Sunday, July 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Rachel

My sister Rachel, the eldest of the Stanley Sisters, has reached a milestone today: 40 years lived. To honor her 4 decades on this good green earth here are 40 things to love about Rachel Emily Stanley Rodgers.

1 - Rachel is really good at talking to people.

2 - I mean it. In any gathering, she makes everyone in the room feel comfortable. Says just the right thing.

3 - She kept her family as healthy and functioning as possible while her brave husband served two tours in Iraq.
4 -
She married a very cool husband whom her siblings love to go to for sound advice.
5 -
Rachel makes her marriage a priority.
6 - Rachel is gorgeous.

7 - She has the best hair of the sisters — accepting a flat iron or a curling iron equally well.
8 - And she has the best curves as well, being the only sister that could ever be described as "stacked."

9 - Rachel loves to read.
10 - And wants to discuss whatever she's just finished reading with you.

11 - She has dedicated her life to raising happy, hardworking kids:
12 - Her daughter Robin (who was accepted at every college she applied to and will be attending BYU this fall).
13 - Her son Paul.
14 - Her son Joshua.
15 - Her son Daniel.
16 - Her daughter Gloria.
17 - Her daughter Sara.
18 - As a military wife, she made happy homes for her family in Georgia, Kansas, Germany, Texas and other places I'm forgetting...
19 - All those moves means she knows how to make good friends quickly.
20 - And she's really good at staying in touch with all those friends.

21 - Rachel does her best to embrace the local culture wherever she lives — even making over-the-top giant mums for homecoming in Texas.
22 - She is deeply spiritual.
23 - And enthusiastically patriotic.
24 -
She keeps hens in her backyard.
25 - And she tends a large garden.
26 - So her family can live quite self-sufficiently.
27 - She works hard to live by a budget.
28 - Which enables her to give generous gifts.
29 - For example, knowing I collect Caldecott Award books, she once sent me a first edition book by Caldecott himself.
30 - Rachel is a runner.

31 - Rachel is really good at decorating cakes — she even earned money doing so for many years.
32 - And she makes gorgeous quilts.
33 - Rachel is a good cook.
34 - And an excellent hostess.
35 -
In high school, she (thankfully) introduced her younger siblings to cool music.
36 - She watches the news and keeps up on what's going on in the world.
37 - She has smart opinions about what she sees.
38 - Rachel supports the many, varied projects of her children and her siblings in any way she can.
39 - She has good taste.
40 - If you know Rachel, you probably feel like she is your best friend.

Happy Birthday, Rachel! I love you and hope your next 40 years are even more spectacular.

add to kirtsy


Blogger R-Eight said...

Thank you Gabby. Love you too.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 7:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Megan said...

What a wonderful list. Rachel is a wonderful person! Happy Birthday to her!

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 8:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin k said...

And Rachel is an awesome niece. Love to birthday wishes ad kisses to Rachel.

Beautiful list, Gabby.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 8:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin k said...

And Rachel is an awesome niece. Love and birthday wishes and kisses to Rachel.

Beautiful list, Gabby.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 8:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kiera said...

happy birthday, rachel.

No joke, this list inspires me SO much. Thank you for sharing. She envelopes all that I strive for...! Go you, Rachel. Go you, Gabby. You're dynamic.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz stanley said...

what a great tribute. i even learned a couple things. cake decorating??? amazing! happy happy birthday rachel!

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ali said...

What a lovely tribute to your sister...maybe she will be stationed in Vegas sometime and we can get to know her as well.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Vivi said...

What a beautiful and sincere list! You are one sweet sister.

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 10:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ellen said...

Can I be her sister too?!?

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 11:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mom in Mendon said...

F O R T Y!! And the BEST IS YET TO COME. Seriously, you're going to be pleasantly surprised. xoxox

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 7:56:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

What sweet sisters you are!

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 8:08:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jackie said...

so sweet. lots in the list to emulate. thanks for sharing.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 8:37:00 AM EDT  
Blogger ~shari~ said...

so sweet!

i went to jr. high and high school in Texas...and YES those mums are HUGE and oh-so-much-fun!!!!! mine played was hilarious!

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

You're a lovely sister!

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:26:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Janssen said...

What a beautiful post! I love hearing about your family.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:41:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was the nicest list. Rachel sounds like superwoman, I can only dream to be as successful at producing a happy family and quality of life, good to hear people like her exist. Thanks for the post and Happy Birthday to Rachel.

Friday, July 17, 2009 at 11:11:00 PM EDT  

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