Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Guess who's turning 40? (I'll give you a hint, it's not the younger man on the left). Drop a comment on the blog, or an email our way, or even call and wish the birthday girl well.

She is an unbelievable mom, a great friend to many, a wonderful daughter, committed sister, a prayer warrior, woman of faith, caring doctor, always willing to lend a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear, an advocate of education and a purveyor of hope, tender-hearted, slow to anger, patient, kind, gentle, compassionate and the list really could go on for pages. On top of all that she's beautiful and my best friend!

I can truly echo the words of the blessed husband in Proverbs 31:29-31,
"There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!" Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

36 Comments:

Anonymous Caroline said...

Anola, Stu certainly said it on the blog... you are a wonderful friend and I am very priviledged to also call you my sister, through blood and through Christ. Happy Birthday!!

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Greetings from Calgary!

As Caroline said Stu has said it all. Walter and I wish you all the best and are so proud to have you as a niece. I enjoy our chats and look forward to many more.

Have a wonderful bithday.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Shari-Lynn said...

Dear Anola,
I am so comforted and encouraged by your friendship; I am honoured to call you sister through Christ; Stu has done a great job in describing your beauty - you definitely shine!
Happy Birthday!! Considering all you've accomplished in the past 40 years, just think what you can do in the next 40!! But, one step at at time: Praying for a happy and healthy year ahead... Loads of Love,
Shari-Lynn

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anola - for me, everything in life was better after 40!
Wishing you a fantastic day and an wonderful year.
Penny & David Maday

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Anola! May you always feel as young as many of our patients say you look!! (Never mind that they are 90 and have macular degeneration...) It is a real pleasure working with you - it would be nice to cross paths even more often....
Have a wonderful day!
Brenda

7:20 PM  
Blogger marcia and pat said...

Dear Anola,

Your friendship and devotion to Christ has illuminated our lives. Let your light shine! We celebrate with you.

Lots of love and always in prayer,

Marcia and Pat

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anola, you are all of this & more. Your grace is a model for me. thank you

About 40, well.... I didn't know I was 40 until I was about 45! I am almost 49 and up to present I have called birthdays "39..The Sequel. I have definitely upped Rambo, lol

Many Happy Returns! (does anyone know what this means?) Happy Birthday!

Ruth & Doug

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo yo anola, you are the champola,
hope your day is funloa
full of stuffola
and lots of freindolahappy birthdayola

blessings in Christola

see ya

meshola

8:39 PM  
Anonymous RGNC said...

I Love You Mom!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Ronda said...

What a special friend you are! How fortunate I am to have you in my life. You listen, you care, you give of yourself in so many ways.

I see you dressed in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. You are even-tempered, content, quick to forgive. And regardless of whatever else you wear, I see love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment and you wear it all the time. (Col 3 - the Message)

Your birthday is a chance to honour you - so be blessed, friend!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anola! Don't worry about being 40 - been there and it was a great year! (Robert took me on a cruise ... no pressure, Stew.) We wish you a great year filled with love, laughter, wonderful memories and God's grace and peace. Thank you for being a blessing to us.
With much love,
Robert & Lois

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anola,

Happy, happy birthday!! You look absolutely amazing! I hope I look as good as you when I'm 40! Have a wonderful year, I will miss you!

Marcia Hamm

10:28 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Anola,

I hope you have a fantastic birthday! I am FLOORED that you're 40. That's crazy :)

You are a lovely person and it's been a pleasure getting to know you. I hope we have the opportunity to become better acquainted (and I hope I look just as good as you at 40...)

Love Kathryn and the rest of the Babowals xxx

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Dan & Jodi Weiss said...

Happy 40th Birthday Anola! Dan and I have appreciated yours and Stu's friendship over the last several years and look forward to many years ahead. I, personally, have been touched by your honesty and your sincerity and your constant perserverance in the word of God. You are a great encouragement to me and I thank you for that. May you have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Bithday Anola. It was always great working with you and I hope to do so again in the future. Life really begins at 50 so you have another 10 years to go before the real fun starts.

Hubert

8:29 AM  
Blogger Hubert Kammerer said...

Happy birthday Anola. It was always great working with you and I hope to do so again in the future. Life really begins at 50 so you have another 10 years to go before the real fun begins.

Hubert

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anola Happy Birthday !!

You look Amazing !!
you are a beautiful and loving
person .We truly Enjoy You .
Don't worry about age It's just
a number !
We love you Very much !!

Danny & Marita

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Simon B said...

Happy Birthday Anola,

Its only up hill from here.

Simon B

10:03 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Girl, there's no way you are 40! Our "inside" always shows on the "outside"... which explains why you're so beautiful. Look forward to getting to know you better, and wishing you a birthday filled with love and celebration. All the best, Yvonne.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Mark and Celina said...

Happy Birthday Anola!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Noreen V. said...

Hi Anola !

What a fun way to say Hi to you, I hope you have a birthday filled with joy. Dr. K forwarded this to me...you still are my favourite locum person so far (and its been years now).

