My Dearest Jennie,

Happy 40th birthday my love!  This letter is hard to write, I don’t know where to begin.  I guess I’ll start with the fact that since I’ve been two, I have had a built-in best friend.  From someone to play with, to someone to hold hands in bed with, to someone who accidentally feeds my mouse to the dog, to someone to teach how to curl her hair, to someone to stick up for and who will stick up for me.  I have also had someone to annoy.  Whether that be silly little fights or putting all my shoes in the bathroom to really get you going!  Growing up, I took for granted the little sister who was always by my side, but as I got older, I realized just how special it was and is.  I can honestly say, I don’t think I would have made it through this thing they call life without you.  From trauma, depression or just something small, you have always been there.  Your unconditional love and support have been my rock and have led me through some very rough times.  Thank you for being my person.  The one I need to run everything by and the one I can always vent to.  The one who never lets me down and my other true soulmate.

Now comes the part where I get to tell you how proud I am of you!  You have never had it easy and yet that has never stopped you.  Whether that be lessons at the dining room table, sorority life in Lincoln or design contests at Wade, you have always put your unique spin on things and excelled!  Then comes Be A Giver, The Giving Tree, beyourself and the countless other boutiques you’ve helped create.  You are a true visionary and the very definition of a businesswoman.  You have been professional, creative, and have never once lost sight of who you are and what you want to achieve.  You have made millions feel empowered and beautiful and have given voice to causes that may have been voiceless.  Your badass business sense has been magnificent to watch and still leaves me speechless to this day.

I want you to know that I know how hard the past little while has been, with the pandemic and Hawaii and just all the change.  I want you to know that I think you have handled it like a true champion.  Even when you have been lonely and scared, you’ve still shown up and been the very best mom those two precious girls could ask for.  You are a walking textbook definition of being able to do it all, and I want you to remember that.  For that is truly special.  You, my love, are truly special!  Always remember that I’m just lovin’ you and that I love you always in all ways!

Kimberly Ann