Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cindy!

In 2008, shortly after I first began blogging, I was introduced to Cindy at Army Brats and Me . Not long after "meeting" her on her blog, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

As I began praying for her and following her journey, she became such an encouragement and inspiration to me. There was just a "bond" there that I don't know how to explain.

Several months ago, I learned that she was going to be relocating to a city very near me and I was so excited! I thought to myself, "I hope that I get to meet Cindy in person someday."

Well...several days ago, Nicki at Three Girly Girls contacted me on FaceBook and said that some friends were going to be giving a surprise birthday party this afternoon for Cindy -- about 40 miles from my house.  I immediately said that I would be there!

It was so awesome to finally meet in person someone that I have prayed for all these months and felt like I already knew!


Cindy thought that she was coming to a birthday party for a friend's little girl.

This is Cindy when she opened the door to the clubhouse. 


This was the moment that she realized that all this celebration was for HER!!!
Friends and family loving on her as she arrived.

How adorable is she?  Praise the Lord she is CANCER FREE!!

I finally get to meet the person I have prayed for all these months.

Nicki , Cindy and me



Anita said...

MiMi, what a wonderful surprise and celebration! I'm so glad you were able to meet your friend, and share her birthday, that is very special.
Have a wonderful day........what is left of it!

valerie said...

That is such a neat story. I'm so glad you were able to be at the surprise party. Praise God she is doing so well and is cancer free & yes...she is adorable.

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

What a great story! I love how through blogging you can feel so close to people! I am so glad to hear she is cancer free!

Anonymous said...

How good is our God! In so many uncountable ways He surprises us with beauty for ashes!

Jenna said...

How awesome is that!?!?

This just makes my heart smile. Love you sweet Emilie!

My Army Brats and Me said...

The best surprise ever! You made my day. I just cant even begin to tell you have wonderful it was to see you today. I feel like I know you so well (your husband, daughters and sweet E) You have been such a big support from the beginning. This is all in God's plan! Thank you for taking the time to come and celebrate my life. I look forward to seeing you again:) It is a bond of a lifetime. Love you and thanks for believing in me.
fighting like a girl

Rebecca Jo said...

How COOL is that... the surprise of a party is awesome, but to have a bloggy buddy there to meet... that just had to make the time even more special!

I too follow her & just love to see her strength!

How cool are you that you went to surprise her!!! You are just the most special woman!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

How very special!! I've not yet met in blogging friends in person but know that it would be a special occasion to be able to do so. Glad Cindy is cancer free!

LisaShaw said...

Mimi this is absolutely a treasure. Happy Birthday to Cindy and you all look beautiful. It's amazing how God can intertwine hearts even via the internet.

Bless you dear one.

Jacquie said...

What a great story!! So glad Cindy is cancer free!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you were able to attend Cindy's birthday party! She is such an inspiration and a fighter.

Faith said...

So sweet! I'm glad you got to go and that y'all had such a great time! What neat memories with special friends =)

I love you and hope you have had a good day!

skoots1mom said...

how sweet are ya'll!!!!
this is wonderful...
you made me smile :)

Leebird said...

So, so wonderful!!! It has been such an honor to pray for Cindy these many months! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I can't wait to get a hug from her when I'm in Charlotte for She Speaks in July! Woo hoo! Bless you, Mimi!

Abbi said...

aw...that's sweet!!!
and what a blessing!!!

Becky said...

WOW! I luv that you got to meet Cindy and that you had being praying for her. I luv stories like this! So glad she is cancer free......God is so good!

monarte said...

It is such a blessing to hear a beautiful story such as this. I have been praying for so many with a sad story, for those who's lives are touched by illness lately. It is hard to find words to remind those in sadness, that God's timing is PERFECT! And He is our Hope and Love. What a wonderful special gift. Thank you for sharing this uplifting story.