Luv Noreen
(remember?: the "Pharmacy Brain")

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Noreen V. said...

Hi Anola !

What a fun way to say Hi to you, I hope you have a birthday filled with joy. Dr. K forwarded this to me...you still are my favourite locum person so far (and its been years now).

Luv Noreen
(remember?: the "Pharmacy Brain")

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Secret Admirer said...

Anola, happy birthday. My kids and I watch you with awe each Sunday. May the next 40 be the best!

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anola,
I wish you the very best from this moment on, as what you have behind you shows a life given in service and love.
The successes of your life as a whole are seen in your children and the way they light up round you. The love that Stew has for you, the devotion and dedication, the team that the two of you are...this too is an example of the success your life has been up to this moment.
May your tomorrows be more of the same. May God surprise you in wonderful ways and keep you on your toes.
More than anything, I wish for you in the coming year, a realization of how beautiful a person you really are, that you would see all you have to offer in your spirit, your smile, your sweet words.
I know nothing of you but you allowed me to see and hear at the womens' breakfast. I was so touched by your heart and your words.
Never underestimate the power of who you are because who you are is who God made you, and what a wonderful job He has done!!
Happy happy day!! Be blessed Anola.
From my heart...
Veronica Forsman

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anola is a beautiful person inside and out. Her convictions run very
deeply, as she follows through and carries out whatever is on her heart to
do or say. We are very blessed that she is our friend, neighbor, 'auntie' to
our children, (and with Stew) legal guardian to our children. On a personal
note, along with everything I have just written, she is also my 'comrade'
and the interpreter of my dreams (and never has tired of hearing them). :)
She is the poster child for being true to herself and for loving her family.
The most prominent thing about Anola is her smile, which lights up a room
like a candle in a dark place. When Anola opens the door to her home, she
opens up the door to her heart and invites you in to comfort, peace, joy,
and love. How fitting that our Lord chose her to be born in this season
when so much of that has been lost. Anola makes everyone feel at home. She
is friendly, caring, and thoughtful. From all the Metcalfes, the happiest
of birthdays is wished for you this day! May the Father of Lights continue
to shine on you, in you, and through you,
with all our love,
Kev, Mel, Mikaela, Nastasia, and Aleksander.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Paul and Carmen Lanteigne said...

Happy 40th Anola,
Have a great time enjoying your special birthday with your family... You look fabulous!
Blessings,
Carmen and Paul Lanteigne

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Winston & Valerie said...

Wishing you god's speed and the sincere Jamaican greeeting as you go this special day and always "walk Good !!"

Winston & Valerie

11:01 AM  
Anonymous James said...

You're my nice, precious little mommy! Tons of love, hugs and kisses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JIJC

11:54 AM  
Blogger Griffariff said...

Happy BDay Anola!

You'll have to keep me posted on how life is looking after forty. You have had a challenging year of adjustment and ups and downs. We hope that the next one is just as exciting but maybe a little less stressful.

Glen, Christie, Rayne & Hannah

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Jeanette B. said...

Anola What is a very young girl like yourself doing with an old fart like Stew? (just kidding) Hope you had a great birthday and all the best to you, Stew and the family for 2006.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Pat said...

Happy Belated Birhtday Anola... thank you for being the truely wonderful person you are! I have been blessed by knowing you and realize what was ment by the words "Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light" You are like a candle burning in the night! Bless you and have the best year yet in this your 40th...

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Anola,
I am so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross so that we could walk side by side. Our friendship is a great blessing to me. When we are togather I feel understood and loved and I know that God hears our prayers that we offer up to Him. I hope that this year will be the best one that you have had so far. It could be you know.
Love Juanita

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anola,

From one quadragenarian to another - Congratulations on being 40. I, too, took the plunge this year - and must stay that after you get used to it - the water's not that bad.

Glad to be one of the late-comers to the blog. What a blessing it is to have a husband that is so obviously devoted to you, and so many circles of friends and family that are celebrating with you.

It has been wonderful working with you in the Senior's clinic these past two years. Thank you for all that you do to "strengthen...the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees" (Isa 35:3)

Darryl

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Dana Wilkinson said...

Dear Anola,

I am so thankful for all the time you spent mentoring me. I really enjoyed getting to know you and found our time together very helpful. I really admire you and how you put your family first in everything! You are a wonderful example for me and other young Christian women! Hope you had a great birthday and remember, 40 is the new 30! And I am almost 30!

Dana Wilkinson

1:20 PM  
Anonymous MJSC said...

I love you momma and you really bring joy to me momma and I help you and I really love you!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Anola!
It certainly has been a long time. And I imagine your birthday is long past and you are now used to being in your 40's...but I'll say it anyways. Happy Birthday!
I am grateful that God allowed my path to cross with yours and with Stu's. I look back on the "good old days" with fondness. We know that God continues to touch lives through you as He always has. We appreciate your servant heart.
And we miss you!
Love,
Colin, Alison, Hannah, and James Downie

2:46 PM  

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