The Luckiest Girl Around

I have the best friends – ever. But I’ll get to that in  a minute.

We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania celebrating a wedding! I loved seeing my cousin and his new wife so happy together. It’s beautiful when someone marries their best friend – and that’s certainly the case for Daniel and Shannon. Congratulations!!

Unfortunately, I’ve had a nasty cold since Thursday night, and it sucked feeling like shit when all I wanted to do was party hardy.

I was not the happiest of campers Sunday morning, and when we got home after our five-hour trip, I was convinced that nothing could possibly make me feel better. (I’m a terrible “sick” person.) I was prepared to spend the rest of my day curled up on the couch, watching TV, and blowing my nose every two minutes.

Plans changed.

I opened the door to my apartment and abruptly stopped. I thought someone had broken into our apartment.

The lights were on and I heard Justin Bieber singing happy birthday. Was someone playing a sick joke? Clearly, I watch too much Criminal Minds.

I was scared for about three seconds until I saw tons of balloons and Emily’s boots laying on the floor.

See all those balloons?! Not only were they fun decorations, but attached to the end of each balloon was a note from different family members and friends. Talk about making a girl feel loved!

It was beyond thoughtful of Emily and Jamie to put all this together for me; to seek out the people most important and influential in my life and ask them to write me a letter. I said to Emily, “This is so amazing – I just love letters! They’re like, my thing.” Her response was along the lines of “Duh, that’s the point.” 

I’ve read each letter at least fives times and my heart is bursting with happiness. It’s not every day that you get to read letters from people telling you what they like and love about you. It’s was a perfect, perfect way to end my weekend. Thank you to everyone who was involved – especially Emily and Jamie!

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27 Responses to The Luckiest Girl Around

  1. What a nice surprise! I’m glad that you had a good birthday weekend — and I hope that you feel better soon!

  2. What a beautiful balloon idea! I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday weekend – hope your feeling better now!

  3. Seriously an AWESOME surprise!
    I’m still wondering why they didn’t ask me to write a letter though? ;)
    Well, if they had, it would have said, “Dear Colleen, thank you for always managing to make me laugh, even if I’m having a shitty day. I am still super sad that we have yet to meet in real life, so let’s make than happen sooner than later, mmmkay? Love, Courtney”
    Happy Birthday Weekend, Colleen!

    • Colleen says:

      I’ll just have to print that out and add it to the pile! But seriously – I need an NY trip, you need a VA trip, or we’ve GOT to find somethin’ in the middle. SOON! :)

  4. That is awesome :) You have great friends!

  5. jessie says:

    How awesome! What a great surprise to come home too. I hope you had a fun birthday celebration :)

  6. What a great surprise! I love that idea about the balloons. I may have to steal it for my own. :)

  7. I think that my heart would have broken with joy … Hope that this beautiful and touching surprise sets you up for an absolutely amazing year!! :)

  8. julie says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!! you have seriously awesome friends!!!! that’s so exciting and fun :) happy birthday girl!

  9. What a sweet surprise! I love it! I’m all about the letters too. They are the best! Hope you feel back to your normal self SOON!

  10. Great surprise! You have amazing friends and I love the letter idea. Feel Better!

  11. LOVE that idea! I would’ve been crying my eyes out! I’m glad you had a fun birthday – a great way to ring in a quarter century of living :)

  12. Wow what a nice birthday!!

  13. What a cool surprise (and I love love the notes on the balloons thing)! I guess nothing cures sickness quite like a surprise party thrown in your honor. :)

  14. What an amazing, thoughtful gift. Cheers to Emily and Jamie!

    Happy Birthday, girl. Hope you’re feeling better!

  15. OMG how awesome is that! Gah what an adorable idea to do for somebody! Happy belated birthday and I hope you are feeling better ;)

  16. Aly says:

    Such a sweet idea with the letters! I hope you’re feeling better. :) How’s your foot?

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks, Aly! It was a super cute idea, wasn’t it?! My foot is doing a lot better, thanks for asking! It’s funny, I did yoga the other day and it felt so much better afterwards – totally not what I expected, but hey, I’ll take it! :)

  17. That is the sweetest thing ever!!!!

  18. This is too sweet!! You have amazing friends girl! Happy Birthday!!

  19. aw how fun! you have great friends! happy birthday!

  20. kristen @ livinlifeinlouie says:

    what a great idea! I have never heard of that before, but I am definitely going to have to remember this one. I hope you are feeling better

  21. What a fun birthday idea! :) Sounds like a lovely time!

  22. Oh my goodness, TOO SWEET! Hope you’re feeling better!!!

  23. Beyond adorable what your friends did for you! Must’ve cheered you right up from that cold. I’ve never had a surprise party thrown from me, but I probably would’ve reacted the same way and been a little freaked at first! haha

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