cute fairy creatures, baby Mickey / Minnie / Pluto / Goofy / Donald Duck / cute teddy bears / alphabet letters / Christmas-themed / scrapbook corners with dolphins / hearts / butterflies / stars / flowers / happy faces / ladybugs stickers!)
card from Candy
Natalie (chibi_blackie): "Leslie: Facebook really is addicting, but I'm glad you joined. Don't worry about not being able to make 'crafty' cards. Less chance of screwing up, and it takes a while... like here. I hope you enjoy your ornament, and that you have a Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Natalie." (handmade calligraphy note with red sealing wax, and a personalized candy cane ornament)
Winnie, Kenny, and Megan: "Dear Leslie: Merry Christmas, and have a blessed 2008. Also - Happy Belated Birthdays x YEARS! I am always AMAZED at your ability to remember or keep rrack of everyone's birthdays, including Megan's! THANK YOU for ALL your birthday cards and wishes! Love always! Winnie, Kenny, and Megan!"
Eric: "Hi, Leslie. I'm writing this card to you in the opposite slant that you use! Next year, I'll write backwards siht ekiL. You're welcome for all the advice I have given. Hopefully, you don't actually take any of it. Merry Christmas. Eric."
Christina: "Here's wishing you the best this holiday season!"
card from John (snooooopy) with love and a demented Pac-Man ("GROWL! ROAR!" YAY, GINGERBREAD AND SANTA!)
Mandy D. (a_phoenixdragon): "Hello, Leslie dear! As I said, the card I received was gorgeous! And the invite stands over here, too, if you ever come by Louisville way! May your Holiday Season be joyous and the coming year a merry one, love! Snuggles and Kisses! Mandy."
Jennifer (tehgreenfairy): "Leslie! Thank you for always being so sweet. You are a great friend! :) Love, Jennifer."
Carmina (on_the_ground): "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2008! Take care! I'm glad to send you a card again this year so that I can wish you a very good time these holidays with all the people that you care about. I also wanna wish you the best for the next year, and that it will bring just positive things to your life. Sincerely, Carmina."
Kadri (bad_habit): "Happy holidays, Leslie! May your holidays be full of laughter and joy! Unless, that is, you prefer your holidays to be quiet and peaceful, in which case I hope they are just that!
At the moment, it's totally un-holidayic (yes, I know that's not a word, but that has never stopped me) here in Estonia. I've also been informed that there shall be no snow for Christmas. I hope you will have better luck with weather. White Christmas has always been a dream of mine, but I suppose what with the global warming, it shall remain just that. Well, there's my wish to Santa - less global warming. I think there are no arguments from the general public on that.
It is funny - I am writing you for the third year, and I still don't know much about you! Bit strange, is it not? Well, it makes my job as a cardwriter (shush, I can call it it a job if I want to) a bit more difficult. For the life of me, I can't remember anything I write down. It's a curse because I had to write notes in my uni, and what I wrote down, I couldn't remember. Although if I'm honest here, I couldn't remember the things I didn't write down either - the difference being that there was no proof that I'd ever forgotten a thing. But the moment a card is sent, my brain erases the message from my backup files - also known as my memory.
Hm, well. I guess my ramblings make for an interesting change in the general flow of holiday cards. (I cannot NOT write a full card - I've tried.) But the general idea of the card is the name - to brighten your day, even if just by a little. And I'm sure, what with the Canadian winter, it could use some brightening. The winter darkness is hard to bear in the Nordic countries. Hm, say, do you have the Northern Lights there? Just curious. We usually don't, which is a pity. It might brighten the day / night. Snow would help, too. Or, a big fire sculpture on the lake once it freezes over again! Or the beach! And that won't happen before the Christmas trees are burned, which is sometime in January, after the Orthodox Christmas. Do you have any traditions such as that? And once again, I assume you'll reply. Well, drop me a line in the LiveJournal of one bad_habit. :)
Hope this card has made you smile, and thus the goal of brightening your day was accomplished! Happy holidays! Kadri. Tallinn, 2007."
Kitty (dutch_kitty): "A little bit late, but still with love."
Harmony: "Hope you had a good Christmas, and Happy New Year! I'm glad we get to catch up over the holidays. :) All the best for 2008!"
Kelli (neonrose5): "Hey, Leslie. I can sympathize with the last few months being shat to pat. For me, I completely skipped wishes - forgetting them - OMG, what a space. So I apologize for being late, but I hope you had a good Christmas. I wish you a healthy and happy New Year! P.S. The card was funny. :)"
Marilynn (headless_maids): "I hope you have an amazing Christmas and wonderful New Year. From your Christmas zombie, Marilynn."
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