When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out that they shared a birthday with my husband, Reggie (November 5th.) Or maybe it was because Rachel and Reggie have the same quirky sense of humor. Or maybe they just appreciated that he always let the kids take off their shoes in class, saying “Free feet are happy feet!” (three hours of church is a long time for little kids!)
Rachel and Ariel at the airport for their surprise birthday trip to visit their siblings at college.
Whatever the reason, one thing I do know is that we all share a love of cats, and even though the girls just celebrated their 13th birthdays, cats are still an important topic of conversation and interest when we get together!
I wanted to make a couple of special cards for their birthdays this year, to commemorate this important milestone in their lives:
I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies from the Holiday Catalog to cut windows in the cards, but then added kitties peeking out, and inside a selection of pastries with coordinating sentiments:
If you are what you eat, eat something cute!
This is no day for “just a sliver”!
Oh, and when the girls came over to get their cards and gifts from us, they had a special birthday gift for Reggie and me too, painted by Rachel: