It was a modest birthday celebration. Besides her favorite, angel food cake, we had mango ice cream as part of our family celebration. Last year she celebrated with a large bowl of mangoes, but this year they are not available because of the early rains. (Lest I overlook a kindness, our friends served ice cream after church in honor of her birthday as well.) Lisa's mom and dad also gave a call via Skype to wish her a happy birthday. Probably Lisa's favorite momento of the day is Annalise's handwritten card wishing her a "Happy Birfday!" - complete with a self-portrait of her in the pigtails she wore today.
I am truly blessed to share this journey with my best friend. (When you read this, Lisa, remember how much I love you!)