Boys in a Box aka. Best birthday ever*

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Chris and Jacques, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Tuesday afternoon the doorbell rang. I opened the door to find two figures with boxes covering their faces. Matt, who was in on the surprise, filmed the scene and asked if I had any idea who these “presents” might be… My mind flicked to my dear friends Chris and Jacques who live in Hana, Maui and are like brothers to me. We haven’t been able to see each other in five long years and in that moment I couldn’t even let my heart want something so wonderful. Plus, I was going to be disappointed by anything less than those two and I didn’t want to seem ungracious to whoever was beneath the box lid.

Open up your presents! Matt urged… and I took off the box lids. Inside each box were their adorable faces, and I was so delighted I was speechless. It took me a while to take in the goodness of it all… Between Nico being born and my dear friends flying so far to surprise me, my heart is bursting over here. As I type this I am remembering a time, fifteen years ago, when I was moving back to Santa Barbara from New Orleans. When I arrived on the tarmac, I saw Chris in the crowd. He had brought bags of rose petals and had given them to various people to throw in my path as I walked into the terminal. Chris has a way of making me feel incredibly loved.

 

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Come to think of it, I haven’t felt quite as loved as I do right now in years. My boys are healing my heart… especially the three beautiful boys in my home.

Life is good.

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66 Comments

  1. Nicole

    Yay! 🙂

  2. sue at nobaddays

    WOW! Once-in-a-lifetime gift!

  3. Caroline

    omg – that photo is PRICELESS! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful surprise 🙂

  4. Megan

    To have friends so dear like that…

  5. cjm

    Best. Thing. Ever. Yea for you! Also, you two make ridiculously cute babies.

  6. Cheryl

    I am bowled over by the originality, charm and heart of your friends’ arrival at your home. As Natalie Merchant said, THESE are the days you’ll remember!

  7. Jet Harrington

    Beautiful, wonderful, quirky birthday present. And how wonderful that YOUR birthday didn’t get lost in lovely little Nico’s birthday. (My daugther was born 2 1/2 weeks “late” and three days before my birthday. That year, even my mother forgot my birthday.)
    Happy day to you, Andrea.

  8. richele

    that’s super cute! – congrats on your lovely family

  9. Alison

    I love this! What a magical world 🙂

  10. Elizabeth

    How wonderful! I can just feel how full your heart is and agree, there is something healing about being home with your spouse and your children. Enjoy!

  11. monica

    Andrea,
    I can just feel your joy. The photos and the story totally made my day. I’m so glad your loved ones made YOUR day so amazing. I’m loving it.
    Happy birthday!

  12. cath

    What a wonderful gift. Geez… you sure are a lucky gal?

  13. Robyn

    What a fun birthday gift! Happy Birthday Andrea! Your boys are just adorable.

  14. Anna

    What a gorgeous birthday surprise!
    Every time you write … I feel myself believing and hoping a little bit more.
    Thank you … and so glad you had a wonderful birthday. Well deserved!

  15. tea_austen

    YAY! How fantastic–and it couldn’t be happening to a better person. So glad you are surrounded by love and sweetness. xox

  16. sperlygirl

    what a great surprise!!! oh and the story of your friend and the rose petals completely melted my heart. everyone deserves a welcome like that from a treasured friend. don’tcha just love life with ‘your boys’. i have the same situation here – wouldn’t change it for the world! ciao andrea

  17. Anja

    How wonderful. And Nico is so beautiful. Love everywhere 🙂

  18. Susanne

    Happy birthday, Andrea! All the best for you and your family! 🙂
    What a lovely surprise. Hope you had a great day.
    All my best,
    Susanne from Germany

  19. Annie Lewis

    What a most excellent surprise Andrea!! I had to look twice as well and to see those fabulous faces that I have not seen for so long as well! I can only imagine all the love and laughter you must me sharing! Just reading about it gives me one of those charges you get from being with Chris and Jacques. You know exactly what I mean, and adding you and the family to the mix – oh!!! What fun, I can feel it all the way across the country! Hugs all around please!!
    Much love to all!
    Annie

  20. Susan Donegan

    I love this picture, the surprise factor and the concept of wrapping up one of life’s true gifts – the gift of sharing and being with friends and family that we love!! Happy Birthday!

  21. Surcie

    Heartfelt congratulations to you all! (Seems like Ben was just born!) God bless you in your transition to a foursome.

  22. Trish

    Boys in a box! Boys in the hood! Presents in the presence abound 🙂
    You radiate joy,
    oxox
    Trish

  23. Lana

    I was wondering if you knew the name of the paint colors of your wall and trim? ( I noticed them in the last pic 😉
    I appreciate your space and all that you share.
    Lana

  24. boho girl

    oh andrea…nico is such an angel love, beautiful baby, just like ben was. dreamy.
    i love seeing your family together. its so heart warming. like there is a light surrounding all of you. i have tears. such a long journey we’ve walked. all worth it.
    loving you and sending your family peace and deep sleeps and continual bday blessings.
    xo

  25. mira

    i have to say, that is totally, completely, and entirely awesome. what amazing creative loving friends. yahoo!

  26. Catherine

    YOU have the BEST friends ever. Rose petals when you walk up the the airport and then….the boys in the boxes?! Are you kidding me. This made MY day. MY heart is filled up with joy just reading this. My darling you are LOVED!!!!

  27. Julia

    What a wonderful way to surprise you! I just heart the idea. You are so lucky to have such lovely friends. They are keepers!

  28. Carole

    Awesome, Andrea! Great story, great photos! I think those moments when I really realize I am loved astound me and thrill me more than anything else I’ve ever seen in this world. Can’t buy that! 🙂

  29. Rebecca F.

    Aw, you deserve it!!
    And you make the most beautiful babies EVER.
    xo

  30. Dreaming Bear

    Oh my goodness!! I’m just getting caught up in blogland…and you had the baby!!! Congrats!!!! He’s beautiful! So happy for all of you!

  31. stefanie renee

    how awesome and I couldn’t be happier for you and all your boys!
    xoxo

  32. Stacia

    CONGRATULATIONS and HAPPY BLISSFUL BIRTHDAY MY LOVE! .. The name Nico was a great choice! LOVE YOU AND YOURS!

  33. Jennifer

    Such sweet luvvies, all your boys! And by the way, didn’t you and your husband get married at their house?

  34. bk

    * happy birthday beautiful Andrea !!! *

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    I’m so happy for you Andrea! Happy Birthday:)

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  37. Mimi

    I have been on the hunt for blogs about brothers because I have two grandsons ages two and 8 months. Boys are to be celebrated!! Congratulations on your two and I will be looking forward to reading about your adventures with them.

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  40. Petra

    Oh, … WOW! This makes my heart melt and brings tears into my eyes. Such a beautiful idea … ?
    Lots of love for you & your loved ones,
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  42. Blakely Bass

    I love seeing pics of your fam and 3 men! I was touched by your blog! I feel soo much more love too in my life with my two men (two year old boy!) I too also lived in new Orleans from 93-98 where I grad from Loyola U. (I had second cousins there too for 50 years but they left after the Hurricane too!) Maybe I saw you back then!

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